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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

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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


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

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

Four degrees yellow, 2013These four one-degree grid cells are centred on Gauteng. This is the part of South Africa under the highest pressure for development. This is therefore an area which is especially important for regular spatial monitoring of biodiversity. SABAP2 does it for the birds. What we are trying to do this year is to get at least one checklist from every one of the 576 pentads in this region. We are also aiming to get an average of six checklists per pentad; this means we are aiming to get 6 × 576 = 3456 checklists in total for this region.

This map shows what has been done so far, ie on 9 August 2013. It shows the four degrees, and one extra row of pentads all the way along the edges (it would be nice to get these visited too!). The number in the pentad is the number of checklists received to date (but once the number gets beyond 9, it is replaced by a + sign!). 380 of pentads have been visited, and 1896 checklists have been submitted. That is 66% of the pentads and 54.9% of the target number of checklists.

We are falling a little behind our objectives, and it will take a special effort this spring to get back on track! So this is an invitation to atlasers to go wide, and boost the coverage, and to go deep, because every checklist counts towards the 3456! It is fantastic to see pentads with 50 or more lists for 2013 alone – these are the ones shaded purple in the map.

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