SABAP2 Annual Progress 2014-05-16

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Progress with SABAP2 from 2007 to May 2014

Progress with SABAP2 from 2007 to May 2014

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  • 1. SABAP2 Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 Visual progress: annually July 2007 to July 2013, and May 2014 Les Underhill and Michael Brooks Animal Demography Unit Department of Biological Sciences University of Cape Town http://sabap2.adu.org.za
  • 2. SABAP2 is a partnership between the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town, the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and BirdLife South Africa
  • 3. Data volumes are up on last year • On 16 May, we were 135 days into 2014 • We have maintained an average of 50.4 checklists per day so far this year (last year we averaged 47.4) • SABAP2014 has 427 observers (407 this time last year for SABAP2013) • 2711 pentads visited so far this year (2432 last year) Antony Paton BirdPix 7798
  • 4. Province/ country Coverage 16 May 2014 Pentads visited Pentads in region Coverage end of 2013 Gauteng 100% 270 270 100% KwaZulu- Natal 99.1% 1283 1294 99.1% Mapumalanga 98.2% 997 1015 97.8% Free State 89.3% 1661 1861 88.6% Western Cape 85.9% 1578 1578 85.4% Limpopo 83.4% 1348 1616 77.0% North West 76.3% 1131 1482 76.2% Swaziland 72.2% 148 205 72.2% Eastern Cape 62.5% 1409 2256 60.4% Northern Cape 35.7% 1814 5087 34.5% Lesotho 26.0% 108 416 24.0% Total 68.8% 11408 17080 66.0% Overall coverage in the original SABAP2 region
  • 5. Coverage in original SABAP2 region • True coverage in the South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland is 68.8%, over two-thirds • Magnificent progress in Limpopo from 77.0% to 83.4%; well done especially to BirdLife Polokwane • Seven of the 11 regions are over 75% coverage • Northern Cape (35.7% coverage, 3275 pentads to be visited) is top priority • Eastern Cape (62.5% coverage, 848 pentads remain) is next priority • Lesotho (26.0%, 308 pentads remain) needs a champion • 11 pentads remain in KwaZulu-Natal and 18 in Mpumalanga – these last pentads are proving tough challenges David Kennedy BirdPix 7785
  • 6. Priorities for 2014, as set at start of the year Gaps 1, 2 and 3, and the southern part of Gap 12 have largely been filled
  • 7. R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Green O2 O3 O1 Revised priorities for 2014, reset one- third of the way through the year
  • 8. R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Green O2 O3 O1 Seven RED priorities: R1 Western end of North West; R2 Askham to Union’s End; R3 is the N14 axis from about Kuruman to the coast; R4 southern part of the Northern Cape, R5 Greater Prieska district; R6 is the interior of the Eastern Cape, including the former Transkei; R7 Lesotho Robert Tibbit-Eggleton BirdPix 7753
  • 9. Three ORANGE priorities – with “mopping up operations” needed: northern Limpopo, central Free State and western Swaziland. And one big GREEN priority. Please aim to deepen coverage across the northern provinces. Let us GREEN the coverage map! Please aim for a minimum of four checklists per pentad! R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Green O2 O3 O1 David Kennedy BirdPix 7739