BirdLife South Africa's 33rd Birding Big Day (BBD) will take place on Saturday 25 November 2017. During Birding Big Day 2016 more than a thousand birders recorded 654 species, a record, and also raised some valuable funds for bird conservation. During the 2017 event we hope to break this record and have even more birders out enjoying nature.
Below is the information one needs to participate. Please read the instructions carefully.
Birding Ecotours agreed to become the corporate sponsor for Birding Big Day 2017! They will donate R30 for each species seen on the day. BirdLife South Africa would like to thank them for their support. All funding raised will be used to support bird conservation. For more information about Birding Ecotours see www.birdingecotours.com. They currently are currently running a competition where you can win a pair of Swarovski binoculars worth over R30,000 (at the current exchange rate).
Participants can participate in one of two categories:
The rules for the Open Category are:
The rules for this category are:
Fund Raising Competition
Although Birding Big Day is all about birds, it is also about raising funds for bird conservation. Funds raised will be shared between BirdLasser, and the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas and Terrestrial Bird Conservation Programmes.
For the first time we have added a Fund Raising Competition with the following rules:
Here are a number of forms which might be of value:
If your team will be using the BirdLasser mobile app to record your sightings on the day, please supply us with the following information. This will ensure that your day’s sightings get displayed on the BirdLasser Birding Big Day event page (https://www.birdlasser.com/events/bbd2017) in real-time and you don’t have to manually submit your sightings data after the event:
During the day, the challenge page will automatically update as teams record their sightings, thus adding to the excitement of the day. Progress will be reported in social and other media. For more information about BirdLasser, visit www.birdlasser.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for Birding Big Day
You need to register for Birding Big Day before the event by completing the online form. There is no entry fee, but a minimum donation of R300 is required to qualify for a BirdLife South Africa Birding Big Day 2017 cloth badge. Please note that only 4 cloth badges will be produced per team of four members. For teams with more than four members an additional R45 will be added per team member.
To register please click here:
If BirdLasser was used, each team needs to verify its species list on their phone and the website within 48 hours of the event. The species list at 24:00 27 November will be considered as final. To resolve any issues please email email@example.com
Prize for most funding raised by a team.
The team who raises the most funding on average per member will win the following prize!
Two nights for four guests on a walking trail at Pafuri Trails Camp including accommodation, all meals and walks each day. This prize is sponsored by RETURNAfrica.
Please note the following:
• The winning team's contribution will be based on the amount paid into the BirdLife South Africa bank account by 15 December 2017.
• This prize excludes park entry fees, conservation levy, beverages, gratuities, travel costs and curio shop purchases.
• The prize is valid from the draw date for 12 months. It is subject to availability and may only be redeemed for the 2018 trail season.
• The Kruger National Park is considered a moderate malaria area and the winner needs to get advice from his or her doctor on prophylactics.
• The camp is unfenced.
• The drive is approximately 6 hours from Johannesburg to the Pafuri Gate and an additional 1 hour in the park.
• The prize is for four adults only.
• The prize is for two trails tents; no additional rooms are included.
• The prize is not transferable for cash.
• The prize is not transferable to another person.
• The prize does not include travel to and from Pafuri Trails camp.
Lucky Draw Prizes
A number of lucky draw prizes are available this year!
The Birder's Guide to Africa (two copies)
THE BIRDER’S GUIDE TO AFRICA presents the first comprehensive and detailed summary of bird watching in the African region, covering all mainland territories and associated islands. An overview of birding in the region is given in the Introduction, highlighting key destinations for different kinds of travellers. This is followed by Country Accounts in which details on travel and birding are provided for each territory, including a comprehensive list of important bird taxa to be targeted on a visit. In the Family Accounts, each family recorded from the region is briefly described, and illustrated with spectacular photographs. Finally, the Species Accounts detail information on ease of seeing, distribution, status, habitat, subspecies, taxonomic issues and best places to see, for all species. Any serious world lister or keen African eco traveller will find an abundance of information of relevance to their interest.
Available from firstname.lastname@example.org from late August. Retail price R 450. Special for orders placed before the end of September, R 400.
Memories of a Birdwatcher (Peter Streyn)
Struik Nature kindly donated four copes of the recenly published Memories of a Birdwatcher by Peter Steyn
For more infomation about this book see http://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za/book/kingdom-daylight-memories-birdwatcher/9780620742566
Garden Birds in Southern Africa (Duncan Butchard)
Struik Nature kindly donated four copies of the recently launched Garden Birds in Southern Africa by Duncan Butchard.
For more information about this book see: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.za/search/books?query=9781775844747
In addition to the prize mentioned above, Return Africa also has a BBD Promotion: The Pafuri Collection is offering special rates to guests staying at Pafuri Camp and Baobab Hill Bush House for BirdLife’s Big Birding Day 2017. A percentage of each night sold will go towards BirdLife South Africa’s conservation projects. Pafuri, located in the northern most region of the Kruger National Park, is known as a birding hotspot. Guests will have access to specialist bird guides for their Birding Big Day activities.
To book contact RETURNAfrica email@example.com and make sure to use the code “BBD17” for the special offer to apply. www.returnafrica.com I 011 646 1391.
Payment for badges and funds raised should be sent to BirdLife South Africa after the event; thus enabling your team to raise funds during the event. See banking details below. Please use the payment reference ‘BBD’ followed by your team name and send deposit slip or proof of payment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org This is important to ensure you are put on the list to receive your badges, incorrectly referenced payments might not be allocated to your team.
Latest date for payments for BBD badges is 15 December 2017.
Bank account details
Account Name: BirdLife South Africa
Bank: First National Bank
Branch code: 254005
Account number: 62067506281
If anything is unclear or you need more information, please contact email@example.com