Calling all birders! We need your help
Early this year, some of our ABI partners launched the “Targeted Species Project”. And they’re asking birders and conservationists to get involved.
Secretarybird or secretary bird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
Photograph by Sharon Brink.
Why this specific project?
Birdlife SA has recognised that the Agulhas Plain is an Important Bird Area (IBA), with 26 threatened bird species. These species need to be ‘targeted’. The aim of this project is therefore to build up a threatened species database in the Overberg which can be used to analyse trends concerning population demography, habitat preference, distribution, etc.
The database will be stored by the Overberg Crane Group, who can then use the information and share it with relevant partners, to therefore hopefully ensure more protection of these threatened species.
So how can you help?
Through the collaboration, Birdlasser has created a challenge for the Overberg. When you join, you act as a citizen scientist and help improve the data pool.
So download Birdlasser (a FREE app), select the threatened species project under ‘Causes’ and then join the Overberg 150km Challenge under ‘Play’. Here you will be able to enter the exact GPS coordinates of your sightings, as well as any information pertaining the birds.
Which birds must I look out for?
|Target Species common name||Target species status|
|Cape Cormorant||Globally threatened|
|Damara Tern||Globally threatened|
|Chestnut-banded Plover||Globally threatened|
|African Black Oystercatcher||Globally threatened|
|Lesser Flamingo||Globally threatened|
|Blue Crane||Globally threatened|
|Denhams Bustard||Globally threatened|
|Southern Black Korhaan||Globally threatened|
|Martial Eagle||Globally threatened|
|Black Harrier||Globally threatened|
|Hottentot Buttonquail||Globally threatened|
|African Marsh-harrier||Regionally threatened species|
|Lanner Falcon||Regionally threatened species|
|African Grass owl||Regionally threatened species|
|Greater Flamingo||Regionally threatened species|
|Caspian Tern||Regionally threatened species|
|Karoo Korhaan||Regionally threatened species|
|Agulhas long-billed lark||Regionally threatened species|
|Striped Flufftail||Regionally threatened species|
|Greater Painted-snipe||Regionally threatened species|
|Cape Spurfowl||Range/Biome restricted species|
|Cape Bulbul||Range/Biome restricted species|
|Cape clapper lark||Nuwejaars Target species|
|Marsh Owl||Nuwejaars Target species|
|Cape Eagle-owl||Nuwejaars Target species|
Prizes will be given for the highest species counts over the challenge area, and also the highest number of target species sighted within the challenge area. The fun will carry on for the whole of 2018.
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