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Hi y’all! As you know…I’m a bona-fide bird nerd, particularly with conservation of coastal species, like shorebirds & seabirds. So two things very near & dear to me are, of course — birds & beaches!
South Africa’s gorgeous coasts support a large number of our beloved birds. They also are the fastest developing regions in the country (& the world!). We are seeing shorebirds disappear around the globe, and alarmingly fast (I’m talkin’ decreases like 40-60% of one of my favorites, White-fronted Plovers, in the W. Cape!), mostly due to habitat destruction and other human-caused issues. Since wildlife like shorebirds can tell us so much about the status of our coasts, finding effective conservation and awareness solutions is becoming incredibly urgent.
I’ve been offered a fantastic project for my Master’s (at Univ. of Cape Town, partnering with The Nature’s Valley Trust — a great South African environmental non-profit) to study endemic shorebirds in high-tourism coastal areas, using the research to balance human activity, reduce impacts of major threats, and keep our beaches healthy.
We’re backed by BirdLife South Africa, Cape Nature, Knysna Toyota, and local conservation & bird clubs as necessary research for the region (and the birds! and communities!). Now I need YOUR help to seal the deal.
Here’s how you can help this important project — We are still in need of funding for a vehicle, research staff, and field equipment. Check out how to support this research project for the conservation of our beaches and the shorebirds that call them home here!
Please contribute and help us spread the word far & wide!
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This is where my (unpaid) blood, sweat, and tears have been focused this entire year (and there’s been a lot of all of that, phew)! I have been painstakingly working to gain the support make this happen — developing the project, networking with appropriate researchers, officials, and groups, applying for countless grants, awards, and sponsorships. I have put everything I possibly can into this, that is how important and necessary I absolutely know this is. PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THE HECK OUT OF THIS!