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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

2014 could easily be SABAP2's best year for data collection!

Annual progress SABAP2

Team SABAP2, we could easily make 2014 the best year ever for the project.

The orange bars in this plot are the important ones. They show how many checklists were made for SABAP2, the second bird atlas project, in each year since the project started in July 2007. The project got off to a slow start! Fewer than 2000 checklists were made in between July and December 2007, and fewer than 10000 in 2008. But since then, the project has hovered around 17000 to 18000 checklists per year. 2010 was SABAP2's best year, by around 1000 checklists. There are certainly checklists from 2013 still to be submitted, so 2013 could easily actually be above 2012. So, in spite of fuel price increases, and all the economic pressures we are subjected to, Team SABAP2 has managed to maintain data collection at a remarkably consistent level.

Just past the middle of 2014, the number of checklists made this year is close to 9000. Knowing that there is lots of data for the year still to be submitted, the real total is likely to be above 9000. Extrapolating for the remainder of 2014, this year could easily rival 2010 as SABAP2's best year for data collection.

So we urge all atlasers to put their best foot forward for the remainder of 2014, and we urge any birders who are not yet atlasing to come on board. We are not near the end of SABAP2, we are near the beginning!

SABAP2 is the fundamental project to bird conservation in the region. It holds this status because a knowledge of bird distributions and how they are changing through time is the most important ingredient in taking decisions about which species are getting into trouble, and to prioritizing how resources should be spent on bird conservation initiatives.

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