We organize two free citizen science activities in the surroundings of Ciudad Real to enter the world of naturalists and contribute to the conservation of biodiversity
Between May 19 and 28, 2023, the The Great Week of Citizen Science for Biodiversity, an opportunity to enter the world of naturalists and contribute with your observations to improve knowledge of biodiversity as a tool to promote its conservation. Different organizations throughout the territory will organize outreach activities, so you cannot miss this opportunity to sign up for one of those that take place in the vicinity of your town.
El Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos (IREC – CSIC, UCLM, JCCM), who has already participated in different citizen science projects, joins this initiative by organizing two FREE activities that will be held in the vicinity of Ciudad Real, both on Saturday, May 20, 2023.
Both activities are suitable for all ages, but minors must be accompanied by an adult, and participants must reach the meeting point by their own means. On the other hand, the activities are carried out in a natural environment, so to avoid overloading the space there is a maximum number of participants, pre-registration is essential.
during both activities Different mobile applications will be used to record or learn to identify the different species of fauna, such as those resulting from Mammalnet Project. Therefore, it is recommended that participants download one of the following free applications in advance: e bird, Merlin, Birds of Spain, iMammalia, BirdNet, PlantNet.
In addition to comfortable clothes to go to the field, for daytime activity it is recommended to bring some food and drink, a hat and sun protection. For night activities, it may get cold, so it is advisable to bring something warm and a flashlight or headlamp. We are waiting for you in our activities of The Great Week of Citizen Science for Biodiversity in the surroundings of Ciudad Real!
ACTIVITY 1: "From hair to feather: birds and mammals of Peralvillo» (Peralvillo Reservoir, from 9:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m.).
Accompanied by IREC researchers, during this activity there will be two field workshops in the Peralvillo Reservoir, in which participants will be introduced to the practice of science and how they can contribute to generating new knowledge, learning to identify species. The first workshop will be dedicated to birds, and it will explain the different methodologies for studying birds and how citizen science can contribute to understanding their ecology. The second workshop will be dedicated to mammals, which we will discover through walking tours and the installation of a set of camera traps.
SIGN UP for the activityFrom hair to feather: birds and mammals of Peralvillo"
ACTIVITY 2: "From the bat to the owl, at night they are heard: Discovering the nocturnal fauna» (Calatrava la Vieja, from 20:00 p.m. to 23:00 p.m.).
During this activity there will be different field workshops in Calatrava la Vieja, where it is intended to publicize the diversity of fauna present in our environment when darkness dominates, learning from the most curious and recognizable, trying to know a little more about their biology, conservation problems and ecosystem services that they provide us.
The first workshop will be dedicated to bats, where the different sounds they emit and what they mean will be shown, where they live and what they eat live. For this, ultrasonic detectors will be used as is done in conservation and research work. The second workshop is dedicated to amphibians, we will visit their habitats to try (depending on the weather) to find the main species present in our environment, as well as value their ecological work. This activity will explain how and when to go out into the field to be able to see this peculiar group with respect to avoid causing problems. Finally, in a third workshop will talk about nocturnal birds, where their differences with daytime birds will be shown, their peculiar way of life and how to identify them by their sounds.
SIGN UP for the activityFrom the bat to the owl, at night they are heard: Discovering the nocturnal fauna"