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Darcy Ogada

Darcy Ogada


Darcy was fortunate to grow up with a small forest behind her house in upstate New York and at a time when it was safe for kids to explore the outdoors on their own. She also grew up on skis. Her mom put her on downhill skis in the backyard at the age of 3 and during primary school she would x-country ski to and from school through the woods. Her first love was frogs. When she wasn’t in the woods collecting frogs, she was playing all kinds of sports, softball, swimming, horseback riding, skiing, and later ice hockey. Ironically, she has lived in Kenya for most of her professional life and the only snow she sees now is on the top of Mt Kenya. She developed a love of birds while in university and studied bald eagles on the Hudson River upon graduation. She loves hiking, camping and exploring Kenya and Africa with her young son. Darcy works for The Peregrine Fund’s Africa Program and lives in central Kenya.

The Peregrine Fund
Box 1629  
Nairobi,    00606  Kenya
Email: ogada.darcy@peregrinefund.org

   Research Interests

Darcy’s projects are primarily focused on the ecology and conservation of birds of prey, though she has a broad interest in many organisms, especially small mammals. She is particularly interested in the impacts raptors have on community processes and in gaining a better understanding of raptor disease ecology.

Species of Interest: 
  • Eagle owls
  • Pel's Fishing Owl
  • African grass owl
  • Bearded Vulture
  • Lappet-faced Vulture
  • White-headed Vulture
  • Long-billed Vulture
  • Egyptian Vulture
  • White-backed Vulture
  • Ruppell's Vulture
  • Hooded Vulture
  • Mackinder's Eagle Owl


Ogada, D., M. Odino, P. Wairasho, and B. Mugambi. 2016. Raptor road survey of northern Kenya, 2-15 May 2016. (Unpublished Report)       pdf

Ogada, D., M. Odino, P. Wairasho, and B. Mugambi. 2016. Raptor road survey of northern Kenya: Photo supplement. (Unpublished Report)       pdf

Buij, R., G.Nikolaus, R. Whytock, D.J. Ingram, and D. Ogada). 2015 (in press). Trade of threatened vultures and other raptors for fetish and bushmeat in West and Central Africa. Oryx       pdf

Ogada, D., B.Finch, S. Kapila, P. Wairasho, B. Mugambi, and S. Thomsett. 2015. Two recent records of Cassin's Hawk Eagle Spizaetus africanus from Imenti Forest, Kenya. Scopus 35:44-46.       pdf

Ogada, D., André Botha and Phil Shaw. Ivory poachers and poison: drivers of Africa's declining vulture populations. Oryx, doi:10.1017/S0030605315001209.       pdf

Pomeroy, D., P. Shaw, M. Opige, G. Kaphu, D.L. Ogada and M.Z. Virani. 2015. Vulture populations in Uganda: using road survey data to measure both densities and encounter rates within protected and unprotected areas. Bird Conservation International 25(4):399-414.

Ogada, D., P. Shaw, R.L. Beyers, R. Buij, C. Murn, J.M. Thiollay, C.M. Beale, R.M. Holdo, D. Pomeroy, N. Baker, S.C. Kruger, A. Botha, M.Z. Virani, A. Monadjem, and A.R.E. Sinclair. 2015. Another continental vulture crisis: Africa's vultures collapsing toward extinction. Conservation Letters 2015 pp.1-9.       pdf

Supplementary Material to Ogada et. al. 2015. Vulture declines.       pdf

Richards, N. & D. Ogada. 2015. Veterinary agents and poisons threaten avian scavengers in Africa and Europe. Royal Society of Chemistry-Environmental Chemistry Group-Bulletin January 2015 pp. 17-19       pdf

Odino, M., T. Imboma & D.L. Ogada. 2014. Assessment of the occurrence and threats to Hooded Vultures Necrosyrtes monachus in western Kenyan towns. Vulture News 67:3-20.       pdf

Downs, C., D. Harebottle, T. Dodman, A. Ndiaye, P. Barnard, B. Huntley, D. Ogada, A. Botha & F. Ng'weno. 2014. Birds in a changing environment: report on the 13th Pan-African Ornithological Congress in Arusha, Tanzania. Ostrich 85(1)pp. iii-iv, DOI: 10.2989/00306525.2014.912452.       pdf

Kane, A., A.L. Jackson, D.L. Ogada, A. Monadjem, & L. McNally. 2014. Vultures acquire information on carcass location from scavenging eagles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 281:20141072.       pdf

Ogada, D.L. 2014. The power of poison: pesticide poisoning of Africa's wildlife. Ann.N.Y. Acad. Sci.       pdf

Ogada, D.. 2013. A brisk taste of Ethiopia's raptor treasures. SWARA 37(1):64-65       pdf

Ogada, D.L. and P.M. Kibuthu. 2012. Breeding ecology of Mackinder’s eagle owls Bubo capensis mackinderi in farmlands of central Kenya. Journal of Raptor Research 46: 327-335.

