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Please help prevent the spread of this fungus in any of our protected areas
SCFPA photos of the Garden Route burn scar. Another good visual indictment of alien vegetation management and how crucial it is to our biodiversity and safety.
To be applauded yes, but dont forget that some alien invasive are required by law to be removed. Feel free to contact us if you need any advice.
Please take note.
Don't forget to notify the authorities if you ever do catch a tagged fish.
If you're in Cape Town area...
And will be beautiful again.

Environmental Impact Assessments. Waste Management Licenses. Air Emission Licenses. S24G rectificati This firms implements and facilitates applications ito the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA), National Environmental Management Waste Act (NEMWA) and the National Environmental Management Air Quality Act (NEMAQA).

Operating as usual

Earth Day 2022 | Invest in Our Planet™ 22/04/2022

Earth Day 2022 | Invest in Our Planet™

Earth Day 2022! 🌎

Earth Day 2022 | Invest in Our Planet™ Get Earth Day 2022 info from the official Earth Day site. This year's theme: Invest in Our Planet™. Find events and learn what you can do to make a difference.

Box Elder Sentinel Monitoring 20/04/2022

Box Elder Sentinel Monitoring

Box Elder Sentinel Monitoring Do you have a Box Elder Maple tree? We would like the community’s help to report the location of these trees to help us respond to the detection of the exotic and invasive polyphagous shot-hole borer (PSHB) PSHB loves to hide in the Box Elder Maple (Acer negundo) tree, so we are asking the communi...

07/04/2022

Such good news!

No April Fools' joke here - on 1 April 2022, the water hyacinth cover on Hartbeespoort dam was down to 13.63%! The biocontrol agents have effectively controlled the water hyacinth.
There have been a lot of questions/statements around what happens to the dying water hyacinth - where does it go? In contrast to a herbicide application where the mat of water hyacinth dies rapidly and sinks, releasing nutrients that result in algal blooms, the action of biocontrol agents is much slower. So the death of the plants takes a long time and is distributed over the dam as the plants move with wind and wave action. There isn't a sudden release of nutrients, so the associated algal blooms don't occur.
Thanks again for the support!

07/04/2022

Control of invasive plants in protected areas webinar...in collaboration with Israel Nature & Parks Authority, US National Park Service and South African National Parks.
Date: Tuesday April 19 @ 15h30 (SAST)
How to join the webinar? To be invited to the webinar, send an email to David Krewson: [email protected]. David will then send you a link to the webinar on TEAMS.

Photos from Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA)'s post 25/02/2022

Please read and assist in the study if you can.

Photos from Cape Town Invasive Species's post 23/02/2022

Please keep an eye out and remove immediately

TINY TERROR: Boring to death: Meet the rampant beetle posing a huge threat to historic Cape trees 11/02/2022

TINY TERROR: Boring to death: Meet the rampant beetle posing a huge threat to historic Cape trees

TINY TERROR: Boring to death: Meet the rampant beetle posing a huge threat to historic Cape trees The shot hole borer beetle has become a threat for historically important trees in the Western Cape. The beetle is 7km away from Stellenbosch’s tree-lined streets. Once it arrives there, it will be ‘too late’.

12/01/2022

Are you a final-year BSc Hon/BEng or Master’s student in Physics/Mathematics/Computer Science/Electronics? Then SANSA’s International Space Weather Camp is for you! Follow this link for details: https://www.sansa.org.za/event/iswc/. Apply before 28 February 2022.

12/01/2022

Pompom is in flower across our grasslands. Can you assist with locality data for a PhD project? See details below on how to report and submit sightings of this invasive plant.

05/11/2021

Absolutely crucial that kids know these things!

Be Fire Safe - It’s just as important for kids to learn about fire. Parents and teachers, why not print out our fun fire activity booklet for kids? It teaches about the difference between good and bad fire, how fire affects our lives and many other aspects. It is filled with fun, interactive games and puzzles too. Suited to ages 3 to 8 years.

Download the booklet here: https://bit.ly/3q5FbXG




29/10/2021

Its a good time to identify these nasties.

Groen Sebenza Climate Change Adaptation Project - SANBI 14/10/2021

Groen Sebenza Climate Change Adaptation Project - SANBI

Groen Sebenza Climate Change Adaptation Project - SANBI The Groen Sebenza Climate Change Adaptation Project is aimed at developing capacity in the climate change adaptation space, primarily in […]

12/10/2021

National Marine Month is celebrated every year during October🌊🐟🎏.

Its purpose is to create awareness on the marine and coastal environment, the promotion of sustainable use and conservation of these resources, for the benefit of all both present and future generations.

This year we look at the importance of Marine Protected Areas through an insightful infographic.




10/10/2021
Photos from Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA)'s post 06/10/2021

Photos from Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA)'s post

Photos from CapeNature's post 05/10/2021

Photos from Vulture Conservation Foundation's post 01/10/2021

Some excellent citizen science this weekend.

