Viel-Falter TCS

This project examines whether and how butterfly observations carried out by non-professional volunteers can be used to support a permanent biodiversity monitoring.

butterflies, observing, Austria

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: Tyrol
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Viel-Falter questionnaire and forms (provided by project management)
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, observing, photographing
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 01.11.2016 - 31.12.2019
Time to join in: 01.04.2017 - 30.09.2019
Expenditure of time: Butterfly workshop & enrolment (1 day); outdoor observations at least 5 times (15 min each) from May to September; digital data base entry input with online form (10 min each). A more time intensive participation is possible.

Project objective

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.

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.

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