Come along to a Namibian Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS) talk on Anti-Cactus Action to be presented by Gunhild Voigts, Windhoek's "cactus fighter". The talk will take place on 11 October 2018 at 19:30 at the venue of the Namibia Scientific Society, 112 Robert Mugabe Avenue, Windhoek.
Public talk on 3rd October 2018: B(io)randberg - biodiversity on Namibia's highest mountain
Public talk by Dr. John Irish: B(io)randberg: biodiversity on Namibia's highest mountain
The talk continues the Brandberg theme for the year by looking at the living things on the mountain. It considers Brandberg relative to other high Namibian mountains and discusses why altitude is important to some life forms. It describes the biogeographical processes that cause endemism and relict species on some high mountain peaks. Finally it looks at what we actually know about Brandberg biodiversity, and what we still need to learn.
John Irish was trained as an entomologist. He formerly worked at two different museums, the National Biodiversity Programme, the National Botanical Institute, Gobabeb and lately as an environmental consultant.
Wednesday, 3rd October at 19h30. Venue is Namibia Scientific Society, Robert Mugabe Ave 110, Windhoek.
15th Feb 2018: presentation on Atlasing in Namibia website and App
Come along to a presentation at 7pm at the National Botanical Research Institute:
Atlasing in Namibia is a website and App for citizen science biodiversity recording in Namibia.
Find out more about it and learn how you can contribute your records of:
- Mammals (including bats and marine mammals)
- Snakes and other reptiles
- Alien plants
- Breeding birds
Bring your cellphone along, get help to register and to install the App, and let’s get started!
Do you have camera trap photos of carnivores?
Please help us fill in the gaps.
- * Location where the carnivore was seen (coordinates – either GPS or monad (1 minute by 1 minute grid), pentad (5’ x 5’ grid), ¼ degree square (15’ x 15’ grid), or farm name with farm number and district / region, or description of location (e.g. lodge name and general location)
- * Date when the sighting was made
- * Species seen
Any other information would be useful, such as:
- whether the species is common or unusual
- farm type (cattle/game/mixed/tourism/hunting)
- fencing type (cattle/short game fence/high game fence/predator proof fence)
- One or more photographs of the carnivores would be useful, particularly for the smaller, less easy to identify species. If you are not sure of the identification, please just send the photo with date and place, and our carnivore specialists will identify it for you. Please do not send hundreds of camera trap photos of the same species at the same location – just a few at each location in different months. If you prefer to upload photos to a Dropbox, Google Drive, or other storage system please get in touch with the details.
New "Atlasing in Namibia app" available for testing
Please help us test our new Atlasing in Namibia app
We have developed an Atlasing in Namibia app, for Android and iOs devices, to allow you to record and ubmit your observations more easily. The app is for all species groups that are currently listed on the Atlasing in Namibia website.
Addition of Game Count data to Mammal Atlas
Data from Namibia's Game counts have been uploaded into the Atlasing in Namibia system. This is a massive addition of over 86,000 records of mammals, collected between 1992 and 2016.
Game counts as part of Namibia's CBNRM programme: Regular game counts are undertaken in Zambezi, North West, South, North Central, Kavango. More information on these including methodogy and summarised results is available from the NACSO website.
Game counts in NamPlace landscapes: These include counts in the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib Landscape and the Greater Fish River Canyon Landscape. More information on the counts is available from the Greater Fish River Canyon Landscape website and the Greater Sossusvlei-Namib website.
EIS newsletter December 2016
Read our newsletter for an update on new developments in the EIS over the last few months, including 'Atlasing in Namibia' news.
» download the December 2016 EIS newslettter
Protecting wildlife: removing location metadata from images
To avoid inadvertently providing criminals with valuable location for species such as rhino, information wildlife photographer Olwen Evans has assembled this how-to guide.
The booklet provides good information on how to remove location metadata (coordinates) from your photos. THIS IS NOT NECESSARY FOR THE ATLASING IN NAMIBIA SITE because the Atlasing in Namibia site does it automatically when you upload your photos. However, if you submit wildlife photos to other sites, you may need to do this manually.
When you submit information to the Atlasing in Namibia website for any sensitive species, please make sure that if you do enter exact coordinates you set the Sensitivity to blur to e.g. 100km.
The Breeding of Colour Variant Wildlife in Namibia - What do you think?
Please participate in a short survey on the Breeding of Colour Variant Wildlife in Namibia for the Namibia University of Science and Technology.
Breeding of colour variants in wildlife is a phenomenon that has been increasing in the private wildlife ranching industry in southern Africa. The Namibia University of Science and Technology’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences is conducting a short survey on its prevalence in Namibia, and the possible impacts it will have on biodiversity, tourism, hunting, and other aspects of the economic, social and ecological environment. The breeding of variants such as golden wildebeest, golden oryx, black, oryx, black and white springbok, black and white impala etc. is lucrative for wildlife ranchers. In 2014, for example, black oryx sold for N$ 900 000 at an auction, and black springbok for N$ 30 000.
The survey will close on 12 August and results will be presented to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and stakeholders at a workshop on this topic in late August, and then possibly published in a scientific journal as part of a longer term study.