EXCURSIONS WITH NATURE GUIDE
Trips with nature guides on foot, mountain bike o horseback, for an immediate waking up of the five senses.
"Open air Green Classroom" where adults and children, with personalized routes, immersed in a dense vegetation of marsh cane, tamarisk and olive, hear echoes and sounds emitted by the many species that inhabit this natural habitat.
The look is lost in a landscape where there are along the mighty walls of Mount Etna and the blue sea waves lapping on the beach of the Oasis of the Simeto, surrounded by a vast expanse of cultivated fields.
From sky to ground, a great variety of birds chooses the Simeto Oasis for nesting; also the Caretta Caretta turtle has made its Domus in the heat of the sand.
The protagonist of the Oasis is the Sultan Chicken but also other mammals such Wild Rabbit, House Mouse, Wild Mouse, weasels and foxes.
Training classes of Birdwatching , in-depth courses on the flora and fauna, nature tours, interactive teaching lessons, sustainable paths for the rediscovery of an area that never ceases to surprise.
SAFEGUARD AND PRESERVATION OF CARETTA CARETTA TURTLE
Discovering one of the most important turtle of the Mediterranean sea, the Caretta Caretta choose the beach of the Simeto Oasis to nest.
The WWF Sicily East (supported by the Orione Association and by the other project partners of New Oasis) have initiated a process of the Caretta Caretta turtle protection and its conservation with dedicated visits and Special Days.
The the Caretta Caretta turtle has, in fact, an exceptional ability to remind the native beach, also after thousands kilometers of migration travel. Researchers have proved that turtles, newly hatched, are capable of storing the terrestrial coordinates of the nest, using magnetic features and pheromone and other environmental characteristics, which allow them an imprinting of the birth place.
It's important for the turtles reaching the sea by themselves, without human help, so to not lose the memory of the nest, where they , about 25 years later, should reproduce themselves.
SAFEGUARD AND PRESERVATION OF PURPLE SWAPHEN
Chicken Sultan is the protagonist of the nature trails inside the Nature Reserve Oasis of Simeto. An activity of protection and conservation of the Chicken Sultan cured by the WWF East Sicily and assisted by the Orione Association and by the other partners of the New Oasis.
The watching is mainly possible daytime and at twilight, when it's rather elusive and shy. Moves between the vegetation at a slow pace, by repeatedly moving the tail up and down.
In Europe for the chicken Sultan it detect a not positive conservation status (SPEC 3) due to the 90% of the population concentrated in only 10 sites; Simeto Oasis is one of them.
In Italy, the species is classified as "close to the threat", because despite the gradual improvement of the conservation status, remains subject to a series of danger and pressure factors that may cause the decline, as in the past.
In 2001 the Ministry of Environment and the National Institute for Wildlife (now ISPRA) drafted the National Action Plan for the Sultan Chicken, giving indications for proper conservation strategy for this so important species.
A full calendar of events for all the 2017, surrounded by nature and fun in the Natural Reserve Oasis Simeto. Contact us to sign up and join.
Sunday, April 30, 2017 Liberafiumi – FreeRivers
Saturday 20 and Sunday, May 21 WWF OASIS DAY
Sunday, June 18 Turtle day
Lessons of edible plants.
Lessons of birdwatching
Census of birdwatching
EXHIBITION AND EDUCATIONAL ROOM
The Educational and exhibition Room is located into the Multifunctional Center Torre Allegra, located inside the Oasis Simeto, and offers multisensorial workshops for children and adults.
interactive workshops Interactive workshops of Next Generation on different themes: from nature, environment and renewable energy to discover the area, through peculiarities and curiosity. The Nature Reserve Oasis Simeto you learn while having fun.
- Sounds, smells and emotions!
The Educational and exhibition Room transforms into an ornithological laboratory.
- Fossils of the Simeto Valley
Discovering the precious Amber of Simeto (the famous and prestigious tree fossilized resin), the fossil shells, the Elephas Falconeri (Palaeoloxodon Falconeri or more commonly the Pygmy Elephant), the Caretta Caretta turtles and the myth of the Cyclopes in Sicily.
- Scientists in field!
Notebook, magnifying glass and microscope: life in another dimension. What is hiding behind a sand grain, the water of the river and the vegetation?
- Mediterranean sea over the waves: between life and plastic.
Water is the origin of life, a basic natural resource.
- Caretta Caretta, the turtle of the Mediterranean Sea
The Caretta Caretta turtle is endangered, and from some year it nests here in the Nature Reserve Oasis Simeto.
- Etna Volcano
The origin and evolution of the most important volcano in Europe and the birth of the “modern” Simeto.
- Renewal energies
“The energy is not created nor destroyed but is transformed.” The fossil coal and oil have revealed their limitations, used as an energy source.
A natural purification system of domestic agricultural and industrial wastewater, based on the self-purification system naturally adopted by the aquatic environments of wetlands.
- Wasting resources Zero!
Interactive activities that let discover the path of the waste up to be a Resource.
- Sounds, smells and emotions!