01/10/2021

22/09/2021

Happy world rhino day!

10/09/2021

The lovely spekboom. Although as with everything in life, moderation is key. Don't always assume that because its indigenous it cannot become invasive under certain circumstances.

08/09/2021

A Sustainable Tomorrow: Regenerative Business
Resources are finite and we need to address production and consumption patterns for a paradigm shift. When is your country's overshoot day?

Discussions at the event include exploring innovative solutions that contribute to climate change mitigation. We unpack innovations for resilient resource use with Birger Lundgren SOG Water Solutions and Mzansi Meat Co.
Register here: https://www.nordichouse.co.za/events

Photos from Vulture Conservation Foundation's post 04/09/2021

Vultures are an important factor in the environments ability to balance itself.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=4084149865017110&id=443539115744888

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 27/08/2021

Please keep an eye out for these new nasties that have been seen in Knsyna.

Photos from Southern Cape Fire Protection Association's post 25/08/2021

Photos from Southern Cape Fire Protection Association's post

Photos from Southern Cape Fire Protection Association's post 25/08/2021

This is quite an important factor to consider in terms of fire damage liability.

https://www.facebook.com/164012323612860/posts/6606585019355526/

14/08/2021

Here's what you can do about

Timeline photos 20/07/2021

Diarise!

https://m.facebook.com/SANParksHonoraryRangers/photos/a.372413409440874/4856354444380059/?type=3

WORLD RANGER DAY VIRTUAL CELEBRATION – SATURDAY 31 JULY at 14:00

This World Ranger Day, we proudly invite you to join us for a virtual online event to recount, reflect and remember the brave men and women who have dedicated themselves to conserving our natural heritage.

We’re engaging with South African National Parks rangers, in a conversation bearing testimony to the cost and care that goes into protecting our natural heritage. We will hear their tales, both harrowing and heart-warming, at the frontline of conservation.

It’s a day of recognition and remembrance. A moment for those who serve. An insight into their world.

Our panellists will include:
• Cathy Dreyer – Head Ranger of the Kruger National Park.
• Philip Prins – Fire Manager, Table Mountain National Park.
• Owen Govender – Snr Section Ranger at Garden Route National Park.
• Kally Ubisi – Section Ranger at Skukuza, Kruger National Park.
• Richard Sowry – Section Ranger, Kingfisherspruit, Kruger National Park.
• Theresa Sowry – CEO of the Southern African Wildlife College and, as Richard’s wife, will share her experiences of being married to a ranger.

To close, Dr Nicholus Funda, General Manager of Area Integrity and former Chief Ranger in the Kruger National Park, will join us for a candle lighting ceremony to honour our rangers and pay tribute to those who have died in the line of duty.

All donations will go towards our Embrace National Project which supports ranger wellbeing. See here:- http://ow.ly/gNhG50FyGbE

To register or donate: https://bit.ly/3rjA1pv
Register via Zoom to stand a chance of winning a 3-night stay for 2 people in any national park of their choice.

National Veld and Forest Fire Protection Advisory Forum established for South Africa - by Dale Nortje - Issuu 09/07/2021

National Veld and Forest Fire Protection Advisory Forum established for South Africa - by Dale Nortje - Issuu

https://issuu.com/fireandrescueinternational/docs/fri_vol_6_no_1/s/12664974

National Veld and Forest Fire Protection Advisory Forum established for South Africa - by Dale Nortje - Issuu Provincial umbrella fire protection associations (UFPAs) have been established and recognised in terms of the National Veld and Forest Fire Act 101 of 1998 (NVFFA), Chapter 2 sections 9 and 10, to facilitate and coordinate fire prevention, control and suppression measures and related risks, within t...

01/07/2021

Crucially important that its understood in our processes.

The Protection Of Personal Information Act comes into effect from today, the 1st of July 2021. Its important you know what this means for you, your business or organization

08/06/2021

Worth taking the time, for both the subject matter and the experts presenting.

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=5617077568365064&id=363222143750659

SANParks is inviting you to an exciting CCSG-SANParks joint webinar about the Trouble with Trees, scheduled for next Thursday, 10 June at 13:00 SAST. Tree planting is a widely promoted strategy for reducing atmospheric CO2 by capturing and storing carbon. Initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge and the Trillion Trees campaign have taken up this call, aiming to restore millions of hectares of degraded and deforested land worldwide. But is widespread reforestation and afforestation truly a panacea for the climate crisis?

Emeritus Professor William Bond from the University of Cape Town will guide us through the science behind large-scale reforestation efforts. He will explore tree-planting's potential to fulfill our carbon offset goals, outcomes for biodiversity, the importance of proper siting, and what safeguards can help ensure our carbon sequestration goals do not inhibit conservation gains.

