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Thursday, July 13th, 2017
technews
Pictures and recordings of hidden sightings.

Recently, it has been possible to find out where some observations of protected species were made on the basis of the pictures submitted on ornitho, even though the sightings itself were hidden.
This fact triggered many discussions – some nasty ones too. Therefore, the following changes have been made: From now on, all picture and sound recordings related to hidden sightings are automatically hidden too. This protection cannot be removed by the author. We are aware that this decision implies that the ornitho users are deprived of many pictures, most of which being actually unproblematic. Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Hans Schmid 

in the name of the ornitho.ch steering committee

posted by Hans Schmid
 
Friday, July 7th, 2017
avinews
Birds
Communication of the Swiss Rarities Committee

The Swiss Rarities Committee (SRC) has published the minutes of its last meeting, held on 13.6.2017, on the SRC website (www.vogelwarte.ch/src). Among the reports accepted during that meeting are the 1st record of Lesser Black-backed Gull with characters of the subspecies Larus fuscus graellsii, the 3rd record of Green-winged Teal, the 17th record of Black-winged Kite, the 18th record of Horned Lark as well as the 1st breeding record of a Collared Flycatcher (male) outside Ticino and the Grisons, with a female of undetermined species.

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 summer observations.

posted by Bernard Volet
 
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
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