SABAP2 Update - 15 May 2013

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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 …

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 each year in July, and the final slide shows the impressive additional coverage in the 10 months since July 2012 to May 2013. It also shows the changes in range for Black Sparrowhawk, Black-shouldered Kite and the six bulbuls since SABAP1, two decades ago.

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  • 1. SABAP2Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2Visual progress:annually July 2007 to July 2012, andMay 2013Les Underhill, Doug Harebottle andMichael BrooksAnimal Demography UnitDepartment of ZoologyUniversity of Cape Townhttp://sabap2.adu.org.za
  • 2. SABAP2 is a partnershipbetween the AnimalDemography Unit at theUniversity of Cape Town,BirdLife South Africa and theSouth African NationalBiodiversity Institute (SANBI)
  • 3. SABAP2 shows that BlackSparrowhawk has expandedits range into the BLUE cells.Copses of alien trees are key
  • 4. SABAP2 alerts us thatsomething is not going rightfor the Black-shouldered Kite
  • 5. The six bulbuls show the biggest increases of any family. The likely explanationis the process of “thickening” of savanna habitats through bush encroachment,abandonment of marginal farmland, and changes in land management
  • 6. • SABAP2 is the fundamental bird conservationproject in the region – unless we have up to datedistribution maps, and understand how distributions arechanging, we cannot plan and prioritize on-the-groundconservation 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 tellher that you want the donation to be allocated to SABAP2– UCT will send a Section 18A tax donation certificate
  • 7. • SABAP2 is the fundamental bird conservationproject in the region – unless we have up to datedistribution maps, and understand how distributions arechanging, we cannot plan and prioritize on-the-groundconservation 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 tellher that you want the donation to be allocated to SABAP2– UCT will send a Section 18A tax donation certificateUCT does not charge any "levy" ondonations; the entire amount comes tothe ADU. There is a levy on formalcontracts, but the multiple services weget for the amount we pay are prettygood – the ADU projects could not berun cheaper off campus – one of themost important benefits is the fantastichigh quality access we get onto theglobal internet highways!