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Great nature observations during the biodiversity week

Whether animal observation or plant discovery - until May 24th, young and old can discover biodiversity in Austria at a variety of events throughout Austria and take part in this year's biodiversity contest. For the International Biodiversity Day on May 22nd, the Nature Conservation Association is presenting grandiose snapshots from the competition.

Two observations of two small forest dwellers from Lower Austria were shared: the bluish, often purple or greenish shimmering can be seen particularly well on the close-up of the black forest dung beetle. These beetles build underground chambers for their offspring, in which they place the feces that they have collected with each egg. This serves as food for the newly hatched larvae.

Speaking of offspring: a curious red fox pup was photographed in the Krems district. The blind puppies are born after a gestation period of 50 to 60 days. After about two weeks they open their eyes, and from May on they can be seen on discovery tours.

The mute swan has seldom been seen so perfectly staged as in the photo from Grünau im Almtal. The black hump on the beak gives it its name. While the young swans are gray, the adult animals wear snow-white plumage. Mute swans can live up to 20 years.

Day of biodiversity: protecting and promoting nature in Austria

With around 67.000 species, Austria is one of the most species-rich countries in Central Europe. This diversity includes species and populations, is the basis for intact ecosystems and a central prerequisite for sustainable development. A good 20 years ago, goals were set within the framework of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in order to preserve valuable biodiversity. Every year on May 22, it is remembered that the protection of species, habitats and genetic diversity needs much more effort worldwide.

Get active yourself in the biodiversity week

More than 150 events throughout Austria invite you to get to know nature around the day of biodiversity. In addition, during the biodiversity week, everyone can get active themselves: nature lovers and those who want to become one are in demand for the biodiversity contest. Those who share their observations on or the app of the same name can win great identification aids. The main prize is an exciting excursion with a well-known biodiversity researcher.

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