Welcome to the new SAFRING website.
To log into the site, use your email address and EITHER your ADU number or your SAFRING number. The password is the same password used for all ADU projects.
If you do not have a password, follow this link to generate one for your account.
SAFRING's mission: SAFRING is based at the University of Cape Town and provides bird ringing services in South Africa and other African countries. This entails providing ringing equipment to qualified ringers, and curating all ringing data. SAFRING communicates with ringers and interested parties through annually publishing one or two issues of a newsletter, Afring News, and by maintaining a list server. SAFRING holds national training courses, annually if there is sufficient demand. SAFRING liases with the provinces who have the responsibility of issuing permits. SAFRING has a strict code of ethics to ensure the safety of birds handled. SAFRING acknowledges the importance of bird ringing in that it has been described as the most important tool in ornithology in the 20th century.
The South African Bird Ringing Unit (SAFRING) administers bird ringing in southern Africa, supplying rings, ringing equipment and services to volunteer and professional ringers in South Africa and neighbouring countries. All ringing records are curated by SAFRING, which is an essential arm of the Animal Demography Unit. Contact is maintained by the SAFRING Project Coordinator with all ringers (banders in North American or Australian terminology).
Les Underhill (2014-03-02)
Ultimately, the goal of all the data collection by the ADU's citizen scientists is to have an impact on biodiversity conservation. The wealth of data and information contributed by our citizen scientists, collated and curated at the ADU, and analysed by our students and staff and by many other people, has improved biodiversity conservation in southern Africa. Together we are making a difference! For the evidence of this have a look at this one-page article.
The ADU's Citizen Science Week celebrates the participation and involvement of citizen scientists in building our digital biodiversity databases, totalling some 18 million records. The objective of our "Citizen Science Week" is to give all citizen scientists a chance to become a community with the objective of collecting and submitting as much biodiversity data in digital format as we are able during the week. Citizen Science Week runs from Saturday 8 March to Sunday 16 March, so it includes two weekends.
Carvern Jacobs (2014-02-26)
It would be wonderful if all SAFRING ringers could make a special effort to go ringing during Citizen Science Week, 8-16 March, and take some people with them who have never had this experience.
Ultimately, the goal of all the data collection by the ADU’s citizen scientists is to have an impact on biodiversity conservation. The wealth of data and information contributed by our citizen scientists, collated and curated at the ADU, and analysed by our students and staff and by many other people, has improved biodiversity conservation in southern Africa. Together we are making a difference! To learn more about the impact our citizen scientists have had, take a look at http://internal.adu.org.za/upload/uploads/1221_ADU_African_Birdlife_14-0102.JPG
Citizen Science Week celebrates the participation and involvement of citizen scientists in building our digital biodiversity databases, totalling some 18 million records. The objective of our "Citizen Science Week" is to give all citizen scientists a chance to become a community with the objective of collecting and submitting as much biodiversity data in digital format as we are able during the week. Citizen Science Week runs from Saturday 8 March to Sunday 16 March, so it includes two weekends.
~ Les Underhill
Les Underhill (2014-01-23)
The distribution maps in "The Ultimate Companion for Birding in Southern Africa" were generated in the ADU using SABAP data. You can get the book on a prepublication offer – it is a two-volume set – the prepub price, until 28 February, is R1248.30 (incl VAT and postage in South Africa). You have to work really hard to find the place where to put in the Promotional Code: if you slot in the promotional code ADU1234, then the publishers will give the ADU R100 for each copy sold. SO WHEN YOU ORDER THE BOOK, PLEASE SEARCH UNTIL YOU FIND THE PLACE TO SLOT THIS INFORMATION IN!
Carvern Jacobs (2014-01-21)
We hope that you had a well rested holiday and are geared up for the new ringing year. Since the start of the year we received numerous re-sightings and recoveries of birds near and far. One recovery was that of a 4 year old adult Masked Weaver which was found dead in someone’s backyard and a re-sighting of a Northern Giant Petrel from Australia which was injured and taken to a rehabilitation centre, where it is recovering. I had a proud feeling when I processed a retrap of a ring which I issued to someone only 3 months back, but was already in use with all the ringing data uploaded. We really appreciate it when we process re-sightings of birds where all the ringing data has been uploaded and up to date.
As promised our new stock of CV 3.3mm incology rings has arrived this morning!! Yepie!! Unfortunately we still are waiting on the 3.5mm rings to be delivered.
We appreciate the all effort from you the “public conservationist” who submit the re-sightings and recoveries of birds across Southern Africa. Thank you very much!
