Colour Me Green eThekwini!

BE KZN’s 2021 Challenge

Let’s find those birds

Atlas for Conservation


Aim: To colour the 47 pentads of eThekwini Municipality ‘green’ during 2021 to maximise and update information on bird distributions in the municipal area. This provides important data for conservation and contributes to the national efforts. SABAP2 is a citizen science project that is driven by the energy of several hundred volunteers who are mapping the distribution of birds across several southern African countries. SABAP2 is the follow-up project to the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP1). To gather data, volunteers select a geographical ‘pentad’ on a map and record all the bird species seen within a set time frame, in order of species seen. Since 2007, more than 17 million records have been collected with about 2 million more being added each year. This valuable dataset is key to determining the conservation status of bird species, correctly assigning red-list status and establishing Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas, as well as forming the basis for informing environmental impact assessments. To gather valuable and useful data, atlas coverage needs to be as thorough as possible. Ideally, each pentad should have a baseline of at least four comprehensive checklists (‘cards’), covering several years and seasons. On the coverage maps this will mean a pentad turns ‘green’. Coverage intensity is scaled from yellow to dark purple, making it easy to identify which regions need more checklists. Atlasing is fun and gives your birding a purpose!

Map below provides an indication of progress with full protocol (FP) cards – Yellow = one FP card, Orange = 2-3 FP cards and Green 4-6 FP cards. The map is clickable to see the pentad numbers. Note this is not live but has been updated (13/6/21) and will be updated after each club atlas report.

For a live map to check for 2021 ‘virgin‘ pentads and colour status go to: http://sabap2.birdmap.africa/coverage/group/15278_BEKZN_CMGE21

Members are encouraged to atlas these pentads themselves or in groups as well as join the CMGE Club Atlas field trips – the first of these was conducted on the 20th March 2021 and each future trip will be added. To read about each club atlas outing click on each of the report links below:

CMGE CLUB ATLAS TRIPS

MEMBER CMGE REPORTS

Also consider writing about your challenge atlas experience like one of our members Penny de Vries who submitted the first trip report (click on the image to see the report:

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR NEW MEMBERS TRIP REPORTS IN THE CMGE CHALLENGE…

Pentad list and Full Protocol Cards submitted by members in 2021

Yellow = one FP card, Orange = 2-3 FP card, Green = 4-6 FP cards, Dark Green = 7-10 and Blue 11-24. Bold text indicates pentads changed through club members only…Pentads are listed from north to south and east to west along each lattitude.

PentadMaximum species number for pentad in 2021colourMembers adding FP CARDS
2930_3110152
(P. Verster)
blue
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2935_3105155
(P. Verster)
dark greenMike Jackson
Penny Devries
Lauren Calenborne
Mike O’Donaghue
Dael Stojavic
(x1 FP each)
2935_310085
(G. Aiston)
greenRonnie Herr
Tyron Dall
Derek Robins
Jenny Norman
Cecily Salmon
Garth Aiston
(x1 FP each)
2935_305572
(D. Rimmer)
orangeRonnie Herr
Dave Rimmer
(x1 FP each)
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2940_3105118
(P. Verster)
dark greenRonnie Herr
Tyron Dall
(x1 FP each)
2940_310076
(N.Forbes & T. Forbes)
greenNicolette Forbes (x2 FP)
Ronnie Herr (x2 FP)
2940_3055
2940_3050106
(G. Aiston)
greenHennie Jordaan (x1 FP)
Garth Aiston (x1 FP)
Ben von Wielligh (x2 FP)
Dave Rimmer (x1 FP)
2940_304598
(G.Aiston)
orangeBrendan Doran (x1 FP)
Garth Aiston (x1 FP)
2940_304083
(D. Liam)
dark greenMark Williams-Wynn
Tyron Dall
Dave Rimmer
Ben von Wielligh (x2 FP)
2940_303581
(G. Aiston)
greenDave Rimmer (x2 FP)
Garth Aiston (x2 FP)
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2945_310072
(M. Williams-Wynn)
greenJenny Stead
Mark Williams-Wynn
Dave Rimmer
(x1 FP each)
2945_305560
(M. Williams-Wynn)
yellowMark Williams-Wynn
(x1 FP each)
2945_305089
(G. Aiston)
blueG. Aiston
L. Calenborne
Hennie Jordaan
Tyron Dall
(x1 FP each)
2945_304589
(D. Rimmer)
blueDave Rimmer (x6 FP)
Lauren Calenborne (x3 FP)
Mike O’Donoghue (x1 FP)
Hennie Jordaan (x1 FP)
Garth Aiston ( (x1 FP)
Brett Markwell (x2 FP)
Ronnie Herr (x1 FP)
Ben von Wielligh (x1 FP)
2945_304084
(G. Aiston)
dark greenTyron Dall (x1 FP)
Adam Cruickshank (x1 FP)
Garth Aiston (x2 FP)
Lauren Calenborne (x1 FP)
Dave Rimmer (x1 FP)
Ben von Wielligh (x2 FP)
2945_303556
(D.Rimmer)
orangeD. Rimmer (x2 FP)
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2950_310062
(P. Verster)
greenDave Rimmer (x1 FP)
Garth Aiston (x1 FP)
Lauren Calenborne (x1 FP)
2950_305568
(P de Vries)
blueGarth Aiston (x1 FP)
Dave Rimmer (x1 FP)
Steve Davis (x2 FP)
Jenny Stead (x1 FP)
Tyron Dall (x1 FP)
Penny de Vries (x3 FP)
Ronnie Herr (x1 FP)
2950_305056
(J. Norman)
orangeJenny Norman (x2 FP)
2950_3045
2950_304072
(T. Dall)
greenTyron Dall (x1FP)
Lauren Calenborne (x2 FP)
Dave Rimmer (x1FP)
2950_303557
(M. Williams-Wynn)
greenMark Williams-Wynne
Nicolette Forbes
Noleen Turner
Steve Davis
(x1 FP each)
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2955_3100
2955_305592
(G.Aiston)
yellowGarth Aiston x1 FP-
2955_3050
2955_3045
2955_3040
2955_303531
(P. De Vries)
yellowPenny de Vries
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3000_3055
3000_305090
(T. Dall)
blueTyron Dall (x10 FP)
Adam Cruickshank (x2 FP)
Garth Aiston (x1 FP)
3000_304562
(A. Cruickshank)
yellowAdam Cruickshank (x1 FP)
3000_3040
3000_3035
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3005_305092
(A. Cruickshank)
blueTyron Dall (x6 FP)
Adam Cruickshank (x4 FP)
3005_3045106
(A. Cruickshank)
dark greenTyron Dall (x4 FP)
Adam Cruickshank (x3 FP)
Garth Aiston (x1 FP)
3005_3040
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3010_304579
(K. Westermann)
blueDave Rimmer (x1 FP)
Adam Cruickshank (x1 FP)
Steve Davis (x1 FP)
Penny de Vries (x1 FP)
3010_304069
(A. Cruickshank)
yellowAdam Cruickshank (x1 FP)
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3015_304548
(A.. Coetzee)
green
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Quality Control

Only pentads which are submitted to the SABAP2 system as Full Protocol cards and that tally up at least 80% of the modal value received for the pentad will be accepted for the challenge totals of individuals.

Let’s make a difference for the

conservation of our birds!