Gozo Wild Orchid Project 2019 orchid citizen scientist team
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On a beautiful sunny Saturday, Green House Malta held their Gozo field trip for the – Wild Orchid Project – which gave Gozitan nature enthusiasts the opportunity to join them in their survey of wild orchids as they start to blossom all over Gozo and Malta.
This is the third year of the project in Gozo and local orchidologist Stephen Mifsud gave an information session on how to identify the different species and this was followed by a trip to a local nature area where they were shown how to survey the orchids – becoming part of the orchid citizen scientist team.
Greenhouse Malta said that citizen scientists are the key source of data collection in surveys aiming to contribute invaluable data needed to assess the country’s diverse and beautiful orchid species; their distribution and status across the islands.
The volunteers monitor and record data on orchids and bees while out on nature walks. Greenhouse volunteers also monitor and record bat sightings by going on night walks in towns and villages or simply from the comfort of their own garden or yard by using specially provided bat detectors.
Data from these citizen science projects are actively contributing to local biodiversity databases and distribution maps, Greenhouse said.
Anyone can start contributing to the conservation of our local flora and fauna by joining any of the research projects being conducted by Green House.
Greenhouse is an environmental NGO comprised of scientists and artists that seek to train, build awareness in and engage with Malta’s citizens.
It started out as a student organisation focused on animals rights and sustainable living in the University of Malta. It was founded in 2008 and recognised by the UOM Senate in 2009.
Photographs: Greenhouse Malta