Kinga Stępniak - member of our society - conducted a lecture about wolf ecology and conservation during a seminar held at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. Lecture was attended by 150 participants.
Katarzyna Tołkacz - member of our society - conducted educational workshop about wolves for kids and their parents in the Centre of the Forest Education of the Warsaw Municipal Forests. Kids were involved in CSI style workshop focused on the wolf diet assessement.
An article "Ecology of European Badger Meles meles in the Western Capathian Mountains: A Review" by Dr. Robert Mysłajek, Dr. Sabina Nowak, Dr. Anna Rożen, Dr. Korneliusz Kurek, Michał Figura and Prof. Bogumiła Jędrzejewska was published in the "Wildlife Biology in Practice". Paper reviewed spatial and social organization, population density, habitat preferences and food habits of badgers inhabiting Western Carpathians. Studies on the badger ecology were conducted mainly by the team of our society.
Gorce National Park organized educational workshop about wolf ecology. Event was dedicated to journalists but was also attended by local citizens from Carpathian Mountains. Workshop was conducted by experts from Institute of Nature Conservation Polish Academy of Sciences, Magura National Park, Gorce National Park, Association for Nature "Wolf" (Dr. Sabina Nowak), and Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Kraków.
Transport infrastructure is a critical threat to populations of animals; wildlife crossing structures are therefore commonly applied as a measure to sustain animal movements across roads and railways. Research on the efficiency of crossing structures is needed to provide scientific underpinnings to conservation efforts. Scientists from the Association for Nature "Wolf" and University of Warsaw, conducted year-round monitoring of a large underpass on the S69 expressway in the western Polish Carpathians, which revealed that the crossing structure was mainly used by wild mammals (68.6 %), followed by domestic animals (22.1 %) and people (9.3 %). Wild mammals (14 species) were represented by both game and protected species, including largebodied species like red deer Cervus elaphus, roe deer Capreolus capreolus and wild boar Sus scrofa. The Shannon species diversity index and Shannon’s evenness index varied seasonally, with the highest number of species recorded in summer and lowest in winter. Red deer neither avoided nor selected for the wildlife crossing structure, while roe deer selected for it, and wild boar avoided it. This study indicates that large underpasses in mountains are used by a rich community of mammals, even if located close to human settlements. Results of the study were published in Folia Zoologica (No. 3/2016).