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June 23, 2013

‘I have seen two lions” Mara reported as she struggled to catch her breath. “Where? ” Prof asked. As soon as the answer came we all ran to the direction of where she had seen them. Silently we observed, patiently waiting to see the big cats. Waterbuck ran as the baboons climbed higher on the tree…obviously something was amiss. Seconds turned to minutes with no success and we decided to go for a game drive to see whether we would find them. For the last couple of days we’ve been working hard altering the days schedule to see lions only to…

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June 19, 2013

With yesterdays visit to Ol Pejeta,  today was a bit relaxed  and this was signaled by some late breakfast meaning there was ample sleeping allowance given. According to the schedule, we took breakfast from 7.30 Am to 8.30 Am.(Kenyan time). The morning was a bit chilly compared to the other days with short moments of fading away sunlight. After breakfast, everyone was busy doing the days readings with the discussion starting at 11.00 a.m.  The discussion was on cattle-wildlife interactions in rangelands with a basic view on the effects of their coexistence. In the afternoon, the weather was better and…

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June 19, 2013

Ol Pejeta Conservancy

Mara’s blog – We saw elephants. One of my highlights was to see mountains, animals, and monkeys.  The vervet monkeys were so funny.  We saw twiga (giraffe) and we saw tembo (elephant).  There are also lots of mitis (trees) in Kenya.   We ate packed lunches before seeing the blind black rhino, named Baraka.  He became blind because he was fighting with another rhino.  I love Kenya.  It is so cool.  – Mara Akeyla Sensenig, 9-yr old daughter of Ryan and Donna Isaac’s blog – Yesterday we went to Ol Pejeta. On the way there we got stuck and had a…

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June 16, 2013

Weekend Rest

On Saturday we experienced another beautiful, crisp morning here at the River Camp in Laikipia.  It had rained during the night, which added to the freshness of the morning.  Dawn always brings a stillness and peace here, but with it a lively energy as countless birds chirp and the river gurgles close by. We enjoyed a slow breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30.  Since it was Saturday, we got to sleep in an hour later, and took our time getting to breakfast.  We enjoyed coffee, tea, and eggs and toast, chatting as the day got brighter and brighter. We had a…

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June 16, 2013

Although it started out as another day in the field, Friday was a day full of many exciting events. In the morning we returned to the KLEE plots to take more data on acacia tree-ant dynamics. Our drive back to the Research Centre for lunch turned into an unplanned game drive. We left the main road to get a closer look at a herd of oryx (our first siting of the trip) and, on the way, entered a large glade where we also had the privilege of observing zebra, impala, an ostrich, and a distant running eland. Back at the…

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June 15, 2013

I don’t like saying goodbye to the Boundary Waters.  I’ve only had to do it twice in my life, but each time has been dreadful.  Yet on our last day, each of us were forced to bid the Waters farewell. To me, the Boundary Waters represent freedom from the daily grind, from the unnatural civilization mankind has made for itself.  The wilderness has its dangers and struggles, but also has a way of simplifying a person’s life and providing a sense of mental clarity. For the entire week of this course, all that mattered was how we were going to…

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June 14, 2013

More data…

It is a good day as usual, the morning birds woke us up and they are singing as we have our breakfast. The morning feels fresh as I look through the landscape of Laikipia, the acacia trees standing there and the long different grass species wagging around gracefully. All the way to the field we meet tens of elephants grazing and browsing unaware and undisturbed by our presence, the impalas jumping along the road, the birds flying in front of the car and the zebras staring at us. How beautiful nature is!!! Do you think you can count ants on…

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June 13, 2013

Waking up to the whistling sound of the river flowing and the singing of the birds, is a good way to start the day.  “Every time an antelope wakes up, it knows that it has to be faster than the lion so that it wont be eaten, and when the lion wakes up it has to run faster than the antelope so that it doesn’t have to die of starvation” …Beryl gave the refreshing morning reflection with this quote, while Leah 
described to us the species for the day …the cheetah. 
Its great to listen to people’s ideas about mutualistic relationships of…

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June 12, 2013

For the last two days students have been quantifying whether elephants forage on trees more in burned sites than in unburned sites.  Two students’ blogs are included here from Monday and Tuesday. Monday – Hi, the Goshen College fraternity, my name is Erick Omollo, one of the Kenyan university students who got the opportunity to be part of your students field research study in Kenya. As I write to you now, we have just finished our lunch break. As usual we woke up early enough and then had our delicious breakfast, the time during which we also had the morning reflection presented…

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June 11, 2013

Crossing The Border

As a direct result of the ice, our plans for the Boundary Waters changed daily.  Instead of heading straight North on our first day, we were forced to push East as the ice permitted to get as close to Stuart Lake as possible. We never intended to take the route we did, but our sixth day offered a chance to do one of the things that was along originally planned path. The Canadian border runs right through Lax La Croix, a massive lake that we originally intended reach on our first day, follow it North and then East.  Just over…

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