Thursday, 9 March 2017

470 | Four BirdsConTour Awardees


New psychology research shows that the human brain is wired to judge others more harshly for their negative actions rather than praise. That's why we tend to assign blame much faster than we give compliments.
Being praised often makes people feel good. Pride, pleasure, increased feelings of self-esteem, innovative thinking and creative problem-solving are all common reactions to being paid a compliment or receiving positive feedback. This happens because being praised triggers the release of dopamine, a neutrotransmitter that helps control the reward and pleasure centres of the brain.
But because these positive effects are relatively short-lived and because BirdsConTour has long been fascinated by the effects of praise and recognition on workplace performance and behavior, and what this means for organizations, BirdsConTour established the Welfare and Conservation Support Award initiative.
With these awards, given out for welfare and conservation support, BirdsConTour satisfies the short-term need of recognition on a regular annual basis.
The BirdsConTour awards recognize the welfare and conservation efforts of people, initiatives and organizations who support welfare and conservation, no matter to what degree.
It's our way of saying thank you and sharing their support with the world.
BirdsConTour handed out several Welfare and Conservation Support 2017 Awards during this week and during a dinner in the Dros Restaurant Windhoek, Namibia.

The Family of Hope Services infrastructure. This project was supported by Elke Hoeltzcke.

Unwanted exotic wild growing cactus

Elke busy crushing this unwanted plant

Elke Hoeltzcke received a Welfare and Conservation Support 2017 Award. She was a tour participant on the Namibian Compact Birding Tour from BirdsConTour. Throughout this tour she supported the BirdsConTour Cancer Free Future initiative (see article 467), she donated clothing and toys to the Family of Hope Services project (see article 458) (read more about Family of Hope Services under through BirdsConTour, she participated in the BirdsConTour's Cactus Free Landscape initiative and she donated a certain amount of money to wetland conservation through having purchased a BirdsConTour Birds of Namibia Birthday Calendar (see articles 465 and 466).

Supporting children with cancer through art classes

Regine Gillmann was recognized for social welfare. She offers art classes on a voluntary basis to children with cancer in Windhoek, Namibia, once a week. Mrs Gillmann was recently supported by the BirdsConTour Cancer Free Future initiative, see article 467. Also read more under

Isabella Stock received a Welfare Support 2017 Award. Isabella donated 200 Euro to the BirdsConTour Cancer Free Future initiative (see article 466) for the purpose of supporting children suffering from cancer.

While enjoying a delicious dinner Heiko was honored with a Conservation Support 2017 Award.

Heiko Rust was honored with a BirdsConTour Conservation Support 2017 Award at the Dros Restaurant where BirdsConTour invited him for dinner. As a person in need, Heiko is passionately involved in being responsible for filling the refill packs which BirdsConTour supplies to Birdie Snacks Bar customers. For every Refill Pack that Heiko packs BirdsConTour pays him a certain amount of money. Read more in article 463.

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