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All years Observers: 1402 Cards: 103084 Records: 5448729 Incidentals: 424297 Pentads: 12908 (74.54%)
2014 Observers: 386 Cards: 4527 Records: 242338 Incidentals: 20426 Pentads: 2196 (12.68%)
AutumnMAP Observers: 266 Cards: 1693 Records: 86983 Incidentals: 6358 Pentads: 1080 (6.24%)
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SABAP2 at the end of the first half of February 2014

One hundred thousand checklists in the SABAP2 database: awesome milestone, well done, Team

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SABAP2 strides ahead in October

Five million records

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September progress with SABAP2

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released

Barberspan conference 28 November – 3 December 2013

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Weaver Wednesday [65]: Black-necked Weaver

Sappi TREE TUESDAY, and today we are featuring the Knobbly Creeper

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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

MyBirdPatch workshop: Intaka Island Enviro-Centre, Cape Town, Sat 8 June, 09:00 - 13:00

Making the most of the SABAP2 website - 5: checking your submissions and accessing your ORFs

SABAP2 workshop: Intaka Island, Century City – ths Saturday 11 May, 09h00 – 15h30

SABAP2 reaches 70% coverage in Limpopo

Making the most of the SABAP2 website - 5: checking your submissions and accessing your ORFs

Making the most of the SABAP2 website - 4: finding those gaps and other interesting pentad information!

SABAP2 workshop: Intaka Island, Century City, Sat. 11 May, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Weaver Wednesday: Golden Palm Weaver

Colour Rings on Swift Terns

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Gravit8 Weaver Wednesday: Speckle-fronted Weaver

April Aliens – the Common Myna continues its march across the southern African landscape

April Aliens – if the voracious European Shore Crab reaches the Saldanha Bay-Langebaan Lagoon system, well, dot dot dot

The butterfly to think about on Threat Thursday is the Fraternal Widow

ADU Seminar: Wednesday 25 January: "On Valuing Patches: Estimating Contributions to Metapopulation Systems"

Richard Sherley (2012-01-19)


Kangaroo ratThe next ADU seminar will take place next week on Wednesday 25 January. Thanks to the work happening on the Gylcol System in Zoology, the venue for the seminar will be Lecture Theatre D in the RW James Building. The seminar will be from 13:15 to 14:15, to fit around the ADU’s course at the UCT Summer School.

Our speaker will be Dr James D Nichols, Senior Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, M.D. He is visiting the ADU during January and will give a seminar entitled "On Valuing Patches: Estimating Contributions to Metapopulation Systems".

Abstract: Forty years ago, Richard Levins (1969, 1970) introduced the concept of the metapopulation, formalizing the relevance of dispersal among local populations, both to those local populations and to the entire system. Ron Pulliam (1988) later considered the relative values of interacting local populations with his definitions of sources and sinks. Here, I follow the framework developed by Runge et al. (2006) and define contribution metrics reflecting the relative and absolute importance of each specific local population to population growth of (1) every other local population and (2) the entire system. I then describe reverse-time multistate capture-recapture models as a natural framework for drawing inferences about these contributions. Finally, I apply these models to a system of 8 local populations of the banner-tailed kangaroo rat (Dipodomys spectabilis) studied by Peter Waser in Arizona. The analysis yields contribution matrices for the entire system, with elements expressing the contributions of young and adults from each local population to adult population change in every other local subpopulation. The modeling permitted inferences about potential sources of variation in these contributions: (1) age, (2) general location of the local population in the system (central vs. peripheral), and (3) relative metapopulation size (years of high density and low density). I also present estimates of the relative contributions of each local population, and of extra-system immigration, to the entire metapopulation system.


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