Teens measure climate change

Category: BioWet, Europe Regional News

Last updated: January 21st, 2022

The BioWet Erasmus+ project has successfully concluded!

BioWet is about teens visiting wetland centres to measure the effects of climate change.
Congratulations to the partners: EVOA, Dokka High School, Randsfjord museum, Urdaibai Bird Center, and WWT Martin Mere.

Started in 2018, the plan involved travel in 2020, so was delayed until this year. Compressing the work into just a few months was demanding and rewarding.

Mosaic of owl pellet dissection

In October, volunteers staff from Randsfjord museum and Dokka High School went from Norway to the Basque Country, and met staff and volunteers from EVOA and local Urdaibai students.

By November, restrictions had eased and Norwegian students were able to join the visit to EVOA in Portugal. They were able to see how coastal wetlands can be affected by climate change.

They learned about bird ringing in both Iberian wetland centres.

group bird ringing

In all the visits, the young participants learned to identify shared species and assess indicators both in-hand (by dissecting owl pellets!) and via decades of existing observation data.

The visit to Dokka was transformed into a hybrid seminar, spread over two days with presentations from diverse stakeholders: national government, regional authorities, climate scientists, and BioWet participants all contributed to an engaging and informative seminar; watch the recordings on the WLI YouTube channel.

People outside hut by Nordic lake in sunny day

The participants are interested in a future application to Erasmus+ to continue the work. MBP members who are interested are encouraged to get in touch.
Find out more on the BioWet homepage.