The Hermanus Botanical Society heartily congratulates Chairman Dr Di Marais on winning the 2018 Mayoral Award for Environmental Conservation. The awards ceremony took place on 4th October.
Di’s award is richly deserved. She has worked tirelessly to promote the priceless botanical assets of the Hermanus area, vigorously defending the Society’s constitutional mandate to promote the integrity of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
She has chaired the Hermanus Botanical Society for four years. The international scientific community has benefitted by her facilitation of the digital recording of the entire plant species of the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
Her enthusiasm motivates a growing team of volunteers to increase and disseminate their knowledge of the Cape Floral Kingdom within the local community.
Under her editorship, Society members wrote and published the acclaimed guidebook “Fernkloof Nature Reserve”.
Her latest project, the new Research Centre at Fernkloof, will be officially opened in December. It will serve as…
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Photo by Jean Potter • A common nighthawk rests on a metal railing.
With September advancing on the calendar, I have been keeping an eye on the skies. For the most part, I focus on the upper branches of trees and feeders during the migration season, but I don’t forget the need to look skyward from time to time.
The reason? Well, that’s the best way to detect soaring raptors or flocks of migrating common nighthawks. The autumn sky is also a popular flyway for other birds, including chimney swifts and swallows.
So, what is a common nighthawk? First, this bird, despite what is implied by its name, is not a hawk. It’s also not strictly nocturnal. Particularly in the fall, nighthawks are active during daylight hours when engaged in catching winged insects. Outside of fall migration, these birds can often be observed over large parking lots or well-lit streets…
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