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SABAP2 - Second Southern African Bird Atlas Project − is the most important bird conservation project on the go at present. Its results are fundamental to all conservation initiatives. We need to know bird distributions and how they are changing in order to do conservation effectively, and to set priorities. Please join us in celebrating the milestone reached by the citizen scientists who contribute to SABAP2 in the Western Cape − they have submitted 20000 checklists of birds. As the sugarbird says: "Awesome!"
Atlasers in the Western Cape and atlasers visiting the Western Cape boosted the total number of full protocol checklists in the province past the 20000 milestone earlier this week, and it has already ticked along to 20010!
What this means in practice is that detailed analyses of changes in species composition, year-by-year through the duration of the project are feasible. This is especially important because the Western Cape includes most of the Fynbos biome, and parts of the Karoo. Well done to everyone who has contributed, both those who have submitted lots of records, and those who have contributed just a handful of checklists. It is the power of small numbers that enables us to reach this massive total.
But the Western Cape cannot rest on its laurels. We have set a target for visiting 700 of the 1837 pentads in the province in 2014, and making a total of 2500 checklists in the year. At present we are on 232 pentads (33% of target) and 475 checklists. It is the 475 which is the worry; this is only 19% of the target − to keep pace with the target we ought to be on 25% by the end of March, so we are quite a way behind. The targets were set in relation to the number of checklists submitted last year.
The fynbos endemic in the photo, a Cape Sugarbird at Silvermine in the Cape Peninsula National Park, was submitted by Sue-Lesley Norgate to the BirdPix Virtual Museum. See here for the full record in its virtual museum context. Learn how to submit records to the Virtual Museum, by looking at this set of instructions.