Review | IWRW Week 2019

Between the 20-27 July 2019 the 30th International Wildlife Research Week (IWRW) was held in the Val Müstair. 23 teenagers from 12 different European countries were working for one week on ecological, behavioural & systematic questions of the local fauna and flora. One group discovered the Ruddy Darter (Sympetrum sanguineum) while exploring the fauna. It was first sighted last year at the IWRW in the Val Müstair and now the discovery has been confirmed. Another group was also able to present exciting findings on the marmots in Val Müstair: They have a “siesta” in the burrows. It can be related to the heat, because while the marmots hardly ever leave the burrows on sunny afternoons, they take a much shorter nap when the weather is cloudy. More exciting results can be found in the final reports from IWRW 2019 below.


“It opened my eyes to ecology and wildlife. I got to see mammals and insects that are specific to the Swiss Alps and I learned about how they cope with the weather and altitude. The camp environment was very good, and we had lots of laughs together. The leaders were inspiring and helpful, always spreading joy and keeping us motivated. Overall, this experience will be missed.” Hannah Svindland Kerr, Norway


“The field research was very interesting. Thanks to this, I learned much more about the fauna and flora of Graubünden and mainly its orthopterans.; This week has strengthened my desire to work in biology and especially entomology. “Cindy Bourquenod, Switzerland


 “That was awsome to see what does “to be researcher” mean. Furthermore, that was a fantastic experience to meet other young scientists who are interested in the same topics. Moreover, big thank you for the beautiful area where the week has taken place.” Boglarka Toth, Hungary


“The people made the week unforgettable! It was a pleasure to meet people all over the world. It was interesting to talk to the four experienced leaders/biologists about their daily work and recommendations for studies.” Lisa Scherrer, Switzerland


Final Reports from IWRW 2019

Bumblebees – Analysis of flower preferences in high altitude

Do fishes have a deadly impact on ponds

Hide-and-seek with grasshoppers in the Grisons

The early marmot catches the flower

The Sensitivity of Alpine Marmots to the Presence of Humans

What flies in Val Müstair’s rivers