On October, 20th the new exhibition about the Northern bald ibis will be inaugurate in the Cumberland Game Park. The exhibition provides insights in the recent research on this endangered bird species and presents the results of the cooperation with several schools of the region. It will be open until Spring 2017.
We welcome our new students!
Jana Beránková and Michaela Syrová from the University of South Bohemia (CZ) and Javier Sierro from Spain are working with the ravens. Tanja Czerny from the University of Vienna started her Masterproject on the Northern bald ibis.
Sparkling Science Slam
The children of the primary school in Scharnstein were successfully participating in the Sparkling Science Slam by presenting their project Social cohesion and flying behaviour in Northern bald ibis. We congratulate them and wish them a good success at the finale in Vienna on November, 14th.
From the 6th October to the 9th October the Biologicum Almtal took place for the third time. It was again a great success. Several Austrian scientists from different disciplines engaged on the topic “Feeding and being fed- from competition for food to cooperation.
New Book out!
We congratulate Prof. Kurt Kotrschal for his new book about the close relationship between dogs and humans.
Nature experience day
On august 28th the nature experience day took place in the wild life park for the ninth tine. At many stations could children research and learn something new about animals and plants.
Visitors from Italy
From August the 2nd to 3rd, seven students and Dr. Filacorda from the University of Udine visited us. We were very happy about the reciprocal knowledge and experience exchange and look forward to a future cooperation.
Congratulations for the graduation!
"Knowledge and experience are treasures, which follow their owners wherever they go."
- from China
- Matthias-Claudio Loretto: Dissertation
- "Movement ecology of wild non-breeding ravens"
University of Vienna
- Ingrid Wolfsgruber: apprenticeship as animal keeper
- Claudia Bär: voluntary environment year
KinderUniAlmtal (Almtal Children University):
From July, 20th to 22nd , the third KinderUniAlmtal took place, which was again a great success. 145 children from all over Austria (even from Vienna and Graz) participated to it. They could choose among 5 three-day long courses and nine single workshops. 42 lecturers from all over Austria (e.g. Boku Vienna, University of Vienna, FH Hagenberg and experts of the region) taught the “students” interesting aspects of their area of expertise.
Approximately 80 kids visited the Konrad Lorenz Research Station and found out exciting facts about flying strategies among animals and social behaviour of greylag geese. Furthermore, they practised modern research by monitoring Northern bald ibises and common ravens.
ECBB 2016 in Vienna – Symposium about Citizen Science
From July, 12th to 15th, the 8. European Conference on Behavioural Biology took place in Vienna, organised by Prof. Thomas Bugnyar and his collaborators. Our collaborator Didone Frigerio was involved in organising a symposium about the emerging field of Citizen Science. This was financially supported by the Vienna Business Agency and found an echo on the blog of the University of Vienna.
You can find more information here.
Bird ringing programme IMS (Integrated Monitoring of Songbird Populations)
In this standardised bird-ringing programme, song birds are caught three times a month from May to August six hours a day after sunrise by using mist nets. Data about breeding bird population, age, weight, body measurements and sex are collected. The birds get ringed and immediately afterwards they are set free again.
Young Talents – Internship for pupils:
From July, 11th to August, 5th, two high school pupils, Francesca Hemetsberger and Alina Lichtenberg, successfully completed a four weeks internship for pupils at the KLF. Among other activities, they designed posters, recorded the geese’s presence, helped with the ringing of the young birds and collaborate within the KinderUniAlmtal. Their Internship was possible thanks to the programme “Talente Praktika” by the Austrian Research promotion Agency (FFG).
You can find more information here.
Art for the KLF
The Upper Austrian artist Kurt Steinberg hands some of his paintings over to the Director of the KLF, Prof. Kurt Kotrschal.
Springtime at the KLF
The first bald-ibis-nestlings and goslings have hatched! Along with that, our ravens are also raising their chicks.
We welcome our two long-term internship students: Julien Bourdiol from the Université de Bourgogne and Bertrand Laloux from the Université Catholique de Louvain. They are going to investigate the behaviour of the wild ravens.
Friederike Böhm, from the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald will complete her Masterthesis with the corvids.
In cooperation with the KLF the third "Biologicum Almtal" takes place from 6th to 9th October 2016 in Grünau im Almtal.
Please find more information here (Website only in German!)
T: +43 7616 8510