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Tidal Forests of Kenya

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August 1, 2009: Back to work

Local shop Today we were back in Kinondo. We split into three teams. I was working with Robert and Michael recording fauna on the remaining plots. One team was recording biomass and the other recording the insects on plots. After the welcome madafu break Michael and I were given the task of taking four shallow sol temperature readings from each of the 36 plots. With all the data collected we returned for lunch. In the lab this afternoon two teams were entering data on the computers and Tima and myself were working on the next stage of the soil samples. Today we had to separate the sediment into two sizes: 63 microns and 500 microns. We did this by making two sets of foil trays for each sample, then stirring each sample for 10 minutes to separate the sediment before passing this through two sieves and putting the sediment into the trays before going back into the oven for drying. Once they are dry we will return to weigh them and record the data. At 6 pm we were given a talk by Dr Kairo about his family and his work in Gazi and with KMFRI. He came to Gazi in the 1990s as an graduate student studying the mangrove forests. It is clear from being in the village the impact his work has had on the community here; from helping to provide better water and sanitation in the village, the funding of new buildings for the primary school to assisting with the sponsoring of students to continue their education. There are currently more than 30 children benefiting from the assistance of sponsors introduce to Gazi by his work. With no electricity in the village tonight (unplanned) we made arrangements to go to a club in Ukunda tVillage water o see a singer called Mr. Blue. Tima and Zulekha had to get permission from their parents to attend. When we arrived there was no one inside the club; we were quite early; but as we had a drink outside there were very few people turning up. With this and the high entry fee, we ended up going to a more traditional Kenyan bar where a live band were playing and entertaining a reasonable sized crowd. We had fun watching the differing dance moves between the men, who were very restrained, and the more flamboyant moves of the women (one in particular drew a lot of attention). We then headed back to the village to get some well deserved sleep.


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