Migratory birds have started arriving at the Lake Ol-Bollosat in Nyandarua County from parts of Europe and Asia, as the countries experience the winter season.
Bird watchers and residents have expressed their excitement about the migratory birds and are turning out in numbers at the lake to watch them.
The tourists are keen on the arrival of the birds and are taking data in every spot to capture their behaviours and movement as they wade around the lake and neighbouring farms.
The bird watchers are also keen on some specific birds such as the Ruff, The Sharpes Long-craw and the Grey Crowned-crane (Balearica regulorum).
George Ndungu, an onthologist, is leading a team of bird watchers and residents in identifying the birds and taking data as part of the study of their presence, behaviours among others.
He notes that this is a great opportunity for the county as a tourist destination at the Lake especially.
Lake Ol Bolossat is home to thriving hippopotamus families and a wealth of stunning waterbirds.
However, the communities living around here claim that human activities are causing the lake to dry up. They now want the government to move with speed in an effort to protect and preserve the water mass, which is the only lake in the central highlands.
Ndungu at the same time observed that some birds such as the Grey Crowned-crane are endangered due to interferences of their habitants and poisoning by farmers and hence want the government to take stringent measures to curb the vice.
Nyandarua’s Chief Officer in charge of Tourism and Natural Resources Mary Waithera says the county administration is undertaking the process of gazetting the Lake as an under the Kenya Wildlife Management and Conservation Act of 2016 to ensure that it is protected and conserved for posterity and for the future generation.
She said rallied the local communities to partner with the government in the conservation efforts since they too will also rip benefits from lake.
Designated as Kenya’s 61st Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA), the lake is known to hold important waterbird species.
As a source of the Ewaso Nyiro River, it also supports the large population of people, livestock, and wildlife that live downstream.
Fishermen in the area depend on the Lake for their livelihood: catfish are abundant during rainy seasons.