Birding and bird related conservation efforts in Namibia

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  • July 2014 Wetlands Bird Count Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • July 2014 Wetlands Bird Count Walvis Bay Sewage Ponds Site (download)
  • July 2011 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • July 2011 Bird Count in the Sewage Ponds Site (download)

Looking at figures for the last five years, 2011 with 22,725 birds, is the lowest winter count yet. The second lowest was in 2009 with 52,661 birds. The other winter counts were all around 100,000 birds.

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  • February 2014 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • February 2014 Bird Count in Walvis Bay Sewage Ponds Site (download)
  • January 2012 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • January 2012 Bird Count in the Sewage Ponds Site (download)
  • January 2011 Bird Count in Walvis Bay RAMSAR Site (download)
  • January 2011 Bird Count in the Sewage Ponds Site (download)

Conservation in general always goes directly hand in hand with the birds found in a given region. In Namibia we enjoy a large network of conservation areas, including the National Parks (such as Etosha and the Namib Naukluft Park) and community conservation concessions, as well as a large sector of private conservation areas. Many farms and other areas not directly conserved also have natural vegetation to varying degrees and also provide a degree of conservation for birds. This means that, on the whole, Namibia’s birds enjoy a great degree of protection. All is not well, though and many birds need a degree of specific protection. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is the government body that runs the national parks, do work in some cases directly with the conservation of birds. They also provide logistical support, permits (such as bird ringing) and access to others who work on the protection of birds.

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NACOMA (the Namibian Coast Conservation and Management project) is a government commissioned body working on the conservation of coastal areas. Along with various other aspects, they have an involvement with the conservation of shore birds. In partnership with them is the Namibia Coastal/Marine Bird Action Plan.

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This is another conservation NGO that is involved with coastal conservation. Their main role has been in conducting the Walvis Bay lagoon bird count and conservation of that area.

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The Namibia nature foundation runs and facilitates a number of environmental projects. They have a great involvement in the conservation of Namibia’s birds.

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Another group of birds that face a specific threat are the Cranes. The crane working group have a special focus on the small population of breeding Blue Cranes in the north of Namibia.

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Raptors as a group are often threatened by various aspects of human activity. It is not surprise, therefore that many of Namibia’s threatened birds are raptors. Various aspects come into play, such as poisoning, shooting and electrocution and collision with power lines. Raptors Namibia is a group of people who are working to implement an action plan for the protection of Namibia’s Raptors. Raptors Namibia works with various organizations such as the Poison Working Group and the Vulture Study group.

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There are many individuals with concern about Namibia’s birds and many of them are actively involved in the protection of birds. Many individuals participate in bird counts and there is an active group of bird ringers, who share an interest in the conservation of Namibia’s birds.

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