African Ringing Expeditions

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The Biodiversity & Development Institute (BDI) is a non-profit research entity in South Africa. We are offering unique and immersive bird ringing courses in South Africa, designed to provide opportunities for ringing African birds. The bird ringing taking place during these courses contributes to long-term research projects. We have designed these courses to run for six to seven days at several different and unique locations. Thus far we had held ringing courses in the Northern Cape and Western Cape Provinces of South Africa, with the aim of expanding to other locations throughout South Africa. Our expedition leaders are vastly experienced ringers who have PhDs based on ornithological topics. For the course venues, we carefully select sites to maximise the number of species that can be netted and ringed. We also make sure to provide safe and comfortable accommodation options, hearty South African food, and a superb overall experience!
We take care of accommodation, food, and all of the bird ringing equipment. All bird ringing occurs under our permits and under the auspices of the South African Ringing Scheme (SAFRING). Our bird ringing courses provide wonderful opportunities to ring African birds, to interact with local ornithologists and conservationists, to contribute to important long-term citizen-science projects, and to experience delightful accommodation in spectacular landscapes. In this series of linked pages we will highlight some of the details of our courses, including more information about who we are, what we do and why we are passionate about these bird ringing courses, what happens during an course, where the courses occur, and when they occur. More details can be obtained by contacting us directly. We hope that you will join us on one of our future courses, and that you’ll use the course as a springboard for exploring other parts of South Africa.

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