Save Our Seabirds Festival and Exhibition

  • Location: South African Museum
  • From: October 10, 2011     To: December 7, 2011
Save Our Seabirds Festival and Exhibition
A Gentoo Penguin Pygoscelis papua, breaches the perfectly calm Antarctic waters. Photograph by Jill Sneesby,winner of the 2010 SOS Festival Photographic Competition.

Festival runs 10 to 14 October
Exhibition closes 7 December

Birdlife South Africa has collaborated again with Iziko for this year’s Save Our Seabirds (SOS) Festival, which will run during National Marine Week. The aim of the festival is to raise awareness of the role of seabirds in marine ecosystems and the threats they are exposed to. The festival includes three evening public lectures (starting at 18:30 for 19:00):

Monday, 10 October
“Saving South Georgia’s Seabirds: The greatest island restoration programme ever undertaken” by Prof. John Croxall (Chair of the Birdlife International Global Seabird Programme and former head of the British Antarctic Survey).

Wednesday, 12 October
“Changing fortunes of South Africa’s coastal birds – good, bad and ugly” by Prof. Phil Hockey (Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town).

Friday, 14 October
“From bright pink to black-and-white: How Lesser Flamingos will help save the African Penguin” by Mark Anderson (CEO of Birdlife South Africa). An exhibition of photographs entitled “Oceans of Life” resulting from the Save Our Seabirds 2011 Photographic Competition is also being shown.

Enquiries: Valerie Mienies,
Tel: 021 481 3897

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