Les Underhill (2014-01-07)
The Sappi Nature Journal in 60 Minutes is a radio programme on Saturday mornings from 08h00 to 09h00 on Radio Today. Tim Neary interviews guests, and many of them have been ADU staff and students, and the ADU’s Citizen Scientists talking about their participation in the projects such as the Virtual Museum. This is a compendium of the interviews broadcast in the second half of 2013.
Tali Hoffman talked about MammalMAP, our bold initiative to atlas the mammals of the whole of Africa – the African Mammal Atlas Project: Tali Hoffman: MammalMAP
Megan Loftie-Eaton took us through the “species days,” from Mad Mammal Monday through Thank Goodness It’s Frog Friday to Snake Sunday: Megan Loftie-Eaton: Mad Mammal Monday and the rest of the awesome week
Dieter Oschadleus, in charge of SAFRING, described what we learn from bird ringing: Dieter Oschadleus: Bird ringing
PhD student Elsa Bussiere entertained us with her ideas about “wild fashion” – the wonderfully marked fur coats that many animals wear: Elsa Bussiere: Wild fasion
Postdoc Richard Sherley kept us abreast with the latest in penguin research at the ADU: Richard Sherley: Penguins research
Postdoc Sally Hofmeyr described how she had used the data from the CAR project, which undertakes counts of large terrestrial birds (cranes, storks, bustards, Secretarybird, etc), for her PhD research: Sally Hofmeyr: Large terrestrial birds
Dieter Oschadleus shared his passion for weavers, and promoted the PHOWN Virtual Museum (PHOtos of Weaver Nests): Dieter Oschadleus: Passion for weavers
A new arrival into the ADU Virtual Museum is ScorpionMAP. Ian Engelbrecht, PhD student at the University of Pretoria, took this opportunity to promote this project: Ian Engelbrecht: ScorpionMAP
Another new Virtual Museum is called SpiderMAP. Besides scorpions, Ian Engelbrecht’s other big research interest is baboon spiders, so there is a special focus within SpiderMAP on the baboon spiders. In this interview, Ian describes the Baboon Spider Atlas: Ian Engelbrecht: Baboon spider atlas
Yahkat Barshep completed her PhD on Curlew Sandpipers, analysing data from Sweden, Poland, South Africa, India, Kenya and Australia; she talks about her amazing findings. Tim also asked her questions about how she had got into science as a career in the first place, and how she had set about doing her MSc at the University of Jos, Nigeria, and her PhD at UCT: Yahkat Barshep: A PhD on Curlew Sandpipers
Justin O’Riain is not formally part of the ADU, but his laboratory and office adjoin the space occupied by the ADU, and the two of us cosupervise students. Justin is a behavioural ecologist. The first interview describes the interactions between Cape Fur Seals and Great White Sharks around Seal Island in False Bay and around Dyer Island at Gansbaai: Justin O'Riain: Seals and sharks
Justin’s second interview deals with a major human-wildlife conflict issue in the Cape Peninsula, the “baboon problem”: Justin O'Riain: Baboons on the Cape Peninsula
Justin Bode is a member of LepSoc who is making a big contribution to LepiMAP through butterfly photography. Like MammalMAP, LepiMAP sees Africa as its parish, and aims to map the distributions of butterflies and moths throughout Africa: Justin Bode: Butterfly photography
Ian Sharp and Allison Sharp were ostensibly interviewed to talk about the Great Caterpillar Moth Challenge, now a LepSoc project, but included a promotion of the ADU Virtual Museum Ian & Allison Sharp: From caterpillars to moths
Likewise, Darren Pietersen was interviewed about pangolins, but also strayed into Virtual Museum territory and promoted MammalMAP: Darren Pietersen: Pangolins
Kevin Winter is a colleague in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science. He is also involved in Citizen Science, but the main theme of his involvement is “water” – he is key person in the conservation of the river which lies closest to UCT and the ADU, the Liesbeek River: Kevin Winter: Friends of the Liesbeek River
He also leads a crazy annual event in midwinter, called the “Peninsula Paddle” – the event, which is designed to raise awareness about water quality on the Cape Flats, starts at Muizenberg and ends at Milnerton, taking the shortest route between them. This involves navigating all the tiny waterways from Strandfontein to Paarden Island: Kevin Winter: the Peninsula Paddle
And finally, Tim Neary interviewed MSc student Megan Loftie-Eaton about her experiences doing a FGASA level one game ranger course: Megan Loftie-Eaton: FGASA course
There will be more ADU-linked interviews in 2014 broadcast during the Sappi Nature Journal, primarily with a "Citizen Science" theme. The programme is broadcast by Radio Today 1485. The radio signal has a small footprint in Gateng, a larger footprint on DStv audio channel 869, and a global footprint by going to www.1485.co.za.