It is common sense to say that particularly flying birds that are resident to Arusha City can see many of the features that exist in the City at a glance. They can see the protected areas of the city like the Suye hill and Njiro Forest in addition to eight annual streams, green valleys, colourful roundabouts and open spaces in the heart of the city. Not to forget the imposing Mount Meru in the background.
Residents and visitors to Arusha can benefit from various aspects of the natural environment in Arusha City in different ways. They can visit the Suye hill for recreation. They can also visit the Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI) offices in Njiro to buy natural honey from the Njiro Forest. It can be observed that the valleys in the City have not been developed for visitor use yet. Meanwhile, visitors can walk along Goliondoi and along the East African Roads to observe the Mount Meru view at its best.
Birds can spot the fifty or more water springs located in the City from the air at a glance. They can also spot residents of Arusha scrambling to obtain water from public stand pipes. There is acute shortage of water in Arusha even during rainy season like now.
Birds have to make extra efforts to spot the Maasai people who are the original occupants of the city area. Arusha City has become cosmopolitan whereby people from other ethnic groups dominate certain areas of the city. The Maasai colours are no longer a characteristic of Arusha City.
Particularly flying birds are relatively well equipped to live in Arusha City since they are able to make relevant livelihood decisions based on updated and real situations on the ground. It is the opposite for the Arusha City Council. Officials in the Council make decisions based on outdated maps and plans. The Arusha City Council makes decisions based on a City master plan which was prepared 24 years ago in 1986.
In particular, birds like Marabou storks detect abattoirs from the air which they visit in order to feed on meat left-overs after slaughter. It would be difficult for the storks to detect such sources of food from the ground.
Residents of Arusha would benefit significantly if they could fly like birds. They could detect from the air and avoid the regular traffic jams along Njiro road effectively. Serious traffic jams often occur along Njiro road between the junction to Tanzania breweries and the clock tower. Equally frustrating is the traffic jam which often occurs along Sokoine Road between Meru post office and the junction to Nairobi. It is important to beat the traffic jam along Sokoine Road for those who are scheduled to fly out of the City from Arusha Airport.
Birds could see the development setting of Arusha City clearly from the air if they were to care about that. They could see the drive on development in the form of commercial buildings that are constructed in the City Center. The number of universities, colleges and schools is increasing rapidly as well. So is the number of unplanned settlements. Sadly, the number of industries is decreasing at an alarming rate.
Particularly birds which eat meat and fish see features of Arusha City in full colour just like human beings do. Eyes for such birds are relatively big and are located in the front parts of the birds heads so that they can both be used to focus on an object of interest say, when hunting. Sharp vision is important when hunting since the animal to be hunted may be located far away or it may be in motion. Like human beings, a meat eating bird can only rotate both eyes in one direction at any particular time. Scientists have coined the term "binocular vision" to mean the situation whereby animals like birds apply both eyes to observe something.
On the other hand, eyes for most birds which eat seeds or insects are located on the sides of the birds heads. Eyes for such birds are relatively small and are located such that they cannot be used in any combinations to observe one object at the same time. In other words, the eyes for such birds operate independently. For example, a bird in that category can rotate one eye to monitor moving insects for a meal while rotating the other eye to monitor enemies. Scientists have coined the term "monocular vision" to refer to the system whereby animals like birds rotate one eye independent of the other.
Clearly, birds have a great view of Arusha City. That is not just because they get to fly above the City. But birds process the information which they see very fast and they can spot movements much better han humans. Actually, birds eye vision is much more fascinating than that.