Education


BLPN EDUCATION
What we learn with pleasure we never forget
Alfred Mercier

Click on update Aug 2014 to read the latest update on the BLPN education program.

BirdLife Port Natal understands the need to educate the public about birds and the important role they play in any ecosystem. It is only when someone becomes aware of this that they begin to realize the value of conserving birds.

Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember
Involve me, and I’ll understand
– Native American saying

BLPN relies entirely on its dedicated volunteers to achieve its goal of equipping the next generation of bird enthusiasts and bird conservationists.
Every year we organize our own educational events during National Bird Week and World Migratory Bird Day.
We also have valuable partnerships with the Durban Botanic Gardens and the Durban Natural Science Museum who help us in various ways during our events and, in turn, invite us to participate in the educational events they organize.
While our resources are limited, we are committed to the future of our beloved birds and are therefore always willing to participate in any educational events that include birds and bird conservation.
Should you wish to invite BLPN to your educational event or to consult with us on educational matters concerning birds or how to include birds in your curriculum, please email: Arnia van Vuuren; tel: 083-271-2919 / 031-466-401 alternatively Lesley Frescura;  tel: 083-231-3408 / 031-266-4150.

Education is not the filling of a pail,
but the lighting of a fire
– William Butler Yeats

On 21 and 22 May 2013 BLPN celebrated National Bird Week at the Durban Botanic Gardens. Since the Bird of the Year for 2013 is the White-winged Flufftail, we focused our efforts on wetlands and wetland birds. This also tied in with World Migratory Bird Day (11 & 12 May 2013) and we used the opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of our wetlands for migratory birds and humans and the special link we share with Ethiopia through the White-winged Flufftail.

Budding birders at our National Bird Week 2013 education programme at Durban Botanic Gardens.

Budding birders at our National Bird Week 2013 education programme at Durban Botanic Gardens.

Discovering the wonder of seeing a bird up close.

Discovering the wonder of seeing a bird up close.

Having the bird skins available helps immensely to understand the differences in beaks, feet and lifestyles.

Having the bird skins available helps immensely to understand the differences in beaks, feet and lifestyles.

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