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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

SABAP2 at the end of the first half of February 2014

SABAP 2014 14 February 2014

In the first half of February, SABAP2 has maintained the momentous momentum of January, of 56 checklists per day on average. On 14 February last year, 1565 checklists from 1005 pentads had been submitted for SABAP2013. For SABAP2014, we have 1836 checklists from 1117 pentads. The map shows coverage so far! It is early stage of the year, but it is really impressive. So Team SABAP2 for 2014 is a delightfully long way ahead of where we were a year ago.

There are three areas of special focus for 2014. There is the traditional focus on the Four Degrees centred on Gauteng. Coverage reached 25% on 10 February. By mid-February, overall coverage reached 159 pentads visited, 27.6%. The comparable value last year was 151 pentads, 26.2% − so we are not that far ahead of last year for coverage. But in terms of total number of checklists it is chalk and cheese; this year, 441, and last year 333 checklists. Remember there are two targets for the region; trying to visit every pentad at least once (last year we visited 554 or the 576 pentads) and an average of six checklists per pentad, 3456 in total. 441 checklists so far is keeping just us ahead of the curve; we need to average 9.5 checklists per day, we are doing 9.8.

The Four Degree region is important because about 30% of South Africa’s population lives here and we need to monitor the impact of development. The next region is important because it contains South Africa’s largest protected area, the Kruger National Park. We need to monitor intensively here because we hope that there will be little change to bird species composition through time. If there are changes, then it is due to causes other than “development.” So for 2014, we have gently initiated the Greater Kruger National Park Challenge. The underpinning paradigm is the same as for the Four Degrees region. We aim to go as wide as we can (i.e. to get full protocol checklists from as many pentads as possible) and we aim to go as high as we can (i.e. to build the stack of checklists on each pentad as high as possible).

The region for the Greater Kruger National Park Challenge includes every pentad east of 31°E and every pentad north of 26°S (and inside the South African border with Mozambique). This includes quite a lot of territory outside the park, but this is important because it enables “inside-outside” comparisons to be made. There are a total of 671 pentads in the region, so it is not a lot bigger than the 576 pentads of the Four Degrees region. Last year, atlasers visited 326 pentads out of the 671 (48%) and accumulated a total of 1154 checklists. So for 2014, a realistic target is to visit 350 pentads, and to make 1250 checklists.

By the middle of February (on the 14th), 135 pentads had already been visited, and 194 checklists had been made. The first is 39% of the target, and the second is 16% of the target. At this stage of the year we ought to be at 12.4% of target, so we are making stunning progress with the Greater Kruger National Park Challenge.

And finally we have set up a challenge for the Western Cape. This includes most of the Fynbos Biome, a globally important bioregion for which SABAP2 can make a major contribution to doing the monitoring. The Western Cape has 1837 pentads, and 621 of these were visited in 2013, and 2353 checklists submitted. So for 2014, realistic targets are 700 pentads and 2500 checklists. By 14 February, the Western Cape had done 159 pentads and 264 lists, which are 23% and 11% of the target (pro-rata, both figures should exceed 12.4% by now!). So we encourage Team Western Cape to dust off their binoculars, and help ensure that we reach our targets.

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