Birds are important members of many ecosystems, and are known for their enormous significant impact to Humans, nature and economy. Apart from forming an important component in food chain in our ecosystems, they aid in source of food, health indicators of the environment including habitat destruction mostly trees where they nest. However, like many other man made activities quarrying causes a significant impact on biodiversity and habitat destruction, the activities carries potential of destroying their nesting and feeding zonal habitats, Twiga cement is among companies that have been taking rehabilitation strategies to ensure formally degrading quarrying activities are rejuvenated, Since the rehabilitation processes that have been made in several years, no intensive study has been done to examine if the rehabilitation program in Wazo hill quarry support  the ecology of birds, the main objective is to assess the tree species planted in rehabilitated area in relation to the diversity of birds, habitats of birds and identifying the most dominants birds in Wazo hill quarry.

There is a need to assess the planted tree species in relation to their   support in ecology of birds at Wazo hill quarry, as key tool for future rehabilitation activities

 

Project of "Does rehabilitation at Wazo Hill supports ecology of birds?", wins 2nd prize in QLA 2018

Project of rehabilitation activities in supporting birds ecology takes 2nd prize position in quart life awards 2018 in research stream.

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01Dec

Final draft of wazo hill book documenting 108 birds specie found there

As the quarry life awards comes to an end, this is the Output

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20Sep

Water logging quarry pits attracts water loving birds nests

Group of birds of Herons, Sandpiper, Nightjars, Hamerkop, Egrets, Weavers and prinia have built their nests near water sources of the quarry pits that have filled up with water, about 36 nests of this kind were observed in terms of number

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05Sep

Dominant Tree specie Supporting large number of Nests

Leuceana diversifolia (Mlusina) has shown to be most diverse and dominant in supporting large number of nests at Wazo hill quarry rehabilitated area; followed by casurina equistofolia (Mvinje)

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05Sep

Mist nest Method used for trapping, determine abundance, and identification of birds

Eurasian Nightjar trapped in a Mist nest as a measure to determine abundance and identification, another method used was Point count Method

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02Sep

Features supporting ecology of birds at Rehabilitated quarry

Casurina equistofilia (Mvinje) is amongst diverse plant which has shown to support large number of birds nests, but however, their seeds are not preferred for eating by birds

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01Sep

Comprehensive Database for bird specie found at Wazo hill

This project has produced a comprehensive database for birds found at Wazo hill quarry that will be made accessible to the environmental Management section of Wazo hill quarry, it consists of bird name (Common name), collectors, diet, location, preferred habitat, and additional information which will be useful for future rehabilitation in increasing birds diversity.

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29Aug

First Draft of Book of birds of Wazo hill Quarry and their ecology

After months dealing with birds of Wazo hill, the journey reaches to an end by production of a book that documents all discoveries

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29Aug

Does rehabilitation program at wazo hill quarry support the ecology of birds?

Apart from planting trees, the rehabilitation program involved planting flowers which in turn have attracted birds and insects to be available at the quarry areas

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27Aug

Focused Observation of Trees planted in Wazo hill quarry in supporting of birds' ecology

50 plant specie planted at Rehabilitated area were assessed independently by use of focused observation in how they support birds ecology of the quarry area And fleshy fruit producing plants shown to support large number of birds in terms of feeding, while leuceana diversifolia plant specie and casurina equistofolia plant specie have shown high diversity and high support of bird nests

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25Aug

Features supporting the ecology of birds, at Wazo hill Quarry rehabilitated area

There 98 bird specie observed at the Rehabilitated area of the Wazo hill Quarry. and there diffrent features that attracts them to dwell there

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01Aug

SAMPLED POINTS COVERING WHOLE AREA OF REHABILITATED AT WAZO HILL QUARRYIN ASSESMENT OF TREE SPECIES

Total of 7 poiints were covered in assesment of tree species in relation of support of birds species at Rehabilitated quarry area. There 50 species of birds found in rehabilitated wazo hill qaurry that depends on trees and other surrounding features for their survival

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23Iul

Assesment of Rehabilitated Area in relation to support of birds ecology at Wazo Hill Quarry

Fruit bearing plants of soft fruits (list below) planted at rehabilitated area, attracts most of the birds with food for feeding, hence attracts them to make their nests near the food sources, the birds at the quarry prefer soft fruits since they are easy to eat compared to hard fruits and seeds

