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Dear friends of malacology!

On 25. June 2021, Oleg Mandic will introduce us into the seas of the Miocene in Lower Austria. We will meet the mollusc fauna of Nexing (Muschelberg), of the „Sandgrube Wohlmuth“ in Kleinebersdorf and at the Buchberg bei Mailberg. Finally we will visit the world’s largest fossil oyster reef, the „Fossilienwelt“ near Stetten.

You find further Information in the program.

Registration until 10. June at team@molluskenforschung.at

If, due to Corona, the excursion cannot take place, we will fix an alternative date.

We look forward to your participation!

Dear friends of malacology!

In spring / summer 2021 we start with excursions again. The first one, on 28. May, will take us to Bad Fischau-Brunn. This market town is located at the border of two ecoregions, the Alps and the Pannonian Plain which, combined with the fact that several natural thermal springs emerge there, results in diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats. A remarkable number of rare, endangered and sometimes even endemic species can be found there.

Under the guidance of Otto Moog, Alexander Mrkvicka, and Alexander Reischütz we will visit Bad Fischau-Brunn (thermal pond, dry grassland), the Eisenstein cave, the thermal bath Bad Fischau and the Warme Fischa.

You find more information in the program.

Registration until 10. May at team@molluskenforschung.at

If, due to Corona, the excursion cannot take place, we will fix an alternative date.

We look forward to your participation!

 

 

Dear friends of malacology!

Two MoFA excursions are planned In late summer/autumn 2020:

On Friday, 28. August we will explore the malacofauna of the Wienfluss-Retention Basin in the 14. District. Due to the rich structure of this habitat caused by the dynamics that the Wien River creates, interesting insights into the mollusc fauna of Vienna can be expected. The locality may be reached by public transport (U4 line). We kindly ask you to register at team@molluskenforschung.at by 20. August.

Furthermore, we will visit some selected sites in the March floodplains north of Marchegg on Friday, 25. September. Despite their diversity and natural uniqueness, the Marchauen are malacologically little studied and finds of rare species are not excluded. The exact points will be discussed with the responsible persons on site and determined in August. As for this excursion, it is hardly possible to reach the sites by public transport, we will organise transport by car. Please register by 1. September at team@molluskenforschung.at and provide information whether you need a ride or can provide a carpool.

Organized by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Otto Moog an excursion to the Triestingtal will take place on May 17th, 2019.

The Water Supply Association of the Triestingtal and Southern Railway Municipalities draws drinking water for 150,000 inhabitants of the Vienna Basin from various sources, such as artesian wells, fracture springs, fissure springs, surface water or deep wells. Mr. Ing. Wolfgang Hiltl, Deputy Director of the Triestingtal and Southern Railway Municipalities (WLV), accompanies us as an expert guide and gives us the opportunity to gain an insight into the nature of the drinking water supply and to visit some springs. more: [MoFA excursion Triestingtal] pdf

We would like to thank the Wasserleitungsverband der Triestingtal- und Südbahngemeinden for the kind permission to use these photos.

In July 2018 representatives of the Natural History Museum Vienna (Elisabeth Haring and Helmut Sattmann) together with Sajmir Beqiraj and Xhoia Mujali (University of Tirana), went for an excursion to the karst lakes of the Belshi region south of Elbasan, Albania. A project submitted to the WTZ aims to assess the freshwater mollusc fauna of this area. On the one hand, the species composition of the different lakes will be related to different ecological, geological and physical parameters, on the other hand the species shall be characterized by DNA barcoding and compared to the same or closely related species in other regions of Europe. This is intended to provide information on intraspecific variation and phylogeographic patterns, especially for widely distributed species. In addition, this project should be an impetus for DNA barcoding initiatives in the countries of the Balkan Peninsula, which (still) show considerable biodiversity, which must be recognized and protected before it is lost forever.

All images: Helmut Sattmann