New children´s book on ural owls „Annas Weg in die Freiheit“
This year young ural owls are again being released into the Biosphere Reserve Wienerwald and into the wilderness area Dürrenstein in Lower Austria. The species had gone extinct in Austria. Since 2009, Richard Zink of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology has been leading a re-introduction project. The City of Vienna and the Province of Lower Austria are supporting the project financially. Now a new children´s book tells the story of ural owls in Austria through the eyes of young owl "Anna". (Book in German)
More info [Link 2] (in German)
Save the date: Embedding biodiversity – international final conference for the greenAlps project
How can the framework conditions for a sustainable and efficient European environment policy be translated into action in the Alpine region. How can project results regarding biological diversity be used and communicated in the long term? How can the new EU funding programmes contribute to maintaining biodiversity?These and other questions will be the focus of the final conference of the greenAlps project, to be held on 13-14 October 2014 in Chambéry, France.
Please join the discussion! The conference-programme and information on registration and the venue are available on the event website [Link 3]. Participation is free of charge. For more information on the project see www.greenalps-project.eu [Link 4].
New FWF Project on "Effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids on hibernation and ageing" approved
Hibernators save energy by substantially decreasing metabolic rate and body temperature, but spend about 80% of their energy expenditure to repeatedly warm up during winter. However, the function of these arousals remains a mystery. A new project under the leadership of Sylvain Giroud will examine some of the physiological/metabolic processes, notably those affected by polyunsaturated fatty acids, of hibernating garden dormice. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are known to be one of the main factors affecting the time hibernators can stay in torpor. The project (P 27267), which was recently approved, is financed by the Austrian science Fund (FWF) [Link 5] and will run from 1 September 2014 to 31 August 2017.
(Web editor, 5 September 1014)
Four more young ural owls released
The re-introduction project of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology has released 153 young ural owls since 2009, from breeding programmes in zoos and breeding centres into protected areas in the Vienna Woods Biosphere Reserve and the Wildneress Area Dürrenstein in the Ybbstaler Alps in Lower Austria. Now four more young ural owls from a breeding programme at Schönbrunn Zoo are being released into an area of the Vienna Woods, where they encounter a habitat with excellent conditions for survival and reproduction. The re-introduction programme is led by a team around ornithologist Richard Zink at FIWI.
More info on the project [Link 7]
(Web editor, 18 June 2014)
Annika Posautz is awarded the ULV junior researcher prize 2014
Veterinary scientist Annika Posautz of the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology was awarded the "ULV Nachwuchsförderpreis 2014 [Link 9]" (young researcher award) for her project "Prevalence, distribution and cause of systemic amyloidosis in European brown hares (Lepus europaeus)". The award aims to promote junior scientists within the established academic community at the Vetmeduni Vienna. We celebrate her accomplishment!
(Web editor, 16 June 2014)
Breaking down barriers – an appeal to conserve migratory ungulates in Mongolia´s grasslands
Mongolian and international conservationists, including researchers from the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, have joined forces to raise awareness of the global importance of Mongolia´s steppes. The Gobi-Steppe Ecosystem is home to a unique diversity of animal and plant species, among them several large migratory mammals. The scientists recommend reconciling the rapid infrastructure development that is currently taking place in Mongolia with the needs of migratory species, such as Asiatic wild ass and Mongolian gazelles. Their recommendations are published online in the journal Conservation Biology [Link 11].
More info [Link 12]
(Web editor 3 June 2014)
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