Dragonfly Conservation Program of Vitoria-Gasteiz0 reviews
The main objective of this program is increasing the knowledge about the ecology, behaviour and distribution areas of the dragonflies of the municipality of Vitoria-Gasteiz. This group is very important because of their utility as bioindicator of the water quality. Moreover, dragonflies are one of the most in danger groups because of the desiccation and water contamination. There are also some specific aims: -Knowing the population dynamic of different species of drangonflies. -Selecting some areas for the species of dragonflies in danger or of interest. -Collecting all the information in a database.
This is the third program included in our Citizen Science project (Net of Citizen Science of Vitoria-Gasteiz) created by the Environmental Research Center of Vitoria-Gasteiz city council and organized by Ataria (the Interpretation Centre of the Salburua wetlands). It is based on the sampling work of volunteer citizens of different knowledge and origin. Each participant has a plot that has to be sampled four times in order to identify dragonflies´species: first visit May 15-June 15, second visit June 16-July 15, third visit July 16-August 15 and fourth visit September 16-October 15. Then, the results obtained in that samplings have to be uploaded to the online platform Ornitho. Finally, the results of all the participants are analyzed by the expert coordinator to get an annual memory of the dragonflies of Vitoria-Gasteiz and receive conclusions about the conservation of the biodiversity.