butterflies, observing, Austria
The project overview
Viel-Falter TCS aims to investigate if and how trained and supervised volunteers are able to systematically collect data about butterfly habitats and if the collected data could contribute to permanent biodiversity monitoring in Austria. If data quality issues can be solved, the urgently needed collection of biodiversity data could be combined with environmental education and sustainable development goals.
How to participate?
Every person interested in butterflies can observe butterflies at a previously agreed site using a simple observation scheme. Observations should be carried out repeatedly during the year. Previous knowledge is not required, but citizen scientists should participate in a workshop at the beginning of the project.
What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?
The data collected by volunteers will be analysed and validated using data from butterfly experts. If the targeted data quality can be achieved, regular butterfly observation executed by trained citizen scientists will contribute valuable information about diurnal butterfly habitats in Austria and could contribute to a permanent biodiversity monitoring system.
Participating and supporting institutions
Project website: http://viel-falter.at/cms/top-citizen-science-modul/