THE OVERBERG 150km CHALLENGE: The astounding results

Rewind to the beginning of 2018 and you may remember the launch of the Overberg 150km challenge – a target species challenge, encouraging birders to gather and share bird sighting information in the area. 

 

For this year-long challenge, the Overberg Crane Group partnered with the

 

Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area, Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, Birdlife SA, the Tygerbird Bird Club and Birdlasser

Through the project, conservationists and birding enthusiasts alike traipsed through the wild areas of the Agulhas Plain, as they searched for 26 threatened bird species, such as the Southern Black Korhaan, African Marsh-harrier and Blue Crane.

And the results of the project were phenomenal: There were 40 participants who joined in the challenge. And a total of 29,047 bird sightings were recorded in the year. A staggering 329 bird species were recorded.

The winners of the various categories are:

 

Most Bird Species Submissions for the Overberg 150km Challenge for 2018:
Stanislav Novotny

Most Target Bird Species Logged for the Overberg 150km Challenge for 2018:
Wim De Klerk

Most Sightings Logged for the Overberg 150km Challenge for 2018:
Mr Carter

WHY DO WE HOST THE CHALLENGE?

It allows us to gather vital information and trends – which can be used and shared among partner organisations. And this in turn allows us to implement urgent projects to protect species in serious trouble.

WHY DO WE HOST THE CHALLENGE?

It allows us to gather vital information and trends – which can be used and shared among partner organisations. And this in turn allows us to implement urgent projects to protect species in serious trouble.

Thank you to all those who joined in the project.

 

REMEMBER: THE 2019 OVERBERG 150KM CHALLENGE IS WELL UNDERWAY.
SIGN UP ON BIRDLASSER TO JOIN THE FUN.

(And congrats to Keir Lynch, the OCG’s Chair. He has already recorded
239 bird species sightings so far this year.)

WORKING WITH PARTNERS

The Overberg Crane Group focuses on working with partners, to protect threatened bird species by providing extension support to land users to deal with human-wildlife conflict, raising awareness about threatened bird species in the Overberg, and collection and storage of data on bird populations within the Overberg.

Image credit: Dr Odette Curtis-Scott, Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust and Heather Dalton, LoveGreen Communications