On 30 and 31 August 2019, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will be inviting the public to a citizens' festival at Bellevue Castle and the Schlosspark in Berlin. The focus of the Citizens' Festival will be on the importance of voluntary work for a lively civil society. The Federal President's Citizens' Festival shows the social commitment of companies, initiatives and non-profit organizations in all its different facets. On this day, the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin presents a research project initiated by the museum that is also a Citizen Science project. The presentation at the Federal President's Citizens' Festival will take place together with Berliner Sparkasse, main sponsor of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin. The common goal is to provide broad sections of the population with an insight into scientific and economic topics - this is the motto of the cooperation projects.
The "Nightingale Research Case" investigates the song of nightingales throughout Germany. Does the nightingale sing in dialects, are there regional differences? Which breeding sites do they prefer and which longings do people associate with nightingales? In spring, the citizens' research project called on people all over Germany to take up nightingales in their surroundings and share them with the project's database, automatically indicating their location and time. This requires the free app "Naturblick" developed by the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, which will also be presented at the Citizens' Festival
All those interested now have the opportunity to learn more about nature and biodiversity in their immediate surroundings at any time and free of charge with the Nature View app. Simple identification keys help to identify species. With the App bird voices and photos of trees, herbs and wild flowers can be determined automatically. The app also provides information about the species, possible mix-ups and other interesting facts. The Nature View app is available free of charge in the Playstore and Appstore. More information about the project Discover City Nature can be found at