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EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA’S BIRD OF THE YEAR CAMPAIGN - PROGRESS REPORT

Posted on the 26th April 2018

PROGRESS REPORT ON EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS IN SUPPORT OF BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA’S BIRD OF THE YEAR CAMPAIGN

This is the report on one of the six projects forming part of the BirdLife Overberg conservation campaign on our coastline and estuaries, now being called the CleanMarine project. Like the "CleanMarine at BirdLife Overberg" Facebook page to receive regular news and updates on our projects. This is a report on progress made during April – the reports on the other five conservation projects will be published separately.

We appeal to members, friends and partners to forward ideas and talk to us on how we can raise more funds and investigate possible donations to sustain these projects in the short, medium and long term. 

STATUS AT END OF APRIL 2018

Meetings were held with representatives of the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) on Monday 9 April and representatives of Whale Coast Conservation (WCC) on Wednesday 11 April to discuss the dissemination of the bird of the year resources to schools. Herewith a brief overview of decisions taken:

• Action for the second school term. WCC presented a workshop to Eco Schools practitioners on 21 April and Anton provided posters and the resources for the participants of 15 schools;

• Action for the third school term. WCC to present their annual schools expo and this year they will focus on endangered species. The bird of the year posters and resources will again be provided by Anton for dissemination to 15 different schools;

• Action for fourth school term: DICT will again run their Marine Week competition during October. Anton is co-ordinating the details of the competition with Brenda and Pinkey – the bird of the year resources will however be central to the competition, with fishing line bins and coastal cleanups also forming part of it. There will be three age categories and 10 winners of each category will receive goody bags when they get taken out to sea on the Whale Whisperer, with the compliments of Wilfred Chivell of DICT. We will provide the new identification brochures on the common coastal birds of the Western Cape for the goody bags. (See below).

• Other decisions:
# BLO, WCC and DICT will work together in view of marketing the expo and competition.
# BLO members and other people interested will be requested to assist us by taking the bird of the year material to schools in our region not yet reached through the actions mentioned above.
# Carin Malan will also be disseminating 24 of the posters and resources to all the schools in the Elgin and Grabouw region.
# It was recommended that we should make every effort to reach all “home schooling children” in the region, as these parents are continually looking for extra material to stimulate children. Enquiries in this regard have been made and we are awaiting reaction.
# It was recommended that Anton’s proposed participation in the PRAATSAAM talk show on RSG be done in October to coincide with the DICT marine week activities.

• The officials from the Environmental Management Division of the Overstrand Municipality want to put up the Bird of the Year posters at various spots along the shoreline and I referred them to BLSA to get the electronic artwork.

• 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. The new brochure has been 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.

Contact Anton at birding@overberg.co.za if you want to receive the bird of the year posters and educational resources.

Taking the bird of the year educational resources to schools in our region. CleanMarine project 6
Regular monthly coastal cleanups. This is CleanMarine project 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combatting cigarette butts along our coastline. CleanMarine project 4
The provision of fishing line bins along our coastline. CleanMarine project 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular CWAC counts along our estuaries. CleanMarine project 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting the breeding success of White-fronted Plovers along our coastline. CleanMarine project 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supporting the breeding success of African Black Oystercatchers along our shoreline. CleanMarine project 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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