The two major focuses of Nature Iraq's Darwin Initiative Project are education and field research, and this program melded the two. In preparation for a camera trapping survey on Piramagroon Mountain, Nature Iraq staff visited two schools in two villages near where the camera traps would be set, Shadalla and Kani Shook, to give talks and presentations to students and community about why we are there and what we are doing. This helps to convey the aim of the survey to local stakeholders and engage them in the project from the beginning. Throughout the program, students will be told about the progress of the survey and towards the end of the survey, they will be given a tour of one of the study sites where the traps are set. After the survey, the results will be shared with the students, providing a new perspective on their native landscape.
Bnwar Rzgar Abdulrahman