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Students of Mértola talk about the Iberian lynx and the black vulture
10 May 2013

During the school year 2012/2013, the Vocational School ALSUD, in Mértola (Guadiana Valley), accepted our invitation to participate in a group of environmental and educational awareness actions about the Iberian lynx and the black vulture. Besides a talk and a challenging quiz about the Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project, 15 students of the course of Hunting Management, participated in our challenge “Help the Iberian lynx and the black vulture”.

The challenge was to elaborate a year-end school work about the project and its target species, having the students chosen the category ‘disclosure posters’.
This Wednesday was the day chosen to present their works, that were evaluated by a jury composed by two elements of the technical team of the project, the pedagogic director of ALSUD, Teresa Santos, and a spokesman of the Civil Parish of Mértola, Mário Tomé.

The effort of the participants led to the classification of two third places, the group of José Vaz and Adilson Correia and Carla Fernandes, who presented us posters about the Iberian lynx, its characteristics and threats.


The second place went to João Cruz and Nelson Lourenço, who proved to be extremely motivated with the school work they designed, also about the Iberian lynx.



The first place went to Ana Cláudia Martins and Paulo Fernandes, who performed a deep bibliographic research about the Iberian lynx, demonstrating a great accuracy and scientific knowledge about this species, and exhibiting an appealing disclosure poster. A truly team work!



Besides a certificate, to the first three places was given a prize allusive to the project, and all participants received a participation prize.

On June, these students and their colleages and teachers will participate on a guided field trip to the National Hunting Zone of Contenda, located in Moura and managed by Herdade da Contenda, E.M.. This visit aims to observe in the field some of the conservation measures addressed at the Iberian lynx and the black vulture implemented by Habitat Lince Abutre LIFE project, and the understanding biodiversity as a tool of valorization of rural multifunctionality, conciliating nature conservation with hunting, forestry, cattle husbandry and ecotourism.

Habitat Lince Abutre
LIFE project congratulates all the participants, for their effort and dedication throughout these months. We also thank the teachers Cláudia Melo and Ana Neves, Teresa Santos and Mário Tomé for the constant commitment and motivation of these students.