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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

How did we get along in the first half of November?

Horned Baboon Spider

One of the Animal Demography Unit’s core values reads like this:

• Conservation: Informing, influencing and motivating biodiversity policy development based on sound quantitative and scientific evidence through our commitment to long-term monitoring and analysis.

Ultimately, the point of all the data collection which is the Animal Demography Unit's bread and butter is to contribute to the development of biodiversity policy. And it is our citizen scientists who collect this information. The first half of November has seen targets mostly being met, and where we have come short of target, the deficits are redeemable in the second half of the month.

For the Virtual Museums at a good month means that more than 3000 records collected. The figure for October was 3229. In the first 15 days of November, the total was 1490, almost exactly on target. A new Virtual Museum initiative, by one of our partners, Ian Engelbrecht, a PhD student at the University of Pretoria, was the launch of the baboon spider atlas. Read up about this here. It is to celebrate this event that the photo illustrating this news item is a baboon spider! It is the Horned Baboon Spider Ceratogyrus darlingi.

For SABAP2, we aim to average 50 checklists submitted per day. That is 750 checklists for the first 15 days in November. We achieved 95% of this, 709 checklists. The database grew by 40136 full protocol records and 2873 incidental records. SABAP2 coverage for 2013 alone grew to 26.2%. With a healthy dollop of holiday atlasing, we are on track to reach our SABAP2013 target of 30% by the end of the year.

The four degree cells centred on Gauteng are home to about 30% of South Africa’s population, and we give this area, which is subject to the pressures of development, special attention every year. This year we are aiming at at least one checklist in each of the 576 pentads in the region. During the first half of November, coverage increased from 494 (80.4%) pentads to 510 (85.1%). That is impressive. We are also aiming for a total of 3456 checklists for this area in 2013. This increased by 165 to 2942 checklists. That is an average of 11.0 checklists per day. There’s another 514 checklists to reach the target, and 46 days to collect them, and that is 11.2 checklists per day.

One of the predictions of climate change is that migration, especially long-distance migration, will be disrupted. The SpringMAP project is documenting the timing of arrival on migration this spring. With two weeks to go, we have collected 3892 checklists this spring alone. Please make a special effort to atlas your regular pentads one final time, to confirm that the bulk of the migrants have arrived!

Thank you to all the Citizen Scientists who contribute to all of our projects. Together we are making a difference to the conservation of biodiversity in our region.

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