Return to nature

UNI NOVA, a research magazine of the University of Basel, published a "photo album" about our research project on the Rhine island of the Petite Camargue. See the links to the webpage or the PDF (German versions: Webseite oder PDF).
Melitaea parthenoides credit Tobias Roth

Excess nitrogen puts butterflies at risk

Nitrogen from agriculture, vehicle emissions and industry is endangering butterflies in Switzerland. The element is deposited in the soil via the air and has an impact on vegetation – to the detriment of the butterflies, as we describe in a…
Konik foal in the Petite Camargue Alsacienne

Born in the Petite Camargue Alsacienne

Today, the first Konik foal was born on the Rhine island of the Petite Camargue Alsacienne. For more pictures by Lilla Lovász, see here.
Singen wie die Vögel

Exhibition «Singing like the birds» in the BirdLife visitor center La Sauge

In the exhibition «Singen wie die Vögel», visitors use laptops and high-quality headphones to experience birdsong. The exhibition makes extensive use of sonograms and allows to play birdsong with varying temporal resolution to enable the…

New paper: Grazer density and songbird counts on the Rhine island

In this study, we equipped five horses and five cattle with GPS collars and correlated the density of their GPS positions on the grazed area with the density of bird observations. We found that in the songbirds of our study site, both the…
Heinz Durrer

Prof. Heinz Durrer receives prize by the Baselland Nature Research Society

Heinz Durrer is professor emeritus of the University of Basel and was the first director of the Research Station Petite Camargue Alsacienne. He received the Franz Leuthardt Prize 2020 of the Baselland Nature Research Society (NGBL) for his…
Nature – Where I work

Nature – Where I work

Lilla Lovász, «The zoologist tracking an island's rebirth», has been interviewed for Nature! This does not happen to many PhD students ... For more pictures from where Lilla works, see here.
Melanie Andereggen

Congrats on your Master theses, Melanie Andereggen, Julia Fürst, and Michel Montagner!

Melanie Andereggen (photo) investigated how the Red Kite, a diet generalist and opportunistic scavenger, alters prey delivery rate and diet composition for nestlings in response to brood size, age, and environmental factors. She found that…
Renovation of the houses of the research station

Renovation of the houses of the research station

The houses of the research station receive new roof insulation and interior ventilation. Thanks to the Swisslos-Fonds Basel-Stadt and to the Swiss Association Pro Petite Camargue Alsacienne for funding the renovation!
fish farm Petite Camargue Alsacienne

The Frey-Clavel Foundation supports the fish farm Petite Camargue Alsacienne

Today, the Frey-Clavel Foundation decided to support the fish farm in the nature reserve Petite Camargue Alsacienne with a large contribution. Many thanks! The fish farm breeds salmon for reintroduction into the Rhine and its tributaries.…