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Progress with 2016 atlasing in Hessequa by Johan Van Rooyen

Sensational September for SABAP2

The power of citizen science: spinning dials in October

Six million records in the SABAP2 database

SABAP2 at 70% in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland

Northern Cape reaches 40% – congratulations to all involved

Only 99 left! Claim yours now

SABAP2 priotrities: October to December 2014

2014 could easily be SABAP2's best year for data collection!

Greater Kruger National Park Challenge – 2014 – the mid-year progress report says "Outstanding"

Two-thirds coverage in 2014 of the Four Degrees of Greater Gauteng reached on 5 July

DAY 1 of YEAR 8 of SABAP2

UCT planned maintenance this weekend: 09h00 Saturday 21 June – 17h00 Sunday 22 June

Colour Rings on Swift Terns

SABAP2 doing awesomely in 2014; today we celebrate the milestone of a "MiniProject"

There is one thing that SABAP2 does better than any similar project, anywhere on this planet

You are awesome, Team SABAP2. You have made 20000 checklists for the Western Cape

Citizen Science Week : Saturday 8 March to Sunday 16 March

SABAP2 up to the end of February, 2014

SABAP2 at the end of the first half of February 2014

One hundred thousand checklists in the SABAP2 database: awesome milestone, well done, Team

Be part of the "Kruger Green Team"

These Four Degrees are on the cusp of a lot of milestones

Increasing in abundance, but not in range – Dark-capped Bulbul

How did we get along in the first half of November?

SABAP1 vs SABAP2: the Rock Dove aka Feral Pigeon

How to submit records to the Virtual Museums

SABAP2 strides ahead in October

Five million records

Project progress, first half of October

THIS COUNTDOWN CLOCK IS NOW BELOW 100

September progress with SABAP2

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released

Barberspan conference 28 November – 3 December 2013

Weaver Wednesday [66]: Sao Tome Weaver

Weaver Wednesday [65]: Black-necked Weaver

Sappi TREE TUESDAY, and today we are featuring the Knobbly Creeper

Today is Sappi TREE TUESDAY! The Weeping Sage Buddleja auriculata

Weaver Wednesday: Village Weaver

Public Lecture Wednesday 18 September "The metamorphosis of the butterfly atlas"

2000 up on Facebook

"Citizens who advance science"

This part of South Africa is especially important for annual coverage!

SpringMAP 2013

Weaver Wednesday: Cinnamon Weaver

Bring the trumpets out of the cupboard! Sound the fanfare

Virtual Museum records

Twenty years of CWACing the Bot River Estuary

Atlas bash to Loeriesfontein, Northern Cape, 8-11 August 2013

Save the date: 20-21 July 2013, SABAP2 workshop, Port Elizabeth

SpringMAP 2013

SpringMAP

The annual SpringMAP project is especially important for SABAP2. It is the only opportunity we will ever have to collect data on the timing of the arrival of migrants this spring. We will compare this year's data with the awesome data we have collected over the past five years. Once upon a time, we lived in a world in which we thought of the timing of migration as a static thing. Once we had done enough fieldwork to establish when the swallows arrived, we did not ever have to do that again. But our world view is different now, and we are aware that nothing can be assumed to be stable. We have already demonstrated that the timing of the arrival of many migrants has changed since SABAP1. With lots of data every spring we can quantify the timing of migration within each year, and compare this between years. We can also begin to understand the regional timing of migration. How long after the Barn Swallows reach Polokwane do they reach Cape Point?

Besides all this useful stuff, spring is a great time to be outdoors. It is warm, but not hot. And to be out at dawn does not mean getting up at five o'clock! So it is a great time of the year for easy birding. Many breeding species are singing conspicuously.

Every list made between now and the end of November contributes to SpringMAP. But the best data of all consists of repeat lists for the same pentad. You can make a fantastic contribution by doing your local pentad as frequently as it is fun for you to do it!


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