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"Notes from the Field" provides frequent updates and pictures from our biologists and students who are working in the field or at our headquarters, the World Center for Birds of Prey.

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Monitoring the endangered Sokoke Scops Owl in the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Munir Virani — in East Africa Project

The Arabuko-Sokoke Forest is classified as the second most important forest in mainland Africa for bird conservation. I had the pleasure of studying the Sokoke Scops Owl, Africa's smallest owl, for my Masters dissertation project nearly 20 years ago. How time flies? Over this period of time, the forest has remained relatively intact although the human population living around the forest edges has substantially grown. This has no doubt put a lot of pressure on the forest resources and especially its inhabitants. The Peregrine Fund has documented that the owl population has declined by about 25% over the last two decades. It is critical that we continue to monitor this flagship species as a barometer of the health of this remarkable forest.

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Steve Lewis: My Perspective of the Kenya Raptor Safari 2013

Munir Virani — in East Africa Project

I had the immense pleasure of sharing ten days with Steve Lewis and other exceptional people during our inaugural African Raptor Safari in Kenya. For a 72-year old man, Steve looked no more than 58 and exuded passion, enthusiasm and a zest to enjoy life and nature. I invited Steve to write about his experiences in the field with me and am privileged to be able to share this on our website. Munir Virani

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Kenya Forest Service Director Presents David Ngala with the Disney Conservation Hero Award

Munir Virani — in East Africa Project

He came on an overnight bus from Malindi, a journey that usually takes up to 10 grueling hours. No frills but lots of thrills along the way. The buses are known locally as “flying coffins”. But David Charo Ngala braved the bumpy journey from the coast to arrive in Nairobi this morning to collect his Disney Conservation Hero Award that was to be presented to him by the Director of the Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Mr David Mbugua.

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The Sokoke Scops Owl Nest Quest

Alison Cameron — in East Africa Project

When I met Munir Virani a few years ago at the University of Leicester, I had a feeling that our paths would cross again, so I filed his business card away carefully. At that time I had no idea how I might end up in Kenya again, but Kenya is one of those countries that brings people back to it and I had a feeling that this was a genuine “Kenya coincidence.”

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