There are easy ways for all Namibians to help scientists collect important conservation information
Want to get a taste of science? Want to contribute to conservation in Namibia? Citizen science is a concept used in Namibia to help us, the scientists, collect information we need to solve conservation and environmental challenges. Anyone can get involved, adults and children alike, and it’s really easy.
In this episode of Speaking Naturally Morgan will introduce listeners to Namibian citizen science projects which need the help of the public. The simplest project to get involved in is Carnivore Tracker. Started by the Large Carnivore Management Committee and the Cheetah Conservation Fund, it simply requires you to download the “Carnivore Tracker” App on your smartphone and clicking on icons of different carnivores when they are seen. This provides important information for Namibian scientists to update distribution and abundance data for Namibia’s carnivores. There is also an atlasing project where you can report sightings of reptiles, birds and all mammals, which get added to Namibia’s Environmental Information Service Atlas project. Being a citizen science contributor will open doors for getting further involved in the work of Namibian scientists, and being acknowledged in publications which result from your contribution.
Exploring Namibia’s birds and learning more about them
Birds are our most common wildlife. Even in the city they are all around us, different shapes, sizes and colours. Their presence gives us an ambience of nature, that’s why so many people feed birds in their gardens. In this episode we get to listen to some of Namibia’s 687 bird species’ calls, and learn how to identify and appreciate birds, regardless of where in Namibia you are.
Morgan explains how childhood birding led him towards his career in wildlife and environmental science. Namibians wanting to learn more about birds have many ways to do so. Firstly, Namibia has an active bird club, which has regular outings in Windhoek, and at the coast. Here, beginners can learn from experienced birders who are very generous with their knowledge. Bird guides such as Sasol, Roberts and Sappi are available as well as bird waching Apps on Android and Apple.
Morgan uses bird-watching in his Nature Conservation Programme at NUST, as a basis for wildlife behavioural, observational and identification learning.
Naturally Speaking – Episode 3: Protecting the environment we live in
Our rights to a clean, healthy and beautiful environment in Namibia
While it’s fun to speak about nature and wildlife, this programme will also look at the broader concept of environment which surrounds us every day. Namibia’s constitution stresses citizens’ right to a clean, healthy and productive environment, and that any development does not have a detrimental effect on future generations’ ability to live sustainably.
Good pragmatic environmental practice is needed to balance Namibia’s development needs with protection of the environment. Everything we do has some impact on the environment, some of these impacts are just more visible than others.
So what recourse do Namibians have if their environment (water, air, safety, natural assets, wildlife) is impacted by activities? Namibia’s Environmental Commissioner was appointed to ensure the protection of our environment, and is compelled to investigate concerns relating to impacts on the environment. Namibia also has a number of non-governmental organisations ensuring protection of the environment, these include the Namibia Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS), the Namibia Chamber of Environment (NCE) and the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment (SAIEA).
Naturally Speaking – Episode 2: Windhoek Namibia
Who knows about the black-footed cat? Namibia's rarest cat!
Because of Namibia’s hot summers and lots of predators being on the lookout for a quick meal, much of our wildlife hides underground during the day, and emerge at night. Morgan has a passion for these little-known creatures of the night and is involved in various research projects focusing on them.
One such creatures is the black-footed cat Felis nigripes. Also known at the small-spotted desert cat or miershooptier in Afrikaans. “I have amused many a Namibian wildlife enthusiast with the question of which cat is the rarest in the country, and most of them have not even heard of the black-footed cat”. It’s the smallest cat in Africa, with adult males weighing about 2 kg and standing only 20cm tall. It looks like a miniature leopard - spots, attitude and all. Learn more about it in this episode, and the hand-full of scientists trying to learn more a species which, besides being rare, is also one of the shyest creatures of the Namibian night.
A radio podcast about nature/ biodiversity/ wildlife and environmental protection in Namibia
Produced and presented by Dr. Morgan Hauptfleisch
Dr. Morgan Hauptfleisch holds a BSc. Honours degree in Ecology and Botany, an MSc. in Plant Ecology and Wildlife Management and a PhD in Environmental Management. He is senior lecturer and research coordinator at the Namibia University of Science and Technology’s Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Sciences. He lectures in Ecology, Rangeland and Wildlife Management and Natural Resource Management and is currently involved in research on the topics of environmental impact assessment, human wildlife conflict, wildlife census and sustainable wildlife management. He has authored numerous journal papers, book chapters and popular articles on these subjects. He serves on the board of the International Association for Impact Assessment, the Southern African Institute for Environmental Assessment and the council of the Namibia Chamber of Environment. His major research collaborators include the University of St. Andrews (UK), Dartmouth College (USA), Potsdam University (Germany) and North-west University (RSA).
Naturally Speaking – Introductory episode Windhoek Namibia
A journey to appreciate and understand nature and our role as humans to protect it
In episode 1 Morgan introduces himself and the reason for creating the programme. Namibia’s natural beauty, unique wildlife and spectacular biodiversity are valued across the world. With nearly half of the country under conservation or wildlife land use, there is so much to explore in terms of interesting wildlife, places of natural beauty and our plant and geological splendour. Morgan explains how his involvement with public, private and communal conservation, as well as his wildlife research will serve as a basis for the programme to explore and interpret Namibia’s nature. Hopefully this will inspire listeners to experience nature for themselves, and develop and deeper understanding of our connection as Namibians with the environment and nature.
Morgan further explains his motive for using the podcast programme as a scientist to promote science (and particularly the natural sciences) among young people to pursue as a career, the importance of science in Namibia today, and the rewarding career wildlife and environmental science has been for him over the past 20 years.
Removing inactive and outdated files
Answer all the questions
There are five questions
1. What is the difference between an Inactive and Outdates files? (4)
2. List the advantages of removing inactive and outdated files. (10)
3. What is the purpose of a file retention policy? (5)
4.Describe the steps in removing inactive and outdated file. (8)
5. Define the term archive (3)
Please find the attached Assessment Activity 4
Tutor: Pope Julia
Course: ICT application skills
Date 30 October 2017
Due in 01 November 2017
1. Design a lesson plan using any Microsoft office of your choice (10)
2. Design a presentation handout in PowerPoint (10)
3. Use any search engine of your choice to search the importance of ICT (10)
4. Design an evaluation from for your training centre that at least consist of 25 questions and statements (10)
5. Download any 2 ICT tools images and describe how you use it in your class (10)
Social relationship in a conducive environment the trade of fitting and turning.
In our teaching environment as a trainer, we are the one with the responsible of creating a conducive classroom environment to be proactive and encouraging social relationship.Students should be able to work with others in group to complete tasks, engage with others in project works and get along with everyone else in an easy manner enhancing and nourishing the learning experience of every other trainees.