BirdLife South Africa is a firm believer that conservation needs to start with conversation, which is why we started the webinar series ‘Conservation Conversations with BirdLife South Africa’.

Starting in April 2020, BirdLife South Africa hosted a weekly webinar series, which in 2024 is in its fifth season! These webinars have become a permanent feature, bringing some entertainment and education to your households.

Each talk lasts 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, the amazing birding destinations you can visit and lots more, while also sharing some of the conservation success stories which BirdLife South Africa has been privileged to drive.

All of our episodes are recorded and you can watch the recordings on YouTube via the links at the bottom of this page.

Thanks to everyone who has supported this initiative and continues to tune in every second Tuesday of the month.

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 select the ‘Register for this talk button’ in the list of webinars below. 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. There is a standard webinar link for all of our talks, which is unique to you. So you will no longer need to register for each talk but will be registered for the full series.

Once you have registered, you will receive an email with the relevant link and password that will allow you to join the presentation. You will also be sent a reminder the day before and 1 hour before each webinar.

Zoom rooms will open 15 minutes before each talk is set to start. There is a limit of 500 participants for these presentations so please be sure to log in early and ensure your spot during the live presentation.

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.

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

Upcoming Webinars

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Register for this and all future webinars in the series

Details coming soon

Register for this and all future webinars in the series

Meet your Conservation Conversations Hosts

Andrew de Blocq

Andrew is the Avitourism Project Manager at BirdLife South Africa. Andrew oversees the Community Bird Guide Project as well as the Birder Friendly Establishment and Tour Operator network. Andrew is more broadly involved with the development of avitourism in South Africa, which includes organizing birding weekends, developing and promoting resources for birders such as the birding routes and the South Africa Listers’ Club, and promoting South Africa as a birding destination through talks, podcasts, interviews, and media engagements. Andrew joined BirdLife South Africa in 2018 as the resident ‘penguinologist’ in the Seabird Conservation Programme in Cape Town before making the move up to Johannesburg in late 2020 to take on his current position.

Andrew is a keen birder, reluctant twitcher, and amateur wildlife photographer in his spare time. He gets especial motivation for his work from the tangible difference that he can make to people’s lives and livelihoods and from sharing his passion for birds with others. Though he now works more on matters around ecotourism and marketing, Andrew still maintains a keen interest in the conservation of birds and their habitats and is known for sticking his nose in his colleagues’ work on a regular basis.

If you have any questions or comments for Andrew, please email andrew.deblocq@birdlife.org.za or reach out to him on Instagram (@andrew_takes_photographs).

Christina Hagen

Christina Hagen, BirdLife South Africa’s Pamela Isdell Fellow of African Penguin Conservation joins the Conservation Conversations team as our latest host. She is responsible for the project to establish an African Penguin breeding colony at the De Hoop Nature Reserve. She has worked at BirdLife South Africa since 2010, on various facets of penguin conservation.

Christina loves hiking, board games (Wingspan is a favorite) and exploring the incredible biodiversity of the Western Cape. Christina is also a volunteer fire fighter.

If you have any questions for Christina please email christina.hagen@birdlife.org.za

Watch Recordings of Previous Webinars

Watch Season 4 (2023) Here
Watch Season 3 (2022) Here
Watch Season 2 (2021) Here
Watch Season 1 (2020) Here

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