Botha, A.J., D.L. Ogada, and M.Z. Virani. 2012. Pan-African vulture summit 2012, April 16-20, 2012, Masai Mara, Kenya. Wildlife without Borders, SASOL, Endangered Wildlife Trust, and The Peregrine Fund, Modderfontein, South Africa.

Chaudhry, M.J.I., D.L. Ogada, R.N. Malik, M.Z. Virani, and M.D. Giovanni. 2012. First evidence that populations of the critically endangered Long-billed Vulture Gyps indicus in Pakistan have increased following the ban of the toxic veterinary drug diclofenac in South Asia. Bird Conservation International. doi:10.1017/S0959270912000445        pdf

Ogada, D.L., M.E. Torchin, M.F. Kinnard, and V.O. Ezenwa. 2012. Effects of vulture declines on facultative scavengers and potential implications for mammalian disease transmission. Conservation Biology 26:453-460.

Ogada, D.L., F. Keesing, and M.Z. Virani. 2011. Dropping dead: causes and consequences of vulture population declines worldwide. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 2011:1-15.       pdf

Lalah, J.O., P.O. Otieno, N. Richards, M. Odino, L. Frank, A. Cotterill, S. Dolrenry, L. Hazzah, D. Ogada, M.Z. Virani, and D.J. Martins. 2011. A chronicling of long-standing carbofuran use and its menace to wildlife in Kenya. Published Online. DOI: 10.1002/9781119998532.ch3

Ogada, D.L., and R. Buij. 2011. Large declines of the Hooded Vulture Necrosyrtes monachus across its African range. Ostrich 82:101-113.       pdf

Ogada, D.L. and N.C. Gregory. 2011. Northward extension of the known range of the Bush pipit Anthus caffer blayneyi in Kenya and preliminary evidence for a northern breeding population. Scopus 31: 11-18.

Lancaster, S., Richards, N.L., Gachanja, A., Ogada, D., Gudka, M., Lalah, J., Otieno, P., Virani, M.Z., and Martins, D.J. 2011. A snapshot of analytical, forensic and biological initiatives currently underway in Kenya to preserve environmental resources and species in jeopardy. Royal Society of Chemistry. Environmental Chemistry Group Bulletin. September: 3-8.

Ogada, D.L., and F. Keesing. 2010. Decline of raptors over a three-year period in Laikipia, central Kenya. Journal of Raptor Research 44:129-135.       pdf

Ogada, D.L., and P.M. Kibuthu. 2009. Impacts of agriculture on the diet and productivity of Mackinder's Eagle Owls (Bubo capensis mackinderi) in Kenya. Biotropica 41:485-492.

Ogada, D.L., J.K. Peterhans, and B. Agwanda. 2009. Preliminary report of shrews and rodents in and around Lake Bogoria National Reserve, Kenya. Journal of East African Natural History 98(1):129-139. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2982/028.098.0109

Ogada, D.L., and P.M. Kibuthu. 2008. Conserving Mackinder's Eagle Owls in farmlands of Kenya: assessing the influence of pesticide use, tourism and local knowledge of owl habits in protecting a culturally loathed species. Environmental Conservation 35:252-260.

Ogada, D.L., Gadd, M.E., Ostfeld, R.S., Young, T.P. and F. Keesing. 2008. Impacts of large herbivorous mammals on bird diversity and abundance in an African savanna. Oecologia 156(2): 387-397.

Ogada, D.I. 2008. Rural culture and the conservation of Mackinders Eagle Owls (Bubo capensis mackinderi) in Kenya. Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 22:158-160. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1647/2007-036R.1

Ogada, D.L. 2007. The ecology and conservation of Mackinder's Eagle Owl (Bubo capensis mackinderi) in central Kenya in relation to agricultural land-use and cultural attitudes. Ph.D. dissertation, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.       pdf

O'Reilly, L., D. Ogada, T.M. Palmer, and F. Keesing. 2006. Effects of fire on bird diversity and abundance in an East African savanna. African Journal of Ecology 44:165-170.

Goheen, J.R., F. Keesing, B.F. Allan, D. Ogada, and R.S. Ostfeld. 2004. Net effects of large mammals on Acacia seedling survival in an African savanna. Ecology 85:1555-1561.       pdf

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