The project speaks to middle, high and university students, eco-tourists, trainees and citizens (over 14 years old), to italian and foreigners people (ERSE provides a multilingual support to its Citizen Science initiatives, being proficient in English, German, Spanish, and French). These initiatives can be carried out throughout the year. Their aim is also to strengthen the bond between science and society by providing the people an actual knowledge of natural environments, and stimulate youngsters into explore new interests and perhaps yet-undiscovered personal skills.
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Participants will assess the biodiversity of the seashore by collecting and analysing biological samples from the seabed and the shoreline.
Participants will perform an in-field biological assay to evaluate the Ecological Status of a freshwater stream.
Participants will investigate amphibians and reptiles from wetlands, shedding light on their ecology through in-field observations.
Participants will perform birdwatching, getting acquainted with the professional tools and watching protocols, and learning how to identify the most common bird species.
An actual Marine Biology survey from a specially-fitted motor sailor: participants will collect samples from seabed and seawater, and investigate the biodiversity of plankton and bottom-dwelling marine fauna.
From aboard our ship, the participants will follow on-screen and interact with a scuba diver equipped with radio and camera: the images from the seabed will be further explained and commented by a marine biologist.
By means of a 20-rows dragonboat, the participants will go canoeing on the gorgeous Massaciuccoli Lake (Tuscany), looking at its astonishing biodiversity. During the trip, they will also collect physicist parameters of the lake water and they analyze macrophytes species sampled with fish trap.