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Didactic field on the wolf in the Ghirardi Nature Reserve

Friday 12 November from 13:30 Sunday 14 November from 17:00

Three days dedicated to the wolf and coexistence immersed in the heart of the Ghirardi Nature Reserve, over 600 hectares of protected area, in Val Taro (Parma)

Through an interesting didactic part, full of images and videos, we will deepen the biology and ethology of the wolf and thanks to the field trips we will learn to move silently, to lurk and to recognize and interpret the signs of presence of wolves and other fauna as well as discover the different monitoring techniques used with particular focus on photo-video trapping.
An important aspect of this didactic field will concern coexistence with human activities: we will meet Elena and Roberto, breeders, who live within the protected area, their cattle grazing and their guardian dogs at work. Together with them we will talk about prevention systems, problems related to coexistence and how to behave in case of encounter with LGDs.
We will stay in the beautiful and comfortable stone houses of Cà Segalè where crackling stoves and excellent local and organic food will be waiting for us after returning from field activities.

Program

Friday 12
Meeting at 13.00, arrival on foot to the house and placing of luggage.
Didactics on the wolf biology, ethology, signs of presence.
Short excursion with photo-video traps positioning tests and stalking at sunset for wildlife observations.
Return home and before dinner presentation on the pack of the Reserve, wolves that we have been following since 2016 and that have part of their territory within the protected area.

Saturday 13
Appointment at dawn for wildlife observations (optional) followed by breakfast.
Excursion to the Reserve in search of signs of presence and control of video traps, wildlife observations at sunset.

Sunday 14th of
Breakfast and then an excursion to the reserve up to Elena and Roberto's farm, where we will meet their grazing animals and guardian dogs at work.
We will learn what to do and what not to do when we meet the "white keepers" on our path and we will talk with them about what the farmers' problems are. Buffet tasting with local products.
Return to Cà Segalè at 15.30 / 16: 00 and closing of the field.

Details

sar Difficulty level: E (hiking)
In a mountain environment, on paths they do not require particular technical skills, they cross wooded and open areas.

Trekking length
Average hike distance on Saturday 8 km 300 meters in altitude - Sunday 6 km 300 meters in altitude.

Event recommended for children under 12?
Si

Dogs allowed?
No

What to bring
Trekking clothing suitable for the autumn period in layers to better adapt to different temperatures, bright and too visible colors should be avoided, we recommend bringing an additional cover to wear when we will stay still for a long time for direct observations. Trekking boots better if waterproof, windbreaker and rain jacket, hat, sweater or fleece, minimum 1 liter water bottle, material for taking notes, binoculars, flashlight (preferably frontal), towels, sleeping bag, pillowcase and sheet.

Registration deadline
15 days before the date of the event

The activities will be carried out in compliance with the anti COVID-19 directives.
All participants must comply with the provisions that will be communicated by our association, keep a safe distance and avoid gatherings of any kind.

The program is subject to variations, decided by the organizers on the basis of contingencies and weather conditions.

 

Registration form

Participation and registration
Event reserved for members of I am not afraid of the wolf in good standing with the annual membership fee on the last day of the month preceding the event. Children must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Activity contribution:

€ 220 which include:
Rental of the structure
Contribution for meals of organic products at km 0 Tasting contribution on Sunday
Association contribution

 

Details

Beginning:
Friday 12 November from 13:30
End:
Sunday 14 November from 17:00
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Location

Ghirardi WWF Oasis Regional Nature Reserve
Predelle houses of Porcigatone
Borgo Val di Taro, 43043 Italy
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