Aug 082014
 

  • Database reaches 67,683 records (3696 records received during July)
  • 1st operational month for Android app (546 records received)
  • 1st data received for Madagascar

A milestone month for the ARDB in more ways than one!  We’ve received a tremendous 3696 records which includes 546 from the newly launched African Raptor Observations Android app!  We’ve also received the ARDB’s first data for Madagascar (via the app!) – read on for more info… 

We’ve received an additional 3150 records via spread sheet from Andre Botha (346) and the NiBDaB (Niger Bird DataBase) (2814).  Thanks very much for these!  Since the launch of African Raptor Observations for Android we’re delighted to be able to tell you that we’ve received 546 records from users of it!  See below for a breakdown of those users and their records.  In survey mode a total of 1786 km has been travelled over 82 hours!  The app is available for everyone to download to their Android devices at http://goo.gl/BN8V1t

  • Simon Thomsett – 242
  • Lily-Arison René de Roland – 182
  • Munir Virani – 25
  • Brian Waswala – 23
  • Darcy Ogada – 22
  • Bernard Madden – 17
  • Steven Evans – 9
  • Mark Dixon – 7
  • Sratton Hatfield via Munir Virani – 1

We’re pleased to announce the ARDB’s first data for Madagascar which is home to some of the most endangered raptors on the planet.  Lily-Arison René de Roland, Marius Rakotondratsima, Russell Thorstrom and Andry Hiankinantsoa of The Peregrine Fund submitted 182 records for the island over the course of this month’s survey there.  This is a real milestone as it represents the ARDB’s first island species but it also opens up a whole new Biogeographic zone and the power of the African Raptor Observations app.  Great work guys!  Scroll down for a map of their survey.

Lily-Arison René de Roland (left), Marius Rakotondratsima (center), and Andry Hiankinantsoa (driver; right)

Lily-Arison René de Roland (left), Marius Rakotondratsima (center), and Andry Hiankinantsoa (driver; right) 

Madagascar Kestrel

Madagascar Kestrel

The Peregrine Fund's July 2014 Madagascar survey using the African Raptor Observations Android app

The Peregrine Fund’s July 2014 Madagascar survey using the African Raptor Observations Android app

We’re now on a drive to collect records in those countries which are currently lacking in data.  We’re specifically looking for more data in Northern Africa and therefore, if you or someone you know has an Android phone then please download the new app and send in your records!

Best wishes,

Tim, Rob and the ARDB team

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