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Seminar - Applied Ethology and Animal Welfare

Wednesday, 1st of March

"Adult hippocampal neurogenesis: an integrative marker of cumulative welfare experience?" - Tom Smulders
University of New Castle
Centre for Beahviour and Evolution

See schedule here

Seminar - "Challenges of Animal Migration"

Tuesday, 14th of March:  

Guest speaker: Dr. Johannes Fritz, Waldrappteam, Mutters, Austria

In 2002 Dr. Johannes Fritz founded the organization ‘Waldrappteam’ aiming to develop a method to re-establish migratory Northern bald ibis in central Europe. Since there he headed the organization as a self-employed biologist. In 2014, he was commissioned to overtake the general management of the European LIFE+ reintroduction project for the Northern bald ibis (LIFE+12-BIO_AT_000143), which lasts till end of 2019. So far he has led eleven human guided migrations of captive born and hand reared bald ibis from suitable breeding areas in Bavaria and Austria to wintering grounds in Italy. Dr. Fritz is a board member of the International Advisory Group for the Northern Bald Ibis (IAGNBI) and a member of the IUCN SSC Stork, Ibis and Spoonbill Specialist Group.

Title: “Back into the European ecosystems: The reintroduction of the Northern Bald Ibis"

Abstract: The Northern Bald Ibis (NBI; Geronticus eremita) is a migratory bird, which is critically endangered (IUCN Red List) in the wild, while it prospers in captivity. In 2002, the Waldrappteam (“Waldrapp” is the German name of the species) started a project to develop suitable methods for the reintroduction of migratory NBI colonies. Meanwhile, the project developed to a large and popular European conservation project, co-financed by the European Union program LIFE+. It aims for a sustainable reintroduction of a migratory NBI population in Europe. End of 2016, the population consist of about 70 migratory individuals. They belong to two breeding sites North of the Alps. A migration corridor across the Alps interconnect these sites with a common wintering area in the Southern Tuscan. As an innovative project, new methods for bird conservation and bird monitoring are developed and implemented, including the human-led migration and the bird monitoring techniques. Campaigns focus on illegal bird hunting in Italy and on electrocution on power poles. Both campaigns have a clear general conservation value, with the NBI as an indicator and flagpole species. A kind of “byproduct” is the basic research on bird flight and the phenomenon of avian migration.

Time: 16:15 – 17:15, after the talks we will offer an apéro

Location: Lecture room Anatomie, Veterinary Faculty, Länggassstrasse 120, first floor