Field trip to the Napedet Hills

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A few days ago we all took a trip to the Napedet Hills that lie southwest of TBI. The drive to the hills was partly across grass-covered plains. A rare and beautiful sight in the desert. The last time we climbed the hills in February earlier this year there wasn’t a blade of grass to be seen anywhere…

View over the grassy plains toward Lothagam

The climb up the hills was hot and rocky, but the views were breathtaking and worth the exertion…

Students Hui and Elaine overlooking the plains

The students made it to the first peak and took a break – it was hot, but a steady breeze helped keep us cool…

Students resting on the summit of the first peak

There were a few flowers blooming among the rocks, including this lovely tall white flowered species that still needs to be identified…

A white flower blooms among the rocks on the Napedet Hills

After scaling the first peak, a couple of students and I went on to a second higher peak.

Jenna and Alex on the summit of the second rocky peak

We then descended from the hills and enjoyed a break in the shade. As the students had lunch, we were watched warily by this interesting Crested Lark, a species of the rocky desert plains.

Crested Lark, a northern Kenya special, watches us from the bushes

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:23+00:00 October 7th, 2011|Field School|Comments Off on Field trip to the Napedet Hills

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Hello! I'm Dino Martins, an entomologist interested in how insects keep the planet running, the biology of vectors and more broadly in the evolution of life and our role in a sustainable world. I teach for the Turkana Basin Field School and serve as the Academic Field Director and am a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.