Welcome on our Website!
We, the "Naturgruppe Salix" from Switzerland, are a local association of people interested in nature and environment. Our organization was founded in 1999 and has about 100 members - single persons as well as families. It is managed by an executive committee, currently consisting of six persons. We are officially recognized as a volontary organization.
Where We Come From
Our organization is residing in Bronschhofen, a 4500-people village in the east of Switzerland, but it is also active in the surrounding municipalities, especially in the town of Wil. Wil is famous for its old town, which belongs to the best-preserved in eastern Switzerland, and has about 17'500 inhabitants. The region of Wil is situated between Zurich, St. Gallen, the Lake of Constance and the Alpstein mountains.
What We Do
According to the slogan "experiencing nature - with head, hands and heart", we carry out one to three events monthly. This can be field trips, hikes, lectures, nature conservation campaigns, convivial events, handicraft courses and movie evenings. A membership in our association is not necessary to attend our events.
With our wide-ranging activities, we intend to promote the interest, understanding and respect for nature in a large public, especially in children. We want to reach people on intellectual, physical and emotional level. Thus we hope to contribute to a sustainable development of our society an a long-term effecive environmental protection.
The Meaning of "Salix"
The latin term "Salix" means willow. We chose this name because the vitality and diversity of the willows shall be an example to our organization. There exist more than 400 species of willows worldwide. Some of them don't become higher than a few centimeters, whereas others can achieve a hight of 30 meters.
Special Activities in 2010
On the occasion of the International Year of Biodiversity, 10'000 activities on biodiversity subjects should be performed in Switzerland. To contribute to the realization of this ambitious project, we carried out the following events in 2010 focusing on different aspects of biodiversity:
|January:||Upkeep of a Hedgerow to Provide Plant Diversity|
|January:||Trails of Animals in the Forest**|
|February:||Upkeep of a Pond (used as spawning ground by amphibians)|
|March:||Helping Frogs, Toads and Newts to Cross the Street|
|May:||Watching Birds at the Riverside**|
|May:||Herbs and Flowers at the Wayside|
|June:||Watching Butterflies with a Biologist**|
|August:||Surprise Trip (just the executive committee knows the destination)|
|September:||Biodiversity in the Natural Garden|
|November:||Nature Conservation Operation|
|December:||Movie Evening (film about a nature subject)**|
|**events especially suitable for children|
Our organization was an official partner of the International Year of Biodiversity 2010. For visitors who reach our website via www.cbd.int/2010, we created this page in English. We hope for your understanding that the other pages of our website are only available in German.
International and regional campaign for the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.