Counting squirrels

Which squirrels live in the capitals of the Austrian provinces? Where can I get information about the number of squirrels there?

squirrel, city, population

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Capitals of the Austrian provinces
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Camera or smartphone
Activities of citizen scientists: observing, photographing, mapping
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.05.2017 - 30.06.2017
Time to join in: 01.05.2017 - 30.06.2017

Project objective

Within the framework of the project “StadtWildTiere” wildlife observations of citizen scientists are combined with other scientific methods, e.g. camera trap monitoring and transect mapping, in order to allow evidence and analyses about the occurrence and distribution of mammals in urban areas.

Squirrel mapping is a pilot project aimed at exploring the project’s potential in the Austrian provincial capitals. By means of the observation reports the research team hopes to be able to better assess the squirrel population in the Austrian provincial capitals.

How to participate?

School classes and individuals from the nine Austrian provincial capitals will report their sightings of squirrels including photo documentation to the research team via the website www.stadtwildtiere.at. Full registration is necessary to take part since only data from registered users can be taken into account.

What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?

The sightings reports are used to get a first overview of the occurrence of squirrels in the provincial capitals. Moreover, the researchers want to explore the potential for a new research focus on squirrels. If a sufficient number per city is reported, initial territorial analyses are possible. Moreover, collection of data in several cities allows a comparison between the different urban habitats in Austria for the first time.

Prizes and winners

The winner class will receive a prize of € 1,000.--, the one coming in second place will get € 750.-- and the one coming in third place will get € 500.-- at the festive event on November 21st.

The University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna will present the most committed individuals with prizes in kind at the festive event.

Pictures of squirrels, both live and dead ones, that have been found between May 1st and June 30th and submitted during that space of time are taken into account. Citizen scientists will get one point for each reported sighting. Only one reported sighting per citizen scientist per location and per day will be taken into account.

Participating and supporting institutions

Contact

Theresa Walter, M.Sc. und Dr. Richard Zink
wien@stadtwildtiere.at

Project website: http://stadtwildtiere.at/tiere/eichhoernchenprojekt

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