Coordinated Avifaunal Roadcount (CAR) Expedition

Hermanus Bird Club

Bird Counting is a census of birds performed annually by volunteer birdwatchers. The purpose is to provide population data for use in science, especially conservation biology, by determining findings about our natural habitats and the birds that use them. If repeated at regular intervals, the counts allow us to track changes in bird population. Each individual count is performed by small parties of birders who follow assigned routes counting every bird (of specified species) that they see.

The people at CAR administer bird roadcounts in Southern Africa which are performed twice a year: in midsummer (the last Saturday in January) and midwinter (the last Saturday in July).

They are based at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town.

This Saturday 29 January, two Barbaras and one Lee set off at 8:00 to do our route along the Swartrivier and Afdaksrivier/Karwyderskraal Roads. Lee has been performing this duty…

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