Citizen Science

Flora of Bavaria

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science

The “Flora of Bavaria” initiative aims to describe all of Bavaria’s more than 4.000 flowering plants and ferns, including naturally occurring, newly naturalized, invasive, and also extinct species. The project records and documents the flora of Bavaria over time and space. The information thus available is of high importance for questions of changes due to […]

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Fossil excavations

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science | Research

Research excavation in the Plattenkalke of Brunn/Upper Palatinate In cooperation with the association “Bildungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Ostbayerische Erdgeschichte e.V.” (Regensburg), the Bavarian State Collection for Paleontology and Geology Munich (SNSB-BSPG) has been conducting fossil excavations in the former, now abandoned Pielenhofen forest quarry (between Wischenhofen and Brunn, northwest of Regensburg) since the mid-1990s. The Brunner […]

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Image gallery for bees, wasps and other hymenoptera

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science

Wild bees and other biting insects are highly endangered and, like many other insects, strongly affected by species decline. To be able to protect these animals, it is important to reliably identify them and gather further knowledge about the species. With a new online image gallery of bees, wasps, ants and other hymenoptera, the Munich […]

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Amateur experts in mineralogy

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science

Ore deposits of the Betic Cordillera Amateur experts support the Bavarian State Collection for Mineralogy (SNSB-MSM) in the investigation of deep hydrothermal mineral formations in polymetallic ore deposits of the Betic Cordillera in southern Spain. Their activities include sampling in the oxidation zone of polymetallic deposits (gold, silver, lead, antimony, zinc, arsenic) as well as […]

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Volunteers in paleontology

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science

Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology Geo- and biodiversity research, taxonomy (history of the earth)The Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology (SNSB-BSPG) has extensive collections of fossils and rocks from all over the world, in the precise identification, documentation and analysis of which the staff on site are also supported by volunteers. Some […]

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Amateur experts in zoology

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science

Biodiversity research, taxonomy (especially in tropical countries) Many private collectors invest a considerable amount of time and money in their research, especially for collection building as well as for literature studies, museum visits, exhibitions, lectures and publication of research results. Between 80-100 volunteer entomologists (the majority of which are butterfly and beetle specialists), and about […]

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Preservation of private scientific collections

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science

Many amateurs build up highly professional private scientific collections over years or decades.

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Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg: Wild bee project

29. July 2021 | Citizen Science

To find out more about endangered wild bee species, scientists from the Bavarian State Collection for Botany (SNSB-BSM) and Ludwig Maximilian University Munich (LMU) conducted a “hands-on project” in the Botanical Garden Munich-Nymphenburg (SNSB-BGM) in 2017 and 2018. In the process, hundreds of wild bees were given back numbers. By individually marking the out-migrating wild […]

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