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 80 13.89%
Pentad with 1 or more cards 496 86.11%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 301 52.26%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 229 39.76%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 192 33.33%
Total cards submitted in 2017 6146
Total percentage submitted in 2017 177.84%

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 191 47.75% 764 cards needed
Pentad with 1 card 74 18.50% 222 cards needed
Pentad with 2 cards 35 8.75% 70 cards needed
Pentad with 3 cards 14 3.50% 14 cards needed
Pentad with 4 or more cards 132 33.00% 0 cards needed
Total cards submitted 2640
Cards needed in the remaining 40 yellow and orange pentads to turn them green 1070
Total percentage submitted in 2017 132.00%

Western Cape challenge 2017
Get 700 pentads and 2500 cards in the Western Cape in 2017
Pentad with 1 or more cards 811 115.86%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 447 63.86%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 283 40.43%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 186 14.37%
Total cards submitted in 2017 3778
Percentage of target 151.12%

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
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Pentad with 0 cards 825 25.90%
Pentad with 1 or more cards 2360 74.10%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 1573 49.39%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 1104 34.66%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 831 26.09%
Total cards submitted in SEA area 14003

Page served: 15 Dec 2017
design and systems by Michael Brooks
Animal Demography Unit
University of Cape Town