There are still huge areas of the world where bird populations are virtually unknown and in many cases these areas are remote and especially rich in species. In these places, it is often the inhabitants of the area themselves who continuously interact with the natural environment and shape its state of conservation and natural wealth.
This is the case of the Lake Turkana region in northern Kenya, one of the most important wetlands in East Africa. It is an essential place to stop and feed for many migratory birds that spend the winter in the Sub-Saharan Africa and breed in the Palearctic. The Daasanach, a local pastoralist tribe, live in this region.
As a result of a research carried out by scientists from the “Global Change and Conservation (GCC)” team at the University of Helsinki in 2016, a project of integration and collaboration of the members of the tribe of the Daasanach has started. It has the aim of delve into the knowledge of the ornithological wealth of the region and promote the development as an ecotourism destination: the Ornithological Club Ileret.
Dani Burgas, who is carrying out this project together with Sara Fraixedas, will present and talk about the benefits of involving the natives of this region. They have proven to be passionate about ornithology and have a lot of traditional knowledge about birds of their region. He will also tell us about the adventures and misadventures of some birders involved on the task of promoting the love of birds by creating an ornithological club with members of this tribe of north-eastern Lake Turkana, in one of the most unlikely places in Africa..