Between April 14 and 26, a team from the  project “LIFE FOR BEAR”, attended the training for the  “Red Wood Ants, Biology, Ecology and Conservation” at the Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg in  Germany, where they focused on identification and management of ants, accumulating knowledge of biology, ecology and conservation necessary to identify and multiply formicaries.This is part of the activity C4 under “Improving the supply trophic favorable natural feeding the bear near conflict zones.”

The training was supported by the team of Prof. Dr. D. Klimetzek, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and Mrs. Dr. Gabriele BERBERICH, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Faculty of Biology.

The course covered the following topics and activities:

  1. General presentation:


The morphology and biology  of forest ants

The systematics and distribution of forest ants

  1. Identification of forest ants

Practice on the types of forest ants

  • How to differenciate forest ants from other types
  • Determining types of ants : Formica rufa, polyctena Formica, Formica lugubris, Formica Aquilonia, Formica pratensis Formica truncorum

Preparing field days: Equipment and procedures

  • develop a monitoring protocol
  • protecting and multiplying formicaries
  1. Analyzing costs and efficiency .
  2. Field Trip

Practice: Inventory of forest ants in an unknown habitat:

  • the strengthening and extension of procedures
  • Evaluating time and data accuracy
  • Analyzing problems and difficulties from the field
  • Comparing different condition from ROMANIA


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