Kenyan plains

Sidney Shema

  • Project name: Understanding Secretarybird movements in relation to grass cover and prey availability.
  • Project site: Athi-Kaputiei Plains, Kenya
  • EDGE species: Secretarybird, Sagittarius serpentarius
  • Active: 2020 - 2022


Sidney is currently working for the Kenya Bird Map Project, and has completed a BSc in Wildlife Management & Conservation from the University of Nairobi. He also regularly contributes data as a citizen scientist to the Global Raptor Impact Network.

Sidney would like to use the Fellowship as an opportunity to receive high-quality training and mentorship to design effective conservation programmes not only for the Secretarybird, but also other raptors in Kenya. Further to this he would like to use the skills he gains to initiate a long-term research and conservation programme for understudied species in southern Keny

EDGE Project

Sidney’s project aims to understand the conservation threats, breeding sites and spatial ecology of the Secretarybird in Kenya.

His objectives are to:

  • Map the current known breeding sites of the Secretarybird in Kenya;
  • Document the most important perceived conservation threats to the Secretarybird in Kenya;
  • Estimate the home range size of Secretarybirds in Southern Kenya;
  • Assess the influence of rainfall, grass condition and land use practices on the spatial use of Secretarybirds in Southern Kenya.