Teamblog

In the Team Blog participants present themselves and their experiences in the project.

My name is Valentin Jaquemar, I am a student at the BG/BRG Tulln and have been passionately involved in many Citizen Science projects since May 2020. As good as possible I try to go for a walk or a bike ride every day, so that I don't miss anything in nature. Spiders, bees, mushrooms, and plants are among my most frequent photo subjects, sometimes also roadkills. What motivates me is the fight against environmental pollution, climate change, dead animals due to humans and much more that we have to prevent. Here I see Roadkill and other citizen science projects as a good way to improve the world in everyday life. I started the project because my uncle had contributed significantly to the development of the project. Together with the platform Spotteron, where he works, this project was put on a solid foundation. He himself is always busy collecting data for many projects. I also try to motivate others to participate so that more research can be done, because the way how many animals and climate are treated has to change immediately! I really hope that through this project more people will become aware of the roadkill problem, that would be…
It's shocking how many animals become traffic victims. Many people kill small and larger mammals such as foxes and martens but also hedgehogs, birds, amphibians and reptiles on their ways and they do not care that they have just extinguished a life. This carelessness makes me very sad. We are not alone in this world and certainly it does not belong to us alone! For me it's a small contribution I make by posting roadkills in project Roadkill and thus maybe contribute a little bit to make the silent, anonymous and invisible death of many animals more visible. The aim must always be to contribute to conservation and road safety measures in the medium and long term. "Everything is connected with everything" With his networked thinking, Alexander von Humboldt has understood what makes the world what it is and, more than 250 years ago, gained important insights into climate, nature and animal protection, biodiversity and resource conservation. With enthusiasm and commitment, but with the worst equipment, he climbed the highest mountains, mapped rivers and warned at that time of soil erosion and the consequences of deforestation. The first climate protector! Since then much has changed in our relationship with nature…
My name is Susanne Lutter, I worked as a security specialist and part-time in our internal crisis intervention team and have recently retired. Although I live in Vienna, I like to be near and on mountains, preferably close to Schneeberg, Rax, Schneealpe and the like. Also in my immediate neighbourhood I have the luck to have a lot of nature around me. Many different animals live here in the Wienerberg nature reserve - hares, foxes, martens, squirrels, snakes, salamanders, hamsters, mice, birds, fish, etc. However, many of the animals are often victims of road traffic - as I unfortunately have to see again and again in the local area as well as during my trips to "my" mountains. For a long time I searched in vain for a possibility to do something about it. Some time ago I heard about the Roadkill project on TV. Here one can become active, although the own contribution is also only small. You may and should also motivate others! Susanne Lutter  
My bike rolls quietly over the smooth asphalt. My chain creaks, the handlebars creak. My blood throbs behind my temple, sweat runs off my forehead and the pedals turn with the pounding of my legs.My gaze glides madly over the grey surface, the breathing rhythm adapts to the gradient of the way. 10 years ago I started riding my bicycle to work - 15 km, 300 meters altitude difference. After my body was used to the strain, my eyes became more open to my surroundings - I first noticed what was lying around "out there". Thrown away one-way deposit bottles, which collected 25 ct would bring the piece - and many dead animals. I thought how careless my fellow men are with their environment. And triedto artistically deal with the resources given to me. That photographing dead animals is a taboo here in Germany, and that paying attention to them at all is frowned upon - I didn't realize it until I did. The result for me is to maintain distance - not a staging of effects, not a play with light, but rather documentary, the view straight from above, the picture plane equal to the underground. The fact that…
My name is Nikolaus (Niki) Filek, I am a biologist, more precisely a zoologist. The last 8 years of my life I spent in the national park Neusiedler See - Seewinkel, on the one hand as a tour guide, on the other hand as a project employee. Now I will take a new path, but I would like to reflect retrospectively, because nature in Northern Burgenland will always have a place in my heart. There were pleasant and less pleasant moments, especially in matters of nature conservation and how this is (not) applied. Even a national park often has no resources available in this so important matter and so I had to quickly realize that my own commitment is in demand. So what could be done? Many days in the week I commuted with this question on the tongue between apartment door and workplace. Each trip I had to be a sad witness of countless deaths and I could hardly believe it, but field hares, hedgehogs, hamsters, squirrels, martens, deer, countless amphibians & reptiles and various bird species I have meanwhile on my long 'animal death list', not to mention the x thousand insects, which I have on my conscience…
