SAVE THE DATE! BirdLife South Africa, with The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (University of Cape Town) will host the 6th Learn About Birds (LAB) Conference during BirdLife South Africa’s Flock to Wilderness at The Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness from Wed 24 to Sun 28 May 2023.
The LAB Conference was originally established to provide a platform for laymen and scientists to present their research, share their knowledge and network with ornithologically inclined people and birding enthusiasts from across South Africa and the world.
LAB is hosted in conjunction with the Fitz and the event hosts two parallel sessions directed at slightly different audiences. The Science LAB is run as a typical scientific conference with 20-minute slots for scientific presentations as well as the additional posters and/or speed talk sessions. In parallel to the Science LAB is the Layman’s LAB, which hosts longer format talks of approximately 45 minutes, and is pitched at a non-scientifically inclined audience, a similar format to those of our current Conservation Conversations webinars. LABs are typically joined to a BirdLife South Africa Flock AGM event and assist with bringing delegates to a venue and offering them interesting talks, birding excursions and entertainment to try and secure the needed quorum for the AGM meeting.
The LAB event is a crucial fundraiser for the Landscape Conservation Programme and helps to generate much needed unencumbered funding. Browse the “Programme of Events & Excursions” tab below to see updates on the event and exciting excursions that will be on offer.