Quiz Evening Postponed

 

Sadly, we must postpone the quiz which was due to take place on Wednesday evening, due to the ongoing rioting which is taking place in and around Zwelihle.  We do not want to put anyone at risk by their having to drive through the area.

Members will be notified as soon as the security situation is resolved.  We apologise for the change of plans, but it is better to be safe than sorry!

To all those who have agreed to prepare soup, we hope you will be able to put your cooking schedule on hold until a new date is decided.

PLEASE NOTE – CHANGE OF PLAN

 

Please make the following changes to your diary for forthcoming events at the Hermanus Bird Club – changes affect the July and August meetings.

 18 July .   Our Annual Quiz takes place. Mike Ford will be the Quizmaster – Soup and sherry will be served at mid-way and we will have our usual donation wine available. Quiz starts at 18h30 and as usual the wine bar will be open at 18h00

 15 August    Pinky Ngewu from the Dyer Island Trust will talk to us about what they are doing to preserve our precious Seabirds. Wine bar opens at 18h00 and the talk starts at 18h30.

What Happened Last Night?

 

Yesterday, the usual third Wednesday of the month we had Dr Ross Wanless as our guest speaker.  Ross is an absolute boffin who shared his amazing knowledge – from Albatross’s with 3.5m wingspans, Penguin food concerns, deep line fishing and how the BLSA actions have reduced bird kill dramatically to eradicating mice on the Islands affecting bird populations and on to some areas of our oceans 500km by 500kms which have 32 000 000 hooks catching fish!

Sadly we had 20 people there – half of whom were committee and spouses despite the meeting being in the Hermanus Times, Village News and in the events on the blog.

John Saunders does an enormous amount of work on the walks and talks and I was so sad last night to see so few of our members at this stunningly brilliant presentation.

Craig

IMPORTANT NOTICE – MEETING TIMES

 

Following the confusion that appears to dog our members regarding the starting times for meetings, Craig, last night, made a decision to simplify the matter.  All monthly meetings will in future comply with the following times, irrespective of seasons:

6:00 pm.  Arrive at the Fernkloof Hall for a pre-meeting get-together with a glass of wine, if so desired.

6:30 pm.  The meeting will commence and will aim to finish at 7:30 pm, thereby giving members a chance to have supper, or whatever!  More time will be allowed for the AGM, annual quiz and other special events.

Club Meeting and AGM

 

Members are reminded that the AGM will be held on Wednesday 21 February.  This will follow immediately on a our regular meeting at which Duncan Butchart will speak on Garden Birds and present his book on this subject. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reduced price of R200.

The meeting will commence at 6:30 pm, and will be followed by an opportunity to socialise over snacks and drinks.

The next monthly outing will be held on Thursday 1 March and will be to Haygrove Berry Farm, under the guidance of Mike Ford.  Participants should meet in the gravel parking area at Hemel’n’Aarde Village at 7:00 am

Programme 2018

 

Herewith the 2018 programme of events.  Please note that this schedule is flexible, so look out for possible amendments throughout the year.

January

15th – Committee Meeting.          17th – Club Meeting at 18h30.   Our guest speaker will be Gerhard Vosloo and he will speak on Birds of the Kgalagadi.        Month 2 of the Challenge.

February

1st – Monthly walk at Rooisand Reserve led by John Saunders.           19th – Committee Meeting.          21st – AGM at 18h30.  Our guest speaker will be Duncan Butchart and he will speak about his book on garden birds in Southern Africa.      Month 3 of the Challenge.

March

1st – Monthly walk at Haygrove Berry Farm led by Mike Ford.       19th – Committee Meeting.              21st – Club Meeting at 18h30.  Guest speaker will be Christine Hagen and she will speak about Penguins or Coastal Birds.           Month 4 of the Challenge.   Outing to De Hoop.

April

5th – Monthly walk at Stanford, led by Barbara Palmer.          16th – Committee Meeting.                    18th – Club Meeting at 18h00.  Guest speaker will be Ross Wanless, who will talk about Saving Seabirds from Extinction.      Last month of the Challenge!     Outing to Honeywood Farm.

May

5th – Monthly walk Benguela Cove led by John Saunders.        14th – Committee Meeting.                    16th – Club Meeting at 18h00.  Guest speaker will be John Bowman and he will speak on Thailand.     Outing to Redstone Hills and Die Hel.

June

7th – Monthly walk in the Caledon Gardens led by Ronnie Hazell.        18th – Committee Meeting.           20th – Club Meeting at 18h00.   Guest speaker will be Erika Brink and she will talk about the Nuwejaars Wetlands

July

5th – Monthly walk at Grootbos an Stanford Platform, led by John Saunders.        16th – Committee Meeting.             18th – Club Meeting at 18h00.  Guest speaker will be Vernon Head and he will talk about ?

August

2nd – Monthly walk on the Onrus and Vermont Coastal path led by John and Sheelagh Bowman.            13th – Committee Meeting.         15th – Club Meeting at 18h00.    Quiz evening

September

6th – Monthly walk in Fernkloof led by ?.           10th – Committee Meeting.           12th – Club Meeting at 18h00.  Guest speaker will be Wicus Leewner and he will talk on ?.

October

4th – Monthly walk at Gabrielskloof led by John Saunders.           15th – Committee Meeting.            17th – Club Meeting at 18h30.  Guest speaker will be Gavin Turner and he will speak about Zambia

November

1st – Monthly walk at De Mond led by Mike Ford and Chris Cheetham.           19th – Committee Meeting.           21st – Club Meeting at 18h30.  Guest speaker will be Andrea Angel and she will talk about the work of the Albatross Task Force.

December

6th – Monthly walk at Jesse Walton’s farm led by Mike Ford.            10th – Committee Meeting.           12th – Club Meeting at 18hoo.  Christmas Party