by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor
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by: The Cape Parrot Working Group
by Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – Here is the 5th Cape Parrot Newsletter, this issue includes items on the 10th Cape Parrot Big Birding Day and feedback from the CPWG AGM. A request for help from Bill Bainbridge, an update on the CP with the broken beak (header photo) and a report from the BirdLife Trogons. I would like to thank all those who have
contributed something to this issue. It is always a task finding things to include and it is really great to be able
to include some both current and interesting items in this issue.
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – I have had a very busy couple of months trying to complete a number of things off with my own work, write a few talks, write even more funding proposals and attending an interview relating to one of these. Last week I had the pleasure of a trip to Phalaborwa, in addition to seeing a couple of good friends, while there I also gave a talk on the Cape Parrot to the Phalaborwa Bird Club. I had a great time it was good to meet everyone at the bird club
and what a pleasure to speak under a Lapa just inside Kruger Park – what a great venue! Unfortunately I have not yet received details of this years CPBBD count, analysis of the data is still underway, but I am sure it will be ready for the next newsletter and you may see details in the press beforehand.
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – I have published this newsletter a bit early in order to provide a reminder for those of you who are interested in getting involved in the 10th Cape Parrot Big Birding Day on the 5th & 6th May and have not yet have made contact and plans. I am hoping that I get a few reports and photos from people involved in the Cape Parrot count about how it went for the next newsletter. Photos of both parrots and your groups would be good – I know some people are camping out so there may be some stories there as well I’m sure we would all be interested. If you make a fool of yourself – feel free to tell me we don’t mind laughing at your mistakes!
I have had a busy time recently, in Pretoria for a week long Wildlife DNA Forensics workshop, although I did
manage to see a couple of friends at the same time. Then down to uShaka for the KZN Wildlife Crime Working
Group Open day where I was speaking on the role that DNA can play in wildlife crime. These are a really great
bunch of people covering a wide range of interests: wildlife investigators, SAPS, prosecutors etc. all eager to
protect wildlife. I think that creating such networks such as this is the way forward in tackling wildlife crime.
When cases arise a wide range of expert advice and expertise is available. The rest of my time has been in the
office writing reports and funding proposals.
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – This month I have included a variety of topics some related directly to the Cape Parrot, others are more distantly related in varying degrees. Any contributions to the next newsletter would be very welcome – especially current items relating to Cape Parrots. Wishing you all the best for 2007.
by: Tiawanna (Tee) Taylor – Well here it is, my first Cape Parrot Newsletter! It has been really great to hear from people both in South Africa, and internationally, who are interested in the Cape Parrot. I hope that this newsletter will over time manage to cover a wide range of issues that may interest to you. Thanks to all the people who have submitted something for this newsletter. My intention is to keep the newsletter open to all potential articles and try to cover all interests relating to the Cape Parrot. Be that projects undertaken by groups to projects run by individuals or organisations who’s impacts on the CP, to observations or comments about wild Capes in the field (or pinching your Pecan nuts) to captive breeding issues etc. As I tend to be stuck in an office all day I’m relying on you guys to supply the information, articles and some photos to brighten the pages!