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Bioblitz Serralves 2016
from 09 MAY 2016 to 14 MAY 2016
In 2016 Serralves is organizing the third edition of BioBlitz, a lightning-speed inventory exercise of species, conducted with participation of the general public, in a unique initiative in one of Portugal’s historical and urban gardens.
Unlike a scientific inventory, which is limited to biologists and other researchers, BioBlitz is open to families, students, teachers and other community members, who will help researchers find plants and animals in Serralves Park.

During the week (9-13 May) the programme will be dedicated to the participation of schools and on Saturday (14 May) is open the general public. The detailed programme will be available soon.

Diverse biological groups in the Park will be catalogued: Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles, Micromammals and Bats, Insects and Spiders, plants, lichens and mushrooms. Each will have a field station located in Serralves Park, from which we can accompany the inventory sessions. In the case of Birds and Butterflies, it will even be possible to do some independent monitoring: participants can simply collect a kit, make an online application and record the collected data.
In parallel, family workshops will be organised dedicated to each species, conversations about biodiversity and the documentaries "There’s life in Serralves”.
This is a unique opportunity to help expand the list of identified species, work with the scientific community and learn more about the fauna and flora of Serralves Park.

Collection point of material for autonomous inventories.
Data-entry point in the "Biodiversity and the Environment" platform.
Location: Espelho de Água
Operating time: 9:00-19:00

The "Biodiversity and Environment" Platform is a resource centre on biodiversity in an urban context, that aims to spread scientific knowledge in this area to various audiences.
Participants can learn about Serralves Park in the aspects of flora, fauna and environmental quality, and online information booklets and activity suggestions are also available.
From the diversity of the Park’s set of trees and shrubs to its wealth of different animal groups, we invite you to learn more about the biodiversity in Serralves and the environment!

The approximately 10,000 species of birds that inhabit our planet have a fascinating capacity for environmental adaptation, and mark presence in almost all terrestrial ecosystems, including urban environments. In Serralves Park over 90 species have been observed. Blackbirds, jays, blue tits and red-breasted robins are some of the species that can be more easily observed at any time of year in the Park.
Location: Clareira das Azinheiras

Ringing of birds for the general public: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants 25 people

Field trips: 17:30, 18:30, 21:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants 25 people

Access: subject to collecting a participation slip; in the Station, between 9:00-18:30; in the reception of Serralves Museum, between 7:30 and 9:00 and 18:30-23:00, from where the Field Trips will depart within these times.

Educational workshop: 9:00-19:00

In Portugal, there are 17 species of amphibians. Amphibians are in a very delicate situation in terms of conservation: one in three amphibian species in the world have a worrying conservation status. In Serralves Park there are four different species of amphibians: green-frog; Bosca's newt; common-midwife-toad and yellow-spotted salamander. 
Reptiles are the most misunderstood animals, largely due to ignorance of their biology and ecology. Most of the species occurring in Portugal are completely harmless and all primarily choose to escape when they feel threatened. Their elusive and discreet behavior allows them to go undetected, making their observation a challenge. In Serralves Park there are at least two species of reptiles: Bocage's wall lizard and the slow worm.
Location: Espelho de Água

Field trips - Amphibians: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00, 21:00, 22:00, 23:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants 25 people

Field trips - Reptiles: 10:00, 11:00, 14:00, 15:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants 25 people

Educational workshop: 9:00-19:00

Although they are often regarded as pests and carriers of disease, micromammals actually play a key role in the balance of ecosystems, as they are the basis of the diet of many species of carnivorous mammals, birds of prey and reptiles, seed dispersers and predators of a high quantity and diversity of invertebrates. At least three species can be observed in Serralves Park: the Algerian mouse, house mouse, and greater white-toothed shrew.
Bats are mysterious beings for most people, especially because of their nocturnal habits. They are capable of moving in the dark, using an ultrasonic echo system. The species found in Portugal feed mainly on insects, and thereby help control insect populations. They face serious conservation problems associated to the loss and alteration of their habitats. Serralves Park provides shelter and/or food for at least two species of bats: the common pipistrelle and the serotinine bat.
Location: Clareira dos Teixos

Field trips - Bats: 21:00, 22:00, 23:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants: 25 people

Field trips - Micromammals: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, 17:00, 18:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants: 25 people

Access: subject to collecting a participation slip; in the Station, between 9:00-18:30; in the reception of Serralves Museum, between 7:30 and 9:00 and 18:30-23:00, from where the Field Trips will depart within these times.

Educational workshop: 9:00-19:00

Insects - arthropods with three pairs of legs and a body divided into three segments - represent about 90% of all known species. Herbivores, predators, pollinators and decomposers, they are key elements for the balance of ecosystems.
Location: next to the Maria Nordman sculpture 

Field trips: 11:00, 14:30, 16:00, 21:00
Time: 1.5 hours
Max. no. of participants: 25 people
Access: subject to collecting a participation slip; in the Station, between 9:00-18:30; in the reception of Serralves Museum, between 7:30 and 9:00 and 18:30-23:00, from where the Field Trips will depart within these times.

