Monday, 26 November 2012

NEW GERMANY CONSERVANCY | “EVENING OF FROGGIE OPERATICS” | ALFRED PARK



     

              THE   NEW   GERMANY   CONSERVANCY
               Invites you to attend our annual and now famous

“EVENING OF FROGGIE OPERATICS” as part of:

DATE   : SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER 2012
TIME   :  from 5pm onwards
VENUE : ALFRED PARK, NEW GERMANY (lat 29.791  long 30.869)

BRING  : Your own braai, or snacks and drinks, table and chairs and mozzi muthi ! Braai fires will be available from 5pm weather permitting.

MOST IMPORTANT : A STRONG TORCH AND WELLIES !
We hope to see the new Woolly necked stork chicks, many reed frogs, some tree frogs and we may be lucky to see the rare Hyperolius argus / Argus reed frog.
NB – the froggies love damp, wet weather – so we carry on with the Froggie evening regardless of the weather !

FOR MORE DETAILS, DIRECTIONS, or MAP – CONTACT:
JEAN LINDSAY : 031-705-5448 : 082-550-4427 :  lindsayjd@mweb.co.za                                   

South Africa’s First National Awareness Day for Frogs, 1 December 2012



SAVE OUR FROGS DAY!
South Africa’s First National Awareness Day for Frogs,
1 December 2012

Aspiring princesses beware! We are very quickly running out of frogs to kiss! Frogs are among the most threatened species on Earth. These creatures of popular folklore are teetering on the brink of extinction and unless we act NOW to save them, South Africa will start losing species. In an effort to bring these very important and beautiful amphibians back from the brink of extinction the EWT will be holding a Save Our Frogs Day on the 1st Of December 2012.

The aim of Save Our Frogs Day is to bring awareness to this highly threatened group of animals and highlight conservation needs. There will be various events taking place around the country. Jeanne Tarrant, Manager of the EWT’s Threatened Amphibian’s Programme, will be speaking at two events on the day. Please also contact Jeanne to find out how you can do your part to Save our Frogs!

Details of Talks:

Venue: UShakaMarine World, NPC Sea World Education Centre
Time: 11 am
Activities: Join Dr. Jeanne Tarrant for a presentation on frogs, followed by a visit to “Dangerous Creatures” frog displays
Cost: R60 for adults, children free

Venue: Mount Moreland
Time: 5 pm –8 pm, Flea Market from 10 am
Activities: Join Dr. Jeanne Tarrant for a presentation on frogs, followed by an outing to “Froggy Pond”
Cost: R60 for adults, children free


Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Sea View D’MOSS walk 25 November 2012



Sea View D’MOSS walk 25 November 2012
 Our November walk is Sunday 25 November, starting at 10 o’clock. We are meeting just before ten at George Codnor Park, at the top of Coedmore Road just near the bridge over the railway line. Coedmore Road is off Sarnia Road opposite Elgin Road at the robot. The park next to Elgin Road is Beacon Park. It sounds confusing, but we will be there at 9:30; turn off Sarnia Road into Coedmore Road, and then first right to the parking area under the trees. You will recognize walker types. There is plenty of parking and one of the Natural Resources rangers will be there during the walk.

While we are walking “Friends of the Sea View D’MOSS walkers” will set up at George Codnor Park and prepare tea, coffee, and juice, and biscuits for the end of the walk. There is no charge for the walk, but the friends ask for a R5 donation to cover their costs.

We start at 10 o’clock, or as soon after, and set off across Sarnia Road to join the D’MOSS trails from Elgin Road, and then onto the trails between the Sarnia Road ridge and the Umbilo River valley. Our route will take us to a view site from which we will be able to see the Umbilo River flow under the M7, sweep round in a wide bend, and flow under the M7 again just at the start of the Umbilo canal. The river is the boundary on three sides of the Portuguese Club and its grounds.  We will walk to where the Umbilo River flows under the M7 and cross the river, either by wading it, or by walking on the pavement of the M7 where it crosses the river. We walk the trail that skirts the Portuguese club, cross the river again on the way back and then head back along the new trail towards the Sarnia Road ridge.

The walk is in shade for much of the trail, but hats, sun block, sturdy shoes, and some liquid is recommended, especially if it is a hot day. We should be back at the start (George Codnor Park), and tea with biscuits, within two and a half to three hours. We don’t rush, so nobody need worry about being made to hurry too fast.
If you want to ask anything, please telephone me.

Derek Nicholson
031 465 4278     or   072 400 1216

Sunday, 4 November 2012

What can you do to conserve biodiversity?

'Newsletter of the Southern African Plant Invaders Atlas. Inside this issue: Spotlight on invasive alien plants on the KZN south coast; Well established species that are declared under CARA; Proposed invaders under NEMBA; Newly emerging species; What can you do to conserve biodiversity?'

Dowload and read the 26th newsletter

 SAPIA News No. 26, October 2012

Hebert Khehla Chamane diplays the WESSA Invasive Alien Plant book which is being updated and will be reprinted once sufficient funding is available to do so

Friday, 26 October 2012

On Saturday 27th October The Tree Group will join Bot Soc for a walk in Burman Bush.



On Saturday 27th October we will join Bot Soc for a walk in Burman Bush.

Meet in the parking area at 2pm.


walkers from the Durban Green Corridor

THE PLATFORM


THE VIEW

Some people might like to do the longish walk,  quite steep in parts, to the lookout platform.  There are  great views of the Umgeni River from there.
 There are also shorter walks in the forest, and one can also  walk up the old road.
 We can split into groups if necessary.

Do bring a chair and picnic tea for afterwards.
It should be lovely after all the rain – let’s hope for a dry day on Saturday!

Jill Seldon

031 209 3977

Monday, 22 October 2012

WESSA Share-Net is offering four resources to support your ‘birding activities’! Birding Big Day is coming up on 24 November!|




Bird of the Year 2012: African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)


Birding Big Day is coming up on 24 November!

Birds are the most studied, the most easily seen and accessible, the most melodious and many think, the most beautiful animals on Earth. In celebration of Birding Big Day on Saturday, 24 November, WESSA Share-Net is offering four resources to support your ‘birding activities’!  

A Beginners Guide to Owls, written and compiled by Geoff Lockwood includes Owls and People; Life of Owls; Owls as Predators; Detailed information on Barn Owls, Grass Owls, Wood Owls, Marsh Owls, African Scops Owl, Whitefaced Owl, Pearlspotted Owl, Barred Owl, Cape Eagle Owl, Spotted Eagle Owl, Giant Eagle Owl and the Pels Fishing Owl; Finding Owls; Attracting Owls; and, Owl Projects.

How To …. Build an Owl Box. This “How To” pamphlet gives detailed instructions on building both Spottled Eagle Owl and Barn Owl nesting boxes.
envirokids birds.jpg


EnviroKids magazine on African Birds – articles include Birds in our lives, Bird basics, Beaks and feet tell a story,
Our special birds, Saving Wattled Cranes, Bird record holders, and the Secret life of PCGs.


Three comprehensive school lesson plans, with a Natural Science focus, on ‘Birds of Prey.



For the month of November only, you can purchase this pack of four resources for R25.
For more details or to place your order, please contact WESSA Share-Net, PO Box 394, Howick 3290.
Tel (033) 330 3931 ext 2124/2144, e-mail sharenet@wessa.co.za or landiwe@wessa.co.za