SKUA Nature is proposing a new Summer School entitled Biology, conservation and identification of Dragonflies included in our international project Western Palearctic Professional Nature Schools.
The Summer School is entirely dedicated to the discovery of the fascinating world of dragonflies at the Parco Fluviale del Po e dell’Orba (Italy) from July 9th to July 16th 2011. The course base is the Palude di San Genuario (VC), Natura 2000 Site, a territory rich in biodiversity, characterised by the presence of several artificial and natural wetland areas. It's one of the best italian spot for dragonflies and it's also inhabited by many interesting species of birds, amphibians and reptiles. This Natural Reserve will hold the first italian Dragonfly Centre!
An intensive and practical training course, with the aim of presenting the conservation issues concerning Odonata at a European level, using Italy, one of the few Countries with the highest number of dragonflies species, as a case study, and facing theoretically and practically the use of these insects for the evaluation of environmental changes.
Main topics:• Ecology and distribution of European dragonflies
• Identification and monitoring techniques
• Management and conservation strategies – threats analysis
and case study
• Map interpretation
• Specimen preservation for scientific studies
Lectures, fieldworks and excursions will be held by internationally known experts on dragonfly.