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30 years of protecting Blue Cranes

30 years of protecting Blue Cranes

The Overberg Crane Group has just turned 30 years old! In October 1991, CapeNature teamed up with local Overberg farmers – to deal with the increasing threat to Blue Crane populations, by establishing the Overberg Crane Group (OCG).

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Binoculars for birding: What the experts use

Binoculars for birding: What the experts use

Birders are only as good as their tools – in particular, their binoculars. A decent set of binoculars is vital to help a birder spot those tiny tell-tale traits, to help you know your Yellow canary from your Brimstone canary

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Overberg birds on the move as the climate changes

Overberg birds on the move as the climate changes

Many species – including bird species – are already on the move in the Overberg district as the climate changes. Now it’s up to us to protect these areas that species are moving into, to reduce the likelihood of extinctions.

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A bad day for Blue Cranes: The impact of fences

A bad day for Blue Cranes: The impact of fences

In the Overberg’s agricultural landscape, fences are a common sight. But while they play an important role in managing livestock, there’s a flip side to them. In the past two weeks, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and Overberg Crane Group

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Wetlands matter for THESE Overberg birds

Wetlands matter for THESE Overberg birds

Wetlands are known for their role in purifying water and preventing floods. But here in the Overberg – as around the world – they also provide an extremely important habitat for birds. There are many secretive rallid species that hide in wetlands here,

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A special Overberg sighting: Fynbos Buttonquail chicks

A special Overberg sighting: Fynbos Buttonquail chicks

It’s not known how many Fynbos Buttonquail chicks have been documented over the years. But given how difficult it is to flush the adult birds, and how little is known about the Buttonquail’s breeding habits, this is believed to be a rare sighting

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A quick BirdLasser guide: Prepping for Birding Big Day 2020

A quick BirdLasser guide: Prepping for Birding Big Day 2020

BirdLasser is an easy-to-use mobile application for you to log your bird sightings while in the field. It works like an electronic notebook – but it’s so much more. The app also logs the co-ordinates, time and lots of other information linked to your sighting.

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The Blue Crane’s future depends on Overberg farmers

The Blue Crane’s future depends on Overberg farmers

Changing landscapes in the Overberg over the past century have provided Blue Cranes with a new home – when their home habitat in the Grassland biome was transformed. But the future of Blue Cranes now rests in the hands of Overberg farmers.

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Sound like a birder: Your glossary of birding terms

Sound like a birder: Your glossary of birding terms

Experienced birders enjoy using birding lingo while they’re out birding. And birding jargon can get quite confusing at times. So here’s a short list of some of the main terms to help you not only understand a birder, but even to sound like one.

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