Gees [ghee-yis; guttural ‘G’]
Abstract noun; Sth. Afr. slang
An intangible ‘vibe’ or atmosphere, characterized by extreme excitement, adrenalin, positivity, and togetherness. Often associated with situations such as parties and get-togethers, and high quality banter.
Usage: ‘Let’s bring the gees to the game tonight!’, or ‘Wow, these gents have such good gees! Let’s be friends with those guys…’
The Youth Africa Birders are a mixed bunch – they’re from opposite corners of South Africa, different ages, backgrounds, and birding experience. But they are united by their common love for birds, their African identity, their youthful exuberance, and their absolute dedication to the ‘gees’…
We’re very proud to be representing the African youth through Youth Africa Birding (YAB) – and online movement which seeks to encourage birding as a hobby for young people, and to create a community of young birders across the continent. Down on the southern tip of Africa we don’t get to experience the marvel that is mass migration, but we do see the effects downstream when birds are taken out en masse along their flyways. Even in our relatively short lifetimes, the effects of the decimation of migrating birds are being felt. Migrants to South Africa are steadily declining, due largely to both legal and illegal hunting along migration routes. We are proud to have had South African representative teams in the last two Champions of the Flyway events, and we are all too keen to take up the reigns this year and to do our bit for this crucial cause.
The team would greatly appreciate it if you would consider donating to this year’s cause using our ‘just giving’ page and assisting us in helping raise crucial funds for Doga, Turkey’s Birdlife International affiliate, as we help assist them to combat the illegal killing of birds on migration. Let’s bring the Guardians of the Flyway trophy back home to South Africa and show the international birding community what a true fundraising titan we are!
The past two years have seen the Birding Ecotours Bandits take part in the race, holding the South African flag high, however this year the Bandit’s are backing the youngsters and handing the reigns to us for a year, and for that we are extremely grateful to Birding Ecotours for their support and backing of this team!
What we lack in experience we make up for in enthusiasm, so watch out Eilat – we’re coming for you, and we’re gonna #BringTheGees!