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20Iul

Assesment of Rehabilitated Area in Wazo Hill Quarry in relation to support of birds ecology

Nightjar group ( Eurasian Nightjar) dwell in rehabilitated areas where there water logged quarry pits in watery environment, and build their nests near water environment with supports of leuceana diversifolia and acacia species plants, they feed insects that are found within the muddy waters and camouflage with the environment, so as they may not be easily visible

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20Iul

Assessment of Rehabilitated area of Wazo hill quarry in relation to its support of ecology of birds

Leucaena diversifola (mlusina), is one amongst planted trees in the rehabilitated area, that is very diverse and covers wide part. Groups of birds attracted includes weavers, mannikin, sunbirds and bishops Picture one ( Zanzibar red bishop) picture two ( Yellow bishop)

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20Iul

Assessment of Rehabilitated area of Wazo hill quarry in relation to support of birds ecology

Rehabilitation processes at Wazo hill quarry has attracted natural growth of other vegetations, due to return of the top soil such as trees, Grasslands, shrubs and some nectar flowers that in terms supports feeding, nesting, and breeding ecology of birds available, and others to be attracted. The 50 species planted at Wazo hill quarry have will be assessed by using Focused Observation Method, in which each tree will be assessed in relation to supporting ecology of birds

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09Iul

Tawny flanked Prinia Specie

Phase of the project identifies bird specie and abudance found at Natural areas ( undisturbed areas). The Juvenile Tawny flanked Prinia specie was found with its Ground nest. Picture 2: After 7 days, the feathers had grown

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17Mai

Tawny flanked Prinia Specie

Phase two of the project identifies birds specie and abudance found at Natural areas ( undisturbed areas). The Juvenile Tawny flanked Prinia specie was found with its Ground nest. Picture 2: After 7 days, the feathers had grown We were able to identify 108 bird specie from the undisturbed area

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17Mai

Common name: Amethyst Sunbird ( chalcomitra amethystina)

Identification of birds specie and their ecology in terms of feeding and nesting at Wazo hill quarry, for the case of rehabilitated area.

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27Apr

Common name: Bronze Mannikin ( Spermestes cucullatus)

The bronze manikin is one of the smallest munia species, measuring 9–10 cm in length and weighing 7–12 grams. The adult is a compact bird with a short black tail, and stubby black and pale grey (not distinctly bluish) mandibles. It is black to brownish black on the head, chin, throat and center of the chest, with some purple-green iridescence on the face and sides of the breast. It has greyish brown upper parts and white underparts with irregular barring on the flanks and rump. A small green...

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27Apr

common name : Lilac breasted roller ( coracious caudatus)

Lilac-breasted Roller has large head with washed green crown. Neck is short. The chin is whitish, contrasting with the bright lilac breast. Face is pale pinkish-orange. It has brown back and scapulars, but outer web of flight feathers are violet, as the rump. Primary bases and coverts are pale greenish blue. The underparts are greenish blue. The narrow tail is medium-sized, but outer feathers are elongated and blackish. Black bill is strong and hooked tipped. Eyes are brown. Short tail and...

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27Apr

IDENTIFICATION AND DETERMINATION OF ABUNDANCE AND DIVERSITY OF BIRD SPECIES IN REHABILITATED AREA

Identification and determination of abundance and diversity of bird species in rehabilitated area, by using point focus Method at Wazo Hill Quarry

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07Apr

IDENTIFICATION AND DETERMINATION OF ABUNDANCE AND DIVERSITY OF BIRD SPECIES IN REHABILITATED AREA

Common name : House Sparrow Family name: Passeridae Specie: Passer domesticus

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16Mar

Identification of birds in rehabilitated area at Wazo Hill Quarry

Identification of birds was done by observing birds, recording their voices and taking photographs for further identification. Different field guides and literature were used for the identification such as (Stevenson and Fashawe 2002). The whole process started early in the morning, because birds are very active during the morning (Bennum and Howell 2002).

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24Feb

Does the rehabilitation program in Wazo Hill quarry Supports birds Ecology?

Birds are important members of many ecosystems, and are known for their enormous significant impact to Humans, nature and economy. Apart from forming an important component in food chain in our ecosystems, they aid in source of food, health indicators of the environment including habitat destruction mostly trees where they nest. However, like many other man made activities quarrying causes a significant impact on biodiversity and habitat destruction, the activities carries potential of...

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17Ian