Birds are excellent flagship species and valuable indicators of the environment as places that are rich in bird species are often abundant in other forms of biodiversity. The presence of birds indicates a healthy environment and thriving ecosystem. BirdLife South Africa conserves our country’s birds. By focusing on birds, the sites and the habitats on which they depend, BirdLife South Africa hopes to improve the quality of life for birds, for other wildlife and ultimately for people.
Each year a Bird of the Year is chosen by BirdLife South Africa. Bird of the Year is one of BirdLife South Africa’s annual initiatives for creating awareness about birds and bird habitat conservation. Educating people is one of the key components of BirdLife South Africa’s conservation work. The aim of the project is to choose a bird species and focus education and other activities on it during the coming year and improve public awareness about the species and the need to protect the species (and related species) and its habitat.
The Bird of the Year for 2015 is the Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradiseus)
The Bird of the Year 2015 initiative is proudly sponsored by Bidvest Waltons.
For more information about Bird of the Year, please contact Nikki McCartney, Events & Marketing Manager on 083 636 1060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Blue Crane is South Africa’s national bird and features on the 5 cent piece. As such, it is one of the most recognisable birds in South Africa. Threats include habitat loss, illegal trade, power-line collisions, poisoning and active persecution by landowners. Education and awareness are key to its long-term survival.
Fact Sheet Bird of the Year 2015
Lesson Plan 1 - South Africa’s national bird
Lesson Plan 2 - South Africa’s cranes
Lesson Plan 3 - Threats & challenges faced by crane species
Lesson Plan 4 - Conserving cranes
Activity 1 - Crossword and word search
Activity 2 - Colouring in pages
Activity 3 - National Icons research
Activity 4 - Crane Snap
Activity 5 - Life of a crane
For more information about the Bird of the Year initiative, please email email@example.com