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October 14, 2017

Kilwa is a good place to think about the inequities of the world. It is a place of natural riches, which have been harvested by people for millennia.  Karen Moon in her 2015 book “Kilwa Kisiwani: Ancient Port City of the East African Coast”, explains that when the Portuguese arrived in 1505...

June 7, 2017

Nature Notebook - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 Vernal pool in May, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

I have a vernal pool in the middle of my pocket-sized nature reserve. I made it about 20 years ago by digging a hole about two meters deep and three meters wide. It is dry whenever the ground water level si...

May 25, 2017

A skimmer dragonfly laying eggs in a small pool in Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam
 - Photo by Anne Outwater

Dragonflies Migrating to Tanzania have arrived.

Dragonflies (kereng’ende in Swahili) are strong fliers.  In Tanzania, when looking out the windows of even the tallest buildings, it is common...

April 30, 2017

 Cloud of dragonflies swarming in a Dar es Salaam garden - photo by Anne Outwater
The black dots in this photo are some of the 500 dragonflies in a cloud like swarm. 
They have been cleaning the air of mosquitoes for several days in Mikocheni-B, Dar es Salaam.

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