Namibia Crane News No 54 (Nov 2015)

Dear Crane Friends

Hope this finds you well! This issue brings you an update of crane news in Namibia.

The results for our latest dry-season counts have given us a total of 23 Blue Cranes, which is an improvement on the wet-season count of 17 in March 2015. We have made crane awareness a priority over the past year or two in a concentrated effort to reach all those who can influence the cranes in some or other way. Nine ringed birds (2006-2014) have been recorded this year.

Our trusty team of crane supporters has done a sterling job with keeping us posted on sightings throughout the year, and from this we are able to piece together a picture of crane movements. Well done and thank you for these records and for your beautiful photographs! This issue also brings some intriguing reports on flamingos.

Thank you all for your ongoing interest, support and concern for the conservation of our cranes and other wetland bird species. We would also like to thank all our donors for their generous contributions, in particular the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) Namibia for generous funding over the past three years; and the Hessische Gesellschaft für Ornithologie und Naturschutz e.V. (HGON) in Germany and their partners, Mathias Stein and Barbara Hudec.

Best wishes

Ann & Mike