BirdLife South Africa's History


  • 1905-1929: South African Ornithologists’ Union
  • 1930-1975: South African Ornithological Society
  • 1976-1996: Southern African Ornithological Society
  • 1996-present: BirdLife South Africa

The South African Ornithological Society (SAOS) was founded in 1930 as a scientific society for the study of ornithology. In 1995, the SAOS Council determined a new direction to develop education and conservation action programmes. The impetus and funding for action programmes increased with links to the BirdLife International partnership that began in 1996.

The SAOS also changed its name to BirdLife South Africa.