Janet recently earned her undergraduate degree in BSc in Natural Resources management (Wildlife option) from Karatina University (Kenya). She was an undergraduate student intern at Lake Nakuru National Park and worked in different departments, including Research Tourism, Problematic Animal Control, and Education. For her undergraduate degree she also worked on foraging behaviour of sunbirds. Her passion for ornithology began back when she was a student whereby she led in bird observation under Karatina University Nature Club and participated in Annual bird census under Nature Kenya.
John Wanjala has been working at Mpala Research Centre for over 3yrs, during which time he has collaborated on numerous projects. These include the KLEE (KENYA LONGTERM EXCLOSURE EXPERIMENT) project, where he performed various tasks including collecting data, performing cattle runs, and conducting dung and grass surveys. He later worked with Smithsonian Institution postdoctoral fellows where they used camera traps to observe different wildlife found at different parts of the Smithsonian plots. He has now works with the Vulturine Guineafowl Project,
Mary graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Kisii University, Kenya. She did a certificate in Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit at Egerton University, Kenya. During her third year she completed her attachment at Hell’s Gate National Park where she started learning about bird identification. She has worked with Animals Right Reserve mobile vet department where she learnt on how to handle wildlife. She did her undergraduate project on ecology, diet and movement of Eidolon helvumbats in Kisii County,
Wismer graduated with a bachelor degree in Wildlife and Enterprise Management from Egerton University. She then spent time at Crater Lake Sanctuary where she started learning about bird identification. For her undergraduate thesis, she studied the social behavior of llamas at Egerton University. She has since gained much more experience with working on birds as an intern at the National Museums of Kenya Ornithology Section. She has also worked on a project funded by African Bird Club looking at the land cover change and local perception of threatened grassland birds.