June – Zoology scribble and bites

Heron addicts – When bird watching becomes a battle

Avian Evans and I have been battling it out for the Commonwealth Bird Battle, friendly banter between two bird nerds abroad. Heron Addicts explores the seemingly innocuous world of twitchers, but surprisingly sometimes the talons come out and feathers and binoculars go flying.

via Heron addicts — Lateral Magazine

Grey herons (Ardea cinerea) fighting over fish prey. Porvoo, Finland – Image credit Markus Varesvuo

Sea dragons

I often spend the summers snorkelling around the Mornington Peninsula (Victoria, Australia) looking for the Weedy Sea Dragon. So far no luck, but I will keep trying, in lieu of this Squidtoons have put together a great infographic (think comics with lots of cool facts) on the ever elusive Sea dragon.

via Gimme Babies or Gimme Death – Squidtoons

Weedy Sea dragon – Image credit: australiananimallearningzone.com

The heat is on

A changing climate means that by 2070 koalas may no longer call large parts of inland Australia home, researchers have found.

Using models to correlate known koala locations with the climatic conditions of the recent past – the approach most commonly used to predict climate change impacts on wildlife. They could then predict the koalas’ habitat from a climatic point of view based only on their water and energy requirements, assuming that eucalyptus trees were available everywhere.

via Climate change likely to turn up heat on koalas but you can read the scientific article here.

Image credit – nsw.gov.au

Scientific knowledge for all

This is the tale of how a researcher from Kazakhstan who made nearly every scientific paper ever published available for free to anyone, anywhere in the world. Sci-Hub, a website that bypasses journal paywalls, illegally provides access to nearly every scientific paper ever published immediately to anyone who wants it. A brave move that allows anyone, not just scientists access to a world of knowledge.

via Meet the Robin Hood of Science | Big Think.

New tech for conservation

Technology is a forever developing and across the globe, scientists are figuring out novel ways of using satellite imagery, drones and even artificial intelligence for conservation efforts.

Lachlan Fetterplace at fish thinkers uses tracking receivers to look at the movement of demersal soft sediment fish in Marine Protected Areas. He’s currently in the running for the ASFB Student Science Communication Awards. So if you have a spare minute, check out the two Fish Thinkers & UoW entries into the Australian Society for Fish Biology’s Student Science Communication Awards. It is a people choice contest so don’t forget to vote!

Evie entered the JNR/Honours section – https://www.thinkable.org/submission_entries/DJGa7NZP

Lachlan entered the SNR/PhD/Masters section – https://www.thinkable.org/submission_entries/axWP18ZG

via 10 Innovations That Are Changing Conservation – Cool Green Science

Image credit – Jonathan Armstrong


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