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Since the original type specimen was collected near Durban and first described to science by Johan Jakob Kaup inthe Southern Banded Snake Eagle has experienced a large range contraction.
Today, the most southerly limit at which the species is regularly seen is the Tugela River mouth, although individuals are occasionally observed south of this location.
Southern Banded Snake Eagles forage in the ecotone between indigenous coastal forest and lowland grasslands. An individual will perch overlooking a patch of coastal grassland and swoop down to catch prey, which may be a snake, lizard or frog, or occasionally a rodent.
Once the prey has been caught, the bird retreats into the cover of the dense forest canopy. Since much of the coastal and sand forest along the northern coastal plain of KwaZulu-Natal has been transformed into sugar cane fields, plantations and human settlements, ecotones between coastal forest and grasslands have been lost, leading to a decline in the species.
This discovery has guided the BirdLife South Africa team to investigate whether plantations can be utilised as a conservation space for raptors, especially the Southern Banded Snake Eagle.
An example of the indigenous coastal forest and grasslands ecotone in the foregroundprotected by the Enseleni Nature Reserve and the surrounding matrix of plantations and power-line servitudes that have transformed large tracts of the northern KwaZulu-Natal coastal belt. By partnering with Forestry South Africa, the team is surveying several plantations owned mainly by Sappi, Mondi and SiyaQhubeka to assess the presence and diversity of raptors within the composite of plantation and natural forest along the northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline.
A full summary of its atlasing efforts can be read at https: The team successfully located several Southern Banded Snake Eagles and has learnt a lot about the ecology and history of the area.
The survey is planned for a total of three years and Melissa is currently analysing the data collected in order to develop ecological niche models for the Southern Banded Snake Eagle in southern Africa.
Owing to the loss of the ecotone of coastal forest and grassland, many raptors have taken to perching on power-line infrastructure and are at risk of electrocution if the line is not sufficiently insulated.
BirdLife South Africa and Eskom are coming up with cost-effective strategies to reduce this electrocution risk within the protected area network of northern KwaZulu-Natal. Junior was trained by BirdLife South Africa through our community guides programme and has a wealth of knowledge about the birds of Zululand.
We highly recommend getting in touch with him if you are visiting the Zululand region; his ability to find the special birds of the region is unparalleled.
For more information about Junior, go to http: Communication is a bit of a non-science. That said, to communicate effectively requires some very clear steps that members of BirdLife South Africa, as a conservation NGO, should always be mindful of. To be a scientist you need to be comfortable with technical information and understand a setting, be it fisheries, grassland burning regimes or climate change.
But being a scientist also requires that you communicate what you know. So is it possible to combine the dark art of communicating and the arcane business of science? Nini explains the complexities of marine foodwebs to officials, technicians and fishing industry representatives during a workshop in Malaysia.
Science communication is not about a public relations exercise to get you out of trouble when things go wrong — a bandage you haul out when blood is pouring from an open wound. Communicating science requires a deep understanding of tools, tricks, platforms and the like.
It also benefits from a certain familiarity with the subject and even a brilliant journalist will often miss the nuance that makes all the difference when writing about a scientific issue.
To be a creative communicator about science you need to know why and what you are communicating. More importantly, though, you need to know your target audience. Nini van der Merwe, who is among other things the communications coordinator in the seabird team and responsible for disseminating information about the Common Oceans and Mouse Free Marion projects, recently completed a semester course in science communication at the University of Stellenbosch.Jennifer Price, the author of "The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History", uses tone, satire, and diction to show her view on United States culture.
Price's view is that United States culture is flashy, cocky, and that Americans tend to try and stand out to . If you are interested in learning more about the Black History Gallery Project, here is a presentation Dr.
Joel Freeman made to a group interested in establishing a Black History gallery in their community. Chanel is presenting a new flanker of their popular fragrance Chance which arrives on the market on April 2nd The romantic and pink new version, Chance Eau Tendre, is announced as a floral-fruity interpretation of Chance EDP.
Face of advertising campaign is Sigrid Agren, and photographer is Jean-Paul Goude. The flacon is the same as its antecedent, but it is characterized by pink fluid.
The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History by Jennifer Price Words 3 Pages Jennifer Price, in her essay "The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History," highlights the American culture's ridiculous obsession with displaying wealth through her use of diction, tone, and simile/metaphor.
Jul 11, · “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History” In the essay “The Plastic Pink Flamingo: A Natural History” by Jennifer price; the author is very implicit on her idea and point of view on the topic on the United States attheheels.com: samworld. Today we learned that Don Featherstone, creator of the plastic pink flamingo, died yesterday at the age of From the plastic bird's birth to its modern perch atop the pyramid of campy Americana.