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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


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

September progress with SABAP2

SABAP2 coverage, end September 2013

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.

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