NBI goes Citizen Science

The Northern Bald Ibis is one of the most endangered bird species in the world. Its ecological preferences are the focus of this project which is looking for interested citizens joining the research.

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The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Upper Austria
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Camera or smartphone for the data collection; smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access for inserting and uploading the data; optionally binoculars, ornithology fieldguides.
Activities of citizen scientists: observing, photographing
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019
Time to join in: 01.10.2017 - 31.08.2019
Expenditure of time: Observations on the field: any time; effort approx. 15 min.

Project objective

Developing, testing and implementing an application programme (App) for mobile devices will allow citizens to actively contribute to the aim of the research, i.e. monitoring habitat use in the free flying and individually marked colony of Northern Bald Ibis belonging to the Core facility KLF for Behaviour and Cognition (University of Vienna, Grünau im Almtal, Upper Austria). Secondary school pupils will join in shaping the app (participatory science, usability). In addition, the project will promote awareness for this critically endangered bird species and support regional cooperation. This way specific know-how in the field of citizen science will be gained in order to extend the use of the App to other NBI populations world-wide.

How to participate?

Interested citizens can collect data about the whereabouts of the NBI and some ecological characteristics of the place by using an app.

What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?

The contributions of all citizen scientists will flow into large datasets contributing to the scientific results of the project and will be dessiminated in form of conference contributions and peer reviewed papers.

Participating and supporting institutions


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