badgers, traces, wild animals
The project overview
The aim of this project is to combine observations from citizen scientists with other scientific methods, for example “camera trap monitoring” and “transect mapping”, to analyse the occurrence and distribution of mammals in urban regions. The badger is a main research topic in 2016 and 2017.
How citizen scientists participated?
Citizen scientists were out and about in Vienna, looking for badgers and reporting their observation on the project website. In order to apply for the Citizen Science Award 2016 a registration was needed on the website. Only data from registered users could be assessed. The following records could be evaluated during the award (points depend on the type of observation): indirect records like paw prints, faeces found in pits (put a coin or lighter for scale), observations of animals and records of badger burrows.
What happened to the contributions of citizen scientists?
The reports from citizen scientists were included into the current research on badgers within the project “StadtWildTiere”. Each individual observation helped to increase the knowledge about the distribution of badgers in Vienna. Many observations enabled seasonal as well as regional analysis of badger-human-interactions.
Prizes and winners
The school class which scored most points per student from April until September won 1,000 Euro for the class fund. The best individuals and groups got the chance to support research with their prizes.