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17 May 2019

Rustenburg – The South African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP2) is a citizen science project that is driven by the contributions of several hundred volunteers who are mapping the distribution of birds across several southern African countries.  


To gather data, volunteers select a geographical ‘pentad’ on a map and record all the bird species seen within that area in a set time frame. This information is then uploaded to the SABAP2 database and is used for research and analysis


Ernst Retief of BirdLife South Africa will be talking about SABAP at the monthly meeting of BirdLife Rustenburg, on Monday, 20 May, at the Methodist Church on the corner of Brink and Schuurman Streets. He will highlight the importance of atlassing and how to go about it. He will also give feedback on Bird Life South Africa’s Secretary Bird Project – 2019 Bird of the Year.


The meeting starts at 19:00 and members and non-members are welcome. Non-members pay R20.00 per person. Tea, coffee and snacks will be served after the meeting.


The monthly outing is to Vlaklaagte just outside of Rustenburg. The outing is to the private farm of Antoon Lit near Boshoek and is situated on the Elands River. Specials in the area include water birds such as African Finfoot, Black Duck, Half-collared Kingfisher, Green-backed heron, African Fish Eagle and other Bushveld birds.


Please bring your own snacks and drinks, a hat, sunblock and of course your binoculars. All members and non-members are welcome, and non-members pay R20.00. Members will meet at BP Garage, Waterfall Mall at 06:00 and should be home by 15:00.


Feel free to contact chairperson, Shaun McGillewie, on 083 702 1462 should you wish to learn more about Birdlife Rustenburg. 


If you need help with identification of a bird - a picture will help – please contact Shaun. 

Secretary Bird, photo by Helen Badenhorst

 

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