The session

MónNatura Pirineus

Weekend 13th, 14th and 15th May 2022

This weekend session takes a look at:

  • Identification of flora and fauna of the Pyrenees.
  • Collection of biological samples in the field and analysis in the laboratory.
  • Reintroduction of species.

In this weekend session you immerse yourself fully in the world of nature conservation in a privileged natural environment in the middle of the Valls d'Àneu, in the Pallars Sobirà, in the MónNatura Pirineus centre. You put yourself in the shoes of the expert studying, observing and identifying the fauna, flora and microorganisms of the Pyrenees through fieldwork, the collection of biological samples and their analysis in the laboratory. You also look at and identify the nocturnal wildlife of the area, and study the reintroduction of species, such as the Pyrenean grizzly bear, by implementing the methodology currently used for species monitoring in the field.

Activities

Activity 1. Field trip for the observation and identification of the fauna, flora and microorganisms in the Pyrenees and sample collection

Day: Saturday 14th May 2022

Opening hours: 9 am to 1:30 pm

Location: Route in the surroundings of MónNatura Pirineus

Activity coordination: Laura Force, Lichens of Barcelona and University of Barcelona (UB), Antonio Gómez, full professor in the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona (UB) and Ignasi Batet, biologist and secundary teacher.

Session given by: Laura Force, Antonio Gómez and Ignasi Batet

Language: Catalan

Description: Observation and collection of samples from higher plants, collection of photo-trapping cameras, definition of habitats and transects of wildlife trails in the Pyrenees. Identification and study of lichens: morphology and ecology, species identification and sample collection.

Activity 2. Analysis of the samples collected during the field trip in the lab

Day: Saturday 14th May 2022

Opening hours: 3 pm to 6 pm

Location: Classrooms and laboratory of MónNatura Pirineus

Activity coordination: Laura Force, Lichens of Barcelona and University of Barcelona (UB), Antonio Gómez, full professor in the Department of Evolutionary Biology, Ecology and Environmental Sciences of the University of Barcelona (UB) and Education team of MónNatura Pirineus.

Session given by: Laura Force, Antonio Gómez and Education team of MónNatura Pirineus.

Language: Catalan

Description: Session in the laboratory to analyse the samples obtained in the field that deal with the following issues related to biodiversity and conservation:

  • Observation of lichens under binocular lens. Preparation of slices and microscopic. preparations for the introduction and study of basic structures.
  • Performing some colour reactions in the lichens according to the identification keys.
  • Study of lichens as bioindicators and study of lichenometry.
  • Analysis and dissection of egagrópilas.
  • Study of nocturnal birds of prey.
Activity 3. Reintroduction of species: PirosLIFE project

Day: Sunday 15th May 2022

Opening hours: 9 am to 11 am

Location: MónNatura Pirineus Auditorium

Activity coordination: Toni Batet, specialist of the PirosLIFE Catalunya project.

Session given by: Toni Batet

Language: Catalan

Description: Presentation of the PirosLIFE project to reintroduce the brown bear. Study of the implications of the project for the monitoring of the species, preventive measures being carried out in Catalonia to minimise the damage caused by the bear and the characteristics of the species.

Activity 4. Campus Natura 2022 Closing Ceremony. Students presentations

Day: Sunday 15th May 2022

Opening hours: 12 pm to 2 pm

Location: MónNatura Pirineus Auditorium

Activity coordination: Andrea Blanco and Judit Piella, Science Academy team of the Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera

Session given by: Andrea Blanco and Judit Piella

Language: Catalan

Description: Closing ceremony of the third edition of the Campus Natura program. Presentations of the participants on the contents of the program. Delivery of diplomas.