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Call for Papers about owl research

WorldOwlConference2019India1 The 6th World Owl Conference - WOC 2019 India - is going to take place from the 29th of November until the 2nd of December 2019 at the SP University in Pune in India. After the conference the 2nd Indian Owl Festival is going to take place at ELA Habitat on the 3rd and 4th of December 2019. The hosts of the conference are the Ela Foundation (fb) and the SP Pune University. The Wilderness Area is part of the conference committee. If you were interested, you are... Continue reading

Thanks to all supporters of our owls

Habichtskauz A heartfelt THANK YOU to all supporters of our owls! Whether from the region or from far away - every supporter is of inexplicable value! Our owls are supported in the region by companies from Göstling/Ybbs, Lunz/See, Scheibbs, Wildalpen and Waidhofen/Ybbs. There are also supporters from Vienna and one supporter is from Poland. Partner organizations are widespread - whether from the region, Upper Austria, Marchfeld, the Ukraine, South Africa, India or North... Continue reading

Call for Papers about project concepts

Invitation Little internal Wilderness Conference in the Dürrenstein Wilderness AreaFor researchers about potential future research projects & funding possibilities Thursday, 17th October 2019, ca. 9h to 18hGasthof Hammerwirt, Stixenlehen 27, A-3345 Göstling/Ybbs, Austria, hammerwirt.at If you are interested in wilderness specific or primeval forest specific research in the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area WGD resp. the Rothwald Primeval Forest, a collaboration... Continue reading

KinderUNI in Waidhofen

kinderuni-logo For the fourth time Waidhofen/Ybbs became university city for a few days. The KinderUNI took place in the Rothschild Castle from the 2nd until the 4th of July 2019. Kids from 5 to 15 had again the possibility to discover the big world as little researchers. The Wilderness Area was part of the KinderUNI with a presentation about the Wilderness Area, with a wilderness seminar and an owl seminar. Thanks to the owlproject.org for the collaboration! Thanks to the kids,... Continue reading

Ural Owl Project is 10

The Ural Owl project is 10 and with the project also a few Ural Owls! On the 17th of June 2019 the 10 year anniversary of the Ural Owl project was celebrated at the Austrian Ornithological Centre in Seebarn - with the rector of the University of Veterinary Medicine Prof. Petra Winter, the deputy governor Dr. Stephan Pernkopf, the project leader Dr. Richard Zink, the mayor of Seebarn Mag. Alfred Riedl, the deputy director of the Zoo Vienna Dr. Harald Schwammer and... Continue reading

Natural World Heritage Pirin in danger

Pirin24_forthenature.org-gallery-320 The UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Pirin National Park of the IUCN Category II includes two IUCN Category I Nature Reserves with old-growth forests of an age of 600 years and is located in the Southwest of Bulgaria. Since several years the protected area with its old-growth forests is in danger because of planned ski resorts with new ski slopes and buildings through areas of the UNESCO World Heritage and even IUCN Category I areas. Also some of the oldest... Continue reading

World Owl Conference 2019 in India

WorldOwlConference2019India1 The 6th World Owl Conference - WOC 2019 India - is going to take place from the 29th of November until the 2nd of December 2019 at the SP University in Pune in India. After the conference the 2nd Indian Owl Festival is going to take place at ELA Habitat on the 3rd and 4th of December 2019. The hosts of the conference are the Ela Foundation (fb) and the SP Pune University. The Wilderness Area is part of the conference committee. If you are interested you are... Continue reading

NMS Göstling supports Owlproject.org in South Africa

NMSsupportsOwlprojectorg_PetraFleischhacker3 During the visit of Owlproject.org from South Africa in the NMS Göstling in March, the owl fever has broken out for the kids. The idea to support the kids in the partner school Marlboro School in their owl project was born fast. The kids of the NMS organised a bake sale on several days. During school lessons different kinds of muffins and cupcakes were made and bread was prepared. With their delicious snacks the kids made 315€ for Owlproject.org. On the 3rd of... Continue reading

Young Ural Owls ringed

Habichtskauzberingung_ChristophLeditznig03b The young Ural Owls that hatched in the wild around the Wilderness Area were ringed. Eight broods were found and chicks hatched in four broods. Two broods of the successful broods were found in nest boxes and two broods in tree holes - in a beech tree and a maple tree. Nine chicks were found, one of the chicks was too young to be ringed, so eight chicks were ringed. In a tree hole and in a nest box three chicks were found each, in a tree hole two and in a nest box... Continue reading

Guest of honour at OAW Linz

EhrengastOAWLinz_IngridKohl10 In spring 2019 the owl and raptor center OAW Linz of the Naturschutzbund OÖ, founded by Reinhard Osterkorn as well as cooperation partner of the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area, was welcoming a guest of honour from South Africa, Jonathan Haw, founder of EcoSolutions.co.za and owlproject.org. AlsoStephan Weigl of the Biologiezentrum Linz was visiting the center. Our guest of honour, who was presenting the owlproject.org in two presentations and two school projects... Continue reading

Egyptian Vulture release in Bulgaria

On the 15th of May 2019 the almost one-year-old Egyptian Vulture that hatched in the UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site Zoo Vienna was released in the Eastern Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria with two other young Egyptian Vultures (from Zlín in the Czech Republic and from Jeréz in Spain). Many thanks to the Zoo Vienna for the interest in the exchange of experiences from reintroduction projects with the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site Dürrenstein Wilderness Area.... Continue reading

Owlproject.org from South Africa on tour in Austria

owlproject.org_Wildnisgebiet_Buergermeister_Goestling_WolfgangAlfanz The Owlproject.org from South Africa was on tour in Austria! The Wilderness Area organised two presentations and two school projects in Göstling/Ybbs and in Vienna. On the 15th of March 2019 Jonathan Haw, founder of Owlproject.org, gave a presentation at the Hammerwirt in Göstling/Ybbs as well as on the 18th of March 2019 at the university of Vienna for the bird club. On the 15th of March 2019 the highlight of the school project in the school NMS Göstling was the... Continue reading

Owlproject.org

Owlproject.org: Owl Artwork (Foto: Sara Orchardson) For the second time the Wilderness Area was lucky to experience the various activities of owlproject.org in Johannesburg. Within two decades of owlproject.org more than hundred thousand school children learned about the life of owls and their position in the ecosystem, with the vision of a poison free environment and a society without myths that are harming owl populations dramatically, and for raising awareness that owls are reducing the rat populations. Through... Continue reading

Raptor Research Foundation Conference

Raptor Research Foundation Conference (Foto: Raptor Research Foundation) In November 2018 the Raptor Research Foundation Conference took place in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Wilderness Area was represented at the conference with two owl projects - the ural owl and the owl monitoring project. Various topics around raptor conservation worldwide and with the focus of South Africa were discussed. Topic no. 1 was the rhino poaching and the poisoning of the carcasses which poisons hundreds of vultures and other wildlife.... Continue reading