Make South Africa positive. Make Swaziland positive. Make Lesotho positive. Make Namibia positive.
SABAP2 is the crucial broad-brush bird conservation project in southern Africa. If we don't know where the birds are and how bird distributions are changing, we have no hope of getting conservation right. We won't know which species to focus our resources on. We won't be able to detect when species are just starting to get into trouble, the point in time when it is easiest to do something about the problem. So we invite you to help to make South Africa positive. To make Swaziland positive. To make Lesotho positive. And to make Namibia positive. How can I do this?
You can help, because an awesome new feature has been added to the coverage maps on the website On the new maps, the number of checklists for each pentad is shown (see map above). But there is only space for the numbers from 1 to 9. For pentads with 10 or more checklists, the map shows a "+" sign. To make our countries positive, we need to get the number of checklists per pentad to 10!
So there is now a quick and easy way to see how many full protocol cards have been submitted for a pentad and how many more cards are therefore needed to turn a pentad GREEN (four checklists) or DARK GREEN (seven checklists). So, along the way to turning your country POSITIVE, you first need to turn it GREEN. The SABAP2012 map and all of the annual maps from 2007–2011 have also been provided with options to view the number of cards for each pentad.
To find these cool new maps, click on "Coverage maps" and then on the new page, there is a new link just below "Static map of coverage" which says "*new* include card counts" – click on this. Click on the new map to download the enlarged version, and you might need to click on this again to see the full size version, with the numbers and "+" signs in the pentads.
We hope you will all enjoy using this new feature to plan your future atlasing trips, especially during this long weekend! It's a fun way to find the pentads that need just that extra card or two to reach the next colour. And when you get a pentad to 10 checklists, you make that little piece of Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa or Swaziland positive.
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