Close-up photo of the White-tailed Shrike

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2017

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!
Self-catering!

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

Meet 07:30 at the entrance gate to the Gammams Water Treatment Works.

Directions: Follow Sam Nujoma Avenue (C28) out of town towards Daan Viljoen Park, turn right into Otjomuise Road (past Ramatex) and find the water works on your left.

Bring along your binoculars, hat and water.

Students and non-members are welome to attend. Children need to be accompanied by an Adult.


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.


Morning Walk at Arebbush Travel Lodge

Location: Corner of Auas Road and Golf Street, Olympia - opposite the entrance of the Truck Port.

Meet 07:30 at the main office.


Easter Weekend Outing to Farm Helenenhof

The Easter Weekend outing will be to the Farm Helenenhof in the Kalkfeld area.
Further details and information can be found in the information sheet below.

Farm Helenenhof Information

Please let Gudrun Middendorff know before 7 April if you would like to attend the outing.


Morning Walk at Avis Dam

The morning walk around Avis Dam was done in cool but not cold conditions with an overcast sky. The 12 attendees where subjected to a slew of various members of the Apodidae and Hirundinidae families. The dam had more water in it than at the previous morning walk.
Now there were breeding Little Grebe and even breeding Black-necked Grebe present. Red-knobbed Coots were also abundant and especially one was of particular interest as can be seen in the photo below.

Red-knobbed Coot
Leucistic Red-knobbed Coot

In all 73 bird species were seen/heard which are listed in the file below:
Avis Dam Bird List


Biomarket

We are running the coffee shop at the Biomarket opposite the previously “Wilde Eend Coffee shop” in Uhland Street, Klein Windhoek.
We would like to ask for donations as listed in the spreadsheet below and we need helpers (even if only for an hour or two) for that morning. Donations Required

And for those never have been at the Biomarket it is the perfect opportunity to come and have Brötchen and coffee and support your bird club.

Thank you all for your support and looking forward to your response.


Day Outing to Farm Lichtenstein

Farm Lichtenstein lies in the Khomas Hochland and can be reached via the B road.


Independence Weekend Outing to AfriCat Foundation

With the upcoming long Independence weekend we plan atlasing / bird mapping trips to some destinations in Namibia.
The main idea is to go on atlasing trip further afield in order to map new areas and increase the coverage of Namibia.
The general daily plan is as follows: have breakfast, leave as early as possible, drive to pentad, atlas one or two pentads in the morning, return to farm during the heat of the day, late afternoon atlas another pentad and return for sun downer and dinner to farm.
It is great fun to discover different areas where you never have been before.

This Independence weekend the outing will be to AfriCat Foundation - Environmental Centre on Okonjima farm.

Details:
Self-catering! Wood available!
Fully equipped kitchen available (need to bring gas cooker if you prefer to)
Accommodation:  10 tents maximum 20 participants sharing
(Sheets and pillows available - bring own duvet/bedding)
Cost: N$150.00 per person per night
Game drive (on rest of property) optional for a top-up fee
On arrival an indemnity form has to be signed!
Request from management: local guides accompany bird club group to gain some training in identification.


Morning Walk at Gammams Water Treatment Works

It was a rather disappointing morning walk for the 18 people who attended. There were hardly any Red-knobbed Coots, and very few Egyptian Geese.
However everybody managed to get good views of a Little Bittern. At the end of the walk two Lanner Falcons made an appearance hunting swifts.


In all 67 bird species were seen/heard which are listed in the file below:
Gammams Bird List