Kenya’s Mara River – Under Threat Today

Written by NWNL Director Alison M Jones Photos © Alison M Jones, May 2019  This May, NWNL was again in Kenya investigating the impacts of proposed dams, drought and deforestation on Kenya’s Mara River.  Many scenes substantiated concern. On arrival in Kenya, conversations were a-buzz with comments on the extremely low levels of Mara River…

A Celebration of Fountains

Following the 2018 NWNL Spotlight Expedition to Rome to document ancient aqueducts and water systems, we fell in love with fountains. Today's blog highlights a few photographs taken by NWNL Director Alison M Jones of fountains around the world - both in and out of NWNL watersheds. All images © Alison M Jones

The Serengeti’s Meyasi Mollel

Zebras about to cross the Mara River, Kenya Today, NWNL Director Alison M Jones will give a joint presentation in New York City with Serengeti Preservation Foundation Director, Meyasi Mollel (pictured left). They will discuss Africa's Serengeti-Mara Ecosystem, its threats, and a variety of solutions to protect the wildlife and ecosystems within this renowned "8th…

Women as Saviors of the Serengeti

Written by Meyasi Mollel Edited by Alison M Jones Images © Alison M Jones (Unless otherwise noted) NWNL Director Alison Jones met Tanzania's Meyasi Meshilieck a year ago in Kenya, via NWNL's partner Serengeti Watch co-directors Boyd Norton and Dave Blanton. In her NWNL Interview with Meyasi, they discussed his views as a science educator in Tanzania…

The Zambezi River Legend

All images below capture the Zambezi River Basin © Alison M. Jones. The charming African legend we quote below refers to Africa's Zambezi River that flows 1677 miles (2700 km) from the point where northwestern Zambia borders Angola, Namibia and Botswana.  It crashes down Victoria Falls, dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia, and runs through Mozambique -…

A Watershed Thankful List

All photos © Alison M. Jones For 12 years, NWNL has documented six case-studies in North America and Eastern Africa – as well as a Spotlight on the ongoing 7-year California Drought. Thus, this week we want to share our appreciation of nature’s miracles and human stewardship in these special watersheds! NWNL says THANK YOU for…

Surprisingly Similar: Deer and Elephant

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a Syracuse University  senior studying Biology and Economics. Her summer research was on the nexus of biodiversity and water resources. She already has 3 NWNL blogs on African and N American watershed species:  Wild v…

Cape Buffalo, Bison and Water

By Bianca T. Esposito, NWNL Research Intern (Edited by Alison M.  Jones, NWNL Director) NWNL research intern Bianca T. Esposito is a senior at Syracuse University studying Biology and minoring in Economics. Her research this summer is on the intertwined relationships of biodiversity and our water resources. This is Bianca's second blog on Biodiversity for NWNL.…

Buzz Numbers

By NWNL Director, Alison Jones As NWNL plans its website redo (to launch this fall), we envision “Buzz Numbers” on the home page.  What?  Well, “Buzz Numbers,” are our Project Manager Sarah’s take-off on “buzz words.”  Just another great tool to quickly project complex concepts.  So, while in that mode, here’s a NWNL BLOG with…

What We’re Reading #1

Introducing a new semi-regular blog series: What We're Reading!  For two months this winter, our NWNL Director Alison Jones was in Kenya. Among the many interviews and trips to the Omo and Mara River Basins, Alison was also busy reading during this expedition. The goal of this new blog series is to share the books…