Close-up photo of the White-tailed Shrike

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Celebrating International Vulture Awareness Day

International Vulture Awareness Day
Vulture Dinner

Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

This morning walk at the Gammams Water Treatment Works will be part of the Winter Inland Wetland Count.
Meet at 07:30 at the entrance gate.

Non-members, students and children are welcome. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Inland Wetland Count

The biannual Inland Wetland Count is taking place again on the 8 and 9 July. The Namibia Bird Club is looking for volunteers to participate in counting, recording, and generally having an enjoyable time.

It is time for the Winter inland wetland count again and the Namibia Bird Club is looking for volunteers to participate, a small group of 4-5 participants is enough.

Please contact Gudrun Middendorff (081-240 3635) if you are interested in participating.

Below is a list of sites which have to be counted:

Wetland SiteTeam LeaderPlaces left
Gammams Water Treatment WorksGundrun MiddendorffEverybody welcome
Hoffnung DamNeil Thomson4
Monte Christo4
Otjivero DamNeil Thomson1
Avis DamGudrun Middendorff4
Daan Viljoen4

The files below are a field count sheet and the official Wetland count sheet. While counting the wetland birds you can simultaneously make an atlas card/bird map as well.
Inland Count Form African Waterbird Census Form

Day Outing to Farm Finkenstein

It was a windy and cold morning for the 9 people that went on the day outing to Farm Finkenstein. The farm dams had very low water levels and were only attended by Egyptian Geese and Blacksmith Lapwings.

In all only 49 species of bird was seen/heard which are listed in the file below:
Finkenstein Bird List

Morning Walk at Avis Dam

Fortunately the small amount of water that had accumulated in the dam during the rainy season was still present and the fair number of ducks and other wetland birds present contributed greatly to the total of 74 species of bird seen and heard during the morning walk. The leucistic Red-knobbed Coot that was seen during the walk in April was not present. Some nice sightings for the morning included a Black-headed Heron, and African Spoonbill. Surprisingly some White-rumped Swifts and Greater-striped Swallows were still present.

The bird species seen/heard are listed in the file below:
Avis Dam Bird List

Long Weekend outing to Tsaobis Nature Park

Accommodation: Camping

Location: Situated about 60 km south of Karibib along the C32.

N$140.00 per person per night!

Please let Gudrun Middendorff know by 19 May 2017 if you are going to attend!

Official Namibia Bird List

The official Namibia Bird List has recently been published on the Biodiversity Observations website.

The pdf containing the bird list can be downloaded here.

Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

Once again like the previous time's outing to Gammams there were very few ducks, coots and other waterbirds. A fair number of White-backed Pelicans were present as was a Black-headed Heron.

Surprisingly a total of 68 birds were seen/heard which are listed in the file below.
Gammams Bird List

World Migratory Bird Day 2017

Information provided by World Migratory Bird Day:

World Migratory Bird Day raises awareness about the need for conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, about the threats they face, their ecological importance, and about the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
This year's theme is "Their Future is our Future - A healthy planet for migratory birds and people" throwing the light on the topic of "Sustainable Development for Wildlife and People".
The 2017 theme is linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the interdependence of people and nature, and more specifically people and migratory birds, as they share the same planet and the same limited resources. Human activity can have a negative impact on birds' migration, while humankind relies on birds in many ways. The 2017 campaign will aim at raising awareness of the need for sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that bird conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind.

What is World Migratory Bird Day?
World Migratory Bird Day was initiated in 2006 and is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It is jointly organized by the Secretariats of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) - two international wildlife treaties administered by UN Environment - and a growing number of partners.

Annual Bird-Ringers' Get-Together

This year's annual Bird-Ringers' Get-Together will be on the Farm Wiese. Members of the Namibia Bird Club will also be attending the outing and other non-ringers are also welcome

Farm Wiese is a couple of kilometres east of Rehoboth on the Uhlenhorst road. There should be plenty of scope for birding as the Schafrivier runs through the farm and there is a huge variety of habitats ranging from mountains to dunes to a nice vlei.

Please confirm your attendance by sending an email to Ursula before 31 March 2017.