The Facilities

 

"Science paves the way for something new. Research results have the power to change society and the way animals are treated. The more we know about animals, their capabilities and needs, the better we can protect them." (Jane Goodall at her visit to the Haidlhof on 1 October 2014) 

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Multi-purpose testing building

Directly adjacent to the kea aviary is a multi-purpose testing building of simple wood construction. This houses a sound-proof chamber for sound experimentation with individual birds, a small lab for faecal sample analysis (parasite load), a kitchenette, a lavatory and a small workshop. The spacious sound-proof chamber was built by Andras Peter and Markus Fitzka, under the guidance (and with active participation) of Raoul Schwing, PhD.

This facility will allow the testing of vocalisations of kea and ravens in isolation and without influence from the other animals in the aviaries, especially while stimulating them with vocalisations of their conspecifics through speakers (i.e. playback experiments).

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Bioacoustics lab

Prof. Tecumseh Fitch 3  (University of Vienna) operates a bioacoustics lab at the Haidlhof to investigate the sound production of vertebrates (mammals and birds). The lab is equipped with a video-x-ray system, computers and analysis devices.

 

Chicken lab

Under construction.

 

Offices and other facilities

In the farmhouse the researchers have several offices and common rooms (kitchenette) at their disposal. Supported by an infrastructure project of the Ministry of Science the premises were adapted further in the 2014-2016 time frame.

Upon completion of this project a large seminar room with conference table and discussion corner, new offices and rooms with a kitchenette for the general staff, appropriate wardrobes, side rooms and sanitary facilities will be available.

The workshop, the feeding kitchen and the new server-room complete the space requirements of a functioning and presentable research station.

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Exhibition aviaries

In 2016, with financial support from the country of Lower Austria, further aviaries are being built in the front area of this large research site. They will predominantly be used as exhibition aviaries for tours of school classes, societies and other groups.

Petra Pesak, MSc, the administrative manager of the research station, initiated this project for science communication and will implement the “school classes outdoors” in an aesthetically appealing form. The value of the research station for the population and the animals can hereby be imparted even more focused and clearly.

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