SANBI staff members recently attended a Google Earth & Maps Workshop at the University of Cape Town, organised by the MAPA Project, which catalogues conservation efforts across Africa and uses Google Earth to display its findings. Following the workshop, an invitation has been extended to conservation organisations to use this initiative to publicise their projects.
Brunsvigias flowering is a natural spectacle that should not be missed. During the past few weeks, although not en masse at SANBI’s ninth and largest garden, the Hantam National Botanical Garden in Nieuwoudtville, the gorgeous narcissus-scented Brunsvigia bosmaniae (Maartblom) were to be seen in dazzling shades of pink and white, along with the sunny yellow Bulbine alooides and the stunning frangipani-scented Haemanthus coccineus (April fool or rooikwas).
For a great day in the open with the right binocular and scope, it is a worthwhile experience to wander along the enchanted Desert Bird Trail and marvel at the diversity of the birds the Karoo has on display.