My Bird Patch at
This a working partnership with Zandvlei
Trust, the ADU and the City of Cape Town.
Click on the logo to go to the website.
The entrance to the Intaka Island Enviro
Saturday 8 June 2013 starting at
are you aware of our MyBirdPatch presentation at Intaka Island Enviro Centre,
Century City, Cape Town.
If you are interested as a citizen scientist, novice or experienced birder to find out more about
MyBirdPatch and how it works. The details here http://www.adu.org.za/news.php?id=3992
What is MyBirdPatch
MyBirdPatch is a web-based platform for birders and citizen scientists to collect and curate their bird lists, for any area they define.
Who can use it
Any birders, or citizen scientist, who wants to contibute their lists to the growing knowledgebase of bird distribution and counts in Africa.
Why do we do it
To monitor the distribution changes over time, and attempt to track hotspots of bird populations in Africa over time.
Keeping lists for MyBirdPatch is simple and fun:
- Decide on a patch – garden, greenbelt, a park, local nature reserve, school, the grounds of a
hospital, golf course, wetland, a section of river, your walking route around your neighbourhood,
or even the route you walk every day between getting off public transport and your office.
Basically any well-defined space from the size of a garden to a few tens of hectares.
- Make a list of birds in the order that you observe them in your patch - but a simple tick list of
species will also be fine.
- Make a note of the start time and how long you spend observing. There is no minimum or
maximum time but as patches are small anything from 10 mins to a few hours should probably
- Make notes of the weather and/or any disturbance factors which you think may have an impact
on the survey.
- You only need to record the species once (presence/absence). A list can be made throughout the
day and any new species recorded during the day can be added to the list.
- Where possible, try and estimate the number of individuals of each species. It is also possible to
enter rough estimates based on the ranges approximately 1 - 9, approximately
10 - 99, approximately 100 - 999, etc.
- You can mix and match. You can enter counts or estimates for some species, but simply have
others on the list. It is OK to say there were two African Black Ducks, the small flock of Common
Starlings that flew past contained roughly 10 - 99 birds and Red-eyed Doves were present (without
any estimate of numbers).
- Lists should be compiled over a one-day period, and can be repeated once a week, and/or once a
month, depending on your schedule.
- Repeated visits should, where possible, be done in the same way and in the same amount of
time. The golden rule is to be consistent.
- You can also take photos of any interesting species you may find, and/or of your patch, as these
can be uploaded later when you capture and submit your card on-line.
Registration and passwords
To capture and submit your lists, view your cards and vote for top images you need to login to the
If you are already a registered ADU participant (with an ADU number), you just need to
apply for a password.
To do this:
- Go to the website http://mybirdpatch.adu.org.za
- Click on 'Register'.
- Under 'Existing ADU observers and resetting a password' type in your email address, tab to the next
field. Your ADU number should automatically appear in the box.
- Click on the 'Apply for password' button.
- A temporary password will be emailed to you.
- Once you receive the password, go back to the website and click on
'Login' (top right of screen).
- Type in your email address, and the password (your ADU number will automatically be filled in) and
click on 'Remember me' (this will save your email address should you logout and then come back to
the website later).
- Then click on 'Login'.
- The 'Add a new survey' and 'My cards' menu options will now appear.
- Click on the 'Add a new survey' link to define a new patch and add your list.
The designated Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve
MyBirdPatch areas. You may adopt one of these
areas or make you own boundary of your patch within one of these boundaries.
Just go for it, and have fun!
photographs by Greg Morgan.
White backed Duck.
For more information go to the website http://mybirdpatch.adu.org.za
If you have any queries please contact Doug Harebottle
Also contact Gavin
Lawson if you have any other questions.