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Africa Birds and Birding (Cape Town)
Subscription magazine, outside of Southern Africa subscribtions are $45 per year. Has a full text search of all articles from their archive backfile and a search of all summaries of all articles. http://www.africa-geographic.com/bdocs/bhome.asp?
African Bird Club
Concerned with African ornithology, site includes selected articles from their Bulletin, short articles on conservation issues. Sells birding trip reports for African countries. http://www.africanbirdclub.org/
American Museum of Natural History. Congo Expedition, May 1909-November 1915 [Birds]
"In 1909,...Herbert Lang and James Chapin set sail for the Belgian Congo....By the time they sailed home five and one-half years later, they had collected tons of precious zoological and anthropological specimens..." http://diglib1.amnh.org/

Contents:
an introductory, multimedia slide show.

diaries of James Chapin ("At age 19, in 1909, James Chapin left New York for northeastern Congo where he served as Herbert Lang's assistant for the next five years. Chapin was interested in many aspects of Africa's natural history. Birds, however, were his passion, a fact borne out by these diaries.")

biographies of James Paul Chapin and Herbert Lang, photographs (villages, primates), the watercolors of James Chapin including Congo mural paintings, birds, fish, reptiles, mammels,

excerpts from "African Reflections: Art from Northeastern Zaire," by Enid Schildkrout and Curtis A. Keim (AMNH and University of Washington Press, 1990) including their photographs of Congo musical instruments

"160 publications including 120 American Museum of Natural History publications based on the material collected by the 1909-1915 Congo Expedition, 12 British Museum publications by Barry Bolton on Congo ants, 11 publications on African ants by the South African Museum and affiliated organizations, and 17 Congo-related World Conservation Union (IUCN) publications."

a central African map with layers. Select which features will appear on the map: lakes, cities, roads, railroads, forest, mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, etc., a map of Chapin and Lang's travels

a database on specimens collected by the American Museum Congo Expedition

a bibliographic essay on sources by Paula Willey, specially prepared bibliographies on Congo Conservation (314 citations), Description & Travel (1218 citations), Maps & Atlases (220 citations). [KF]

Birding in Zimbabwe
Has a list of birds in Zimbabwe, information on the Ornithological Association of Zimbabwe and the table of contents of 1994-1995 issues of its journal, Honeyguide, good places for bird watching, a book list, tours specializing in birds, links to other bird sites. Maintained by Peter Woodall.
http://www.uq.edu.au/~anpwooda/pages/zim-brds.html
BirdLife South Africa
BirdLife South Africa (previously the South African Ornithological Society) is the South African national association for birdwatching and ornithology. Their pages list their publications, include photographs, a preview of the cd-rom, "Roberts' Multimedia Birds of Southern Africa" and list many links to related sites. One can download software (Windows) for a birding database. http://www.birdlife.org.za
Birds of Tigray, Ethiopia - Lieuwe J. Dijksen
"From December 1992 to December 1996 I lived in the small town of Abi Adi... in the Tembien zone of Tigray, the northern most region of Ethiopia. My wife worked as midwife for a local NGO, the Relief Society of Tigrai (REST)..." "... approximately 500 bird species can be seen here [in Tigray]!" Includes photographs and slide shows of the birds and the scenery, list of the birds with scientific names, information on the Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society, articles, etc. http://members.lycos.nl/Tigrai/
British Library. National Sound Archive (London)
Search their catalog. For example, a search on Senegal produced over 700 citations to recordings (Senegalese musicians, interview with Youssou N'Dour, bird calls, etc.) You can limit the search to Oral Histories. Copies of recordings can be purchased; "however "recordings which are less than 50 years old are all in copyright and you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner before a copy can be made." The Archive is digitizing ten collections. http://www.bl.uk/collections/sound-archive/nsa.html

Online are short audio clips of -
Sounds made by the African Fish Eagle Recorded at Lake St Lucia, Zululand, South Africa on 8
December 1974 by David Watts. [photos and article from Encounter South Africa]
Cape Bird Club
The Cape Town branch of BirdLife South Africa. Describes club activities, short articles by members, new books. http://users.iafrica.com/d/di/divaluce/cbc.html
Guide des oiseaux de São Tomé et de Príncipe by Patrice Christy and William Clarke
Has the scientific and French names of birds described in the book. Published by ECOFAC (Conservation et utilisation rationnelle des Ecosystèmes Forestiers d'Afrique Centrale). http://www.ecofac.org/GuideOiseauxSTP/Index.htm
Kenya Birds
Birding in Kenya, sightings, trip reports, articles, map, species index, photo gallery, checklists, Kenyan endemics. Birding by national park and region. [KF] http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/index.html
National Museum of Namibia. Bird Department
Has a checklist of the birds of Namibia, an article on birding in Namibia, their publications and research projects. Site maintained by Joris Komen, Curator of Birds. http://www.natmus.cul.na/birds/birdept.html
Nature Kenya
Nature Kenya, a site for biological diversity, has an African birding section and publishes Scopus, the journal of the Bird Committee of the East Africa Natural History Society, Kenya Birds and other newsletters. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. http://www.naturekenya.org/index.html
Nature's Wonderland Safaris
"Birding safaris [in Kenya], Wildlife safaris, Adventure tours and Camping safaris. Biographies of their ornithological guides. Travel tips for Kenya. Site owner is Joseph Mwangi. Based in Nairobi, Kenya. [KF] http://www.natureswonderlandsafaris.com/
New Jack Tours and Travel - Uganda
In English and Japanese. Travel agency, arranges bird, gorilla, chimpanzee and wildlife safari tours. The owner is Jack A. Wada. Based in Kampala, Uganda. http://www.newjack.co.ug
South African National Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds
"...a voluntary organisation dedicated to the preservation of the African (Jackass) penguin. Founded in 1968, SANCCOB grew out of the concern expressed at the decline in the numbers of African penguins, a species endemic to the off-shore islands of South Africa and Namibia.". http://www.sanccob.org.za/
Tarski, Christine - Bird Club Directory
A directory of bird clubs worldwide including Africa. http://birding.about.com/hobbies/birding/library/blclublist-africa.htm
University of Cape Town. Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/
University of Cape Town. Avian Demography Unit - The Treasure Oil Spill. Effects on the Wildlife of Table Bay and Particularly on the Endangered African Penguin
Articles, a diary, photographs, maps on the rescue of African penguins after the oil tanker, Treasure which sank off Cape Town June 23, 2000. http://www.uct.ac.za/depts/stats/adu/oilspill/index.htm
WorldTwitch, "Finding Rare Birds Around the World" - Africa & the Middle East
Includes trip reports such as extensive reports on birding in Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon, Southern Africa, Zimbabwe, Grand Comore, citations to noteworthy articles, links to news reports re birds, new books, discussion board, search engine, etc. Has a section, African Birding Tours & Lodges with links to "websites of companies that organize birding tours to Africa and to African lodges that may offer good birding opportunities." Maintained by John Wall, Scarsdale, New York. [KF] http://worldtwitch.virtualave.net/africa_middle_east.htm
ZABIRDSTUFF
ZABIRDSTUFF provides information on wild birds and birdwatching in Southern Africa. Includes accounts of the 1997 South African annual birding day, birding trips, field guides, etc.. Has many links to related sites. Maintained by Etienne Marais. http://www.geocities.com/RainForest/Vines/4074



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