Schoolchildren from Fuerteventura learn about the protected species at the La Oliva Biological Station
The Cabildo de Fuerteventura, through the Ministry of Environmental Sustainability, makes known the species and the territory of Fuerteventura thanks to the environmental education program ‘Know to Protect’. First-year high school students from the IES Puerto Cabras Rafael Báez participated in the last session of this activity, visiting the La Oliva Biological Station. Under the title ‘Getting to know our species and our territory’, with this activity the schoolchildren acquire knowledge about the protected flora and fauna species that inhabit Fuerteventura, analyzing the problems that derive from the relationship between human beings and the environment. Within the project ‘Knowing Our Species and Our Territory’ several activities were developed. Among them, an introductory talk to the knowledge of flora and fauna, including cetaceans and sea turtles. In addition, recognition workshops were held using dichotomous keys of the native and endemic flora of the island, using identification cards of all the species present in the Botanical Garden of the La Oliva Biological Station. On the other hand, visits to the forest nursery were carried out to explain to schoolchildren the work carried out in these facilities such as seed selection, planting of native and endemic flora species for reforestation projects in protected natural areas, plant conservation , among other actions. The students are also introduced to bird watching (Gurre, Houbara and Raven) as well as other specimens present in the area, including a task of identifying birds and their morphology. The educational day ends with an introduction to the knowledge of marine mammals, especially the cetaceans that inhabit the Canary Islands through the project “The Path of the Cetaceans”. The exhibition used a small sample of cetacean bones with informative posters about them. To carry out the initiative, the ‘Know to Protect’ program has designed teaching material specifically for this project.