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Friday, June 16th, 2017
avinews
Butterflies
Have you seen Red Admirals? Please record your sightings!

In Switzerland, Red Admirals (Vanessa atalanta) currently appear to be rather common in forests as well as at higher altitudes. At the same time Red Admirals are currently recolonising the northern half of Scandinavia.

The citizen science project dedicated to the study of the occurrence and migration of the Red Admiral in Europe still needs your help. Please keep recording Red Admirals via www.ornitho.ch!

Find out more about the project and how you can contribute here: https://insectmigration.wordpress.com/red-admiral-migration/

By the way: the app NaturaList allows you to report Red Admirals from anywhere!

Many thanks to everyone reporting Red Admirals – every sighting is a valuable contribution to the project!

 

Marco Thoma, Insect Migration & Ecology Research Group, University of Bern

 

PS: Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on the project and related topics.

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
avinews
Petition for the “biodiversity action plan”.

Our partner, BirdLife Switzerland, is presenting the President of the Swiss Confederation Ms. Doris Leuthard a very important issue regarding birds in our country: the adoption of a biodiversity action plan that is able to meet all the challenges of the biodiversity in Switzerland.

We recommend you to examine this issue and to support it with your signature:

https://www.change.org/p/bundespräsidentin-doris-leuthard-die-schweiz-braucht-jetzt-einen-wirksamen-aktionsplan-biodiversität

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
avinews
Birds
Which are the least visited areas in Switzerland?

Birds are very well monitored in Switzerland. Still, a few corners of our country are rarely visited by birdwatchers. Of course, sightings from these regions would be most welcome. On the following Swiss map the number of excursions documented since 2010 in the different kilometer squares are displayed (Attention, this file weighs 28 MB, select the "open in Dropbox” link). We dearly hope this map will motivate you to unleash your pioneer instinct and wish you in the same time exciting discoveries!

Your ornitho.ch-team
 

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
avinews
Birds
Youth promotion in the Middle East: binoculars and telescopes wanted!

Environmental problems around the Mediterranean Sea are strongly alarming. Among the problems yet to be solved: the illegal capture of migrating birds. Many ways can be followed to counteract this threat. However, the single promising way to change the people’s attitude is environmental education. For this purpose we want to provide an access to ornithology to the young generations. This is one of our goals in Israel, Palestine and Jordan, where we have access to a large number of school classes, especially among the Arab and Bedouin population. For this reason, we would be very grateful for any optical devices (binoculars, telescopes, tripods) we could get to offer them to different schools. Should you have such equipment that you don’t use any more, feel free to contact me or send this equipment to the following address:

Prof. Alexandre Roulin, Université de Lausanne, Bâtiment Biophore, Département d'écologie et évolution, 1015 Lausanne, 079 686 08 64

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Thursday, April 13th, 2017
avinews
Birds
Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee

The Swiss Rarities Committee (SRC) has published the minutes of its last meeting, held on 1.3.2017, on the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src). Among the reports accepted during that meeting are the 16th record of Black-winged Kite, 4 records of Greater Spotted Eagle and the 2nd winter record of Sardinian Warbler.

In order to facilitate its administrative work, the SRC recommends to send the rarities reports and photographic proofs as soon as possible and if possible in electronic format (preferably as Word file) to the following address: sak@vogelwarte.ch. The form can be downloaded from the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src-downloads).

The SRC thanks you for your collaboration and wishes you many interesting spring observations.

posted by Bernard Volet
 
Friday, March 31st, 2017
avinews
Birds
Last fieldwork season for the European Breeding Bird Atlas EBBA2!

This year is the very last fieldwork season for the second edition of the European Breeding Bird Atlas. Many gaps still need to be closed, especially in Eastern and South Eastern Europe. Should you want to help us close these gaps, for example during your holidays, please find here the relevant details and the map displaying the regions where the biggest gaps are. The easiest way to record breeding evidences is to use the NaturaList app from ornitho, which can be used across the whole Europe. Keep in mind that complete daily observation lists are always extremely valuable, particularly for this project.

Thanks in advance for your valuable and appreciated cooperation and have fun while collecting bird sightings - wherever you are in Europe!

