BirdLife South Africa Birding Day Saturday 26 November 2011
The annual BirdLife South Africa Birding Big Day is a fun, yet competitive day for South Africa’s birdwatchers, both beginners and competitive twitchers, while at the same time raising much needed funds for the organisation’s important bird conservation and bird species monitoring work. Scroll down to download the entry form and bird checklists.
Funds raised this year will be going to BirdLife South Africa’s Important Bird Areas (IBA) Programme. A portion of funds will also go towards the SABAP2 project, mainly for travel subsidies to enable atlasers to reach unatlased pentads.
NEWSFLASH: Calling all backyard birders
This year, BirdLife South Africa would like to see greater participation in the Garden Bird Category, which is specially tailored for those who like to enjoy their coffee on the patio whilst watching a Cape Robin-Chat in the bird bath or resident weavers building their nests. So avid gardeners and backyard birders unite and count the birds in your garden during the week preceding and on the official day (26 November 2011).
By recording the birds that visit your garden you will be providing important information to help BirdLife South Africa monitor bird populations in your area. Don’t be put off if the only birds in your patch are hadedas or doves – they all matter. This is not an ‘Experts Only’ survey; everyone’s input will be valuable.
BirdLife South Africa would also like to encourage all teams and individuals who enter the Garden Bird category to register with the MyBirdPatch project. Register on the MyBirdPatch website as an observer and submit your list online.
MyBirdPatch, a project of UCT’s Animal Demography Unit (ADU), in collaboration with BirdLife South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), is an initiative to capture bird lists from small, local patches to monitor bird population changes on a fine scale. It is about birding in your own comfort zone: your garden, your neighbourhood, a local park or wetland, a golf course, etc.
Download the entry form and bird checklists from the BirdLife South Africa website http://www.birdlife.org.za/events/birding-big-day
All about Birding Big Day 2011
All the information you need to know about Birding Big Day 2011 can be found on the BirdLife South Africa website http://www.birdlife.org.za/events/birding-big-day For any further enquiries, please contact Nikki McCartney, Acting Events Manager on 083 636 1060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Categories for Birding Big Day
Garden Bird Category
Traditional Birding Big Day Category
How to enter and participate
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