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Ernst Retief will be presenting a SABAP2 and MyBirdPatch workshop on Saturday 21 July 2012 in Parys at Sally Martin Park. The workshop will begin at 09h00 and will last till about 14h00. The workshop is arranged by Jan Fourie and the members of the bird club in Parys. There is no cost.
Ernst says: "All birders should consider participating in these projects. Apart from being great fun, the data are used for many purposes: working out the best areas for birding routes, providing comments on Environmental Impact Assessments and determining if we reach our targets for the Important Bird Areas Programme. We also feed the data into provincial conservation plans. For example, I will meet with the provincial authorities in Limpopo next month to explain how the SABAP2 data can be incorporated into their conservation planning. At a workshop at Skukuza a few weeks back I also stressed the importance of this data source for use by government and NGOs in general. It is also used extensively for academic studies, and the information will also improve our coverage maps in our field guides. Collecting and submitting data for these project does require someeffort, but by so doing you make a wonderful contribution to bird conservation and believe me as soon as you get into the habit of submitting lists it is great fun and you learn a lot about bird distribution and bird behaviour.
"Parys is a beautiful town and after the workshop you can do some nice birding along the banks of the Vaal! See the picture!"
Ernst will provide more details, for example directions to the venue, to those people that will attend.
Parys is not that far from Johannesburg. Many potential atlasers in the entire Gauteng area who have not been able to attend earlier workshops are welcome to attend.
Our thanks to Jan Fourie and the bird club in Parus for taking the initiative and doing all the logistics to arrange the workshop! Thanks, Ernst, for travelling to Parys to lead the workshop. The SABAP2 project team appreciates this support all round. Today, 30 June 2012, completes five years of atlasing. The project has been so successful in monitoring the region's birds both in space and in time that it is unthinkable to stop. So we need lots of new atlasers to strengthen the ranks of Team SABAP2.
The person to contact if you plan to attend is Ernst Retief; please send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.