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Fieldwork opportunity with The Red-Winged Starling Project

8 Oct 2019 - 12:15

The Red-winged Starling Project is seeking volunteers to help with a supplementary feeding project and chick ringing. This is an excellent opportunity to gain fieldwork experience in the city (UCT Upper Campus) and engage with our (in)famous and fascinating starlings! The work is easy and fun, and you can do as much or little of it as suits you, and at times that fit your schedule. There is a set protocol for the feeding, but training is provided.

The project will run from now until mid-December; any time you can offer between now and then will be useful. Each feeding session takes up to an hour, and there is a morning session and an afternoon session each day. The feeding happens throughout the week and weekend, and weekend volunteers are particularly appreciated! Scheduling is flexible and can change week by week, so just let us know what works for you.

The chick ringing will be scheduled according to the age of the chicks, so those days will be planned a week or two in advance (and could also be any day of the week). Each nest typically takes about an hour, and we do the ringing between 8 and 10 in the morning. It is usually just one nest on any particular day, but occasionally two.

If you would like to help out, please contact Sally at sally.hofmeyr@gmail.com / 079 302 5848 (Whatsapp/sms) with your name and availability.

This is an great opportunity to get up close and personal with our habituated, colour-ringed Red-winged Starling population and to contribute towards understanding how anthropogenic food availability affects urban species.