Conserving a species on the brink of extinction, White-winged Flufftail, by Cherylee Powell

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The White-winged Flufftail (Sarothrura ayresi) is listed as Critically Endangered and only known to occur in Ethiopia and South Africa. The species’ survival is threatened by the destruction and degradation of its high-altitude wetland habitat. Through the development of innovative research and monitoring techniques, BirdLife South Africa’s scientists have made numerous breakthroughs that have improved our knowledge of this elusive bird. One such finding was the first confirmed breeding record of White-winged Flufftail in the southern hemisphere at Middelpunt Wetland.

This Work of Art was produced by Cherylee Powell, a shareholder at Dullstroom Trout Farm. Dullstroom Trout Farm has supported BirdLife South Africa’s activities to research, raise funds and foster awareness about White-winged Flufftail at Middelpunt Wetland. The wetland has also been leased by Middelpunt Wetland Trust since 1994. Dullstroom Trout Farm joined the Greater Lakenvlei Protected Environment (GLPE) in 2017 in an effort to improve the protection status of their property.  Recently, Dullstroom Trout Farm along with a neighbouring landowner have indicated their intention to declare Middelpunt Wetland as a private nature reserve.

Proceeds to:
BirdLife South Africa’s White-winged Flufftail Conservation Project, aiding the protection and management of the species’ wetland habitat in South Africa.

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