TYGERBERG BIRD CLUB WELCOMES YOU

Our Mission
To enhance our knowledge of all birds, their behaviour and their habitats, and to introduce the public to the conservation and science of our avian heritage through enjoyable participation by club members.

The Tygerberg Bird was originally started in 1986 as a splinter club to the Cape Bird Club (CBC) and specifically aimed at residents of the Northern Suburbs. For the first 21 years the club was run as an independent hobby club with an affiliate membership of Birdlife South Africa. In November 2007 the club became a full member of Birdlife South Africa, adding its voice and input to the conservation of Birdlife and the environmental matters headed up by Birdlife International, thereby growing the international organisation's membership numbers and adding a bigger voice to fund raising efforts for the numerous conservation projects run, not only in South Africa, but worldwide.

Monthly meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of every month (see program). The meetings are held at the TYGERBERG NATURE RESERVE, Totius Street, Welgemoed – starting at 19h30.

 

Members of this vibrant and friendly club can enjoy the following:

1. Monthly illustrated presentations about our birds and their environment

2. Wednesday and Saturday excursions to find and identify special birds

3. Group camps at birding hot-spots

4. Courses on bird identification

5. Counting water birds at wetlands

6. Survey areas for the Bird Atlas project

7. Meeting and befriending fellow birders and experts

CHIRP FROM THE CHAIR

CHIRP FROM OUR CHAIRMAN - JUNE 2021

 

We want to say a BIG thank you to the wonderful Speakers’ we have had, giving talks to the TBC via ZOOM so far this year. Michael Mason (Cape to Kruger); Kevin Drummond-Hay (Karoo Shy Five); Christie Craig (Status of Blue Cranes in the WC); Melissa Whitecross (BLSA’s Secretarybird Conservation Project);  Mike Buckham (Romancing Uganda) and Gerald Wingate (Beautiful AND Beneficial Birds). We hope our Members have enjoyed these meetings on ZOOM or on TBC Facebook – on the day of the meeting.

 

The outings have been well attended. It is nice to meet up with old friends and meet the new Members as well. During the Winter months we are birding closer to home, but as from August the Saturday outings will once more be to venues a little further afield.

 

The TBC have been doing CWAC waterbird counts at the Bot River Lagoon (near Kleinmond) for the past 28 Years!! Thank you to all who give up their time, for these quarterly counts. At each count, there are 5 teams of counters. The longevity of this project, makes it of value to various scientific studies taking part at lagoons and estuaries across our country.

 

We urge our Members’ to think of ‘Bird watching’ in the bigger picture. By planting some indigenous, nectar or fruit-bearing plants, or even just by having a bird bath or small shallow container of water available for the birds to drink from. Water being especially important during the dry months of the year. It is enjoyable seeing the variety of birds, coming to bath or drink at my bird baths every day.

 

We are glad that Lesley Teare will once more put a TBC calendar together for 2022. Thanks to funds raised by sales of these calendars, or from the donations made by sponsorships – the TBC is then able to support various Conservation projects. This year we have sponsored ‘tracking devices’ on two black harriers. Important behavioural data will be collected in this way. We look forward to feedback from Rob Simmons, about this project at a later date.

 

We encourage you to follow Birdlife South Africa’s Conservation conversations, on Tuesday evenings. Or you can find the previous interesting talks on – www.birdlife.org.za/blsa-conversations.

 

Please keep sharing your Birding news and birding photo’s on the TBC Facebook group. We look forward to hearing from you.

HAPPY BIRDING

 

Brigid Crewe