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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

Project progress, first half of October

The arrival rate of data to the smorgasbord of ADU projects in the first half of October was excellent.

SABAP2 is the most important bird conservation project. In partnership with SANBI and BirdLife South Africa, it provides the fundamental data on which all conservation initiatives are pinned. If we don’t know distributions and how they are changing, conservation planning is based on anecdotes and the opinions of the person with the loudest voice. The informal target for SABAP2 is 50 checklists per day. In the first half of October, 934 checklists have been submitted. That is way above the target of 750. These checklists contribute to the most critical period of SpringMAP. October is prime arrival month for lots of migrants from Europe and Asia, and these checklists help us quantify the spread of migrants across the landscape. It would be nice to get as much data in the second half of October too. Well done, Team SABAP2, and please keep up the good work.

There was progress too with the SABAP2013 project, with coverage for the year increasing by 121 pentads, and is now on 24.6%. We hope to be well above 30% by year end! The Four Degrees Yellow project for Greater Gauteng now has 481 pentads out of 576 visited, so there are only 95 to go. SpriderMAP logoWe have just reached 75% of the target of 3456 lists submitted for 2013 in these 576 pentads. We ought to have got there by 1 October, so we need all the Greater Gauteng atlasers to make a special effort in their local pentads in the last two and a half months of the year.

1498 records were submitted to the various Virtual Museum projects of the ADU. The informal target is 100 records per day, and this is just marginally short of that. The Virtual Museums build up distribution maps for a bunch of taxa (see We strongly encourage bird atlasers to take their digital cameras along with them when they go atlasing, and opportunistically take photos of butterflies, damselflies, dragonflies frogs, mammals, moths, reptiles, scorpions and spiders (the SpiderMAP logo, the newest VM is featured here). These lucky records often fill important gaps in distribution. There are three VMs for birds: one for general photos, one for "Birds with Odd Plumage" and also one for nests of weavers, called PHOWN (PHOtos of Weaver Nests). PHOWN is particularly important, because it complements the overall OCCURRENCE distribution maps produced by SABAP2 with maps showing the distribution of BREEDING.Please upload all these records to the Virtual Museums; the log on to the VM website to enable you to upload records is the same as your log on to the SABAP2 website (email address and password).

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