A conversation with Helen Byron, the RSPB’s Senior International Site Casework Officer about the hugely important campaign to protect the Tana River Delta in Kenya (feature photo of Tana River copyright Cheryl-Samantha Owen of http://www.samowenphotography.com).
The Tana River Delta is one of the most important wetlands in Africa and has been described as Africa’s second Okavango Delta. It supports over 350 species of birds, including twenty-two wetland birds found in internationally important numbers, globally threatened birds such as the Endangered Basra Reed Warbler and two threatened primates found nowhere else in the world – the Tana River red colobus and Tana River crested mangabey.
Petition to stop Bedford Biofuels planting jatropha in the Tana Delta: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/bedford-biofuels-to-plant-jetropha-in-the-tana-delta/
Tana River Delta casework page on RSPB website: http://www.rspb.org.uk/ourwork/casework/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-228564
The need for an effective bird conservation organisation has never been greater. Climate change, agricultural intensification, expansion of urban areas and transport infrastructure, and over-exploitation of our seas all pose major threats to birds.
The RSPB could not exist without its supporters and members. Whether you join us, give a donation, purchase items from us or undertake voluntary work, your support is vital to the future of birds and the places where they live.
- Nature Kenya website: http://www.naturekenya.org/
- The Tana River Delta website: http://www.tanariverdelta.org
- African Bird Club: http://www.africanbirdclub.org
- Sharpe’s Longclaw project on Talking Naturally: /FOKP/
Little Bee-eater, Kenya. Photo © Charlie Moores
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