Help us protect the “Auerhuhn” (Capercaille), an endangered bird species in the Black Forest area.
The mountain areas of Germany used to be home to many of the large Capercaillie birds, “Auerhuhn” in German. Nowadays, the bird is threatened with extinction across Germany. Nature conservationists try to breed them and release them into the wild, however numbers of the species are declining. A few of the birds still live in the more remote areas of the Southern German Black Forest.
In this workcamp, you can help protect the Capercaillie in its natural habitat in the “Kniebis”, the highest mountains in the region. Together with the local forestry department you will bring more light into the dense forest. You will create open spaces and gaps at certain places so that more light can reach the forest floor. This improves the forest as a home to plants and animals with more dead wood and different layers of trees and bushes. Bushes like wild blueberries can grow again – one of the Capercaillie’s favourite snacks. Clearing dense forest also helps the birds perform their specific courting ritual under the best circumstances. In this ritual, the male birds make a big show raising their tail feathers, moving and singing in order to impress the females.
Since this workcamp will take place in February, there is a good chance there will be snow. Depending on the weather in the area, you might be able to complete the work in the forest or not. But don’t worry - alternative nature conservation tasks in lower areas are waiting for you in case working in the mountains is not possible.
This workcamp is part of the 2022 IBG agenda: “Let’s take action for climate protection – volunteering for forests and peatlands”.