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We offer seven conference excursions that will all take place on Saturday, 15th of September. Greifswald is close to many spectacular and interesting sites, so take your chance to visit one of them!

If you would like to join one of the Excursions, please send an email to Monika.Eberharduni-greifswaldde, stating which Excursion you want to register for and how many people will accompany you (number of adults; children + age). Please be aware that this will be a binding registration!

Since there will be limited space on most of the Excursions, we will fill places on a first come first serve basis; so we advise you to register as soon as possible if you want to join. Fees (if applicable) will be payable (in cash only!) at the registration desk on site when you pick up your conference bag.  

If you have any questions concerning the Excursions, please contact Monika.Eberharduni-greifswaldde

Nature Reserve Lower Peene Valley (full day)

Due to its stunning natural and near-natural landscapes and the thriving wildlife, the river Peene has been dubbed “Amazon of the North”, a slight exaggeration of course, but not entirely unjustified on a Central European scale. Along the Peene, there are probably the best-preserved valley mires of Germany, which are home to many rare animal and plant species including otters, beavers, and more than 160 breeding birds, among them iconic species such as the White Tailed Eagle or the Eurasian Crane. For more than two decades, formerly agriculturally used areas and areas used for extracting peat along the Peene have been and continue to be restored and rewetted providing new habitats to the diverse wetland fauna and flora. Bring your binoculars! We also recommend sturdy shoes (hiking boots).

We will first visit the Naturparkhaus Stolpe, the headquarters and information centre of the reserve where we will learn about the development and treasures of the lower Peene valley. Then we will walk through the Anklamer Stadtbruch, which is an important breeding, stop-over and wintering site for a plethora of water birds. After a lunch break, we will continue to Polder Immenstädt, an area that has recently been included into restoring measures, where the succession of flora and fauna will be demonstrated.

Programme

Except for the departure, times are approximate; times not stated are bus transfer times
8:30 Departure ZOB (at Hauptbahnhof) Greifswald
9:30-10:30 Naturparkhaus Stolpe (information centre)
11:00-13:00 Anklamer Stadtbruch (birding etc.)
13:30-14:30 Lunch in Libnow (price not included in fare!)
15:00-16:00 Polder Immenstädt (restoration area)
17:00 Arrival in Greifswald

Costs: 30 €
Maximum participants: 22
Local partner:Förderverein Naturschutz im Peenetal e.V.

 

Polder Menzlin, Nature Reserve Peene Valley (half day)

Due to its stunning natural and near-natural landscapes and the thriving wildlife, the river Peene has been dubbed “Amazon of the North”, a slight exaggeration of course, but not entirely unjustified on a Central European scale. Along the Peene, there are probably the best-preserved valley mires of Germany, which are home to many rare animal and plant species including otters, beavers, and more than 160 breeding birds, among them iconic species such as the White Tailed Eagle or the Eurasian Crane. For more than two decades, formerly agriculturally used areas and areas used for extracting peat along the Peene have been and continue to be restored and rewetted providing new habitats to the diverse wetland fauna and flora. Bring your binoculars! We also recommend sturdy shoes (hiking boots).

We will walk around polder Menzlin (total walking distance ca. 5 km), which has been successfully restored and rewetted 15 years ago. Since, the area has developed into an important breeding, feeding, and stop-over area for birds. There is a good chance to see white-tailed eagles, cranes, and several species of waterfowl.

Programme

8:30 Departure ZOB (at Hauptbahnhof) Greifswald
9:15-12:15 Walk around Polder Menzlin (bird watching, restoration measures)
13:00 Return to Greifswald ZOB

Costs: 5 €
Maximum participants: 16
Local partner: Förderverein Naturpark Flußlandschaft Peenetal e.V.

 

Rügen Island - National Park Jasmund, Königsstuhl, Treetop walk

Rügen is Germany’s largest island, located off the Pomeranian coast in the Baltic Sea. The "gateway" to Rügen island is the Hanseatic city of Stralsund, where it is linked to the mainland by road via the Rügen Bridge, crossing the two-kilometre-wide Strelasund, a sound of the Baltic Sea. In June 2011, UNESCO awarded the status of a World Heritage Site to the Jasmund National Park, famous for its pristine Ancient Beech Forest and spectacular chalk cliffs like the King’s chair (Königsstuhl), the main landmark of Rügen island.

We will first walk from the parking area in Hagen ca. 3 km through the Beech Forest, past Hertha-lake, to the famous Königsstuhl. There we will enjoy superb views from “Viktoriasicht” towards Königsstuhl and finally, after an introductory guided tour by the NP staff, reach the deck directly there – 118 m above the Baltic Sea.

After lunch, participants can visit the National Park Centre and the interactive exhibition “We bring nature’s secrets to light”.

