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


Gomilsha Forest National Park & Kharkiv University

Gomilsha Forest National Park (Foto: Iryna Yatsiuk) Many thanks to our Ukrainian friends and collaboration partners ornithologist Yehor Yatsiuk and mycologist Iryna Yatsiuk as well as their colleagues for the friendly invitation to the Gomilsha Forest National Park, the State Museum of Nature of the Kharkiv University,  the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University and the Kharkiv Bat Group with Anton Vlaschenko, Alona Prylutska and Oleksandra Kisel as well as the invitation to give a presentation at the university... Continue reading


New Owl Nest Boxes

Nistkastenmontage (Foto: Ingrid Kohl) In mid-October new owl nest boxes were fixed for Ural Owls and Co. Thanks to all supporters of our owls, companies in the region and from further away, whose interest and support are an invaluable contribution for our owls. Thanks to Stefan Knöpfer (www.ornithoclimbing.at) who fixed the new owl nest boxes in the Wilderness Area region with his professional tree climbing skills. Thanks to all assistants like Maria von Rochow and Christoph Kainz for their dedicated... Continue reading


Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

The Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was established in 1934, making it the world's first raptor sanctuary. It is located in eastern Pennsylvania along the Appalachian flyway, is 464 m high and currently 1,052 hectares large. On average, approximately 20,000 raptors are observed every year and the sanctuary keeps the world's longest continuous record of raptor populations. At the World Owl Congress WOC 2017 in Portugal at the University of Évora, researchers from all over... Continue reading


International Ornithological Congress 2018

International Ornithological Congress 2018 Logo For the first time the Wilderness Area was represented at an International Ornithological Congress. The IOC takes place every four years and this year it took place from the 20th to the 26th of August 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. The Wilderness Area presented the two owl projects: the Ural Owl reintroduction project and the owl monitoring project. The presentations were attended by researchers from all over the world, such as Canada, USA, Mexico, Peru, South Africa,... Continue reading


Spring myxomycetes in the Wilderness Area

Lamproderma pulveratum (Foto: Iryna Yatsiuk) Iryna Yatsiuk, mycologist Department of Mycology and Plant Resistance, V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine   This year in May me and my husband Yehor Yatsiuk, ornithologist, spent a week in Dürrenstein Wilderness Area. While Yehor was involved in the Owl research project, I’m a mycologist and therefore was focused on fungi. Though for harvesting mushrooms (for food) autumn is the most appropriate season, for mycologist spring is a very nice time... Continue reading


Supporters of our owls

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, Palfau, Wildalpen, Waidhofen/Ybbs and the Upper Austrian Ried/Riedmark. A supporter from far away is located in Poland. Partner organizations are widespread - whether from Upper Austria, Marchfeld, South Africa or North America. Without... Continue reading


Research in the Wilderness Area

Habichtskauz (Foto: Christoph Leditznig) (based loosely on the newspaper article in: NÖN week 36/2018) Research in the Wilderness Area of great importance internationally. Currently, the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area is in the headlines mainly because of the House of the Wilderness (Haus der Wildnis). Nevertheless, the main tasks of a Wilderness Area are not forgotten, in particular, research and the educational mission. The response of researchers from over the world at two major conferences showed the... Continue reading




Researchers from the Ukraine in the Wilderness Area

From the 5th to the 14th of May 2018 mycologist Iryna Yatsiuk and ornithologist and primeval tree climber Yehor Yatsiuk were visiting the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area. The young married researcher couple is from Kharkiv in the Eastern Ukraine where they are working at the V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University (http://www.univer.kharkov.ua/en) and in the Gomilsha … Continue reading Researchers from the Ukraine in the Wilderness Area


Tree climbing for nest boxes

In early October 2017 the tree climbing technique was used in the Wilderness Area for the first time to maintain respectively repair two nest boxes in very steep terrain. All-round talent and tree climber Stefan Knöpfer (www.ornithoclimbing.at) supported us with full commitment with his skills, agility, knowledge and ecological understanding, to dismount two nest boxes … Continue reading Tree climbing for nest boxes