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September project days 2015 BY OWN EYES

In September, on the Mohelno Serpentine Steppe and at the Mohelsky mill there were held again two project days "BY OWN EYES." 23 students from grammar school in Brno and 20 from secondary school in Trebic attended these events.

The first from these two mentioned excursions was led by botanist Samuel Lvoncik and zoologists Katerina Janotova and Ludovit Dureje. Unfortunately, the weather did not favor initially and over the steppe thick fog hang, so we stopped at the lookout also on the way back and then there was a beautiful view on the whole steppe. Students learned interesting facts about the flora Mohelno Serpentine Steppe and the reasons why this location is so unique and protected. At Mohelsky mill they saw captured live rodents and learned how to catch rodents, why they are important and that it isn’t "mouse as a mouse".

The second excursion took place under the leadership of geologist Ales Bajer and zoologists Katerina Janotova and Ludovit Dureje. This excursion took place one day after the first one, but this time the weather was fine right from the morning. It was sunny and warm and we even saw ground squirrel, in which we did not trust because some publications write that they went for a winter sleep in early September. Participants of this excursion were students of agribusiness, which was great, because geologist Ales Bajer also pointed out important aspects of landscape care. At Mohelsky mill students could again see live specimens of rodents or frozen samples. It was described how to capture rodents and do the research. The distinguishing features of individual animals and their importance for agriculture were mentioned.

As students from Brno as well as students from Trebic paid attention to traps and trapping methods at most. Both excursions according to the evaluation of students were "super" and interesting.