For the MoFA excursion on 17 May to the sources of the Water Supply Association of the Triestingtal and Southern Railway Municipalities there are still some places left. Registration is still possible until 5 May.

The deadline for the excursion to Triestingtal on May 17th, 2019 is approaching. Please register until 19th April at . We will have the opportunity to gain insights into the system of drinking water supply, to visit some springs and to search at some springs for snails.

The participation is free of charge.

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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