Zsófi won the Young Scientist Award of the International Society for Salt Lake Research (ISSLR), and therefore was invited to present her results on soda pans as a plenary talk at the 13th International Conference on Salt Lake Research (ICSLR2017) in Ulan-Ude (Russia).
Julianna Németh will be working with Zsófi and Robert on sheding more light on the loss of soda pans in Seewinkel. She will explore its pace and potential impact on some key species.
Andy Green (Doñana Biological Station – CSIC, Sevilla, Spain) visited our lab to give a WCL seminar, and this way we had a chance for inspiring discussions related to the Vogelwarte 2 project.
Together we had a look on the last buckets of water that remained in the Seewinkel soda pans after this year’s extremely short wet phase:
We conducted field work on soda pans in Austria and Hungary in the framework of the project Vogelwarte Madárvárta 2. So far this has been an extremely dry year in the region, which means that several pans held more mud than water at the time of the sampling.
Under these challenging conditions, we received much appreciated help from Mustafa Mohammed (University of Vienna) and Csenge Póda (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest), while Emil Boros (Balaton Limnological Institute) tried to persuade birds to take part in the project…
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The official kick-off event for the Vogelwarte Madárvárta 2 project was held in Sarród, Hungary, by inviting stake-holders and the local Austrian and Hungarian press. The event was hosted by the Lead Partner of the project, the Fertő-Hanság National Park, where all four project partners presented their planned activities.
Press release in the Austrian media [in German]: link #1, #2, #3, #4, #5
Press release in the Hungarian media [in Hungarian]: link
This week, Zsófi, Dunja, and Csaba participated in a meeting with the staff of the Fertő – Hanság National Park in Hungary, as part of the kick-off phase of the Vogelwarte Madárvárta 2 project.
We also used the opportunity to refresh some lab cultures from the Seewinkel soda pans on the Austrian side of the border and to collect some dry sediment for further experiments.
This can be essential for working with large branchiopods like fairy shrimps or Triops, as the time period these animals can be collected alive on the field is extremely short.
By stocking up sediment containing their eggs, we are able to hatch them in the lab any time we want to carry out experiments.