Gauteng 4DY and 3456 in 2017
Get all 576 pentads in the four degrees of 'Greater Gauteng' to YELLOW in 2017
Get 3456 checklists in total (average of 6 lists per pentad!)
Pentad with 0 cards 124 21.53%
Pentad with 1 or more cards 452 78.47%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 265 46.01%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 198 34.38%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 169 29.34%
Total cards submitted in 2017 4492
Total percentage submitted in 2017 129.98%

Greater Kruger National Park in 2017
Area East of 31°E and North of 26°S contains 446 pentads. The challenge for 2017 is to make 2000 checklists and submit 67 cards for 40 pentads.
For more detailed data, go to Challenge data
Pentad with 0 cards 206 51.50% 824 cards needed
Pentad with 1 card 72 18.00% 216 cards needed
Pentad with 2 cards 29 7.25% 58 cards needed
Pentad with 3 cards 20 5.00% 20 cards needed
Pentad with 4 or more cards 119 29.75% 0 cards needed
Total cards submitted 1885
Cards needed in the remaining 40 yellow and orange pentads to turn them green 1118
Total percentage submitted in 2017 94.25%

Western Cape challenge 2017
Get 700 pentads and 2500 cards in the Western Cape in 2017
Pentad with 1 or more cards 684 97.71%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 366 52.29%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 217 31.00%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 138 10.66%
Total cards submitted in 2017 2881
Percentage of target 115.24%

Strategic Environmental Assessment

A "Strategic Environmental Assessment" (SEA) is being led by Professor Bob Scholes of the University of the Witwatersrand. The purpose of the SEA is to make informed decision about fracking, if the reserves of shale gas in the central Karoo prove viable. So the challenge to us, as citizen scientists, is to accumulate as much data as we can for all our ADU atlas projects, both for the birds and for all the groups of species in the Virtual Museum (see Data collected up to about the middle of next year will help influence decisions made about where fracking can take place, and about how it is done. The South African government has already taken the decision to go ahead. Other countries have simply gone ahead without doing a proper biodiversity baseline study. At least we have been given an opportunity to influence the where and the how.

For the bird atlas, the objective is going to be to get as much of this area to "foundational" coverage of four checklists per pentad. In other words, we don't only want to target the pentads which are not yet visited, we also want to target those with one, two or three pentads, and get them to a minimum of four checklists on the coverage map, and turn them GREEN. It is the SEA-GREEN challenge. But the more data we get for any pentad within this region the better; for those pentads for which we already havelots of checklists, we have a baseline against which to measure future change in species composition. This needs lots of checklists!

Study area data link
(Please note this is a large area, and as such will be slow to load)

Pentad with 0 cards 868 27.25%
Pentad with 1 or more cards 2317 72.75%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 1499 47.06%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 1042 32.72%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 795 24.96%
Total cards submitted in SEA area 13424

Page served: 22 Sep 2017
design and systems by Michael Brooks
Animal Demography Unit
University of Cape Town