|Volume 10Click here if you cannot view HTMLJuly 2006|
What is all this flap about PHVAs?
In the May edition of EWTalk, the acronym PHVA, which stands for a Population and Habitat Viability Assessment, was referred to more than once. L.D. van Essen (Ground Hornbill Working Group Manager) mentioned the Ground Hornbill PHVA workshop that was held in February last year and Sonja Kreuger (Bearded Vulture Species Champion from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife) mentioned a Bearded Vulture PHVA. A PHVA workshop is a tool to assist in the development of a strategic conservation plan for a threatened species and its habitat.
Written by Brenda Daly
Crane Conservation in Kenya and Uganda is Key for Wetland Health
The Grey Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum) was once widespread across Uganda and Kenya, a denizen of the seasonal grass swamps that carpet the valley floors of the Lake Victoria catchment. In recent decades, the range and population of Grey Crowned Cranes have decreased sharply in response to ever-increasing human pressure for agriculture and livestock grazing on their wetland breeding grounds. As these wetlands degrade and disappear, many of their important functions are lost. Not only do these wetlands provide invaluable habitat for threatened Grey Crowned Cranes and a host of other mammals and waterbirds, but they provide a reliable source of water during dry seasons and in times of drought, serve as filters to produce clean drinking water for local communities and ensure clean runoff to Lake Victoria downstream.
Written by Kerryn Morrison
New Vulture Colour-Marking Method for Southern Africa
A new era in the study of the biology of southern African vulture species has arrived with the implementation of a method, known as patagial tagging, in the colour-marking of such birds. Colour-marking of birds is commonly used as a simple and affordable method to identify individuals in a population to determine, among other aspects, the birds' movements, dispersal, foraging range and longevity across their range.
Written by André Botha
Anyone been birding lately? Has anyone seen something interesting perhaps?
How would you like to show the world what you've seen while contributing data to the Online NaturalWorld Sightings Database, a new interactive Mapping Database that has recently been launched and that is aimed at helping other Organisations such as the Endangered Wildlife Trust to better understand the Species they are concerned about.
Written by Kevin Ravno
African Grass Owl (Tyto capensis) habitat is rapidly being lost to development, land clearing for agriculture, unnatural fires, overgrazing and afforestation. This is worrying since there are fewer then 5 000 of these birds left. The Grass Owl is one of only two South African owls listed as Vulnerable, the other being the Pel's Fishing Owl (Scotopelia peli).
Written by Hayley Komen
Call for Urgent, Coordinated Strategy on Wild Coast
Five of South Africa's major environmental Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) (the Botanical Society of South Africa, the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), the Wilderness Foundation, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and the World-Wide Fund for Nature - South Africa (WWF-SA) have agreed to a collaborative approach to address sustainable development and environmental conservation on the Wild Coast. This region, still largely ecologically intact, offers us the opportunity to break from current short-term, exploitative development models which are unsustainable, to a more locally-driven, socially-equitable model designed to benefit local people.
EWT Annual Wine Makers Dinner
Where: The Grace Hotel, Bath Ave, Rosebank
The Endangered Wildlife Trust together with Liquid Assets & Middelvlei Wines invite you to join us for a fundraising evening with a difference. Enjoy a four course meal, each course carefully chosen and served with an accompanying Middelvlei wine, selected to compliment the food.
RSVP: 18 August 2006 - EWT Members, click here firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Mary Ritchie at EWT or phone Mary on (011) 486 1102
Directions in Wild Dog Conservation in South Africa
Where: The Country Club Johannesburg, Napier Road, Auckland Park
We are pleased to announce that Harriet Davies-Mostert, the newly appointed Manager of the Carnivore Conservation Group, will be giving a talk on the current status of African wild dog conservation in South Africa. Harriet is presently completing her Doctorate entitled "The utility of the metapopulation approach for African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) conservation in South Africa" at Oxford University.
RSVP: 8 August 2006 - EWT Members, click here email@example.com to contact Mary Ritchie at EWT or phone Mary on (011) 486 1102
The EWT Great Green Golf Day Fundraising Event
Where: The Lost City Golf Course at Sun City, Rustenburg
Join us for a round of golf at the Endangered Wildlife Trust's annual "Great Green Golf Day" at Sun City. Come and show your support for conservation and enjoy an unbeatable day out on one of the leading courses in South Africa . Get away from the city and relax, entertain your clients and staff and have a "ball" playing in the wild surroundings of the Lost City.
RSVP: 4 August 2006 - Alison de Smidt on (011) 486 1102 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Greener Life Tips
Next time you go shopping take a moment to think of the effect your next purchase could have on the environment. Be an informed consumer. There are safe alternatives to many of the products we buy today.
Remember yours is the power of the purse - you can make a difference by selecting articles which are environmentally safe.
If you're at a loss on what to do with unwanted items, why not donate them to the EWT. The EWT has a wish list that you could contribute to. We would be grateful for the following items:
Please contact Penny Buthelezi on (011) 486-1102 or email email@example.com to organise for deliveries, and collections where necessary.
Discounted Lifestyle Winter Warmer
Take advantage of the Discounted Lifestyle Winter Warmer offer to EWT members and enjoy a winter weekend away!
Wild dog tracking trips
Wild dog tracking trips provide guests with an exciting opportunity to radio-track the Venetia wild dogs with the researchers on the project. These trips are conducted in the early morning or the late afternoon when the wild dogs are generally most active.
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