News from SABAP2 organiser, Neil Smith

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This has been posted here with permission from Neil Smith:

Birders all over the country will remember the first Southern African Bird Atlas Project the results of which were published in 1997. This first atlas involved the participation of thousands of bird watchers all over the country and was the first project of its kind in Southern Africa to involve so many "citizen scientists". Large amounts of information about the distribution and density of birds were collected which culminated in the publication of the first bird atlas. Best of all, many people were brought in to birding through their interest in the atlas project and because participation was so much fun!

Projects such as the bird atlas are specifically designed to be a dynamic monitoring exercise rather than a "one off" effort. A key result of such a project is to provide information about our changing environment and how these changes affect our Southern African birds. The information gathered by these "citizen scientists" is very important in helping us make the right environmental management decisions

As the atlas is meant to provide "snapshots" of our changing environment, the time has come to again rally together our "citizen scientists" for the production of the second bird atlas which will be called SABAP2.

The SABAP2 project will be a joint venture between the Avian Demography unit of the University of Cape Town, BirdLife South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute. The three organisations are collaborating on this huge project to produce an updated "benchmark" bird atlas for the region, and to provide us with our first opportunity to see how bird distributions have changed in the past couple of decades.

The Mazda Wildlife Fund has again been very generous with the donation of a vehicle to help with the field work component of the project.

Our targetted date for the launch of SABAP2 will be mid November with the aim of starting to atlas in January 2007.

The SABAP2 team will keep you informed as to progress and how to participate (once the SABAP2 details have been finalised) via the SABIRDNET and via the SABAP2 web site, which is to be launched soon. An communication containing the web address will appear shortly. The web site will contain all of the information participants will need.

Information will be availiable for those who do not have internet access via popular publications and notices sent out using the contact information stored on the BirdLife membership data base and through the ADU project participants database.

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