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 202 35.07%
Pentad with 1 or more cards 374 64.93%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 217 37.67%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 165 28.65%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 141 24.48%
Total cards submitted in 2017 2934
Total percentage submitted in 2017 84.90%

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 235 58.75% 940 cards needed
Pentad with 1 card 66 16.50% 198 cards needed
Pentad with 2 cards 33 8.25% 66 cards needed
Pentad with 3 cards 21 5.25% 21 cards needed
Pentad with 4 or more cards 91 22.75% 0 cards needed
Total cards submitted 1176
Cards needed in the remaining 40 yellow and orange pentads to turn them green 1225
Total percentage submitted in 2017 58.80%

Western Cape challenge 2017
Get 700 pentads and 2500 cards in the Western Cape in 2017
Pentad with 1 or more cards 522 74.57%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 233 33.29%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 136 19.43%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 96 7.42%
Total cards submitted in 2017 1887
Percentage of target 75.48%

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 896 28.13%
Pentad with 1 or more cards 2289 71.87%
Pentad with 2 or more cards 1447 45.43%
Pentad with 3 or more cards 979 30.74%
Pentad with 4 or more cards 759 23.83%
Total cards submitted in SEA area 12945

Page served: 23 Jun 2017
design and systems by Michael Brooks
Animal Demography Unit
University of Cape Town