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 Post subject: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:42 am 
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Andre Botha of the EWT (Endangered Wildlife Trust) has reported over the Afrikaans radio station (RSG) that they have completed their annual bird census along the Olifants River in the Kruger National Park.

During the previous week two teams moved along on either side of the total length of the river from where it enters the KNP south of Phalaborwa until where it flows into Mozambique.

All stationary and birds flying downstream as well as crocodiles and hippos were counted and recorded.

All the collected data still has to be processed and analysed.

He reported that after the floods during the period 2012 – 2013 the riverine bush changed dramatically, much of the growth and debris had been washed away.

The scrubbing away of the silt and accumulated pollutants that had settled over many years, his mentioning this was really good news was as much of the algae that was visible also seems to have been washed away by the floods.

The above is all very good news as the Olifants River system is the most pollution pressured in our country, it starts just west of Gauteng and ends up in the Limpopo in Mozambique, with much industrial, agricultural, mining and human effluent ending up in this once clear and unpolluted system.

He reported that three pairs of Pel’s Fishing Owls were sighted, the number of Storks, Herons and Darters appeared to have increased. No comment was made about Hippos and Crocodiles.

As a closithat took place after the mine spillage of slimes into the Selati River west of Phalaborwa, earlier this year.

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Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:11 pm 
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Thanx for the update gmlsmit.

Would be interesting to se the full report.

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gmlsmit - Thank for this interesting post.

I would like to read the final report when published - :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
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Thanks gmlsmit. Nice to have a bit of good news. I too would be interested to see the report when it comes out.


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I have been in contact with Andre and requested a copy of his report. When available I will post it here.

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Great! Thanks.


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:thumbs_up: Looking forward to reading it.

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