My name is Werner Reitmeier and I have been on board since the beginning of the project. I made my first entry in March 2014, since then I have been constantly active and have entered over 180 spots so far.I was made aware of the project by an acquaintance at the time and since I drive the same route almost every day and see animals being roadkilled over and over again, it was obvious to take part in this project. Also beside the project I like to spend time with nature and its creatures. I am interested in orthoptera, macrolepidoptera, ornithology and botany. The focus of my faunistic activities lies in the cooperation with the Orthoptera Atlas of Eastern Austria and the geotagging of species diversity as well as the continuous recording of the local fauna of Gablitz (Viennese forest). Due to my high activity in the project, I always like to help to improve the apps by reporting bugs or opportunities for improvement. I am pleased that these reports are also well received and, if possible, implemented. In the Team Blog participants present themselves and their experiences in the project. If you would like to share your experiences and…
I am Harry, (Harald MARK), Tyrolean, live in Nenzing (Vorarlberg), am 46 years old, married and have two sons. Since my childhood I have been very rooted in nature and therefore an environmental activist for a long time (purely honorary). We have founded a small working group in our town on the topics of environmental and climate protection, sustainability and ethics. I do the public relations and awareness raising for this group. With a handful of great like-minded people I organize lectures, film evenings, school visits, workshops, courses and run a list of local suppliers. In 2014, I also founded a repair cafe in my home community of Nenzing, which I run quite successfully with a highly motivated team of volunteers. I can't remember how I became aware of the Roadkill project. I believe through a newsletter (Naturschutzbund, naturbeobachtung.at, Global2000, Greenpeace, WWF, Blühendes Österreich,...???). In any case it is important for me to help to show how many animals die pointlessly due to road traffic. And since I travel a lot in nature on foot or by bike, I can make a good contribution here. I hope that the data will also help to set measures, e.g. speed limits, game…
My name is Daniela Loidl, I am 45 years old. I work for a film production company that produces nature documentaries. Already in my childhood I was (and still am) very enthusiastic about our nature. Flora and fauna offer so many possibilities to learn, to marvel and to understand the natural connections.For almost 20 years I have been living in Lower Austria's Weinviertel, commuting many kilometres a year between my home and the Vienna office, and seeing all kinds of animal road traffic victims almost daily. The road that goes through my home also carries its toll of blood, including some of 'my' hedgehogs - nursing cases that I have painstakingly nursed back to health, nursed up or overwintered.In my estimation, there were always many victims I saw on the road, but they were soon forgotten. In May 2017 I found Project Roadkill - since then I have been documenting my findings. The list of the collected spots shows how frighteningly extensive the dying on our roads is. After more than 3 years with Project Roadkill there are more than 1500 entries...sad facts. But at least the animals did not die completely anonymously. Whether tawny owl or pine marten, red…
Alex Hanke lives in Canada and has been adding roadkills to our database for several months. I am a fisheries scientist and consequently I use data on a daily basis to understand and hopefully increase the abundance of the wild fish populations I help manage. I love the outdoors and nature  and I am concerned by the impact man has on wildlife. It has occurred to me on my commute to work that there are a lot of animals killed each year by cars and trucks and that I should start keeping track to see what the impact is and if there are any patterns in the mortality. Project roadkill provided me with a straightforward tool for tracking roadkills and for contributing to the science that may help reduce the unnecessary roadside mortality. The tool could be improved by including wildlife native to my area and by allowing the user to download the submitted data to a file. Because I do not log the roadkill while I am driving, it would be helpful to be able to enter the coordinates manually later. The app should also make note of any local conditions that affect the observed mortality rate like the…
My name is Claus Schindler and I am 52 years old, I am professional photographer in Zwettl (Austria). In 2015, as a volunteer Red Cross employee, I often travelled from Zwettl to Horn with a dialysis patient. This is the route through the Allentsteig military training area, where there was a roadkill to be photographed almost every time. How did I get to the Roadkill project? I think I heard a broadcast on Ö1 about a Brit who was eating roadkills, so I searched the internet. What experience have I had with the project so far? I think the project is important because it might help prevent accidents. Negative at the beginning was the waiting time until the roadkill was on the map, but this was improved. What motivates me to be part of this project? In addition to the photographic task, it is motivating to be able to participate in a scientific project on a low-threshold basis.   Some Spots:
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