NBI goes Citizen Science
birds, ibis, habitat
The project overview
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
- University of Vienna, Core facility KLF für Verhaltens- und Kognitionsbiologie (project leader)
- SPOTTERON Citizen Science (project partner)
- Naturtierpark Grünau (project partner)
- Nationalpark Kalkalpen (project partner)
- Kinder Uni OÖ (project partner)
- Waldrappteam (project partner)
- Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (project funding)