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Bird Observers needed for Free research cruise down west coast of Africa

Taryn Morris, August 30, 2017

Hello seabirders!

We are delighted to have the opportunity to put AS@S birders on board the Dr Fridtjof Nansen research vessel.

We are looking for 1 bird observer per trip to collect “Atlas of Seabird at Sea" (AS@S) data according to the very simple AS@S methods ( for the following four legs of the research cruise:

  • Leg 3.1: 21-Sep to 12-Oct (21 days) from Pointe Noire, Congo to Luanda, Angola.
  • Leg 3.2: 14-Oct to 14-Nov (31 days) from Luanda, Angola to Walvis Bay, Namibia.
  • Leg 3.3: 17-Nov to 28-Nov (11 days) from Walvis Bay, Namibia to Walvis Bay, Namibia (offshore survey),
  • Leg 3.4: 30-Nov to 18-Dec (18 days) from Walvis Bay, Namibia to Cape Town, South Africa

Details of the trip are:

  • The berth and food on the vessel are free.
  • Travel to and from the start and end points are covered by the research cruise.
  • You must have demonstrable seabird ID skills and at-sea experience. Previous AS@S experience would be an advantage.
  • You must have working use of excel to enter and upload data (very easy).
  • Basic Seagoing medical clearance is be required. Details will be provided.
  • You will need a valid passport and yellow fever vaccination certificate.

Please email Taryn Morris ( ASAP if you would like to secure a spot. Please BRIEFLY state your previous experience making you suitable to conduct these surveys AND your leg of preference.

Preference will be given to nationals of the associated or neighbouring countries.
*Participation on the cruise is subject to final confirmation by the research cruise coordinators.

Regards Taryn

Dr. Taryn Morris Coastal Seabird Conservation Manager BirdLife South Africa

9 Foregate Square, Heerengracht St, Foreshore 8001, Western Cape P.O. Box 7119, Roggebaai 8012, Cape Town, South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)21 419 7347 Cell: +27 (0)82 334 4167 E-mail: