Flight for Birders course to the north of Pretoria
As an organisation Birdlife SA is a long time friend on SANParks and the have collarberated with us on many issues. They have in particular run a series of bird training courses for SANParks staff and the interested public alike within our parks. They are now extending this to training in the Pretoria and north of Pretoria area to train intested parties in that area. Some of the provincial parks in the area are taking part, and the invitation has been extended to SANParks head office and the local regions of the Honorary Rangers. But if you are an interested member of the public and would like to take up this opportunity for quality training and course work material please read below and follow the contact links:
Birdlife SA now confirm that they will be presenting this course at the Petronella NG Church Hall on 10 and 11 October 2013.
FLIGHT FOR BIRDERS
A bird identification course for novice and intermediate bird-watchers:
NG Church Hall, Petronella
10 and 11 October 2013
The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Anton Odendal will be presented at the Petronella NG Church Hall on 10 and 11 October 2013. The costs include the course manual and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used. The contents of the course get updated regularly and this has now been done – in many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. The development of an infrastructure for birding tourists in local areas will also be highlighted. In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide. The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG:
• One of the bird guide books (Newman's, SASOL or Robert's), preferably one that you are prepared to make notes in to illustrate key identification features of species
• Notebook and pen
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Hat and sunscreen
• Lunch pack
• Coffee and tea will be provided.
DAY 1: Thursday 10 October 2013
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
07h30 to 08h00: Registration
08h00 to 09h00: The basic approach to Flight for Birders and what to look for when trying to identify a bird
09h00 to 10h00: The identification of garden birds
10h00 to 10h15: Tea
10h15 to 11h00: The identification of garden birds (Continued)
11h00 to 12h30: An introduction to the identification of some difficult groups: Little Brown Jobs and others
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 13h30: A special section on some of the brood parasites of southern Africa and their host species: Cuckoos, whydahs, honeyguides and indigobirds.
13h30 to 14h30: How to prepare when visiting a new birding area: Focus on the top birding destinations in the Western Cape Province
14h30 to 15h30: An overview of some threatened birds in Southern Africa: what are conservation agencies trying to do about the problem through conservation programmes and how can ordinary birders help? We give participants six projects to choose from, of which three will be discussed and illustrated.
DAY 2: Friday 11 October 2013
07h00 to 08h00: Practical outing in small groups applying the principles taught.
08h00 to 10h00: The identification of raptors and birds of prey
10h00 to 10h15: Tea
10h15 to 10h45: A special focus on the Owls of southern Africa
10h45 to 12h30: The identification of the fairly common water birds of southern Africa
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 14h30: Focus on birding tourism: An in-depth case-study of birds and birding in the Kruger National Park
14h30 to 15h00: The 101 species in southern Africa that every avid birder needs to be able to identify – how to distinguish between the various families of birds. (An open-ended participatory discussion on photographs of the most common birds representing different families of birds).
15h00+: Presentation of certificates.
DETAILS IN BRIEF:
DATES: 10 and 11 October 2013
VENUE: NG Church Hall, Petronella (Directions will be forwarded to participants)
COSTS: R 450-00, that include the course manual and certificate.
TO REGISTER AND SECURE YOUR PLACE:
Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 082 455 8402. All further queries could also be forwarded to Elaine.
(Document also available in Afrikaans).
Aspects of the course content for this course have been tailored to accommodate issues specifically related to the bushveld region to the east, north and west of Pretoria.
Birdlife SA have done more than 70 of these courses in six provinces and have trained many SANParks employees. Courses have been presented in the Agulhas and West Coast National Parks and next week we'll be training several staffers from the Garden Route NP at Plett. In February we presented the course to 40 employees of the Table Mountain NP and we have just started negotiating about a further course of this nature. The course stands on three basic legs: bird identification, becoming involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats and getting to understand the growing importance of avitourism.
Roughly 60% of people who attend these courses are staff members or owners from lodges, B&B's and private nature reserves, as well as agencies such as provincial conservation boards and SANParks, with whom we are registered as a service provider (training). (Anton Odendal - O00181). Staff members of local and regional tourism offices also regularly attend. This is being done to gain a better understanding of the growing importance of birding tourism and to service their clients better.
A review of the course by a previous participant can be found at the following link:http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/con ... %22_review