ANNUAL REPORT ON THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG’S CLEANMARINE CAMPAIGN: PROJECT 4: REGULAR CO-ORDINATED WATERBIRD COUNTS ALONG THE OVERSTRAND ESTUARIES
Posted on the 4th January 2019
Only brief feedback is given to review negotiations until now.
It was initially decided that these CWAC counts will be undertaken in support of Dr Giselle Murison, the Estuaries Manager at BirdLife South Africa and Pierre de Villiers, the Estuaries Manager at CapeNature. Dr Murison states: “Currently, I am collating the data from the additional counts, for use in a research project we are developing, investigating waterbird movements in response to various water quality etc. variables, and of course for submission to the Animal Demography Unit (ADU). I’d be happy to continue to do this, but we have been struggling to keep the actual counts going and would be incredibly grateful for the support of the CleanMarine project. There are standard protocols being used, in both the collection and collation of the data.”
It is envisaged that the following CWAC counts be undertaken on a quarterly basis. We also propose possible teams of collaborators to be targeted to undertake such counts:
• The Palmiet River Estuary and possibly the Kleinmond Sewage Works. (Giselle to hand over to local volunteers).
• The Botvlei and Kleinmond Estuary have been surveyed by the team from the Tygerberg Bird Club on a bi-annual basis for many years and Giselle and a small team of volunteers from Cape Town and some local volunteers have been doing such counts on a more regular basis since 2016. (Local volunteers needed in support of these counts).
• Vermont Salt Pan and Onrus River Estuary. (Local volunteer consisting of members of BirdLife Overberg and the Hermanus Bird Club needed – Anton Odendal to possibly coordinate?).
• The Klein River Estuary (Mouth area). (Local volunteers consisting of members of BirdLife Overberg and the Hermanus Bird Club needed).
• The Klein River Estuary (Upper reaches around Stanford). (Local volunteers consisting of members of the Stanford Bird Club needed – Peter Hochfelden to possibly coordinate?).
• The Uilkraals River Estuary. (Local volunteers consisting of members of CapeNature, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and BirdLife Overberg needed).
It is proposed that the dates for such counts be considered as close as possible to the first weekends in February, May, August and November, the first count being on Saturday 2 February to coincide with International Wetlands Day.
INFRASTRUCTURAL NEEDS: A project coordinator needs to be appointed in view of arranging the various counts and assimilating the results. Six volunteers will also be needed to coordinate the individual counts mentioned above. The training of volunteers will initially be undertaken by Giselle.
A decision regarding the future continuation of this project will have to be taken at the BLO AGM on 11 February.
Dr Giselle Murison, the Estuaries Manager of BirdLife South Africa
Pierre de Villiers, the Estuaries Manager of CapeNature
The beautiful Onrus River estuary
BirdLife Overberg members birding at the Rooisand hide along the Bot River estuary