Educational workshop: 9:00-19:00

Serralves Park is famous for the diversity of its tree and shrub heritage, composed of about 8000 specimens, encompassing around 230 native and exotic species and varieties. Herbaceous plants also have a major presence in the Park, especially in the meadows and clearings.
Bryophytes, commonly known as mosses, are primarily terrestrial plants, with different shapes, textures and even colours. They play essential roles in many ecosystems, such as water retention, contributions to the formation of soils, pioneers in the colonization of habitats, nutrient recycling, biomass production and carbon sequestration. Areas of mosses are also home to many invertebrates.
Location: Óctogono

Field trips - Trees and Shrubs: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants: 25 people

Field trips - Bryophytes: 11:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants: 25 people

Access: subject to collecting a participation slip in the Station, between 9:00-18:30.

Educational workshop: 9:00-19:00

Lichens are beings that result from the symbiosis between a fungus and an alga or cyanobacterium. They can take different forms and sizes, and colonize a wide array of different habitats, such as tree trunks or rocks. The approximately 19,000 species currently known worldwide attest to the success of this union. Given that some species are highly sensitive to pollution, they are often used as bioindicators of air quality.
The kingdom of fungi, which includes mushrooms, although one of the largest and most diverse, is still relatively unknown. Recent estimates point to 1.5 million different species, of which only about 55,000 produce mushrooms. Mushrooms are the structures of the fungi involved in the reproduction of these species. Fungi are essentials in the balance of all ecosystems, and can be found from the polar regions to the tropics. They perform important functions such as nutrient recycling or association with other living creatures (plants or animals).
Location: Clareira da Presa

Field trips - Lichens: 10:00, 11:00, 12:00
Duration: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants 25 people

Field trips - Mushrooms: 14:00, 15:00, 16:00
Time: 1 hour
Max. no. of participants: 25 people

Access: subject to collecting a participation slip; in the Station, between 9:00-18:30.

Educational workshop: 9:00-19:00

A lively game of  biodiversity questions to test your knowledge!
Location: Alpendre do Celeiro

Sessions: 10:30, 11:30, 15:00, 16:00
Duration and max. no. of participants: 45 minutes / session; limited to the available space.

What does BioBlitz mean?
"Bio” means life and "Blitz” means doing something quickly and intensively.
The objective is to find and identify the maximum number of species, in a specific area, a specific area, over a short period of time, functioning as a biological inventory.
    
How does it work?
The species are classified into different biological groups, such as plants, lichens, mushrooms, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, micromammals. The end result of a BioBlitz is to count the number of species found in each of these groups.

How does it differ from other scientific inventories?
A scientific inventory is usually restricted to biologists and other researchers. A BioBlitz in addition to volunteer scientists, also involves families, students, teachers and other members of the local community.

Why organise a BioBlitz in Serralves?
Serralves Park is a fundamental part of the ecological structure of Porto, contributing to the potential diversity of habitats that occur in urban areas. BioBlitz helps increase existing knowledge and share it with the general public.

SERRALVES FOUNDATION
General Director: Odete Patrício
Director of the Museum: Suzanne Cotter
Director of the Park: João Almeida
Director of Resources and Special Projects: Rui Costa
Director of Commercial Development and Communication: Miguel Rangel
Administrative and Financial Director: Sofia Castro

CIBIO-INBIO
Director: Nuno Ferrand de Almeida
Press Office: Maria João Fonseca
PROGRAMMING
Director of the Park: João Almeida
Educational Service of the Park: Elisabete Alves
CIBIO-INBIO, "Serralves 360º - Landscape and Biodiversity" Project: 
Scientific Coordination: CIBIO-INBIO; Team: Raquel Ribeiro, Sofia Viegas

ACTIVITIES
Autonomous Activities Station: Anabela Pereira, Dina Marques, Marco Ramos, Mundo Científico, Lda.
BioQuiz: Ana Isabel Pinheiro, Cristina Dias, Maria João Fonseca, Joana Torres (CIBIO-InBIO)
Investigators: Carlos Vila-Viçosa, Catarina Pinho, Clara Ferreira, Cláudia Oliveira, Cláudia Soares, Cristiana Marques, Cristiana Vieira, Daniel Santos, Helena Hespanhol, Helena Santos, Joana Paupério, Joana Torres, José Manuel Grosso-Silva, Juliana Monteiro, Luís Machado, Paula Portela, Raquel Ribeiro, Raquel Vasconcelos, Ricardo Lopes, Sara Rocha, Sofia Viegas, Tiago Rodrigues

PRODUCTION
Management of the Park: Ana Oliveira
Educational Service of the Park: Anabela Silva, Carla Almeida, Carlota Carqueja
Maintenance Service of the Park: Augusto Alves, Manuel Alves, Júlio Fonseca, Paula Gouveia, Luciana Pereira, Maria Rosa Pereira, Miguel Pinheiro, José Pinto, Manuel Pinto, Ana Rocha, António Rocha, Augusto Sousa, Hugo Viana.

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  • LocationSerralves Park
  • Days 09 MAY 2016 - 14 MAY 2016

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Rua D. João de Castro, 210
4150-417 Porto Portugal
41º9'35.40"N
8º39'35.35"W
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