A Zoom link to join the webinar is below. Please feel free to share this invitation with your networks and I really hope you can join us next Thursday!

- Avhavhudzani Phophe

The Trouble with Trees
Thursday 10 June at 13:00 SAST/11:00 GMT

Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82957605188?pwd=Nm85VGgyK3gyQnVKREliZjk1aTV3dz09

Meeting ID: 829 5760 5188
Passcode: 58208

Photos from Invasive Species South Africa (ISSA)'s post 30/05/2021

Its way past time to step up our collective game in managing this threat!

22/05/2021

Human animal conflict is not always about large dangerous beasties. Interesting insight into cell tower ops and how they deal with it.

In a recent post we shared - about removing baby owls from a cellphone tower - many asked the question: Why remove them, why not leave them where they are?

We felt it necessary to provide a detailed explanation to help you to understand this from our perspective.

We don't like to remove birds from their natural territory. Wherever possible, we look for the safest option that would allow them to stay. Sadly, in many cases we are left with no other option but to remove and relocate wildlife to a safer environment. Years of experience has allowed us to assess a situation and to make a decision based on the best possible outcome for the owls.
Cellphone towers are a favourite nesting site for owls. The parents initially enter the tower at the topmost point of the structure through what is (appropriately) known as a pigeon hole or top door, that is often left open. The female makes her way down the tower, all the way to the bottom, to lay her eggs on the ground. The only way out is through the top pigeon hole, 15 to 30 meters back up the tapering column. The male hunts and provides food for mommy and her growing babies. This scenario works fine, until things start to change and a risk develops for the happy family.
Regular maintenance and upgrades are required at these towers, which are done by the cellular company staff or sub-contractors. These are usually the guys who phone us. For them to work inside these towers poses not only a risk to the owls (by stepping on them upon entering the tower, accidental dropping of equipment down the tower that may land on babies etc.) but also to the technicians who might be disturbed by an upset parent and fall down the tower while on duty. The owls often sit on the step ladder inside a pitch black tower; the technician may unknowlingly place his hand on the owl while climbing up, which could prompt a reaction from the owl to grab and claw. If a technician had to get injured while performing his tasks - or worse, fall down the tower - the liability to the cellular company is huge. Therefore, for safety reasons, technicians are not allowed to enter these towers if any birds are found inside. The cellular companies have strict policies regarding wildlife nesting inside their towers and technicians are instructed to immediately contact a designated, permitted and experienced wildlife rescue entity for assistance. Several contractors have access to these towers which means there are also risks such as superstition, persecution and trade of the owls at play. These owls are extremely vulnerable in this situation.
Growing babies eventually fledge, but need to develop muscle strengh to fly. This is another challenge in these narrow and tapering towers. Some, with a bit of luck, develop the skill to climb up the ladder and cables and make it out the top, but not all of them are this fortunate. In the numerous rescues we have done inside these towers we found carcasses and remains of perished owlets, every time.
Our decisions, in each given scenario, are taken with careful consideration. We are guided by the best possible outcome for the wildlife involved. We hope that this cleared up any misconceptions and answered questions you may have had. ~Danelle

06/05/2021

Dr Dumisani Khosa is speaking today about the current status of Black Bass invasions in South Africa as part of the Sol Plaatje University Natural and Applied Sciences seminar series

CURRENT STATUS OF BLACK BASS INVASION IN SOUTH AFRICA
by Dr Dumisani Khosa (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity)

In South Africa, the introduction of alien fish was largely driven by the development of recreational fishing opportunities. Native to North America, four Black Bass species (Micropterus salmoides, Micropterus dolomieu, Micropterus punctulatus and Micropterus floridanus) were introduced to enhance recreational angling. All four Black Basses are considered conflict species that contribute to the economy of South Africa, but they are also implicated in the freshwater biodiversity crisis and require careful management. The main legislative instrument that guides the management of Black Bass species is the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEM:BA) and the regulations relating to this Act. Under the NEM:BA, Black Basses can be caught, released and stocked with a permit in impoundments where they currently occur, but their movement and release is prohibited where they do not currently occur. Therefore, knowledge of Black Bass distributions and their ecological impacts is essential if the legislation is to be appropriately applied. This presentation will focus on the distributions of all Black Bass species using species distribution modelling (MAXENT). The discussion will also focus on the ecological impact by comparing resource utilisation between M. salmoides and M. floridanus, through the use of functional responses experiments under the context-dependency of temperature and habitat complexity.

Teams link:
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Earth Day: The Official Site | EARTHDAY.ORG 22/04/2021

Earth Day: The Official Site | EARTHDAY.ORG

Happy Earth Day 2021!!! Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

Collectively there are many things we can each do on a daily basis to support our ecosystems. Just try one thing every day!!

To follow various Earth Day events, check out the site below:
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