My name is Sidney Shema. I am a Kenya-based wildlife biologist specialising in African wildlife, with my main focus being the birds.
This blog is my platform for sharing my sightings and experiences, as well as information, tips and resources on the birds and wildlife of Africa (especially Kenya).
I also aim to highlight the importance of conserving wildlife/biodiversity overall to our economies and well-being.
I have been managing the Kenya Bird Map project since November 2017 and have been birding since 2014. Over this period I have developed a great passion in birds and learned a lot about the birds of Kenya.
In addition to birding and bird mapping/atlassing, I continue to learn about birds through research. My main research interest is in raptors (birds of prey) and I am a National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow for my current research on the Secretarybird Sagittarius serpentarius. I am also very keen on the raptors of the Athi Plains in southern Kenya, which I have studied since 2016.
I take part in several other ornithological projects ranging from general bird surveys to waterbird counts, vantage point counts of raptors and ringing of both resident and migratory birds.
My photos and articles have appeared in the Giving Nature A Voice documentary series, the National Geographic blog, Scopus: Journal of East African Ornithology, the Saturday Nation newspaper, Komba (the Wildlife Clubs of Kenya magazine) and Kenya Birding (Nature Kenya magazine) among others.
I am on the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society and I am affiliated with the National Museums of Kenya’s Ornithology Section. I served on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNaP) in 2015 and 2016 and remain passionate about the conservation of Nairobi National Park.
I hold a Bronze badge from the Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association (KPSGA) and have guided several birding tours on a freelance basis.
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