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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


Four Degrees Yellow Challenge

The four one-degree squares centred on Gauteng have had a special focus in SABAP2, the Second Southern African Bird Atlas Project. This is because this is the area most highly impacted by development and which will see the highest development pressure into the future. It is also straddles the boundary between the savanna biome and the grassland biome. The development of suburbs has seen grassland transformed first into treeless housing estates and rapidly becoming mature suburban habitat with lots of trees, mimicking the savanna biome, and creating a southward extension of the savannah biome. And many savanna bird species are moving south.

For all these reasons, this is an important area in which to study birds intensively, and to evaluate how they are responding to change. Even more valuable is that there are lots of citizen scientists in this region to help build up the database. If you are an atlaser in Greater Guateng, please redouble our efforts, even if it seems, at first glance, to be a well-covered area.

For 2013, we set ourselves the twin challenges of visiting every one of the 576 "pentads" in the four degree region. The amazing news is that the number of unvisited-in-2013 pentads has dropped below 100. 83.3% of the pentads have at least one list.

The second challenge was to AVERAGE six lists per pentad. That needs a total of 3456 checklists (=576×6). The photo shows we have reached 74.1% of the target. We ought to have been at 75% at the start of this month. So we have 2-and-a-half months of 2013, the best months for birding in the year, to reach the target. There are 78 days left in 2013 to do another 896 lists. That is 11.3 lists per day to reach 100%.

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