Please note:

Conservation Conversations is limited to 500 viewers within the Zoom portal and registration for the webinar does not guarantee access to the Zoom room, however, the webinar is simultaneously live streamed to the BirdLife South Africa Facebook page and you can interact and ask questions exactly the same as you would in the Zoom portal. If you are unable to enter the Zoom room please visit the Facebook page on Tuesday nights. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience but these are free webinars and we would like to keep them that way and therefore encourage you all to watch through Facebook if the Zoom room reaches capacity.

BirdLife South Africa is a firm believer that conservation needs to start with conversation. We are therefore excited to introduce our new webinar series ‘Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa’ to all of you!

Starting on 14 April 2020 at 19:00 (CAT), these weekly webinars hosted through Zoom will hopefully bring some entertainment and education to your household as we embrace the new virtual reality that we all find ourselves in thanks to the restrictions brought on by the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Each talk will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour with a 15-30 minute Q&A session with our presenters afterwards. These sessions will give you a chance to learn about the incredible conservation work taking place across South Africa and beyond while also sharing some of the conservation success stories which BirdLife South Africa has been privileged to drive.

We even have a few talks lined up for our younger audiences starting with a Spring Alive presentation by Kristi Garland on 17 April 2020 at 14:00. Watch our social media feeds and emailers to find out the presenter schedule.

> How to sign up for a webinar

We will be hosting these talks via Zoom. If you have not yet downloaded the Zoom application for your computer please click here. It is free to use.

The next step is to look through the schedule of talks below and select the ‘Register for this talk button’ if you are interested in attending. Click this button and enter your name and email address so that we can use to send you the access link to attend the talk.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email with the relevant link and password that will allow you to join the presentation.

Zoom rooms will open 15 minutes before each talk is set to start. There is a limit of 100 participants for these presentations so please be sure to log in early and ensure your spot during the live presentation. By clicking the invitation link which will have been sent to you after you register for the talk, you will be able to access the presentation via Zoom.

Talks will be simultaneously lived streamed through BirdLife South Africa’s Facebook page if you are unable to access the Zoom room. Please like and comment on the live stream and we will share your questions with the speaker.

If you miss out on the live presentation, all presentations will be recorded and loaded to BirdLife South Africa’s YouTube channel the following day and you will be able to watch them there and leave your comments.

Please note: From 12 May BirdLife South Africa will be using a standard webinar link for all of our talks and this will no longer require you to register. The links can be found under the relevant talk’s banner and clicked to join the Zoom room before 19:00 every Tuesday.

If you have any questions please email conservations@birdlife.org.za.

> Get to know your webinar host

Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa

is hosted by Dr Melissa Howes-Whitecross

Melissa is the Manager of the Landscape Conservation Programme at BirdLife South Africa and is responsible for the coordination of the incredible team of conservationists working to preserve South Africa’s most threatened terrestrial (land-based) birds and their ecosystems. Melissa joined BirdLife South Africa as an intern in 2017 after completing her PhD in savanna ecology at the University of the Witwatersrand. After completing her internship, Melissa was offered a full-time position as the Raptor & Large Terrestrial Bird Project Manager where she oversaw projects on the Secretarybird, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Black Stork and Taita Falcon. Melissa was awarded the Leslie Brown Memorial Grant by the Raptor Research Foundation for her work on the Southern Banded Snake Eagle and remains actively involved in the research and conservation of this elusive forest raptor.

Melissa’s favorite bird is undoubtedly the Secretarybird and she remains actively involved with their conservation and the research into the movements of juvenile Secretarybirds across southern Africa. Melissa is a passionate birdwatcher having seen over 765 birds in sub-region and enjoys taking photographs, as you can see by some of the images in the Conservation Conversations header above. Melissa is a passionate conservationist, who has made it her mission to communicate the incredible conservation work and exciting environmental successes that have been achieved throughout South Africa and the world. Melissa looks forward to hosting you in the next webinar and wishes you happy birding wherever in the world you find yourself.

If you have any questions or comments for Melissa, please email conservations@birdlife.org.za or reach out to her on Twitter (@mwhitecross27) or Instagram (@melissaw27).

Upcoming Webinars

Please be sure to check you spam/junk folders in your email inbox after registering as some inbox filters may send your registration emails astray.

You only have to register once for all future Conservation Conversations webinars. You can access the universal registration form to join the Zoom webinars by clicking the button below. If you have registered for the previous webinar, you will already have received the link and will no longer need to register during 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THE WEBINAR DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCESS TO THE ZOOM ROOM WHICH IS CAPPED AT 500 VIEWERS. PLEASE WATCH LIVE ON THE BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA FACEBOOK PAGE IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE ZOOM ROOM.

You only have to register once for all future Conservation Conversations webinars. You can access the universal registration form to join the Zoom webinars by clicking the button below. If you have registered for the previous webinar, you will already have received the link and will no longer need to register during 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THE WEBINAR DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCESS TO THE ZOOM ROOM WHICH IS CAPPED AT 500 VIEWERS. PLEASE WATCH LIVE ON THE BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA FACEBOOK PAGE IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE ZOOM ROOM.

You only have to register once for all future Conservation Conversations webinars. You can access the universal registration form to join the Zoom webinars by clicking the button below. If you have registered for the previous webinar, you will already have received the link and will no longer need to register during 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THE WEBINAR DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCESS TO THE ZOOM ROOM WHICH IS CAPPED AT 500 VIEWERS. PLEASE WATCH LIVE ON THE BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA FACEBOOK PAGE IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE ZOOM ROOM.

You only have to register once for all future Conservation Conversations webinars. You can access the universal registration form to join the Zoom webinars by clicking the button below. If you have registered for the previous webinar, you will already have received the link and will no longer need to register during 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THAT REGISTRATION FOR THE WEBINAR DOES NOT GUARANTEE ACCESS TO THE ZOOM ROOM WHICH IS CAPPED AT 500 VIEWERS. PLEASE WATCH LIVE ON THE BIRDLIFE SOUTH AFRICA FACEBOOK PAGE IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ACCESS THE ZOOM ROOM.

Competitions

Jacana Media Monthly Giveaway Competition

Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa have partnered with Jacana Media to bring you an exciting monthly competition where you stand a chance to win a collection of nature related books from some of South Africa’s best selling authors. This month’s draw starts on 1 November and will end at 18:00 on 24 November 2020. The winner will be announced at the end of the webinar on 24 November 2020.

Click the button below to enter.

*This competition is only for South African based viewers

ZEISS Monthly Giveaway

Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa have partnered with ZEISS South Africa to bring you an exciting monthly giveaway where you stand a chance to win a ZEISS Hygiene Hamper.

ZEISS Hygiene Set

50 mouth masks

1x ZEISS Branded Cloth Mask

1x Hand sanitizer

1x Gloves box

1x ZEISS wipes (box 32)

1x ZEISS smartphone wipes (box 30)

1x ZEISS cleaning cloth, spray, screw driver set

1x EyeShaker

Poster

To win all you need to do is to attended the full webinar during the third week of each month and we will randomly select one lucky viewer from South Africa to receive their prize. To win this month be sure to tune in to Caroline Howes’ webinar on 17 November 2020. November’s winner will be announced at the start of Duncan Butchart’s webinar on 24 November 2020.

Watch Recordings of Previous Webinars

Our episodes are now available in podcast format if you would prefer to listen to them. Click the button below to go to our podcast channel.

Further reading on this topic can be found in these references: