20 easy steps to submitting your first atlas card
Ever thought that atlasing was difficult, or perhaps you have struggled to submit your first card? Well, with your computer and an internet connection you can now find your pentad, compile a list of birds in the pentad and submit your list all within 24 hrs!
Ernst Retief, bird atlas coordinator in Gauteng and conservation manager at BirdLife Siourth Africa, has put together a six page guide called "Atlasing for Dummies - 20 easy steps to submit your first atlas card". This guide outlines in twenty easy steps how to find a pentad, print the map, conduct a field survey and submit the list all using your internet browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari). As Ernst says, "... you don't need any additional software to submit your lists to SABAP2; all you need is your PC and an internet connection, it's that easy!".
The guide is very user friendly, is easy to read and includes screenshots from the website to help people relate to what is being said. It caters strongly for novice birders and new atlasers but will also appeal to seasoned atlasers who may have been struggling with one or two technical issues! Please download the guide and pass on to your birding friends and advertise at your bird club meetings! Everyone can now get involved and make a contribution to the bird atlas.
A huge thanks to Ernst for putting this together!
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