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We are sad to bid farewell to Doug Harebottle, who has lead SABAP2 through thick and thin since the project started on 1 July 2007. Doug has been an integral part of the ADU since 1999, and we have been able to move him from project to project over this period. Please join me in wishing him all the best into the future. Thank you, Doug, for being there for all atlasers. This 30 September coverage map is a monument to your achievements.
One of the resolutions that Dirk Lombard? and I have made is to produce regular SABAP2 progress reports. This report covers September. A total of 1412 checklists was submitted during the month, with 67854 records. An impressive 175 pentads were atlased for the first time. A lot of these were in the Northern Cape and North West, as a result of the Kuruman Atlas Bash! My optimistic wish is for an average of 50 checklists per day, or 1500 for September. So my wish was 94% fulfilled, and that is amazing.
The 4DY (Four Degrees Yellow) challenge has two aims: to get every one of the 576 pentads in the four degree cells centred on Gauteng visited at least once this year, so that the whole area is YELLOW or darker on the coverage map; to get an average of six lists per pentad, 3456 checklists (=6×576) in total for the year. To reach this, we need to average 48 new pentads each month, and 288 checklists per month. The grand news is that the total number of new pentads in September was 56 and the total number of checklists was 338. The only bad news is that the total number of checklists ought to have been 2592 by the end of September (75% of 3456) and we were on 2436, a backlog of 156! But that is within reach. 340 checklists per month will get us to the target, and that is essentially what was done in September.
The SpringMAP project is at the halfway stage. The most important half is yet to come. During October and November the bulk of the migrants from Eurasia arrive. 2314 checklists have been made and submitted since SpringMAP started on 1 August. Please make a special effort to atlas your favourite pentads regularly over the next two months, and see for yourself the timing of arrival of the migrants in your area. As we put the data from all atlasers together, we will build up a great picture of the overall timing of arrival of the migrants in our region this spring, 2013.
? Dirk Lombard is the NRF/DST intern who will assist with the smooth running of SABAP2.