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LANNER FALCON

Lanner Falcons are handsome medium sized raptors that can be found throughout Africa and Eurasia. They are fairly common in our Overberg area, with some individuals noted overwintering in the area. In South Africa this species have been recorded as being …

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AFRICAN PENGUIN

The African Penguin is the focal bird species for our Overberg Threatened Bird Awareness Project for June 2017. The African Penguin, Spheniscus demersus, a Southern African breeding endemic, is one of the 17 global penguin species; and the only species …

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THE AFRICAN GRASS OWL

Grassland systems in South Africa are under severe threat and estimates place more than thirty percent of the biome as permanently transformed. The transformation has occurred primarily due to cultivation, forestry plantations, urbanisation and mining. 

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THE WONDERS OF THE BLACK HARRIER

The Black Harrier is the focal bird species for our Overberg Threatened Bird Awareness Project for March 2017. The Black Harrier, Circus maurus, is endemic to southern Africa and is the world’s most range restricted continental harrier.

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MEET THE BLUE CRANE

The Blue Crane, Anthropoides paradiseus, is estimated to historically have numbered in the hundreds of thousands. The impact on the Blue Crane reached its nadir during the 1990’s with an estimate of 20 765 birds recorded in 1993 which dropped even further to 15 855 birds.

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NEW AWARENESS FOR THREATENED BIRDS

The Overberg region has long been recognised as playing an important role in the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems. The fynbos and renosterveld ecosystems and the species that they support are recognised …

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A NEW CHAIR FOR THE OCG

The Overberg Crane Group has a new Chair. Keir Lynch, project manager at the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust (ORCT) was nominated as the new Chair at a recent OCG meeting. Aside from his role as project manager at the Trust, Keir is also …

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MORE CRANES FITTED WITH RINGS, TRACKERS

The Overberg Crane Group assisted the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) with the capture and fitting of a tracking device on a Blue crane. The crane was one of two that were captured and ringed in the Caledon district.

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PROTECTING CRANES THROUGH TRACKERS

Six adult Blue cranes have been fitted with solar-powered satellite trackers in the Overberg in the past few weeks. The tracking devices will give researchers a better understanding of how Blue cranes use agricultural lands in the …

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INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION VISITS THE OCG

The International Crane Foundation’s Director, Bob Hoguet, visited the Overberg Crane Group in April. Bob and his wife Laura travelled to Southern Africa to experience the continent’s cranes and see them in their natural habitat.

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10 YEARS OF BARTON VINEYARDS’ SUPPORT

Barton Vineyards has become one of the Overberg Crane Group’s most loyal supporters. For 10 years, Barton has contributed a percentage of its wine sales to the OCG, raising around R50,000 in the process.

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NEW PARTNERSHIP PROTECTS OVERBERG’S BIRDS

The Overberg Crane Group (OCG) has partnered with the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust (OLCT). The two organisations will together protect threatened big birds that live in the Overberg, and the habitat on …

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