REPORT ON THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG’S CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN: PROJECT 6: EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF THE CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN
Posted on the 21st August 2019
PROJECT 6: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS
A variety of environmental education campaigns are ongoing.
# The BirdLife South Africa bird of the year posters and educational resources of the last two years (the African Black Oystercatcher and the Secretarybird) have been disseminated to many schools in the region. This project will be ongoing.
# A review of the CleanMarine campaign has also been incorporated into both the Flight for Birders and Flight Higher course and has been presented in 14 courses until now. It will also be included in a further six courses for the rest of the year. Several members have also presented talks on related topics to a variety of bird clubs, school groups and other organisations. We would like to express our sincere appreciation to all for their continued support with this important educational work.
# The identification brochure on the common coastal birds was revamped to include text describing our conservation campaigns focusing on the African Black Oystercatcher as bird of the year 2018. The new brochure was developed and printed after we received a grant to do so from the Important Bird and Biodiversity division of BirdLife South Africa. Our appreciation goes to Dale Wright for facilitating this process. The use of these brochures and subsequent reprints will form the cornerstone of several of our future educational efforts in support of the CleanMarine campaign.
# As in the past we will again collaborate with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust during the annual schools competition in support of national marine month in October. Planning meetings have already been undertaken with the national, provincial and municipal environmental departments and divisions, as well as CapeNature participating. The majority of schools along the Overstrand coast will be participating and we will again serve as judges during the competition.
Covers of the coastal birds identification brochure
Illustrations in the coastal birds identification brochure
Pinkey & Anton judging poems. Photo credit DICT
DICT staff judging artwork
The winners of the schools competition with teachers all set for their cruise during 2018. Photo DICT.
We firstly need to acknowledge the contributions of several BirdLife Overberg members to this process. The use of Jenny Parsons’ brilliant images of the oystercatcher breeding and chick raising process was central to the success of the campaign. We thank Dale Wright and Daniel Marnewick of the Important Bird and Biodiversity division of BirdLife South Africa for the grant that enabled us to develop and print the revised identification brochure on the coastal birds of the Western Cape. Wilfred Chivell, Brenda du Toit and Pinkey Ngewu of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust played a pivotal role in getting the oystercatcher conservation message across to so many schools and learners. I would personally like to express my gratitude to Mark Anderson, the CEO of BirdLife South Africa and Mark Brown, the Director of the Nature’s Valley Trust for their encouragement and support throughout this process.