- Project name: Status of the Secretarybird within Kasigau Corridor REDD+ Project Area, south-east Kenya
- Project site: Kasigau Project area, Kenya
- EDGE species: Secretary bird Sagittarius serpentarius
- Active: 2016 - 2018
Bernard is an experienced researcher with a degree in Conservation Biology, currently undertaking a masters degree whilst working for conservation NGO, Wildlife Works Ltd. He has worked on various projects concerning bird conservation for almost 20 years and specialises in bird ringing techniques for conservation monitoring.
The EDGE Fellowship will enable Bernard to bring back enhanced skills, connections and self-confidence to his role at Wildlife Works. Bernard hopes the EDGE Fellowship will help him become a role model to the young aspiring conservationists in his region by imparting the skills and knowledge acquired from his time as an EDGE Fellow.
Bernard’s project is aiming to establish abundance and density estimates across the Kasigau Corridor project area, which is part of a wider REDD+ programme. To achieve this, Bernard is:
- Gaining a better understanding of the ecological and anthropological dynamics affecting the species;
- Identifying the factors limiting the Secretarybird population in the Kasigau Corridor area;
- Determining the ideal habitat for the Secretarybird, and the potential for the species as part of the ecosystem in the project area;
- Enhancing community awareness of the Secretarybird, emphasising the charisma of the species and its potential to attract eco-tourism.