Earlier this year, National Geographic announced that 2018 is to be the “Year of the Bird!” They are running a year-long effort dedicated to celebrating and protecting birds. 

2018 marks the centennial of the MIGRATORY BIRD TREATY ACT. This is the most powerful and important bird-protection law ever passed. Nature lovers and bird watchers around the world, are once more joining forces to protect birds today, and for the next hundred years. 

We salute all our members who take part in CWAC counts. This year we pay tribute to Mariana Delport and her teams of waterbird counters at the Bot River lagoon, who have collected data over the past 25 years! A wonderful milestone for our club. 

Many of you also take part in the SABAP2 atlassing project, and some of you help Margaret McCall and Lee Silks with their dedicated bird ringing efforts. The effort of everybody is admired, to ensure the future of the birds around us. Our hobby has grown from just bird-watching to photography, monitoring and the enjoyment of admiring the birds in our gardens and parks. We salute our feathered friends. Happy Birding.

Brigid Crewe