News and Upcoming Events

Event Date:
11 May 2019
Where:
Sanitas

Dear BirdLife Botswana member,

This is to advise that our AGM will take place at 18:00 on Saturday 11th May, 2019 at Sanitas.  We would be pleased if as many as possible could attend.

Please see the agenda and a proxy form in case you cannot attend.   This proxy form is very important and it is explained why.  The Registrar of Societies receives a copy of our minutes and the attendance register of those present.  He also wants to see how many have sent in proxy votes. He is not interested in a list of apologies.   He adds the number of attendees to the proxy voters and divides by the number of paid-up members on our books.  To keep our registration as a Society valid, we need to attain a minimum percentage. So this is where you as member of BirdLife Botswana come in.   Obviously we would like you to attend the meeting.  However if for some reason you cannot, because you will be away from Gaborone that weekend, or you live in Kasane, Maun, the UK or the Outer Hebrides, please complete a proxy form , SIGN it and send to admin@birdlifebotswana.org.bw or to our Secretary at peterdarcybotswana@gmail.com or to  haroldh@accelerate-it.co.bw (72248324) or give Harold a hard copy at the next walk.  This request applies to everyone whether you are a corporate member, honorary, life, guide or regular member.  Please send in a signed proxy form.    The suggestion has been made that those who don’t attend and don’t send in a form may be elected onto the board with responsibility for raising five million pula for our Society this year, or be nominated as editor of the Babbler or Familiar Chat.

After the meeting Dr Moses Selebatso of Raptors Botswana will address us as to how they have organised citizens to monitor Cape Vultures at Moremi Gorge.

The meeting takes place in cordial surroundings at Sanitas; delicious snacks and a cash bar will be available.

We sincerely hope that you will be able to attend.

 

Kind regards

 

Past Events
Event Date
07 April 2019
Event Type:

Dear BLB member,

This coming Sunday, 7th April, we will be visiting a new venue, which few, if any, will have visited before. It is a magnificent pan, full of water from rain which this area was lucky to receive and surrounded by shady trees. What more could any discerning bird watcher want? And it is just inside the BirdLasser Challenge area for Gaborone. This is an outing you will not want to miss. All we will say is that it is south of Game City. We will be meeting at Molapo Crossing at 06:30 for a prompt start. So bring your binoculars, a hat, folding chairs and refreshments. A 4X4 would be preferable, but a sedan could make it although there are stretches of soft sand. Beginners are welcome.

Most of you missed an outstanding camp on the banks of the Limpopo last weekend. That was a bad mistake and should not be repeated. Appended is the list of birds we saw.

Please don’t forget that our shop will be closing at the end of April. Go and see what bargains you can find.

See you on Sunday.

Event Date
22 March 2019 to 23 March 2019
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Dear BLB Member

Our next camp will be to Darnaway Farm over the weekend of 22 and 23rd March.  It should be an excellent camp at this venue.  Please contact Ian White (71297636) or if you are interested in joining us there.  We leave at 14:00 on the 22nd from Sebele Shopping Centre and return on the Sunday morning.

Event Date
02 February 2019
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Event Date
29 January 2019 to 28 February 2019
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For those of you involved in the Bird Population Monitoring Programme, don’t forget to do your counts/transects early next month while the migrants are still here.  Those of you not involved, please contact Keddy at 3190540 and find out what you need to do to take part.

Event Date
06 January 2019
Event Type:

Please contact Ms. Dikabelo Koboyatshwene on Tel: (+267) 3190540 and email: admin@birdlifebotswana.org.bw

or directly send email equeries to Mr. Harold Hester on haroldh@accelerate-it.co.bw.

Event Date
17 November 2018
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19 October 2018 to 20 October 2018
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We have had a very poor response to date and we am hoping that with the warm weather and the migrants arriving that we will have a lot of change of hearts . We need all our experts to help find the Pels, Three-banded Courser, Boulder chat etc etc that the RBC members are eager to catch up with.

Event Date
13 October 2018
Event Type:

BirdLife Botswana hosted World Migratory Bird Day celebration on the 13th October at Nata Village main Kgotla. The main objective of the celebration was to raise awareness on migratory birds using the theme “Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation”. The celebration participants consisted of Nata community and leadership (Chief, councillors, Botswana Ash mine Managing Director, VDC), conservation stakeholders and schools in Nata and surrounding villages. Schools were expected to convey message/theme through performing arts been drama, poetry and song. As birds migrate during different seasons throughout the year, World Migratory Bird Day will be observed on both the second Saturdays of May and October, making it possible for individuals and organizations to present educational activities and awareness-raising events in their countries at the time of migration. International cooperation across the entire migratory range is therefore essential.About 200 people came to the Kgotla to celebrate WMBD. 135 students from nine schools accompanied by two teachers from each school graced the event.

People were acknowledged for attending the event. It was explained that migrant birds need to be protected and be safe wherever they are, he stated that birds do not understand of any boundaries as such they fly freely so people’s responsibility is to make sure the route they take are safe from any harm. It was highlighted that Migratory birds cross international borders during their migrations and require quality habitats and a network of suitable sites to support their annual journeys. The relationship between BotAsh mine and BirdLife Botswana was explained as a long lasting relationship and the mine made a lot of major changes to cater for flamingos which are found in large number at Sowa and Nata village. It was stated that before BotAsh mine opened, there was thorough assessment which was made around 1980 and bird experts were called to idealize on how the mine can operate without affecting the existence birds especially flamingos. It was stated that the first step they took was to lower electrical poles below the earth surfaces so that they can avoid issues of electrocutions. It was highlighted that the BotAsh logo which has a flamingo depicts the importance and value of the bird. It was stated that birds are common in most habitats, and people often overlook their ecological significance but their ecological roles are incredibly important and humans can benefit monetarily through the many actions of birds. It was added that birds act as rodent control unlike insects, rodents are a big problem to crops. Rodents eat away the yield of the crop so birds like eagles keep an eye on these rodents. It was stated that scavenging birds quickly and effectively dispose of carcasses of dead animals they find, especially roadkill so is important people keep vultures alive to perform duties for free. It was also stated that birds are recognized as one of the most important indicators of the state of the environment since they are sensitive to habitat change. He concluded by advising people to avoid veld fires because wild fires end up destroying eggs and birds habitat too thus forcing birds to migrate to other countries or areas.

Nine schools from Nata and neighbouring villages competed in three categories, been Drama, Poetry and Song. The schools were expected to raise awareness through performing arts using the theme of the day to showcase their artistic talent.  Junior schools and senior schools competed in drama category while primary schools did poetry and song. The first category was Poetry where Zoroga Primary School, Maposa Primary School and Gweta Primary School competed and the former scooped position one while Gweta Primary School took position two and position three went to Maposa Primary School. Song category saw three primary schools competing for position one. Nata Primary School, Tsokatshaa Primary School and Manxotae Primary School battled for position one and the latter managed to scoop position one, position two went to Tsokatshaa Primary School and Nata Primary School took position three. The last category was Drama where Sua Junior secondary school, Kutlwano junior secondary school and Nata senior secondary school competed for what seemed to be a mouth-watering encounter. Sua Junior secondary school took position one, position two went to Nata senior secondary school and Kutlwano took position three. Each school was awarded with a certificate for participation and trophies were awarded to winners from each category.

 

 

 

Event Date
13 October 2018 to 14 October 2018
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Event Date
16 December 2016
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