News and Upcoming Events
Dear BLB member and wannabe members,
This is one of the most important weeks on BLB’s calendar.
Firstly it is our December walk on Sunday 6th. We meet as usual at Molapo Crossing at 06:30, then drive out to the Picnic site at the western end of Gaborone Dam. There we will explore the site and do our short bird walk. After recent rains many interesting species are falling out of the trees and we should see the Notwane Dam overflowing into Gaborone Dam. It is a most attractive spot with manicured lawns under beautiful shady trees. Please bring folding chairs or you can sit on the lawn, but folding chairs will be more comfortable and genteel. Read More..
Unfortunately we have had to cancel Sunday’s walk as restrictions are now more stringent than last time. That is sad but it is for our own good. Not more than two may meet at any place or time.
Recent findings have shown that many birds formerly classified as one single species are actually separate species in their own right. But what do these >1,000 new species mean for bird conservation? BirdLife’s Ashley Simkins explains his new study. For more information click here https://www.birdlife.org/worldwide/news/gaining-over-1000-new-bird-species-problem-conservation?utm_source=sidebar&utm_medium=topnews
BirdLife Botswana in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks requests your school to participate at the World Migratory Bird Day celebration (WMBD) to be held on 12th October 2019 at Ngami Community Junior School from 0900 to 1300hrs. The main objective of the celebration is to raise awareness on migratory birds. Every year, BirdLife Botswana (BLB) identifies an area to celebrate the event at with school children. Last year the event was held in Nata with about ten schools of villages around Nata. This year the Ngami area is identified for the event.
BirdLife Botswana in conjunction with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks requests your school to participate at the World Migratory Bird Day celebration (WMBD) to be held on 12th October 2019 at Ngami Community Junior School from 0900 to 1300hrs. The main objective of the celebration is to raise awareness on migratory birds. Every year, BirdLife Botswana (BLB) identifies an area to celebrate the event at with school children. Last year the event was held in Nata with about ten schools of villages around Nata. This year the Ngami area is identified for the event
For more information please click here https://www.migratorybirdday.org/
We invite you to participate in the coming International Vulture Awareness Day (IVAD) in Gaborone on the 7th September 2019.
Vultures are declining at an alarming rate, mainly due to direct or indirect poisoning through misuse of agrochemicals. Commemorating this day is one of our efforts to spread the message to all stakeholders to help protect vultures. Part of the commemoration will include a march whose route will see participants walk from Gaborone Secondary School grounds, passing in front of the City Council and Museum, past the State House, returning through the Main Mall back to GSS grounds. We anticipate starting the march at 0600hrs and gathering at the grounds for speeches and entertainment after the march, to finally disperse around 1100hrs.
We have invited the Hon. Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism to address the public. Kindly confirm your availability. We have requested the Gaborone City Mayor to offer welcome remarks. We will also invite the Ministry of Agriculture, Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and other relevant government departments, Embassies and NGOs to the event. Your presence will be highly appreciated. See the attached poster for details
Dear BirdLife Botswana member,
This is to advise that our AGM will take place at 18:00 on Saturday 18th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or to our Secretary at email@example.com or to firstname.lastname@example.org (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.