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 Post subject: Help Tracking our Raptors - on your Android phone
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2014 12:37 pm 
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In the latest copy of African Birdlife is an article on page 12 whereby you can download a simple app from Google play store onto your android phone and registering as a user. By reporting sightings etc.. of raptors through out Africa they are trying to establish and monitor the health of Africa's large raptors and the population strengths etc on an ongoing basis. The data is reported back to a site in Pembrokeshire in the UK who collate and analyse all the data.

Every report will help. your mobile phones GPS system gives them accurate locations and handles most of the basic data required automatically so you only have to concentrate on the ID and what you have seen.

The App is called African Raptor Observations (ARO) and is free.

google: African Raptor databank if you would like to see more about the project - everyone is welcome to participate.


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Thanks wingman, will certainly download it and try send in what data I can.

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Just had a look on itunes, and this didn't come up?
Is it not available for apple devices yet?


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Hi it only mentions android devices at this stage.
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wingman wrote:
Hi it only mentions android devices at this stage.
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Ok, thanks, I will check again in a few weeks


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 Post subject: Re: Help Tracking our Raptors - on your Android phone
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Does the sightings data go to the University of Cape Town's Animal Demography Unit (ADU) by any chance?
I prefer using the Tracking the Wild's Android or iPhone app as all the data goes to researchers at the ADU. You can also add your ADU account number to your Tracking the Wild profile so all your sightings are credited to your ADU account...


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what is the ARDB?
The ARDB aims to ascertain the conservation status of raptors and their habitats across Africa, and to help build the local expertise needed to monitor these indicator species in the future and implement a sound strategy for their effective safeguarding. The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase involves building a database over a period of five years (2013 – 2018). The second phase involves distribution modelling of each species in relation to the availability of its habitat and production of a conservation atlas for African raptors, online and hard copy. The project is managed by Habitat INFO and co-funded by The Peregrine Fund who act as the regional coordinators for East Africa (along with National Museums of Kenya). The Bird of Prey Working Group (Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa) acts as the regional coordinator for southern Africa, while the West African region is coordinated by Ralph Buij (Centre for Environment and Development Studies, Cameroon), Joost Brouwer (NiBDaB – Niger Bird DataBase) and Clive Barlow (Senegambia). North Africa is coordinated by Hichem Azafzaf of Birdlife Tunisia (AAO).

ESRI software providers have helped the ARDB by granting us access to state of the art mapping software through the ESRI Grant Scheme.

The Convention on Migratory Species, Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Bird of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) and Kurt Eckerstrom Consulting have supported the development of the Android App.

Data exchange mechanisms are being investigated with the following similar recording programmes: Namibian Avifauna Database, South African Bird Atlas, Tanzanian Bird Atlas, G-bird. Pilot studies on distribution modelling have been conducted at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town.

There are six objectives:-

to establish a secure and easy to use communal store for data and observations on African raptors across their distribution ranges
to use this live data observatory to continually assess the status of raptor populations in Africa and to rank the immediacy of the threats that they face notably: habitat loss, poisoning, trade etc.
to use these observations to identify the exact habitat of each species and use the improving environmental datasets to assess the past, present and future conditions of that habitat and so improve our conservation assessments for each species
to use these observations to study seasonal and inter-annual movement patterns of raptors across Africa and help identify locations of risk to migrants
to use raptors to identify key habitat strongholds for their populations and by default populations of many other wildlife species in Africa both inside and outside protected areas
to build a community of raptor enthusiasts and experts across Africa who can lobby for the preservation of those habitat strongholds and key migratory sites.
For more information please download the ARDB project overview document.

Hi this is the info from the website.


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what is the ARDB?
The ARDB aims to ascertain the conservation status of raptors and their habitats across Africa, and to help build the local expertise needed to monitor these indicator species in the future and implement a sound strategy for their effective safeguarding. The project will be completed in two phases. The first phase involves building a database over a period of five years (2013 – 2018). The second phase involves distribution modelling of each species in relation to the availability of its habitat and production of a conservation atlas for African raptors, online and hard copy. The project is managed by Habitat INFO and co-funded by The Peregrine Fund who act as the regional coordinators for East Africa (along with National Museums of Kenya). The Bird of Prey Working Group (Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa) acts as the regional coordinator for southern Africa, while the West African region is coordinated by Ralph Buij (Centre for Environment and Development Studies, Cameroon), Joost Brouwer (NiBDaB – Niger Bird DataBase) and Clive Barlow (Senegambia). North Africa is coordinated by Hichem Azafzaf of Birdlife Tunisia (AAO).

ESRI software providers have helped the ARDB by granting us access to state of the art mapping software through the ESRI Grant Scheme.

The Convention on Migratory Species, Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Bird of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU) and Kurt Eckerstrom Consulting have supported the development of the Android App.

Data exchange mechanisms are being investigated with the following similar recording programmes: Namibian Avifauna Database, South African Bird Atlas, Tanzanian Bird Atlas, G-bird. Pilot studies on distribution modelling have been conducted at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town.

There are six objectives:-

to establish a secure and easy to use communal store for data and observations on African raptors across their distribution ranges
to use this live data observatory to continually assess the status of raptor populations in Africa and to rank the immediacy of the threats that they face notably: habitat loss, poisoning, trade etc.
to use these observations to identify the exact habitat of each species and use the improving environmental datasets to assess the past, present and future conditions of that habitat and so improve our conservation assessments for each species
to use these observations to study seasonal and inter-annual movement patterns of raptors across Africa and help identify locations of risk to migrants
to use raptors to identify key habitat strongholds for their populations and by default populations of many other wildlife species in Africa both inside and outside protected areas
to build a community of raptor enthusiasts and experts across Africa who can lobby for the preservation of those habitat strongholds and key migratory sites.
For more information please download the ARDB project overview document.

Hi this is the info from the website.


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 Post subject: Re: Help Tracking our Raptors - on your Android phone
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Thanks for this wingman, will definitely download and start reporting

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