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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).
There’s a great way to become a better birder: You could join one of the fun, active bird clubs that operate in the Overberg and beyond. These clubs introduce you to expert birders from whom you can learn
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
Birders could, however, be missing out by not visiting some of the private reserves. These reserves may not be as well known, but they’re sure to serve as a wonderful weekend get-away (even if you live in the Overberg).
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.
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
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,
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
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.
Satellite tracking devices fitted on Blue Cranes in the Overberg is now providing vital information on how these cranes move about, and where they’re most at risk of powerline collisions. The African Crane Conservation Programme team
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.
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.