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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

There is one thing that SABAP2 does better than any similar project, anywhere on this planet

BirdPix 448 European Rollar Dawie de SwrdtThere is one thing that SABAP2 does better than any similar project, anywhere on this planet, North America and Europe included. We measure the timing of arrival and departure of migrants with more precision over a wider area than anyone else does. In an era of global climate change, the bird species that are predicted to battle the most to survive are the long distance migrants. ADU PhD student, Elsa Bussiere, has completed an analysis of the SABAP2 data for 18 long distance migrants, some intra-African and some Palearctic. The results are fascinating, but the take home message for this news item is that the SABAP2 data are able to deliver the important results we have been claiming they can achieve. And no one else, anywhere, can do it as neatly as we can. So, as project leaders, we are absolutely certain that we are not asking you to waste your time and money going atlasing! We are collecting high quality information.

Over the next few weeks the final departure for many species will take place. If you go to the species information on the new SABAP2 website you will see that many species are starting to become less frequently recorded as they depart. It is 06h30 on 11 April now, and I am looking at the European Roller (go to this link) with 10 submitted records since 1 April, and the most recently submitted record was on 6 April, five days ago. SABAP2 is able to measure how the relative abundance thins out, and how departure takes place spatially within southern Africa.

And over the next few weeks there are lots of public holidays. Atlasers, please make submitting a few checklists over this period a priority. It does not matter how many checklists the pentad already has. The data collected now help us to quantify the timing of departure in autumn 2014. The old data are important, because we can measure change by comparing this year’s data with the old data. But this is our only shot at collecting data in autumn 2014!

And finally, after voting for the candidate of your choice on 7 May, you should plan to do an atlas list, and vote for as many species as you can find in your favourite pentad. You ought not to be able to vote for many of the migrants, but that is critically important information, because it tells us that they have gone.

The picture is a European Roller from the BirdPix Virtual Museum (Dawie de Swardt, Soetdoring Nature Reserve, Free State: see the full details of this record). So a final request. Please take your camera with you, and if you get a chance to make records of mammals, reptiles, butterflies, scorpions, spiders, dragonflies, etc, for the Animal Demography Unit’s Virtual Museum (, please do so. The Virtual Museums have a new, overarching, page on Facebook.

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