You know that scene in Jurassic Park where the velociraptor uses the door handle to open the door of the kitchen? This is like that only way, way more impressive. Clever Girl.
NB: The real velociraptors had feathers and may or may not have been able to open door handles (if only such objects existed in the Late Cretaceous)
If you also think ‘shark culling policies’ are senseless, barbaric and a ridiculous knee-jerk reaction to shark attacks on humans, sign the below petitions and tell the Western Australian government to drop these scientifically-unproven methods immediately and leave our endangered marine life alone!
Last week, Earthwatch came to my company as part of a volunteer expo, and, inspired by the representatives and the materials they proffered, today I signed up for my first expedition. In mid-March, I’ll be a citizen scientist for a day, collecting data on freshwater turtles with a small group of other volunteers and Earthwatch scientists. $95 well spent!
If you’re interested in signing up for one of these short (one day) volunteer sessions, check out their website. I’ll definitely be doing the microbat one when it’s offered again in November-December!
Turtles on the Move – Schedule for the day:
07:00 – 07:30 a.m. Overview of research project & safety briefing
07:30 – 08:30 a.m. Travel to research site 1
08:30 – 10:00 a.m. Set up nets + quick break for morning tea
10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Travel to research site 2 & set up nets
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 – 02:30 p.m. Travel to research site 1. Conduct dip-netting + habitat assessment (vegetation and water chemistry). Remove nets & process turtles
02:30 – 05:00 p.m. Travel to research site 2. Conduct dip-netting + habitat assessment (vegetation and water chemistry). Remove nets & process turtles
05:00 p.m. Depart field & return to university
I passed my first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) last week, with a final score of 90%! Writing for the Web has the potential to be an informative MOOC, and there’s certainly a growing interest in this subject, but I feel the format and content of the course could use some revision which makes me disinclined to recommend it to others. I’ve passed on my feedback to the course administrators, so hopefully the content errors will be rectified in future offerings of the course, and some variety will be introduced to the format of the video lectures to maintain participants’ interest.
On a more upbeat note, the other courses I’m currently undertaking (through Coursera and FutureLearn) have been top notch so far!
Me in my pjs showing off my certificate.
Three saltwater sisters will do whatever it takes to save their 40,000 year old culture from the threat of seabed mining
Landed in Sydney, big city of lights / And daily they went round softly speaking their story / To all kinds of men, from all walks of life – Paul Kelly, ‘From Little Things Big Things Grow’
This may be the biggest Native Title battle of the century, and at the helm are three sisters from the remote Aboriginal community of Maningrida in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory (raised in Brisbane, Australia). Not only are they taking on the government but also a powerful Petroleum Exploration company for Sea Rights to the waters of Arnhem Land.
This film will tell a powerful story about love: love for your land, love for your home, love for your culture and most of all, love for your sisters.
Pledge to give this documentary the exposure it deserves.
This is one of my two pet bunnies, Luna (so named for her moon-like shade), tackling our stairs.