Exploring the Turkwel River

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As part of the Ecology Module we have been exploring the Turkwel River next to the Turkana Basin Institute.

Learning about river life by sampling using sieves

Learning about river life by sampling using sieves

This involved looking at aquatic life and learning about the food web in the river, as well as that of Lake Turkana. It was refreshing to spend a couple of hours working in the river.

Evelyn and Andrea celebrate their first find!

Evelyn and Andrea celebrate their first find!

 

Students worked hard to locate some of the more interesting species along the banks of the river.

Derrick working hard along the sheltered riverbank

Derrick working hard along the sheltered riverbank

 

Derrick rewarded for his hard work with an exiting beetle sample!

Derrick rewarded for his hard work with an exiting beetle sample!

 

The students learned that different species make use of different micro-habitats within the river.

Luisa searching for riverine life

Luisa searching for riverine life

 

Later in the day we visited some giant Tamarind trees that grow East of the Turkana Basin Institute – they are several hundred years old and some of the tallest trees along the river.

 

Heading back to TBI after a fun day on the river!

Heading back to TBI after a fun day on the river!

More from the TBI Field School adventures soon!

 

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:06+00:00 September 21st, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Exploring the Turkwel River

About the Author:

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.