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Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival 2017

The sixth annual Chrissiesmeer Crane Festival was held from 23 – 24 June 2017. Credit needs to be given to Charmain Bouwer of U and Me Creative, who was responsible for the venue, logistics, marketing and bookings. The crane festival … Continue reading

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Karkloof source to confluence river walk

When I arrived at the office one Monday, Tanya told me that she had let the Karkloof Conservancy know that I would assist them with a river walk in two weeks’ time. My immediate thought was that this was a … Continue reading

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Capacity strengthening training on crane and wetland conservation in Jimma, Ethiopia

In order to contribute to sustainable biodiversity conservation in general and crane conservation in particular, we have provided training to the local community and provided material support for nature conservation club office construction in school compounds in  Jimma area of … Continue reading

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Searching for cranes in urban wetlands around Kampala, Uganda

Most of our crane monitoring takes place in rural areas, farming landscapes and protected areas. In Uganda, plans are underway to determine the status and distribution of cranes in wetlands around Kampala, the country’s capital city. Searching for cranes in … Continue reading

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An Aerial Reconnaissance flight over the Kafue Flats, Zambia

Mimosa pigra (mimosa) is an invasive shrub that is fast invading the wetland grasslands of the Kafue Flats, a vast wetland complex in central Zambia, negatively affecting the habitat for thousands of Wattled Cranes and large herds of Kafue Lechwe. … Continue reading

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Mpumalanga MEC approves the Declaration of the Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment

A major milestone for the conservation of South Africa’s water resources and threatened Highveld grass- and wetlands was reached on 7 April 2017, when the MEC for Mpumalanga’s Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs (DARDLEA), Mr Vusi … Continue reading

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Evidence of breeding and fledging success in Kabale and Ntungamo Districts, Uganda

During previous trips to Kabale and Ntungamo Districts (Uganda) in 2011 and 2012, Osiman Mabhachi of The Endangered Wildlife Trust observed hundreds of Grey Crowned Cranes (flocks and pairs) in wetlands and agricultural landscapes. Though the sight of these pairs … Continue reading

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Evidence of breeding and fledging success in Kabale and Ntungamo Districts, Uganda

During previous trips to Kabale and Ntungamo Districts (Uganda) in 2011 and 2012, Osiman Mabhachi  observed hundreds of Grey Crowned Cranes (flocks and pairs) in wetlands and agricultural landscapes. Though the sight of these pairs and flocks gave him a … Continue reading

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