Flock To Wilderness 2023

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24th May 2023 to 28th May 2023

Flock to Wilderness 2023

BirdLife South Africa, with The FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (University of Cape Town) will host the 6th Learn About Birds (LAB) Conference during BirdLife South Africa’s Flock to Wilderness at The Wilderness Hotel, Wilderness from Wed 24 to Sun 28 May 2023.

The LAB Conference was originally established to provide a platform for laymen and scientists to present their research, share their knowledge and network with ornithologically inclined people and birding enthusiasts from across South Africa and the world.

LAB is hosted in conjunction with the Fitz and the event hosts two parallel sessions directed at slightly different audiences. The Science LAB is run as a typical scientific conference with 20-minute slots for scientific presentations as well as the additional posters and/or speed talk sessions. In parallel to the Science LAB is the Layman’s LAB, which hosts longer format talks of approximately 45 minutes, and is pitched at a non-scientifically inclined audience, a similar format to those of our current Conservation Conversations webinars. LABs are typically joined to a BirdLife South Africa Flock AGM event and assist with bringing delegates to a venue and offering them interesting talks, birding excursions and entertainment to try and secure the needed quorum for the AGM meeting.

The LAB event is a crucial fundraiser for the Landscape Conservation Programme and helps to generate much needed unencumbered funding. Browse the “Programme of Events & Excursions” tab below to see updates on the event and exciting excursions that will be on offer.

As part of the Flock to Wilderness activities, BirdLife South Africa and the FitzPatrick Institute for African Ornithology will be co-hosting the 6th Learn About Birds (LAB) Conference as well as a host of exciting birding excursions and activities. To find out more, please click the button below.

Dates: Wednesday 24 May 2023 – Sunday 28 May 2023
Venue: The Wilderness Hotel, 6 George Rd, Wilderness, 6560 Wilderness
Tel: 044 877 1110

Learn About Birds Conference: 25 & 26 May 2023

BirdLife South Africa’s 94th AGM: 27 May 2023

Contact details

Tel: 011 789 1122

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