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The 2020 MSc CB class finally get in to the field again
Tue, 24 Nov 2020 - 12:00

The 2020 MSc Conservation Biology class finally got back into the field together after learning remotely since mid-March when they went on a 5-day trip to the Grootbos Environmental Centre in the heart of a thriving conservancy. 

New paper on the critically endangered White-winged Flufftail
Fri, 13 Nov 2020 - 09:30

Robin Colyn has just published a paper on his work using both camera traps and passive acoustic recorders to study the critically endangered White-winged Flufftail.

Congratulations to Dr Susie Cunningham on her UCT College of Fellows’ Young Researcher Award
Wed, 11 Nov 2020 - 10:45

The Young Researcher Award is offered annually in recognition of outstanding scholarly work by young academics who have made significant independent contributions to research in their field.

Common Bulbuls time moult to the onset of rains in each locality
Tue, 20 Oct 2020 - 11:00

Fitz postdoctoral fellow, Dr Chima Nwaogu's new paper titled 'Local timing of rainfall predicts the timing of moult within a single locality and the progress of moult among localities that vary in the onset of the wet season in a year-round breeding tropical songbird' has been published in the Journal of Ornithology.

Animal Behaviour Community Africa
Thu, 15 Oct 2020 - 11:30

There is a wealth of animal behaviour knowledge in Africa which needs to be shared. Unfortunately, funding obstacles and limited access to information make this challenging. To this end, a group of early career researchers and students from around Africa, including within the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology have initiated the Animal Behaviour Community Africa. 

More new papers from the Hot Birds Project team
Wed, 14 Oct 2020 - 10:15

The Hot Birds Project team have recently published two papers - both on the theme of sociality in the heat, one from Margaux Rat's PhD research on Sociable Weavers, and the other from Amanda Bourne's PhD research on the Southern Pied Babblers.

 

2020/2021 Gough Island Restoration team arrive on the island
Mon, 28 Sep 2020 - 09:30

Kim Stevens, Vonica Perold and Roelf Daling have arrived on Gough Island to relieve Alexis Osborne, Chris Jones and Michelle Risi after their epic 2-year stint on the island.

Award for Fitz Honorary Research Associate, Prof. Wendy Foden
Wed, 02 Sep 2020 - 09:00

The British Ecological Society’s (BES) Marsh Award for Climate Change Research has been awarded to the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Professor Wendy Foden, a world-leading researcher in climate change vulnerability assessments of threatened species

New papers from the Hot Birds Project team
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 - 09:45

Two papers have recently been published on research done on Southern Pied Babblers by the Hot Birds Project team.

Managing geese on golf courses
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 - 09:15

Rob Little published a collation and follow-up of research this week in the journal African Journal of Wildlife Research which shows that the reluctance of golf course managers to adopt effective solutions to control the nuisance impact of Egyptian Geese is not a failure of science but rather a failure of the process of effectively mitigating a wildlife management conflict. This can thus be regarded as a case where interactions between humans and wildlife lead to conflict between different stakeholders over appropriate management interventions with a lack of consensus resulting in effective relevant research outcomes being ignored.

The importance of Proteaceae diversity to nectar-feeding birds
Thu, 30 Jul 2020 - 10:00

Nectar-feeding birds and the plants that they feed from benefit each other and they are expected to be highly dependent on each other. Anthropogenic effects on one of these parties will thus likely affect the other party, or even whole communities. A study (http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1440-1703.12148) investigated the relationship between nectar-feeding birds in the Cape Floristic Region (CFR) and one of their most wide-spread and common food sources: bird-pollinated Proteaceae species. At least 71 species from the genera Protea, Leucospermum and Mimetes depend, to varying degrees, on the Cape Sugarbird and three other sunbird species.

Researchers build first AI tool capable of identifying individual birds
Tue, 28 Jul 2020 - 12:45

New research demonstrates for the first time that artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to train computers to recognise individual birds, a task humans are unable to do. The research is published in the British Ecological Society journal Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

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