Together with Mission to Marsh, we want to use the money we raise to construct habitats for reptiles and create habitats that these animals need. This includes creating diverse small-scale structures where these animals can rest and warm up, find shelter or places to retreat.
In this regard, small-scale areas such as walls, rock piles, or open sandy areas, or areas of low but dense vegetation, bluegrass meadows, and piles of wood provide habitats where the reptiles can specifically warm up in sunny spots or cool down in the shade, find food, and hibernate. And reproduce.
The national park "Tote Moor" at the Steinhuder Meer is home to a dazzling array of native species. Amphibians like the moor frog, reptiles like the grass snake, insects such as dragonflies call it their home. Many of these inhabitants of the moors are on the list of endangered species.
Together with the Ökologische Schutzstation Steinhuder Meer (OESSM) we can create new habitats at and in the nature reserve "Tote Moor". The ÖSSM has already successfully carried out many projects there to protect (endangered) animal species. Their extensive experience in biotope and species protection make them the perfect partner for us.
Your donations will be used to create and maintain landscape elements, such as dry elements (e.g. stone walls, wet elements (e.g. water areas). This way we can create space for the many inhabitants of the national park. But our focus will be on reptiles, since the snake is the symbol of rattle. Since the Snake is the symbol of our logo, we want to give the species sometghing in return.
Concerning the cost of the structures, we can assume an effort of 5 appointments with an estimated cost of 3h à 54€.
Depending on the size of our newly created areas (and how far apart they are) the effort increases. Afterwards, we will observe the created areas to get an overview of which animals cavort on our new areas. The Monitoring of reptiles has been done many times in the past by OESSM.
We were fans of the story of Mission to Marsh from the get-go. When we saw the founding post of Mission to Marsh, we were amazed by the idea to collaborate on a project about wetlands.
What makes the little organization so unique is their combination of storytelling and scientfic experience. While Alex is an experienced stroyteller, Anni is an scientist with a great body of expertise in the area of peatland conservation.
Any animal that is on the scientifically backed IUCN red list., fears for its survival. Today, 37,400 species are threatened with extinction. Since we all share the same home, we believe in the democracy of species. That means treating wild animals as equal beings, not as numbers or statistics. We should recognize them as our teachers, friends, and neighbors.
Treating Animals as equals means respecting their home, listening to their problems, and offering help when they need it.