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.