REPORT ON TALK ON CAPE ROCK-JUMPERS ON 14 MAY 2018
Posted on the 20th May 2018
The BirdLife Overberg monthly talk on 14 May was again a huge success as we were given new insights into the conservation plight of the Cape Rock-jumper, our club’s logo bird. Kirsten Oswald gave us an introduction to her current research and fieldwork illustrating what innovative methodologies modern conservationists employ. She supplied this brief summary of her talk:
"Of the seven Fynbos-endemic birds, Cape Rock-jumpers have declining populations associated with regions experiencing warming trends. For my MSc I found no obvious reason for these declines when I looked at their seasonal physiology. I am continuing to try and find the reason by collecting behavioural, reproductive, and genetic data for my PhD. Do they stop foraging when it’s hot? Do they struggle to provide food for their chicks? Is snake activity increasing? Or are their populations facing problems with dispersal and gene-flow? I have spent the last 3 years following this stunning bird across the beautiful Fynbos-clad mountains, and hope to find out soon.”
Michael Raimondo, the owner of the Hoek van de Berg and Green Renaissance, was the recipient of the CleanMarine Oystercatcher Hero of the month award. This is in recognition of his major contribution to the conservation of our coastline over the years.
We thank Carl Swart for chairing the meeting and Carin and Cherry for the catering.
Carl & Krista in deep discussion
Brian, Julia and others
Peter, Justine, Michael & Hoogie
Paying serious attention
Part of the group
Carin & Cherry's spread
Justine & Michael receiving their Oystercatcher Hero Award from CleanMarine coastal clean-up manager Hele Oosthuizen