by Heike Thöricht
The third and last excursion with the students of the Interface Jugendcollege! After exploring the Danube Island and the organic farm, we had been looking forward to the time together with the students in nature. After arriving by train and Barbara’s friendly shuttle service to the Storchenhaus Marchegg we all reached the Morava-Dyje floodplains reserve and we were very close to the border with Slovakia.
Barbara from the Storchenhaus guided us through the reserve and shared her great expertise with us. She answered all our questions and explained to us various transformation processes, such as the protracted development from the caterpillar to the stag beetle and also the transformation from the egg to the frog.
Despite the beautiful green corners that the city of Vienna offers, the Morava-Dyje floodplains reserve was once again a quieter and greener place, which we were allowed to experience. In such a reserve it is never foreseeable, who and what we will see, and yet we have experienced the floodplain landscape with all that belongs to it: the beauty of the ever-changing riverside landscape, the still green trees of the forest, gray herons, swans, a frog and a shy silver-rider. While the water buffalos with their calf in the huge reserve had chosen a quiet and little accessible place, we had the chance to see the wild Konik horses in the reserve. A highlight was surely the two foals, to which we kept a great distance for safety reasons.
A heartfelt thanks again to Barbara vom Storchenhaus for this valuable tour of the impressive landscape! It would be a pleasure to return again!
Afterwards, there was room for feedback from the students and the tutor Jean to our trips, which gave us great pleasure. We would be delighted if we could see in the future the one or the other – or maybe even all of you – at future Generation Earth events.
More information about the project “Experience Vienna. With all senses.”
About the author
I participated in the Action Leader Training of Generation Earth 2016/2017. It was exciting to discuss actively the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) as well as to get to know other like-minded people, whose heart also beats for nature conservation. In the training context four colleagues and I are currently working on the project “Experience Vienna. With all senses.” This experience is so enriching that I am very much attracted to work professionally in a field connecting society and nature.Heike