The Cape Bird Club is committed to sharing the love of birds and birding with young people. We hope they will be inspired as they become more aware of nature and the environment.
Birding Buzz is a four page monthly pamphlet / newsletter distributed by email and is aimed at learners aged 8 to 14 or 15 years old. Each issue has an article focussing on a different bird that children in the South Western Cape might encounter. The remaining pages will contain short articles and pointers encouraging children to develop their birding knowledge and skills, and to share some of their own photographs and birding experiences. There is also always a practical activity and/ or competition. Any parents or teachers with children interested in the outdoors and birds are welcome to send their contact email addresses to firstname.lastname@example.org This is a free offering from the Cape Bird Club.
In this regard we run an education program at no fee primary schools in the Strandfontein and Steenberg areas. Although the focus is on birds the aim is to instill a broader appreciation of nature and the environment.
The program is based on experiential learning with a series of workshops and outings run throughout the year by the Cape Bird Club and with an Educator present at these sessions. We also partner with other NGOs such as Ingcuncgu where there is synergy. Our program at Floreat has been running since 2018 and this year we have started a program at Hillwood. We plan to expand the program as we establish partnerships with other interested schools.
For high school learners, we are planning an outing every term to a range of local birding areas (such as Strandfontein, Rondevlei and Intaka).These will take place on the weekends and during the holidays. Although we hope to develop close relationships with specific schools, where students have already shown an interest in birding, we would like to include students from many schools on the peninsula. We hope some will eventually join the Cape Bird Club. (Please note that membership to children under 18 is free.) We hope to be able to assist with transport to the outings and will arrange other activities, such as birding quizzes. If you wish to find out more, please email email@example.com.