Doing research in Almtal

This project invited citizens to observe greylag geese, northern bald ibis and common ravens.

birds, observation, behavior

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Almtal, Austria
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Smartphone/Tablet
Activities of citizen scientists: observing, photographing, mapping
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2020
Time to join in: 01.05.2018 - 30.06.2018
Expenditure of time: Observation in the field at least 30 min, several observations possible

Project objective

This projects aims to monitor the relationships between the behavioural patterns of the mating partners and the time space patterns of three avian species used as models for behavioural research (greylag geese, northern bald ibis, common raven) with the help of citizen scientists.

How did citizen scientists participate?

During the breeding season, the greylag goose families, as well as the northern bald ibises and the common ravens, can often be found in the Cumberland Wildpark. The area of the game park offers breath-taking scenery to relax and spend time outdoors. During a visit/walk, visitors and school classes could engage in the observation of the bird species and spot them by using the app "Forschen im Almtal".

What happened to the contributions of citizen scientists?

The contributions of citizen scientists were incorporated into the monitoring database of the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and will be published in form of congress papers and peer-reviewed publications.

Prizes and how were winners determined?

The quality of the observations determined the winners. The following prices were awarded to the award winners:
1st prize with 1,000 euros: 4B HAK at BBS Rohrbach (Upper Austria)
2nd prize with 750 euros: 1B NMS Timelkam (Upper Austria)
3rd prize with a non-cash prize: Martina Weingärtner

Participating and supporting institutions


Dr. Didone Frigerio
University of Vienna, Core facility Konrad Lorenz Research Station for Behaviour and Cognition

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