The EBD-CSIC gathers scientists and technical stuff who worked at the Hato El Frío Biological Station to disseminate the pioneering science developed in Venezuela

The Hato El Frío Bilogical Station in Venezuela, funded by Javier Castroviejo, the then director of the Doñana Biological Station – CSIC, and the Maldonado family, was the research field of many studies on conservation and ecology. These works stalled in 2009, when the Venezuelan governmen expropiated the fields.

Neanderthals captured cave birds at night for their own consumption

The use of torches and a good night vision facilitated the capture of choughs, birds that used caves to sleep and were difficult to see during the day. The study was conducted by the National Museum of Natural Science of Spain (MNCM) and the Doñana Biological Station, both from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), and the Institut counts with the participation of the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology Miquel Crusafont.

Western Mediterranean basin: an increasingly frequent nesting site for loggerhead turtles

A loggerhead turtle nesting was detected on the urban beach of Los Boliches in Fuengirola (Málaga, Spain). The hatchlings have been included in a head-starting program in the Center for the Management of Marine Environment Resources of Andalusia (CEGMA) and part of them have been released in Fuengirola. It is planned to release the rest of them in September.
The Western Mediterranean Basin is becoming a more frequent nesting area. Marine turtles are likely to return to the beach or area...

Safeguarding European Wild Pollinators

? A team of researchers, NGOs, industry and policy experts from 25 institutions spread across 15 countries are joining forces to contribute to Europe’s capacity to reverse the losses of wild pollinators. The newly project Safeguard is funded by EU Horizon 2020 program. ? Safeguard aims to address the decline of wild pollinators, its effects on biodiversity and ecosystem services and options to restore pollinator biodiversity

Part of commercial bumblebees used to pollinate crops forage within a radius of less than 200 m from the greenhouses

Although no direct negative effects have been detected on native species – since most of them remain within áreas close to greenhouses and are not very abundant-, the scientific team warns that almost half of these bumblebees have parasites with potential to be transmitted to other bees. They also feed on plants very similar to the rest of pollinators. That’s why the scientists recommend actions to prevent their escape from greenhouses and optimize their use to minimize risks.