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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.