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Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
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I have designed, developed and managed the Birds Online project that aims to bring webcast bird nesting with its educational, scientific and popularizing benefits to society throughout Europe and in co-operation with COST Actions participants. I am a member of COST Action CA15212.
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Birds Online
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Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague
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The interdisciplinary Birds Online project aims to bring webcast bird nesting with its educational, scientific and popularizing benefits for both scientists and the public. The project has been developed in the Czech Republic since 2012 by university team headed by Dr. Zárybnická. The cornerstone of the project is a “smart” box that monitors and records all activities performed inside the box, and it allows everyone to follow the bird activities via a webcast or using video recordings that are available on a website. Participants from the public cooperate with the university team in various ways; in particular, they install smart boxes in their own garden. Consequently, they gain a wide range of educational benefits. For example, teachers and schoolchildren can use direct observations of nesting on interactive whiteboards and introduce video inputs directly into lessons, schoolchildren can create pictures, stories and other items. Apart from gaining biological knowledge and deepening their relationship with their environment, students from secondary schools can develop their technical skills. For example, students at secondary school use the recorded video data to produce video on tit nesting, while students in the higher classes of vocational training schools make wooden boxes with built-in structures for technical devices. This approach allows one to follow the ground-breaking idea of J. A. Comenius about learning through play rather than through performing tedious tasks (Orbis Pictus). Finally, scientists can analyse and publish a wide range of high quality biological data, including type and timing of the activities depending on light pollution, diet structure, reproduction success, predation, nesting material and type of the nest structure, ethology, communication, common and substandard behaviour, and can present the results using mass-media (for details, Zárybnická et al., Methods in Ecology and Evolution; Zárybnická et al. 2017 Plos Biology).
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