NBI goes Citizen Science

Involving young and old citizen scientists in monitoring habitat use of the critically endangered Northern Bald Ibis (Geronticus eremita)

Project Details

Principal Investigator Dr. Didone Frigerio

Funding BMWFW – Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy

Programme Top Citizen Science, 2nd Call (2017)

Project Duration 01.09.2017 - 31.08.2019

Project Number TCS-02/06

Research Objective

The aim of the project is to investigate the ecological aspects of the habitat selection of the Northern bald ibis, one of the most endangered avian species in the world, by involving interested citizens in research.

Research Question

Which characteristics do the foraging grounds of the Northern bald ibis show?

Developing, testing and implementing an application programme (app) for mobile devices which 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 KLF. By mean of this app, interested citizens can collect information about the whereabouts of the NBI and the ecological characteristics of the visited areas. The contributions of all citizen scientists will flow into large datasets contributing to the scientific results of the project and will be disseminated in form of conference contributions and peer reviewed papers.


You can download the "WaldrApp" and actively participate in our research:


Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotteron.waldrapp

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/waldrapp-spotteron/id1292294112

Interactive map: https://www.spotteron.com/waldrapp


Download the manual here


Dr. Didone Frigerio

Verena Pühringer-Sturmayr, MSc

Mag. Gudrun Gegendorfer

Tanja Czerny, BSc

Julia Rittenschober, BSc

Cooperation Partners

1.1. Participating educational institutions:

Grammar School Scharnstein, OÖ

1.2. Scientific cooperation partners:


1.3. Partners from economy and society:

Naturtierpark Grünau GmbH

Nationalpark Kalkalpen Ges.m.b.H.

SPOTTERON - the Citizen Science System


Dr. Didone Frigerio

Phone: +43 (0) 7616 8510

Email: didone.frigerio[at]univie.ac.at

Email KLF: office.klf[at]univie.ac.at