Citizen science: 16 Rangers counting nightjars 22 jun 2017
Sixteen enthousiastic volunteers were dropped at 8 different locations within the heathland area of the "Mechelse Heide" for a simultaneous counting of singing nightjars.
Fieldwork is an essential part of the research project of PhDs. Ruben Evens and PhDs. Celine Kowalczyk. Through their study they aim at unravelling the ecology of the European nightjar, a species with a high European Conservation Concern.
At summer time, these species actively mate and breed in the heatland vegetation of the province of Limburg. In order to gain information about the nightjars breeding behaviour, Rangers of the Hoge Kempen National Park have succesfully helped with the inventory. All volunteers had monitored the presence of indivudials and even five individual nightjars were caught, measured and were provided with a transmitter for follow-up.