Happening from the 8th June 2019 to 9th June 2019

A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
Environmental Education Centre, Karoo Botanical Gardens, Worcester
8 & 9 June 2019

BirdLife Overberg’s drive to expose more people to the wonderful world of birds and bird-watching moves to Worcester on 8 & 9 June – the Flight for Birders 2019 identification & conservation course will be presented. The course has been revised completely to now also accommodate employees of nature conservation agencies and accommodation establishments. It now consists of equal thirds of bird identification, birding tourism and conservation issues with emphasis on how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in birds and birding conservation actions. The course now also includes details of BirdLife Overberg’s CleanMarine coastal conservation campaigns and several other critical conservation issues in the Cape Whale Coast region. The Secretarybird is also celebrated as BirdLife South Africa’s bird of the year. 

People working in the tourism and conservation industries, as well as novice and more experienced bird-watchers should be encouraged to participate. The costs of the course include coffee and tea, a practical outing, basic notes and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa. Gift vouchers to attend the course are available – an ideal gift for budding birders.

Participants in a previous F4B course
Practical outing during a previous F4B course










DAY 1: Saturday 8 June
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
08h30 to 09h00: Registration

09h00 to 10h00: GETTING THE MOST OUT OF BIRDING – Celebrating the Secretarybird as the Bird of the year 2019. How does one start flying with these beautiful creatures? 

10h00 to 10h15: Tea

10h15 to 11h45: For the love of one’s GARDEN BIRDS – Getting to know the birds that one will see most often and planning one’s garden to attract them – a list of water-friendly indigenous plants that attract birds is included in the notes.

11h45 to 12h30: The art of deception – celebrating the BROOD PARASITES and their hosts. (On the tricks that cuckoos, whydahs and honeyguides are up to).

12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

13h00 to 14h15: Masters of the skies – The BIRDS OF PREY of the region

14h15 to 14h30: What type of bird of prey is that flying over me?

14h30 to 15h00: “Whooo, whooo, whoo” – Who goes bump in the night? OWLS, NIGHTJARS, THICK-KNEES AND FLUFFTAILS

15h00 to 15h30: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area – a case-study of birding in the KRUGER NATIONAL PARK 

Focus on raptors: White-backed Vulture
Focus on garden birds, including sunbirds













DAY 2: Sunday 9 June
08h45 to 09h00: Coffee and tea

09h00 to 10h15: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? What they lose in colour they gain in brilliant display flights and resilient behaviour.

10h15 to 10h30: Tea

10h30 to 11h00: Where does one find those special birds in one’s area? How to use various BIRDFINDER WEB-PAGES of the region.

11h00 to 11h30: The regional bird-watching brag session – The BEST BIRDING SPOTS and where to look for those special birds.

11h30 to 12h00: Summer migrants
• Basic keys on the identification of SWALLOWS, SWIFTS AND MARTINS in your area
• Basic keys on the identification of TERNS in your area

12h00 to 12h30: Conservation case-studies part 1
• The Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Working towards saving AFRICAN PENGUINS
• BirdLife South Africa's ALBATROSS Task Force: Saving seabirds.

12h30 to 13h00: Lunch

13h00 to 13h30: Conservation case-studies part 2
• BirdLife Overberg’s CLEANMARINE coastal conservation campaign

13h30 to 14h15: The easiest identification stuff for last – the common waterbirds of your region.

14h15 to 15h00: THE 101 GAME – Getting to know the different families of birds.
15h30+: Closure.

Focus on LBJs: Capped Wheatear
Focus on marine conservation: African Penguins









DATES: 8 & 9 June 2019
VENUE: Environmental Education Centre, Karoo Botanical Gardens, Worcester
COSTS: R 600-00 that include the course notes & certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa.
Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are now also available: an ideal gift for friends and family members interested in nature in general and birds in particular.

Contact Elaine at or 082 455 8402. All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.

Focus on the Secretarybird as the BLSA Bird of the Year
Focus of BirdLife Overberg's CleanMarine campaign: The White-fronted Plover











(Images by Anton)


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