Back at the parking area, we will drive to the Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen at Prora to visit the treetop walk. The 1,250 m long walkway and the “Eagle’s Nest” view Tower (82 m above sea level) wind their way through the island’s deciduous forest. Discover the region’s unique flora and fauna at eye-level with the treetops of Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen.

Programme

Except for the departure, times are approximate; times not stated are bus transfer times
9:00 Departure from ZOB (at Hauptbahnhof) Greifswald
10:30-11:30 Walk from parking area (Hagen) to NP Centre Königsstuhl (ca. 3 km) (there is also the possibility to take a public bus to the NP Centre, if you cannot walk such a distance)
11:30-12:00 guided tour by NP staff at NP Centre Königsstuhl (30 min)
12:00-13:00 Lunch at the NP Centre Königsstuhl (not included in fee)
13:00-15:00 Exhibition at NP Centre (+ optional walking back to the parking area, plan ca. 30-45 min, or drive back to parking area Hagen with public bus transport - ca. 3 €, not included in the fee)
15:45 departure from Hagen and drive to Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen
16:30-18:00 Treetop walk, Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen
18:00 Departure to Greifswald (approximate time)
19:30 Optional Dinner in Greifswald, place to be announced (not included in fee)

Costs: 30 €
Maximum participants: 40
Local partner: Nationalpark-Zentrum Königsstuhl, Naturerbe Zentrum Rügen, AVG

 

Ozeaneum & Meeresmuseum, Stralsund (half day)

The OZEANEUM, hosting arguably one of the largest public aquaria in Europe, opened its doors in July 2008, so we celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. It is located at the historical Stralsund harbor on the Baltic coast. The museum consists of aquaria displaying primarily sea life of the North and Baltic Sea, exhibitions including current scientific topics, and even a penguin platform on the roof, home of ten Humboldt penguins. The largest aquarium has just been renovated and re-opened recently.

The OZEANEUM offers two exclusive guided tours through the exhibitions and aquaria for DZG-Meeting participants. Please register as soon as possible!

To reach the OZEANEUM, you can take a train from Greifswald to Stralsund and then a Bus to the Museum (check the Deutsche Bahn for details, from station “Greifswald” to station “Ozeaneum, Stralsund”: https://www.bahn.com/en/view/index.shtml )

https://www.ozeaneum.de/en/

https://www.meeresmuseum.de/en/

Time: 9.30 (meeting at the Ozeaneumin Stralsund) - 11am
Costs: none
Maximum participants: 20
Local partner: Dr. Dorit Liebers-Helbig, Deutsches Meeresmuseum Stralsund

 

Karrendorfer Wiesen (half day)

The Karrendorfer Wiesen close to Greifswald are part of the nature reserve "Insel Koos, Kooser See und Wampener Riff" and extend roughly across 150 ha. For several hundred years, this area has been an extensively used pasture until the management was intensified in the 19th and 20th centuries. Since its restoration to an extensively used meadow beginning in the 1990ies, this salt grassland experiences regular flooding again and has become an important breeding and resting area for many species of birds offering exciting sightings for birders throughout the year. Bring your binoculars!

Programme

8:30 Departure from ZOB (at Hauptbahnhof) Greifswald with Uni-Bus (seats 6 people – please indicate whether you meet the group in Groß Karrendorf or if you need a seat in the bus)
9:00 Meeting at parking area in Groß Karrendorf
12:00 Departure from Groß Karrendorf

Costs: none
Maximum participants: 16
Local partner: Succow Foundation, Dr. Nina Seifert

 

Kranichzentrum Großmohrdorf/Kranorama (half day)

Each fall, almost 100.000 Eurasian Cranes from Scandinavia and NE-Europe gather in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for several weeks to fuel up for their journey to France and Spain. Watching those large numbers of this iconic bird starting in the morning from their sleeping sites, flocking to feed, returning to the sleeping sites, or just flying in the typical wedge formation is a highlight not only for birders. Mid September, already 10.000 birds can be expected to be present in the area. Bring your binoculars! For more information visit www.kraniche.de !

Programme

8:45 Departure ZOB (at Hauptbahnhof) Greifswald
9:30-10:30 Kranich-Informationszentrum, short talk by director Dr. Günter Nowald
10:45-12:15 Kranorama (look-out at Günzer See)
13:00 Arrival in Greifswald

Costs: 5 Euro
Maximum participants: 16
Local partner: Kranichschutz Deutschland, Dr. Günter Nowald

 

Bats in Greifswald (half day)

Search for bats in the forests around Greifswald together with Prof. Gerald Kerth. The meeting point will be in Greifswald and announced as soon as possible.

The excursion will take 1-3 hours, depending on sites visited.

Meeting time and location will be announced as soon as possible.

Costs: none
Maximum participants: 20