Your ornitho.ch team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Monday, March 20th, 2017
avinews
Birds
Monitoring of the breeding population of Rooks

The spring is here... As a result Rooks are already present in their breeding colonies and eager to build or repair their nests!

The correct way to submit sightings about Rook colonies:
In order to monitor Rook colonies and report them correctly, please follow the instructions in the "Rook monitoring" section (here, in German). These instructions will help you to determine when and how to report colonies and how to properly use the “colony breeder tool” from ornitho.ch for this species.

Many thanks for your commitment!

Martin Spiess

Swiss Ornithological Institute

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
avinews
Mammals
Report mammals sightings

Now that the active field work for the Swiss Breeding Bird Atlas is over, your support is needed for the oncoming Atlas of Swiss Mammals. The first Atlas of Swiss Mammals was published in 1995 and is now out of print and after more than 20 years it is no longer up to date. A working group of the Swiss Society for Wildlife Biology SGW-SSBF is therefore working on a new Atlas. More about this project here.

In 2017 and 2018 the gaps in the distribution maps are to be closed. We therefore ask you to report consistently any observations of mammals and also to pay attention to common species such as chamois, wild boar, fox, badger and hedgehog. Especially for these species there are regionally larger gaps in the distribution maps. Current distribution maps are available here.

We thank you in advance for your commitment, for your valuable cooperation and hope to count on your help in the future as well.

Kind regards,

Roland Graf, Claude Fischer and Simon Capt, for the atlas project working group

 
Please note:

We guarantee that each and every mammals sighting collected via ornitho.ch is automatically made available to the Atlas collaborators. Still, observations of mammals can also be reported via various platforms like www.webfauna.ch of the CSCF-Info Fauna or via www.säugetieratlas.wildenachbarn.ch. These platforms are all part of this new atlas project. However, it is important to avoid reporting the same observation on different platforms. All sightings are periodically sent to the national database managed by the CSCF-Infofauna and serve as the basis for the production of the atlas distribution maps.

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Friday, March 3rd, 2017
avinews
Birds
EuroBirdPortal: now with 100 species and 2015 data!

The EuroBirdPortal is improving continuously: by now, maps and migration charts are available for 100 species and from now on the data for 2015 can be called up too – this includes of course also the data gathered by each and every ornitho platforms! Gabriel Gargallo, Project Coordinator of the EuroBirdPortal, says: "The EBP project will allow a better knowledge of the patterns of bird distribution in space and time across Europe and, thus, help to properly address several issues of high concern in relation to bird conservation and management." And he emphasizes the importance of this project: "Overall, the online data gathering portals run by the EBP partners collect about 40 million bird records every year thanks to the collaboration of more than 100,000 active observers. This is the largest and most dynamic citizen science biodiversity data flow in Europe."

We hope you will use the EuroBirdPortal intensively!

Your ornitho.ch-team

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
avinews
Butterflies
Seen a Red Admiral? Please record!

From Italy to Ireland, from Portugal to Finland: More than 40 citizen science portals and institutions operating in 21 countries now support our study on the occurrence and migration of the Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta. We have already collated hundreds of thousands of observations – also thanks to numerous reports from Switzerland! This wealth of data allows us to study Red Admiral migration with an unprecedented spatio-temporal resolution.

With its red banded and white spotted black wings the species is unmistakable. The Red Admiral is a migratory butterfly colonising Central and Northern Europe every year from the South. In autumn, the offspring of these spring arrivals migrate southwards. We study the effects external factors have on the species’ occurrence and investigate how the species responds to a changing climate.

Please keep recording Red Admirals! Whether it is an actively migrating individual or one that shows up on a mild winter day – every record counts!

When recording please indicate if an observation refers to an adult butterfly, a caterpillar, a chrysalis or egg. Use the respective input fields on www.ornitho.ch. Additional information concerning behaviour (mating behaviour, flight direction) is valuable as well.

More about the project here.

By the way: the app NaturaList allows you to report Red Admirals from anywhere!

 

Thanks!

 

Marco Thoma, Insect Migration & Ecology Research Group, University of Bern

 

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and get regular updates on the project and related topics.

posted by Hans Schmid
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