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The Research Station Petite Camargue Alsacienne offers accommodation for researchers of diverse scientific disciplines. It is situated in the middle of a nature reserve, and research activities must therefore be compatible with the goals of conservation. Measuring the impact of conservation management is an important part of the research; ever since the research station was founded, it contributed to monitoring of plants and animals in the nature reserve.

The research station also rears animals for (re-) introduction. In 1990, the first Highland cattle were introduced for the management of the marsh areas. Several groups of European swamp turtles (Emys orbicularis) living in the station's outdoor enclosures are being re-introduced in the northern part of Alsace. At the bird observatory Station Ornithologique de l'Au, migrating and breeding birds are observed, captured, and ringed on behalf of the Centre de Recherches sur la Biologie des Populations d'Oiseaux.

A main focus of research is on the behavioural ecology of passerines and particularly of the nightingale (Luscinia megarhynchos). Many master theses, Ph.D. theses and other research is done in collaboration with other institutes of the University of Basel, in particular with the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, the Institute of Environmental Sciences, and the Institute of Physiogeography and Landscape Ecology. However, the research station also welcomes researchers from all over the world.

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