Day 4 started off with breakfast and rain (though only for a short time). The breakfast is consistent: mandazi (fried dough triangles), beans, toast and coffee. Martin said that Kairo asked him if he was working the group hard enough because they get up much earlier than other groups. Then we all got ready to head into the field for the second day of field work. On the way to the work site we had a baboon cross in front of the van but I was not able to get a picture as I was in the front but did not have my camera out. At the site we split to two groups to count crabs and snails in the plots with Lisa and Rowan going with Langat to do
plant biomass. Shortly after getting started, it started to rain and we had to put on our rain gear and even head to the trees for shelter. The plant group found a small cave in a rock outcrop to hide in. The rain stopped in about 10 minutes and we soon got back to work (it gets very hot after it rains here). We took a break again today for some delicious coconut; Latani (who has a farm bordering the site and works with the Earthwatch group) makes quick work cutting/carving up the coconuts for us. When we were done we finished 14 plots and only have 6 or 7 left to do. Then back to the lab for data entry. The children in the village (and there are lots of them) love to come out and say "Jambo" (hello) every time we come back and they love to have their pictures taken and see them on the camera. They really loved Rowan playing his guitar during some down time and we are getting lots of pictures. Before dinner we had a talk by Kairo on “Payment for ecosystem services." He
gave some data from the IPCC annual report from the countries of the team members and of course Kenya. We ended with some great discussion on the topic. Dinner was great as usual: though the fish originally does not look appetizing, the only thing left was the heads. After dinner we loaded into the van for a trip south to an establishment ”Qwah’swell” to have the fellow talks. We had had talks from Colleen and Randy. Colleen talked about growing up in New Jersey, going to American University with a year in Ireland, an internship in Australia (very near Rowan and Lisa), her current Job for the PEW group managing the “Make an Impact” program for Alcoa, and living in Washington DC. Randy talked about his upbringing, college and work experiences and what he does for Alcoa, but his talk about being a small farmer in Kentucky drew lots of interest and questions. Then back to the house after a good night's activities to get some sleep before heading back to the mangroves in the morning to dig up mud pits.
Gee, I thought it was going to be hot there! Low 80's, we don't even see that at night. 109 here in Kansas, but it's a dry heat :)
Stay safe Mikey and crew!
Max | Posted Fri 06 Aug 2010 7:37AM
Very interesting info, Dad!!! Love you!!! Have fun and be safe! My favorite part would be down time with the children. They are so interested in the outside world and absorbe all they can from the "outsiders". Can't wait to see all of your photos when you get home. (Hi, Uncle Max!)
Mary | Posted Fri 06 Aug 2010 11:42AM
Thank you Alcoa for providing our son, Mike, this chance of a lifetime to work with Earthwatch Scientists in restoring the valuable Mangrove Forest. Mike, tell all your new friends that we enjoy reading their blogs. We can't wait until you come home to tell us about your adventures in the Tital
Forests of Kenya. Have a safe trip home.
We love you,
Mom and Dad
Russ and Shirley Cribbs | Posted Mon 09 Aug 2010 7:32AM