Looking for the wild boar

Simple methods for a challenging task It is not anymore necessary to be a wildlife expert, always out and about in nature, to see it: it is frequent, everywhere, and now, even in city centres. It is the wild boar (Sus scrofa), one of the most widespread ungulates in Europe. Although we are all aware … Read more

Humans stuck, wild boars out!

To contain the spread of the new virus, many countries around the world instituted lockdowns or strict restrictions of people’s mobility outside their residences. Lockdowns contributed to an improvement in the quality of air, cleaner rivers, less noise pollution, undisturbed natural habitats, and calmer wildlife, determining an effect defined “Anthropause” or “the Great Pause.” The … Read more

Winter is coming! How are mammals preparing for winter time?

Winter is coming! The weather is getting colder, tree leaves are changing their colors, temperatures drop down and soon it will be snowing. Days are shorter, nights longer and food resources are running low. All of these weather and environmental changes cause also modifications in organisms of mammals. The physiological responses are triggered, so animals … Read more

Invasive species in Europe

An introduced, known also as alien or non-native species, is a species which lives outside its native distributional range, where it arrived thanks to human activity – directly or indirectly, deliberately or accidentally. These which spread aggressively and have a substantial negative effect on a local ecosystem are classified as invasive species. If introduced species … Read more

iMammalia reaches new horizons thank to the support of European citizens

The friendly-use mobile app recently achieved 10,000 observations on wild mammals in a record period Since the implementation of MammalNet project (www.mammalnet.com) in October 2019 (a project funded by EFSA), participating volunteers have registered observations of European mammal species all over the continent. The project was first stablished in 4 pilot Countries: Croatia, Germany, Poland, … Read more

Climate change threatening seals

Climate change threatens our oceans and many of the species that inhabit them.  Seals share the marine and terrestrial environment during their life cycle and are therefore affected by changes in both environments.  In fact, neither the rarest nor the most abundant seal species are spared from the climate threat. Do you know why? Some … Read more

Feral American mink: a new pawn of the COVID game

Alien (non-native) species are a long-time problem that the scientific community is facing since the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats in 1979. However, a few months ago a specific alien species got even more popular, by ending under the COVID-19 spotlights. That is, the American mink (Neovison vison). This … Read more