“A FLIGHT HIGHER” 2020 BIRD APPRECIATION COURSE AT MONTAGU
"A FLIGHT HIGHER" by Dr Anton Odendal: A specialist course for intermediate and more experienced birders is to be presented at Montagu on 7 & 8 March 2020. This is to further enhance the outstanding bird-watching potential of the Langeberg region. Many novice bird-watchers who have attended the Flight for Birders course in the past have requested that we develop a specialist course for intermediate birders that are a bit more experienced. Well, here it is – it is not too technical and filled with anecdotes, wonderful memories and often crazy storytelling about our feathered friends. Themes addressed include Birds of Prey, Little Brown Jobs, the Southern Ground Hornbill as bird of the year, summer migrants, planning one’s garden to attract birds and case-studies on a variety of conservation issues. The growing importance of birding tourism is also highlighted and making the most of visiting several top birding destinations (such as the Kruger National Park) will be featured.
DAY 1: Saturday 7 March
SESSION 1: MASTERS OF THE SKIES – BIRDS OF PREY
09h00 to 10h00: Introduction – A celebration of the endemic bird species of the Western Cape Province
09h30 to 10h00: Securing a safe passage for AMUR FALCONS on their epic migratory flight
10h00 to 10h15: Tea
10h15 to 11h00: Masters of the skies – Our VULTURES in trouble
11h30 to 12h00: Masters of the skies – The COMMON RESIDENT BIRDS OF PREY of the local region
12h00 to 12h30: What type of BIRD OF PREY is that flying over me?
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
SESSION 2 – LITTLE BROWN JOBS
13h00 to 14h15: Are “LITTLE BROWN JOBS” really that bad? What they lose in colour they gain in brilliant display flights and resilient behaviour. (Those cryptic birds of your region)
14h15 to 15h00: The SOUTHERN GROUND HORNBILL as bird of the year 2020
15h00 to 16h00: How to prepare when planning to bird in a new area with lots of LBJs – Participants decide on one case-study on birding in the TANKWA KAROO NATIONAL PARK, KRUGER NATIONAL PARK or the KGALAGADI TRANSFRONTIER PARK
DAY 2: Sunday 8 March
SESSION 3 - SUMMER MIGRANTS
09h00 to 09h30: “The Art of Deception” – Celebrating CUCKOOS and some other BROOD PARASITIC FAMILIES
09h30 to 10h00: Basic keys on the identification of SWALLOWS, SWIFTS AND MARTINS in your area
10h00 to 10h30: Tea
10h30 to 11h00: Basic keys on the identification of TERNS in your area
11h00 to 12h00: Basic keys on the identification of the WADERS in your area
12h00 to 12h30: For the love of one’s GARDEN – Planning one’s garden to attract birds and other wildlife
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
SESSION 4 – GETTING INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION ACTIONS ON THE GROUND
13h00 to 14h00: For this session participants decide on two conservation case-studies on the following topics: AFRICAN PENGUINS, ALBATROSSES, LESSER FLAMINGOS, GREAT WHITE PELICANS, PIED CROWS, RENOSTERVELD CONSERVATION, SECRETARYBIRDS, “INGLORIOUS BUSTARDS – The Crazy Gang in Trouble”, or AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER NEST STUDIES
14h00 to 14h30: BirdLife Overberg’s CLEANMARINE coastal conservation campaign – The protection of AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, WHITE-FRONTED PLOVER and other coastal species
14h30 to closure: WHERE TO FROM HERE? The importance of birding tourism and the potential of the Langeberg region
DETAILS IN BRIEF:
DATES: 7 & 8 March 2020
VENUE: Venue in Montagu to be confirmed
COSTS: R 600-00 that includes the course notes. Alternatively R 250.00 per individual session.
Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are now also available: an ideal gift for friends and family members interested in nature in general and birds in particular.
TO REGISTER AND SECURE A PLACE:
Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 082 455 8402. All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.