DachsSpurenSuche

The project "StadtWildTiere" records amimal observations and put a focus on badgers in and around Vienna with "DachsSpurenSuche".

badgers, traces, wild animals

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Vienna and surroundings
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Camera or smartphone, an object for scale comparison (lighter, coins or similar things), for data entry: smartphone, tablet or computer; optional: binoculars and mammal classification literature
Activities of citizen scientists: observing, photographing
Suitable for: Youngsters
Project duration: 27.05.2015 - 31.12.2017
Time to join in: 01.04.2016 - 30.09.2016

Project objective

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.

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.

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.

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.

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