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This report covers SABAP2's October. A total of 1722 checklists was submitted during the month, a big step up on the 1412 checklists which were submitted during September. 109349 records were added to the database, compared with 67854 in September. 64 pentads got their first checklist, way below the exceptional September total of 175, the result of the Kuruman Atlas Bash! My target is for an average of 50 checklists per day, or 1550 for 31-day month like October. So my target was exceeded by 11%, and that is amazing. In September we reached 94% of target. Like this Hadeda striding across the road, SABAP2 strode ahead in October.
A massive project milestone was reached on the last day of October: five million full protocol records. Together with the incidental records and the records from SABAP1, the ADU bird database totals 12.7 million records, one of the largest in the world. The massive database enables really quite fine detail to be analysed and appraised. It is a huge and living and growing monument to all the citizen scientists who have participated in the two projects.
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. At the end of October, 86% of the pentads had been visited bring the total to 494 out of 576, with 27 added during the month. The total number of checklists during October was 341 (a shade ahead of the 338 in September). The total number of checklists ought to have been 2880 at the end of October, and we were on 2777. The backlog is down to 103, compared with 156 a month ago! But that is within reach. 343 checklists in each of November and December will get us to the target.
The SpringMAP project is at the three-quarter mark. During November lots of individual birds are still arriving on migration and numbers are building up. Please continue to make a special effort to atlas your favourite pentads regularly during November. Regular atlasing will help us complete the picture of the overall timing of arrival of the migrants in our region this spring, 2013.
SABAP2013 passed the 25% mark during October. The minimum target for the year is 30%. At this stage last year we were 1% ahead of where we are now, and reached 30% on 29 December. But at this stage last year, 485 people had done checklists in the year; this year it is 572. We have more checklists and more records this year than last year too.
The second phase of the butterfly atlas, one of SABAP2’s sister projects, had its elaunch during September. The project is called LepiMAP, and has a Facebook page. LepiMAP covers both butterflies and moths, together known as the Lepidoptera. Records are based on photographs, and we encourage all atlasers to take the cameras into the field with them, and go LepiMAPping. Atlasers can access the upload function in the Virtual Museum website (vmus.adu.org.za) using the same email/password combination as they use to logon to the SABAP2 website.
The Virtual Museums had a great month in October. 3229 records were uploaded, across the spectrum of Virtual Museum projects. This is the third best month for the Virtual Museum. Please explore the taxa that are currently covered.