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Bird of the Year 2018

BoTY 2018 Oystercatcher web

BirdLife South Africa has chosen the near-endemic African Black Oystercatcher Haematopus moquini as the Bird of the Year for 2018. The African Black Oystercatcher is a modern-day conservation success story with its population having dramatically increased over the last few decades, leading to its regional red listing status being downgraded from Near Threatened in 2000 to Least Concern in 2015. Although numbers are on the rise, the African Black Oystercatcher still faces some challenges, especially where it breeds in or near urban centres. The biggest threats include continued habitat loss due to coastal development, and disturbance of breeding birds by beach visitors and their dogs. A proactive intervention and awareness programme by the Nature’s Valley Trust, in collaboration with BirdLife South Africa, is addressing some of these issues and enabling people to #ShareTheShores with these iconic birds.

BirdLife South Africa in collaboration with the Nature’s Valley Trust and Chrissie Cloete (chrissiecandraw), and with funding from the Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust and Hawarden Trust, have developed a series of educational tools and lesson plans which are available for download (below).


Downloadable Content

Fact Sheets

Life Cycle Fact Sheet 01

Fact Sheet 2   Threats to Oystercatchers

 Fact Sheet 3   History of African Black Oystercatcher ConservationFact Sheet 4   Current Conservation EffortsFact Sheet 5   African Black Oystercatcher   Ambassador for Shorebirds

           African Black Oystercatcher                               Threats to Oystercatchers                        History of Oystercatcher Conservation                     Current Conservation Efforts                Oystercatchers - Ambassador for Shorebirds


Lesson Plans

lesson plan 1lesson plan 2lesson plan 3lesson plan 4

      Life History of Oystercatchers                               Threats to Oystercatchers                     Conservation Efforts of Oystercatchers                      Beach Ecology and Shorebirds       


 Colouring Pictures

African Black Oystercatcher and Chick Colouring PictureRocky Colouring PictureSandy the White fronted Plover Colouring PictureTerry the Damara Tern and Sanderlings Colouring Picture


Games

threat cardgame icon

                  Threat/Action cards                                 Oyk Scramble and Hide Game                 

 

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Downloadable Content

Fact Sheets

Life Cycle Fact Sheet 01

 

African Black Oystercatcher


Fact Sheet 2   Threats to Oystercatchers

Threats to Oystercatchers

 Fact Sheet 3   History of African Black Oystercatcher Conservation

History of Oystercatcher Conservation


Fact Sheet 4   Current Conservation Efforts

 

Current Conservation Efforts

Fact Sheet 5   African Black Oystercatcher   Ambassador for Shorebirds

 Oystercatchers - Ambassador for Shorebirds


Lesson Plans

lesson plan 1

 

Life History of Oystercatchers
lesson plan 2

Threats to Oystercatchers
lesson plan 3

Conservation Efforts of Oystercatchers

lesson plan 4

Beach Ecology and Shorebirds       


 Colouring Pictures

African Black Oystercatcher and Chick Colouring PictureRocky Colouring PictureSandy the White fronted Plover Colouring PictureTerry the Damara Tern and Sanderlings Colouring Picture


Games

threat card

Threat/Action cards 

game icon         

             Oyk Scramble and Hide Game                 

 

Download All Files

 

Comic 1 development

oyksy daisy gull

Comic 3 Disturbance

oyksy daisy comic

Comic 5 Bird diet

oyksy daisy comic

Facts Infographic

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NVT Research Infographic 3.1 01

final infographic

Previous birds of the year

2017 - Lappet-Faced Vulture
2016 - Sociable Weaver
2015 - Blue Crane
2014 - Tristan Albatross
2013 - White-winged Flufftail
2012 - African Fish Eagle
2011 - Barn Swallow
2010 - Lesser Flamingo
2009 - Cape Robin-chat
2008 - Spotted Eagle-Owl
2007 - African Penguin

For more information about the Bird of the Year initiative, please email marketing@birdlife.org.za

 

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