Dear FGASA member

Happy new year, may 2013 be filled with fun, laughter and great guiding experiences!

This  Newsletter includes:
1. Stargazing in 2013
2. Tourism Bill 2013
3. Call for photographs
4. Books in the bookshop
5. Important new parrot book and competition

Stargazing in 2013

Tourism Bill

Attached, please find the electronic copy of the Tourism Bill [B44 - 2012] as introduced by the Minister of Tourism to the National Assembly.

The Portfolio Committee on Tourism is inviting written submissions from relevant stakeholders to comment on this Bill before processing it.

The closing date for written submissions is Friday, 15 February 2013.  It would be a appreciated if as many stakeholders as possible, submit written comments.The Bill affects you as a guide so please do take the time to read through and comment on it.

The submission must be sent to jboltina@parliament.gov.za by the 15th February 2013

Call for photographs

This is a special request, especially in the Cape and Namibia. Lee Gutteridge is in very urgent need of some track, feeding sign and scat pictures of the more unusual mammal tracks such as:

- Zorilla - Large grey mongoose - Oribi
- Sharpes grysbok - Bat eared fox - Grey rhebuck
- Ground squirrel - typical shrews - Cape hare
- Cape fox - Cape mountain zebra - Black wildebeest
- Bontebok - Damara dik dik - Suni
- Spotted necked otter - Striped weasel - Suricate 
- Cape fur seal

This is all for a book project Lee is trying to get off the ground with Louis Liebenberg. 

If you have images you are willing to share for this project please email them to lee@natureguidetraining.com, (not too big, perhaps 1 or 2 MB) and all contributors whose pictures are used will be credited in the book's acknowledgements.

Lee thanks you in advance for your support.

Books in the bookshop

Whether you want to know more about your planned route,or use the book itself to direct your travels, this is and indispensable guide!
A traveller’s guide to south Africa’s rocks and landforms – Geological Journeys

Geological Journeys is an essential companion for car journeys.  How often have we wondered about the jaunty tilt of a mountain ahead, the unusual patterns of a road cutting, the colour and texture of the roadside soil, or the purpose of a distant mine head?
This handy volume offers answers and explanations about features along all the major routes across South Africa, and some of the lesser, but geologically interesting, routes too.

Also included are the three main metropolitan areas – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban – so that city residents can understand the geological features surrounding them.  In simple language, and using familiar landmarks to pinpoint sites and subtle phenomena, the authors bring to light our rich geological heritage, its likely roots and often tumultuous history.  Along the way they also discuss the historical background, personalities and stories that bring the landscape to life.

The book includes:
Beautiful photographs that support and illuminate the text
Maps of all the routes, showing numbered geosites that link with the text
Diagrams showing the geological make-up of our subcontinent
Illustrations that reveal major geological processes
A glossary of geological terms
A comprehensive bibliography

Geological Journeys are sold at R210 in the FGASA bookshop

Competition winners

Congratulations to Michele Harvey and Ivor Van Rooyen, you have won the BETWEEN THE TIDES COMPETITION.  Your books will be posted to you.

New important parrot book and competition

Biology, Ecology and Conservation - Mike Perrin
Parrots’ colour and charisma, coupled with the fact that they mimic human speech, make them fascinating to many people. They are ancient birds with unique bill and foot structures that enable them to forage on fruits in the canopy of forest trees as well as on seeds in grasslands. Because they depend on fruits and seeds all year round, most species are confined to the tropics or sub-tropics, where the world’s biodiversity is at its greatest. There are over three hundred species of parrots, of which more than one hundred are recognized as rare, endangered, vulnerable or threatened with extinction.

Parrots are largely distributed in tropical areas of developing countries where economies are weak and uncertain, 

and where there is great dependence on the exploitation of natural resources, particularly hard wood evergreen forests, which are preferred parrot habitats. Unfortunately, high levels of corruption are
common to these regions, with much illegal trade in animals and little or no law enforcement. Collectors of parrots in the first world pay huge sums for rare parrots. However, research, education and conservation actions are greatly reducing illegal trade in African parrots.

This book provides complete coverage of all aspects of the biology of extant African, Malagasy and Mascarene parrots, and reviews our knowledge of extinct and fossil parrots from the region. Particular themes include the behavioural and ecological characteristics of parrots, their species characteristics and conservation biology. Current concepts in avian and conservation biology are also discussed.

Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands is aimed at ornithologists, conservation biologists, avian ecologists, academics, bird watchers and parrot fans alike. It is well illustrated, with high quality original photographs, and includes distribution maps, figures and tables.

ORDERING INFORMATION: Africa: Blue Weaver, Tel: 021 701 4477, orders@blueweaver.co.za
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Wits University Press, Tel: 011 717 8700, www.witspress.co.za

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