According to Birdlife South Africa, seabirds are the most threatened group of birds in the world. It’s quite a thing to fathom if you imagine the sheer quantities of birds associated with the oceans; from huge colonies of penguins and flocks of seagulls to the lone albatross soaring through the upper reaches of the sky.
It is therefore highly commendable that Birdlife South Africa’s Seabird Division organizes the annual SOS Festival, which aims to educate the public about the threats to marine environment, and inspire people to get involved and make a difference.
There will be Marine Conservation lectures by prominent conservationists at the Iziko South African Museum on the 8th, 10th and 12th October as well as the beautiful Oceans of Conservation Photographic Competition which will run for the next 2 months.
On Saturday Freshly Ground will play at a special benefit concert at the V & A Waterfront, and all proceeds from the concert will be donated to Birdlife South Africa, which is a great reason to support these talented young musicians.
Then on Sunday there is the Simon’s Town Penguin Festival, which will have all kinds of things to see, such as a reptile and raptor exhibition, a cooking demonstration by celebrity SASSI chef and a penguin release.
There is lots more going on over the course of the week, which is in fact National Marine Week. So do your bit for the oceans and those that are dependent on them (ourselves included) and go and support this excellent festival.
For more information go to www.sosfestival.co.za
or contact Birdlife South Africa directly:
Tel: +27 (0)11 789 1122