We want to congratulate the TBC Ringing Unit – who celebrate their 25th year of bird ringing this month. This group is unique in that they have fixed ringing sites, and have thus had wonderful re-traps over the years. I was privileged to join them when they were ringing barn swallows at a roost just outside Durbanville in 2010 and 2011 – and the excitement when they retrapped birds from as far as Scotland, England and Spain was wonderful. They have ringed over 60,000 birds – quite incredible. In 2016 Margaret  McCall was the top ringer in the Western Cape. Well done to all those who have helped the ringing unit over the past 25 years. 
SAFRING and the Animal Demography Unit at UCT, have sent a special citizen scientist certificate to the Tygerberg Ringing Unit in recognition of their dedicated ringing efforts from 1992 to 2017. 

It is with sadness that we learnt of Ionè Vanderwalt passing away this past month. Ionè had served on the TBC committee as from 2005, running the Membership division very well for the last 12 years. Many of us have received caring notes from her over the years. At outings she was always concerned about the lives of our members, and offering help wherever she could. Our thoughts are with Brian and his family during this difficult time. We will miss you Ionè, especially at the monthly meetings and outings!! 

Thank you to the wonderful speakers we have had this year. A highlight was having Faansie Peacock sharing his incredible knowledge of waders with the TBC. It was incredible that his presentation used plates out of his latest book, and not a single actual photograph. He kept us on the edge of our seats all night! We also thank all the members who have taken part in CWAC Waterbird counts this month, and for those doing the CAR 'crane' counts in the Swartland later this month. 

For the members who enjoy atlassing, do come and join us on Saturday 12th August 2017, and learn how to use 'the Birdlasser' programme efficiently. This is a wonderful invention, making atlassing exciting and user friendly. Stats are easy to submit and the GPS maps are fun to use, wherever you go birding! Happy Birding.

Brigid Crewe