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The 10/10/10 challenge: 357 weaver nests counted

2010-10-13 (81)

350.org is an initiative to raise awareness of global climate change. This year one of the events that was planned for 10-10-10 (Sunday 10 Oct) was to count weaver nests and submit photos to PHOWN.

The aim was to count at least 350 weaver nests together on Sunday, and this was achieved! A total of 357 nests were counted in 17 colonies, 38 nests belonging to Southern Masked Weavers and the rest to Cape Weavers. To see the individual records go here for the first record and then enter the following VM numbers one by one in the query box to see the rest of the records from Sunday: 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 150, 151, 152, 156, 212. Thanks to the following participants: Pat and Rodney MacKenzie (VM 147), Peter Ginn (VM 150-152) and Virginia MacKenny (VM 156) who helped me.

Records were submitted for a wet Cape Town, Johannesburg, George, and Wolvengat. The latter colony (VM 156), on the Agulhas plains, is the southernmost weaver colony submitted to PHOWN so far. Colony sizes ranged from 2 to 46 nests.