Hey birdbrain! Could you solve this puzzle in ~3 mins?

feathered dinosaur velociraptor

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)

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Perspective.

no shark cull WA Australia

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!

Scientist for a day!

Melbourne freshwater turtle earthwatchLast 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!

microbat

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

Earthwatch Turtle expedition

First course down!

open2study certificate writing for the web

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!

Open2Study CertificateMe in my pjs showing off my certificate.

Stingray Sisters

Three saltwater sisters will do whatever it takes to save their 40,000 year old culture from the threat of seabed mining

stringray sisters documentaryStingray Sisters documentary movie
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’

stingray sistersThis 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.

Stingray Sisters

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. 

Dino 101

dinosaur skeletons museum victoria
An after-work visit to Museum Victoria to sketch some dino bones!

It’s nearly the end of week 5 of my online paleobiology course (Dino 101: Introduction to Paleobiology by the University of Alberta on Coursera), and I thought I’d share some dinosaur-related images and video. The course is absolutely awesome, and I’d recommend it to any dinosaur enthusiasts out there. If you have any specific questions, please leave a comment or message and I’ll get back to you!

dinosaur bones sketch drawing pen ink
One of my drawings: Dino skull - Ink on paper, 2014

dinosaur skull sketch  dinosaur scrapbook
My book is filled with these quick anatomical sketches & pages of notes

Dinosaur egg fossil
This photo was posted in the facebook study group I help administer. It's 
a fossilised dinosaur egg, won at auction by a lady in New Zealand. 
Naturally, we all lost our sh*t over this.

meg dinosaurs otway
Something I posted to the facebook group: a pic of me at the Otway 
Ranges in Victoria, Australia, taken last year. I'd just zip-lined 
through the rainforest on a giant flying fox, then I stumbled 
across these guys in a field!

Amazing animatronics at Museum Victoria.