The University Mammal Challenge (UMAC)
October 2021 – March 2022
The 2021-22 University Mammal Challenge will be running for the sixth consecutive year from 1st October 2021 until 31st March 2022, but, like last year, we’ve had to keep things shaken up for another year to accommodate any Covid-19 restrictions….
In summary: Simply use the Mammal Mapper App as much as possible over the UMAC time-frame to be in with a chance of winning some fantastic prizes!
For more information and to check out the current leaderboard, just keep reading…
To be updated each month
What is the University Mammal Challenge?
The University Mammal Challenge (UMAC) is the Mammal Society’s annual student competition. Usually, teams of up to five students compete with each other to record the mammals on their university campuses using a variety of survey techniques. However, we’ve had to shake things up a little since last year to ensure it can run in a Covid-19 world. To keep with social distancing, and factor in that many students still might not be on campus, we are running UMAC as a general student competition. Individual students, from any higher education institutions not just universities, can sign up to record mammals from wherever they are in the UK.
As students might not have access to specialist equipment such as bat detectors, small mammal traps, or camera traps this year, we are running UMAC 2021-22 solely through the Mammal Society’s Mammal Mapper App. The app can be downloaded on Android or iOS devices, and allows the user to report either one-off sightings or to report mammal signs and sightings along a recorded transect. The app was designed to survey mammals while out walking and tracks the route taken. This allows the Mammal Society to see where people are looking for mammals, even if they don’t see any! This is really useful information that enables absences to be recorded as well as relative densities to be calculated.
At the end of every month, each student’s Mammal Mapper data will be collated and a leaderboard (top of the page) will be updated showing summaries of the most submitted records and transects. Prizes are yet to be announced but last year we had some fantastic prizes including tickets to the Mammal Society’s Spring Conference, Olympus binoculars, a £50 voucher for Big Wild Thought and a range of excellent books!
How to win
At the end of each 3 month period we will sum up the total number of transects conducted and the total number of records submitted to the app for each student. Each of these categories will be scored separately with the top challengers receiving points. These points will then be summed to give a total score, which will determine the order of the winners. The exact scoring system is to be confirmed, but here is an example:
|Placement||Most transects||Points||Most records||Points|
|1||Student A||10||Student A||10|
|2||Student B||8||Student C||8|
|3||Student C||6||Student D||6|
|4||Student D||4||Student B||4|
|5||Student E||2||Student E||2|
Good luck and happy mammal spotting!
For updates follow Mammal Society Students on Twitter: @MammSocStudents
To find out more, email the Student Representative, Beth Smith on email@example.com