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The Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology is a biological research institute for the study of animal behavior. Ethology (or Behavioral Biology) is an integrative field that addresses questions about how and why animals do what they do. Since spring 2015 it is also the headquaters of the Österreichischen Vogelwarte/Austrian Ornithological Centre (AOC).

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Sensational catch during bird monitoring at Wilhelminenberg: Great Spotted Woodpecker in Vienna almost breaks the age record

12-year old great spotted woodpecker female (Photo © Johannes Hloch)

At the end of January 2019, the Austrian bird ringing center at the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology (KLIVV) caught a very special bird in the net during its annual bird monitoring: a  ringed great spotted woodpecker female of the considerable age of at least 12 years!

The data from the long-term monitoring program show that this bird was ringed at KLIVV in 2008. This is all the more remarkable when you consider that the average life expectancy of this species is 7 to 8 years and that the current known age record for wild spotted woodpeckers is 12 years and 8 months!

As luck would have it, on this very day a professional photographer was on site, who was also able to portray the beautiful woodpecker female.  The female bird was still very fit, so there is hope that it will grace Vienna´s Wilhelminenberg for a while longer and maybe even break the current age record.

(Web editor, 6 February 2019)


Foxes in the city: citizen science helps researchers to study urban wildlife

A citizen science Project highlighted that foxes prefer specific city areas and Environments in Vienna. (© L. Hamelbeck-Galle/ stadtwildtiere.at)
Fox on a house roof 8

A team of researchers around wildlife ecologist Theresa Walter has analyzed more than 1100 fox sightings in Vienna within the framework of the citizen science project StadtWildTiere 9. The scientists from the Vetmeduni and colleagues from the University of Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna  were able to show that foxes prefer certain neighbourhoods and habitats.  For wild animals, cities consist of a mosaic of land use classes, such as parks, gardens and streets, which differ with regard to their percentage of green area as well as in the way they are used by people. The analysis of fox sightings shows that the probabilities of encountering foxes were significantly higher in gardens, areas with a low building density, parks or squares as compared to agricultural areas, industrial areas or forests.   The research also showed that socioeconomic characteristics of city residents (such as education level) have an influence on whether sightings of wildlife are reported.

The article “Fox sightings in a city are related to certain land use classes and sociodemographics: results from a citizen science project 10” by Theresa Walter, Richard Zink, Gregor Laaha, Johann G. Zaller and Florian Heigl was publiched in BMc Ecology

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(Web editor, 17 Decmeber 2018)


Vetmed Magazin special report: Ethology and veterinary medicine

Cover of the Vetmed Magazine edition 03/18 12

In the latest edition of the Vetmed Magazine readers will find an interesting article about the work of the Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology (KLIVV) at Wilhelminenberg.  The article describes the most important milestones in the history of the research institute, starting with its foundation as a "biological station" by Otto and Lilli König in 1945.  In 2011 the KLIVV was integrated into the Vetmeduni.  The article also presents examples of some current research topics at the institute. 

See Vetmagazin 03/2018 (in German) 12

(Web editor, 13 December 2018)


Doris Nicolakis is a winner in the Vetmeduni Vienna poster award 2018

Winners in the category "science journalism": Gökҫe Aköz (1st place), Sabrina Karl (2nd place), Doris Nicolakis (3rd place), Janna Vogelgesang (3rd place, not pictured); © T. Suchanek / Vetmeduni Vienna
Photo of the winners in the category science journalism 13

After a break in 2017, the best scientific posters at the Vetmeduni Vienna and the winners of the new VetIdeas Poster Challenge were again awarded during this year's "That's Vet" show. The Poster Award in two categories was awarded follwing a selection by a jury of science journalists and the University Council. The winners of the VetIdeas Poster Challenge, supported by 'tecnet equity' and 'Accent Gründerservice', were pre-determined by jury decision.

Doris Nicolakis of the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Comparative Behavioral Research won 3rd place in the category "Science Journalism" for her poster: "Do ultrasonic vocalizations during courtship predict reproductive success in house mice?"

More info 14 (in German)

(Web editor, 5 December 2018)


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