Science Seminar

On September 13th we were invited to attend the science seminar

presented by group of students led by Professor Joseph Oyugi from the

Department of Biology. They shared their experience during research field trip to

the forest preservation located on eastern coast of Kenya. The seminar

coincided with viewing   of the documentary movie segment “Planet in peril” later

that day In our Biology class. It might happened accidentally, but these two

events have   important common idea of focusing the attention of the public on

the very disturbing fact: the increasingly negative impact   of human activities on

the surrounding natural environment.

          The   presentation quickly brought the audience to the Arabuko Sokoke

national forest. The forest is the most valuable resource in the area in regard of

income, food ,clean air for the local communities. The increasingly popular eco-

tourism,in which Kenya   has leading place, rises concerns for   its damaging effect

to   the nature. Uncontrolled logging also alters the forest structure and affects

its biodiversity. Poaching is the illegal taking of wild plants or   animals contrary

to local and international conservation   and wildlife management laws. It

reduces and threatens rare species.

          The group of students worked with help from local naturalists on the

thesis to examine the effect of habitat modification on bird communities which

consist of more than 270 species. As the presentation progressed we reinforced

our knowledge from chapter one   for the steps of the scientific method.

Observations and data were gathered and recorded using specific for

this project methods: time species count, fixed mist points count- making

comparison with habitat variables around each point, mist netting-four points in

disturbed habitat areas and four points in undisturbed habitat areas, feeding

observation. The specific terminology came to the attention of the...