Musiime Muramura

Musiime Muramura

"The Big Birding Day" (BBD) is a special day when every person in Uganda is encouraged to go out birding in any part of the country, with the main aim of increasing awareness on the potential of birds to promote tourism in Uganda. This event also aims to promote domestic tourism, by involving Ugandans in such an exciting exercise.

The first BBD was organized in 2003 followed by the events in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The BBD comprises of three events; the launch which is in form of a public lecture; the birding day, where we all go out for birding in the whole country in sites of our choice; and the big birding festival, which is the final day where we announce the results from the birding event.

This year the BBD events will take place as follows; the Launch at the Uganda Museum on 18th, Bird watching day all over the country on 19th and the Big Birding Festival in Kitante Primary School Gardens on 26th October. The sub-theme for this year is "Birding, Our livelihoods, Our economy". This theme targets to promote birding as one of the leading source of livelihood for the country.
This communication is intended to invite you to be part of the Birding teams and also to attend the other BBD events.
You are requested to arrange for birding in a site of your choice on the birding day 19th October and let me know which site you have chosen. You need a team with at least two birders if possible and other interested participants for your site. Birding will be a 24hr exercise starting at midnight (19that 1201am) to midnight (20th at 1200am). Remember this is a competition for the longest bird species list recorded during the 24hrs.

The winners stand to win different prizes so you should be in that team.


You can register your BBD participation at NatureUganda or via the NatureUganda website or contact me on my addresses below or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Looking forward to celebrating the birds of Uganda with you.

The operationalisation of the new payment system to access our national park and activities therein was successfully piloted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park(BINP)in September.

The Problem animal management staff from the Community conservation Unit has captured three man-eating crocodiles in Kungu area Apach district near Lake Kyoga which had been disturbing residents for a long time.

The High Court has dismissed Civil Suit NO. 778 OF 2003, Bernard Tumuhimbise VS Attorney General &Uganda Wildlife Authority filed way back in 2003 in the High Court of Kampala by people claiming to have been evicted from Katonga Wildlife Reserve in 200. This was dismissed on a preliminary objection with costs to UWA.

DSC 0361-webA collaring exercise for the herd leaders of elephants ended successfully in Murchison Falls National Park in September. The exercise jointly conducted by UWA and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is aimed at easing the monitoring of elephant movements in the wake of ongoing 3D seismic oil survey.
The collaring will aid UWA and other conservationists to monitor the impact of oil exploration activities on the wildlife using the elephants as flagship species.

In a bid to reinforce protection for the endangered rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in central Uganda, more rangers have been deployed to the area to boost their security.
The rhinos that face a big threat from poachers following the renewed demand and illegal market for rhino horn in Eastern Asia. The rangers who will be permanently deployed have been selected from different protected areas.

With support from the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), the sub counties Karenga and Lobalangit within Kaboong district are carrying out land use planning for the proper use of their land. The two sub counties are neighbors of Kidepo Valley National Park and Karenga Community Wildlife Area. In September, the Land Use planning team which include a representative from planning unit carried out zoning of the land in those sub counties

The planning unit of the Conservation department is in advanced stages of developing new General Management Plans (GMPs)for Kibale and Lake Mburo National Parks.

Uganda Wildlife Authority Deputy Director Conservation and Conservation ambassador Mr. Charles Tumwesigye in September travelled to Montreal Canada to participate in fundraising programs for the Kibale Mobile Clinic Project.
While in Canada, Charles also gave talks on conservation to various audiences in my capacity as the NGS/Buffet Award Winner for African Conservation 2013.

Miss TourismNine finalists for Miss Tourism Uganda in September were treated to memorable adventure when they toured almost all the national parks in Uganda courtesy of Uganda Wildlife Authority and various sponsors including hotels and tour operators.

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