Saturday 3 June @ 07h30
Pigeon Valley| Hosted by Mark Williams-Wynn
The coastal forest of Pigeon Valley in winter is well known for Spotted Ground Thrush and if we’re lucky, Green Twinspot. This is a remnant of the forest that once covered the whole of the Berea. There is also a breeding pair of Black Sparrowhawk
Register for this walk using this link: https://forms.gle/werPk7Bk9wHrtgoT8
BeKZN Theme 2023
Wednesday 7 June @18h30
BIRD HABITATS and the importance of birds | Hosted by Nicolette Forbes
We will chat first about your important backyard plants submitted as last months task and a bit about the birds seen and heard during May by all of you. We will then start chatting about our next subject under the theme activities and roll out the June task.
Birds improve ousr quality of life. Watching them flit around a backyard or hop through the grass can be an entertaining diversion, a mood booster, and a window into animal behaviour. Ecosystem services include all of the positive benefits that natural systems provide. The term includes everything from the basic provisioning of food and oxygen, to more subtle perks such as the ways wetlands reduce storm and flood damage. In this session we will delve deeper into this aspect of your birding to foster a greater understanding of our birding world.
Registered participants will receive the zoom link closer to the date.
IT IS NOT TOO LATE for anyone TO REGISTER FOR THE THEME ACTIVITIES!!!
ONE THEME PRESENTATION AND ONE TASK PER MONTH.
PRIZE GIVEAWays after each task.
More detail here – just click – BeKZN Theme 2023 | In my own Backyard
THURSDAY 15 JUNE @ 18H00
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | Cassie Carstens
SECRETARYBIRDS, THE ICONIC AFRICAN GRASSLAND WANDERERS
Secretarybirds, the iconic African grassland wanderers, have experienced a dramatic decline in population over the past few decades. They are now considered endangered in South Africa with habitat loss and collisions with powerlines and fences being the main threats.
Join Cassie Carstens, BirdLife South Africa’s Secretarybird Conservation Officer, for a talk about the journeys of these amazing birds, the challenges they face, and what a dedicated team is doing to conserve them.
Register to receive a link to join this online talk | https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAldO2grDMqGNde68CLLYvLsySPxyFQ28lH
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Sunday 18 June @ 07h00
Molweni Trail | hosted by Elton-John Bartlett
This 5km forest walk in the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve , Kloof can be very rewarding. Look out for Narina Trogan, Blue-mantled Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Knysna Turaco.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/hZw4pEFUJvLVEeKV6
Thursday 22 June @ 14h00
Durban Botanical Gardens | Hosted by Jenny Norman
An afternoon sit-in which will be centred around the pond at the Durban Botanical Garden. We will observe what comes into roost and keep an eye out at what is in the trees nearby.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/NuyoDV1vHeF5Dxi28
Be KZN Atlas
Saturday 24 June @ 07h00
BIRDING A Pentad in the uMkhomazi Valley | Hosted by adam cruickshank
This atlassing focussed will allow us to range a bit more widely explore the best spots that the area has for birding. We will explore forests, rivers, water treatment works, grasslands, beaches, and even scan the seas for pelagic species. Around 280 species have been recorded in the pentad that covers the area, so the area promises some fantastic birding. We will move in a car convoy and stop at various points to allow us to bird the area extensively. Species that could be seen include Spotted-ground Thrush, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Half-collared Kingfisher, Magpie Mannikin, Wood Owl, Red-billed Quelea, and African Black Oystercatcher.
Register for this outing using this link: https://forms.gle/xFAAnLihP6uRkCKHA
A WINTER SOLSTICE PARTY AT BEACHWOOD MANGROVES
Sunday 25 June @ 06h30
Not that we need an excuse for a party but June will end with a splash! Our winter solstice party has become something of a tradition.
In addition we would like to get together to celebrate our new Honorary President, Steve Davis taking the reins. We get fewer opportunities to get together as a whole club these days with the rise in online activities and this is one of the facilities where we can do this with a large group.
We will start with Hot Chocolate, muffins and other pastries, guided walks, followed by a live quiz an then LUNCH. Braai fires will be provided and the club will provide rolls, salads, paper plates and serviettes.
Please register so we know to cater for you (A conservation fine will be levied if you just show up)