SABAP2 is the acronym for the Second Southern African Bird Atlas Project and is the follow-up on the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (for which the acronym was SABAP, and which is now referred to as SABAP1). The first atlas project took place from 1987-1991. The current project is a joint venture between the Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town, BirdLife South Africa and the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). The project aims to map the distribution and relative abundance of birds in southern Africa and the atlas area includes South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland. SABAP2 was launched in Namibia in May 2012. The second atlas project started on 1 July 2007 and plans to run indefinitely.
The field work for this project is done by more than a thousand volunteers, known as citizen scientists - they collect the data from the field at their own cost and in their own time and as such they make a huge contribution to the conservation of birds and their habitat. The unit of data collection is the pentad, five minutes of latitude by five minutes of longitude, squares with sides of roughly 9 km. There are 17000 pentads in the original atlas area of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, and a further 10000 in Namibia.
By December 2012, the SABAP2 database contained 80000 checklists, and a total of 4.2 million records of bird distribution. More than 65% of the original SABAP2 atlas area (ie South Africa, Lesotho and Swazilanad) had at least one checklist at this stage in the project's development. This information is updated continuously on the project website; see External links below.
- Animal Demography Unit
- BirdLife South Africa
- Slideshow demonstrating range changes of seven species between SABAP1 and SABAP2
- SABAP2 report: 6 December 2012
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