SABAP2 progress by two year intervals

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SABAP2 (http://sabap2.adu.org.za) is the most important bird conservation research project in southern Africa. If you don't know the distributions of birds, and how they are changing, you cannot effectively do conservation intelligently. SABAP2 is monitoring the distributions of bird species across southern Africa. This slideshow demonstrates what the citizen scientists who contribute their observations to SABAP2 have achieved through the years since the project started in July 2007. It shows the coverage map every alternative year in July, and the final slide shows the impressive additional coverage in just one month between 22 July and 22 August 2013. It also shows how the Bateleur has decreased and six bulbul species have increased since SABAP1, two decades ago.

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  • SABAP2 progress by two year intervals

    1. 1. SABAP2 Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 Quick visual progress: July 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013, and then August 2013 Les Underhill, Doug Harebottle and Michael Brooks Animal Demography Unit Department of Zoology University of Cape Town http://sabap2.adu.org.za
    2. 2. SABAP2 is a partnership between the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town, BirdLife South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
    3. 3. Watch the areas just below the arrows and click!
    4. 4. Awesome progress in Limpopo and Northern Cape in one month
    5. 5. The Bateleur is one of the icons of Africa. But SABAP2 shows that this species is not doing well in our region at all. If it were not for the two atlas projects we would not know the seriousness of the situation
    6. 6. The six bulbuls show the biggest increases of any family. The likely explanation is the process of “thickening” of savanna habitats through bush encroachment, abandonment of marginal farmland, and changes in land management
    7. 7. • SABAP2 is the fundamental bird conservation project in the region – unless we have up to date distribution maps, and understand how distributions are changing, we cannot plan and prioritize on-the-ground conservation strategies – So it is important that this project continue • If you or your company can help to sponsor SABAP2, please contact Les Underhill les.underhill@uct.ac.za • Or you can do an EFT: – UCT donations account, Standard Bank, Rondebosch – Branch 025009, Account 071522387 (SWIFT code is SBZAZAJJ) – Beneficiary reference: Fund 231454 (this is the ADU’s donations “fund” and tells the University where to transfer the money to) – Please send an email to Sue Kuyper sue.kuyper@uct.ac.za and tell her that you want the donation to be allocated to SABAP2 – UCT will send a Section 18A tax donation certificate
    8. 8. • SABAP2 is the fundamental bird conservation project in the region – unless we have up to date distribution maps, and understand how distributions are changing, we cannot plan and prioritize on-the-ground conservation strategies – So it is important that this project continue • If you or your company can help to sponsor SABAP2, please contact Les Underhill les.underhill@uct.ac.za • Or you can do an EFT: – UCT donations account, Standard Bank, Rondebosch – Branch 025009, Account 071522387 (SWIFT code is SBZAZAJJ) – Beneficiary reference: Fund 231454 (this is the ADU’s donations “fund” and tells the University where to transfer the money to) – Please send an email to Sue Kuyper sue.kuyper@uct.ac.za and tell her that you want the donation to be allocated to SABAP2 – UCT will send a Section 18A tax donation certificate UCT does not charge any "levy" on donations; the entire amount comes to the ADU. There is a levy on formal contracts, but the multiple services we get for the amount we pay are pretty good – the ADU projects could not be run cheaper off campus – one of the most important benefits is the fantastic high quality access we get onto the global internet highways!

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