Evolution of the project Life Tritó Montseny
The newt in Fogars de Montclús
27/05/2021 16:26 h.
The Fogars de Montclús Information Center projects images of the Montseny newt
At the Fogars de Montclús Information Center, four of the eight microcapsules of the documentary explaining the most relevant actions of the Life Tritó Montseny project are projected, as well as the documentary of the Montseny newt in 3D.
Capsule 1 reflects, among other aspects, the operation of the breeding centers, the release of specimens, research, actions to improve the habitat, the problem of infectious diseases in amphibians or environmental education actions.
In capsule 3, it is explained that in order to ensure the future of this species it is essential to expand its distribution area by releasing individuals born in captivity. This video shows what a release is like and the preparations involved.
In capsule 4 we talk about knowledge to conservation. Thanks to the Life Tritó Montseny project, different studies are being carried out to better understand the biology and habitat of the Montseny newt. This video shows how population monitoring is carried out and how the geology and hydrology of the Montseny streams are studied.
And capsule 7 talks about environmental education as a fundamental link in the project. "To know in order to love", this is the underlying idea of the environmental education activities of the Life Tritó Montseny project. The main objective is to raise awareness of the importance of conserving the Montseny newt and its habitat. In this video you will discover the activities and places where you can go to see the newt without harming it.
The newt in 3D is not a real filming, but it is a simulation of the life cycle of the Montseny newt from images recorded from the Montseny streams and photographs of the newt taken by the nature photographer Iñaki Relanzón. The author is Oriol Massana.
Public awareness and dissemination of the results of the project are one of the keys to continue preserving this endemic species of Montseny.
22/04/2021 11:00 h.
It gathers the news of the project published in January, February and March
The 9th Life Tritó Montseny digital bulletin has been published, which brings together the news and novelties of the project published during the months of January, February and March. The newsletter, which is published quarterly, is available in Catalan, Spanish and English. To receive it, you must subscribe.
The 9th newsletter of Life Tritó Montseny includes news about the extension of the project for two years in order to obtain more results and finish the objectives set for the total of the forty-nine planned actions; the 13th meeting of the communication commission, which continues working on the dissemination of the actions and objectives of the project, and the photographic exhibition with the images that the nature photographer Iñaki Relanzón has been able to capture over the last few years.
All this news can be consulted in the "Evolution" section of the website and in the history of the newsletters.
The Life Tritó Montseny newsletter is published in digital format and is sent quarterly to all the people linked to or interested in the project. If you want to receive it, please subscribe here. When subscribing, you can choose the language (Catalan, Spanish or English).
26/04/2021 10:00 h.
Conference as part of the seminar 'Small and powerful: microorganisms and epidemics'
The Pompeu Fabra Library in Mataró hosted a conference by researchers Albert Montori and Daniel Fernández on silent pandemics and their deadly effect on amphibians. Aware of the enormous risk posed to these animals by the entry of pathogens, in 2020 Montori and Fernández drew up the Manual of good biosecurity practices within the framework of Life Tritó Montseny.
According to 2020 data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 41% of known amphibian species worldwide are threatened. One of the main factors behind this situation is infectious diseases caused by fungi, viruses and other pathogens, which can lead to mass die-offs of individuals.
On Thursday 22 April, coinciding with Earth Day, researchers Albert Montori and Daniel Fernández gave a talk at the Pompeu Fabra Library in Mataró on the key issue of emerging amphibian diseases as part of the seminar "Small and powerful: microorganisms and epidemics", which was attended by around thirty people.
Montori specialises in the study of amphibian population ecology and Fernández works on nature conservation projects. Both are part of the Centre for Research and Environmental Education of Calafell (CREAC) and the Research Group of the Escola de Natura de Parets del Vallès (GRENP). The conference was organised by the Directorate of Culture of Mataró City Council and the ICHN Delegation of the Serralada Litoral Central.
Manual of good biosecurity practices'
The entry of pathogens that cause these deadly diseases is, unfortunately, also a serious threat to the wild populations of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi), this unique amphibian in the world, catalogued as endangered.
Aware of this fact, in 2020, the Life Tritó Montseny project developed the Manual of good biosecurity practices. Albert Montori and Daniel Fernández prepared the technical content of this publication, which was coordinated by the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve. The aim was to disseminate the problems of these ailments and raise awareness among the population so that they can carry out environmental education activities without introducing pathogens into the environment.
Parallel to the Manual, there is the protocol "Biosafety: health protocols for activities involving direct or indirect interaction with amphibian populations in the natural environment", basically aimed at contractors of works and scientific bodies that carry out activities in aquatic environments.
11/01/2021 15:00 h.
It gathers the project news from October, November and December
In the 8th informative bulletin of the project Life Trito Montseny project you will find the news about the edition of a manual of good practices in the matter of biosecurity for the discovery of the amphibians destined to the entities of environmental education, the schools of nature and the educational centres; the participation of the project in the III Conference for the conservation of amphibians. Monitoring of threatened populations held on 16 and 17 October at the Aranzadi headquarters (Alto de Zorroaga) of the Aranzadi Science Society of the Basque Country, or the family workshop on the Montseny newt organised on Sunday 4 October in the Montseny town square.
These and the rest of the novelties are brought together on the project's website (in the "Evolution" section) and in the history of the bulletins.
The Life Tritó Montseny newsletter is published in digital format and is sent, every quarter, to all the people linked or interested in the project. If you would like to receive it, subscribe at this link and choose your language (Catalan, Spanish or English).
01/02/2021 12:40 h.
The photographic exhibition of the Montseny newt and its habitat is published
The nature photographer Iñaki Relanzón has been able to capture many spectacular images of the Montseny newt (Calotriton arnoldi) in recent years. Among other aspects, the snapshots show the Montseny newt in the water, its natural environment, the work to recover its habitat, the biosecurity measures, the studies carried out by scientists and workers of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve and its reproduction in captivity.
The images have been mounted on 70 cm x 50 cm panels so that they can easily be moved around in various places. Each photograph is accompanied by a brief explanatory text in three languages (Catalan, Spanish and English). The design of the photographic exhibition has been carried out by the Management of Services of Natural Spaces and the printing has been done in the Diputació de Barcelona.
Three copies of the exhibition have been prepared: one of them will be installed at Masía Mariona (Office of the Montseny Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve), another at the Pont de Suert Fauna Centre and the third will accompany the travelling exhibition of the Life Tritó Montseny project which is called "My name is Calotriton and I only live in the Montseny!
With the aim of spreading the photographic exhibition among as many people as possible, a digital edition in video format has also been prepared, which can already be seen on the project's Youtube channel.
Ceiling presentation of the photographic exhibition of Iñaki Relanzón.