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Birding opens young eyes

Birding opens young eyes

Birding opens young eyes

Children from Kasane and Kazungula Primary schools were led by members of BirdLife on an exploratory bird walk in March

Students from Kasane and Kazungula Primary schools were led by members of the community on a bird walk in March. It was a great opportunity for the children, who are the future of conservation in the Chobe region, to get out of the classroom and explore nature first hand.

The children spent most of the morning bird watching as well as talking about different animals that inhabit the seep, an accessible stretch of river front with natural springs between Kasane and Kazungula. Over 30 different species of birds were identified throughout the morning including the Yellow Wagtail, Kittlitz Plover and Water Thick-knee to name a few. The children were encouraged to point out birds and help to identify them using features such as colour and size.

Conservation issues were also discussed between sightings, such as the increased amount of litter polluting the environment, which was a real concern amongst the children. Each group took the opportunity to clean up as we walked along, with the children determined to see the area clean and tidy.

Both BirdLife Kasane and CARACAL were involved in the initiative and plan to carry out such activities on a regular basis. It is due to the generosity of people in both public sectors and private sectors that these events can take place.

Find out more about educational activities on phil@sgsafrica.com or caracal@botsnet.bw. Upcoming events include a waterbird count in July and vulture nest count in August.

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 09, June 2012)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Chobe