MammalNet organizes an online course to improve the conservation of mammals

    The MammalNet Project organizes a free online course to improve our knowledge about the distribution of European mammals and their conservation through its mobile applications for the promotion of citizen science

    The essential role that science plays in our daily lives is increasingly evident and, fortunately, more and more citizens are beginning to show interest and motivation to participate or collaborate in its advancement. In this sense, citizen science provides innumerable possibilities for people to collaborate in the generation of scientific knowledge regardless of their level of training.

    For nature and wildlife lovers who want to contribute to the advancement of science for their conservation, the citizen science alternatives offered by the MammalNet Project stand out. This project aims to promote citizen participation and collaboration with scientists to improve our knowledge about the distribution of European mammals. To this end, MammalNet offers different applications (apps) that, thanks to the Internet, facilitate the collection of this information, which is available for the public.

    In order to promote the knowledge and use of these apps by society, the MammalNet Project has organized a completely free online course entitled “Citizen science opportunities to improve the conservation of European mammals”.

    Online course “Citizen science opportunities to improve the conservation of European mammals” offered by the MammalNet Project.

    The course, which begins next Friday, January 15 2021, and has a total duration of 8 weeks, is divided into different modules, so that participants can freely organize their time and complete all or some of the modules that are proposed with a dedication of only 2 to 3 hours per week. All the information regarding the course and its registration form are available at the link below. Here are some details that we hope will encourage you to sign up.


    Dates and organization of the course

    • Starting date: Friday, January 15 2021.
    • Organization and duration: 4 modules (2 weeks per module, approximately) that are addressed over a total of 8 weeks.
    • Estimated effort: Between 2 and 3 hours per week, which participants can freely distribute according to their personal convenience.

    Objectives of the course

    • To understand the advantages of open science for the advancement of science and society and how they can be an active part of this movement.
    • To understand the importance of improving knowledge of mammal distribution to encourage biodiversity conservation and make management decisions based on scientific evidence.
    • To understand the potential sources of data and approaches that can improve knowledge of mammal distribution.
    • To know the possibilities offered by the different tools (apps) available in the MammalNet Project, to collect occasional records or using camera trial devices.
    • To know some of the projects and active platforms currently involved in the conservation of European mammals.

    Promotional video of the online course “Citizen science opportunities to improve the conservation of European mammals” offered by the MammalNet Project.

    Contents of the course

    • Module I – Open science and citizen science for wildlife.
    • Module II – Citizens tracking and studying the mammals.
    • Module III – Tools to collect mammals recording.
    • Module IV – Projects and tools for the conservation of European mammals.

    Potential groups interested

    • Citizens interested in science and nature conservation can strengthen their knowledge, improve their understanding of their environment, and learn how to collaborate and participate in a citizen science project by submitting wildlife records.
    • Educators and teachers interested in the environment and science can gain useful tools and knowledge to apply in teaching projects with their students or in their research.
    • Students of science at the university level and beyond, who are interested in natural resources, can use this information to improve their professional and communication skills.
    • Researchers and naturalists interested in recording biodiversity or using camera traps can benefit from the tools and applications available in the project to share and improve the information they collect in their work on wildlife.