The Cape Bird Club
PROGRAMME & CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Celebrating 60 years of the Club, birds and birding in the Western Cape.
A special sub committee has been hard at work since early 2007 putting together and organising a programme and calendar of special events for members to enjoy in celebration of this milestone in the Club’s history.
From the Diamond Anniversary sub committee:
Mel Tripp, Otto Schmidt, Vernon Head, Klaus Hoffmann, Jo Hobbs.
MAY CELEBRATES THE ACTUAL ANNIVERSARY MONTH
President Peter Steyn - The Birdman
More photos by Priscilla Beeton
JUNE / JULY
aturday 2nd Half Day Course, Mountain of the Sea.
A natural history of the Flora, Fauna and the Geology of Table Mountain presented by
Anton Pauw. Venue: UCT Lesley 3B Lecture Theatre. 9am – 1pm. Booking necessary, full details in May edition of Promerops.
The Fund raising initiative for The Albatross Task Force with a raffle of Grey-headed Albatross painting by gifted, young, local artist Leon Fouché, goes ‘International’ at the British BirdFair, Rutland Water, and thereafter the following weekend to the Dutch Birding Fair in Lelystad, in an effort to add even more to the funds raised locally.
Dronfield Nature Reserve is part of the ‘Diamond Birding Route’ and appropriately in our Diamond year, well worth a visit.
Sunday 7th Special Outing to Delheim Wine Estate
An day outing starting at 07h00 to help draw up the Estates first "official bird list". Delheim have championed a biodiversity and conservation ethic along with making wine. They are a founder member of the Klapmutskop Conservancy. They are on the Simonsberg just off the R44 road.
The Club will be involved in 'meet and greet' at Cape Town airport, transport delegates to Goudini. Plus Diamond Anniversary displays and sales of Raffle tickets and memorabilia.
photograph by Heather Howell
The draw by Mel and Peter
The lucky winners!! updated 15/10/2008
A private farm situated between Oudtshoorn and Calizdorp at the foot of the Swartberg. With an impressive list of 195 species with 144 recorded breeding, some of the specials include: Gabar Goshawk, Tambourine
Dove, Cape Eagle Owl, Rufous-cheeked Nightjar and the only reported record of Dusky Indigobird for the Western Cape.
photograph by Otto Schmidt
The expert GREEN HORNS
See more winners updated 21/11/2008
A birding competition for Teams to compete for prizes to see the most species in 24 hours, plus prizes for any rarities seen, all within the confines of the West Coast National Park. Accommodation for 2 nights will be
in the park.
photograph by Priscilla Beeton
The winners of the contest Felicity and Margaret.
See Mel's wrap-up of the event updated 12/02/2009
Drinks, pizzas, quiz, raffle prizes plus a special presentation reviewing some of the Anniversary year’s events.
Several items of memorabilia have been specially produced in celebration. These will be available for sale at all of the special events on the calendar plus at other club meetings throughout the year.
CONSERVATION DIAMOND FUND RAISER
There are many conservation projects deserving of funding, but rather than dilute the effort and the proceeds raised across several projects, the Committee has decided that all proceeds raised throughout the year will go to one project, The Albatross Task Force which is part of BirdLife South Africa’s Marine and Sea Bird Programme.
The Albatross Task Force is currently doing good work (as those members that attended Miedad Goren’s talk in August will attest to) not only at sea with the fisheries, but also on land to develop strategies and actions both practical and educational to mitigate the appalling loss of birds. Not only Albatross species, but Petrels, Shearwaters and other sea creatures like sharks and turtles, suffer due to current fishing practices.
In Southern African waters alone, last year it was estimated 34 000 seabirds are killed annually off Namibia, Angola and the west coast of South Africa.
21 of the 23 species of Albatross are threatened with extinction should these practices be allowed to continue throughout the world.
Cape Town is now an international venue and springboard to some of the best boat based Pelagic Sea Bird watching, and the Club believes The Albatross Task Force is one of the most important conservation issues in our part of the world needing additional support and funding. Tragically, the carnage has mostly gone unnoticed, being out there, out at sea, out of sight until now.
How are we going to raise Funds?
A young and gifted, local bird artist, Leon Fouchè has been commissioned to produce a painting featuring and dramatising the
Sale of Limited Edition prints will also be used to raise funds. All proceeds go to the Albatross Task Force.
Not only will the Club be raising funds at home for this, but a bold initiative will be undertaken to raise funds in the UK,
We anticipate and have targeted to raise R 100 000 and trust members will embrace and support this throughout the year.