Plastic – The Scourge of Modern Living

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4C0EE03700000578-5714369-A_filmmaker_has_captured_heartbreaking_images_of_albatrosses_kil-a-15_1525970687397 An Albatross killed by ingesting plastic

Most of you are aware of the environmental damage caused by plastic, especially insofar as it affects our birds.  The HBC is concerned and asks members to keep this in mind and to contribute to the overall effort to reduce plastic in our daily lives.  April has been set aside as the month to cut plastic use, but we should actually make it our mission to do this all the time.  Birdlife Overberg has some projects underway and you may wish to peruse their web sites listed below with a view to participating in the good work they are doing.

http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/news/2434/fishing line bins for the overstrand coastline

http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/overberg/events/708/birdlife overberg coastal clean-up on 14 july

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August Walk

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IMG_0972 Directions to Jan Rabie Tidal Pool

John and Sheelagh Bowman will lead our August walk along the Vermont Coastal path on Thursday 2 August.  Participants are asked to meet at the parking lot adjacent to the Jan Rabie Tidal Pool at 8:00 am.  After the coastal walk there will be a visit to the Vermont Pan, which, once again, has water in it, so there should be some good birds.

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Outing to Grootbos

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The HBC was well represented at the Grootbos Outing yesterday, with no less than 28 members present.  We were met at the lodge by our host and guide, Mike Fabricius, who led us on an enchanting trail through the milkwood forest and a very colourful section of fynbos in the area surrounding the “Growing The Future” project.

Birding in the forest was difficult as the birds were hard to see in the dense vegetation, however, we did hear a number of forest species.  What was really fascinating, though, was the wonderful shapes assumed by the milkwood trees and to see how they ‘walk’ by growing branches close to the ground that then re-root and become new trees.  We were also thrilled to see the plentiful fresh leopard tracks and the evidence of their scratching on the tree stems.  Mike did a great job as guide and was able to point…

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