Local awareness campaign appears to be working, but still no visual evidence of one of Africa’s rarest finches.

11 Jul

Shelley's crimsonwing finches awareness campaign at Asyuant lodge reception area Ruhija , Bwindi Impentrable Forest , Uganda

In August 2010 the Rare Finch Conservation Group ( RFCG ), which is based in South Africa , sent a number of public awareness posters upto the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation  (ITFC ) who are the valued RFCG on the ground partners at the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda . The posters were put up at many of the lodges that cater for the international eco tourists that visit the area to see the threatened Mountain Gorillas and magnificent variety of bird species, of which many are endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley.
 
On Saturday 9 July , the RFCG received its second report that a pair of Shelley’s crimsonwing finches had been seen by a registered Ugandan birder plus his group of clients , near the Mubwindi Swamp which is not far from the Ruhija village . Sadly no photographs were taken and to this day we know of only two photographs in the world of this inexplicably rare and threatened finch species.

Shelley's crimsonwing finch ( cockbird ) visual courtesy http://www.gorilla.org

 

The RFCG is currently raising money to finance its planned Phase three research work up in Uganda . If you would like to make a donation to this worthy finch conservation project then simply click onto the PayPal button below.

The Rare Finch Conservation Group is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation . It is totally dependent on donations and sponsorships for its future survival . For more information on this pioneering conservation group please contact editor@avitalk.co.za

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