Saturday, January 30, 2010

I made a YouTube video!

OK- so its not rocket science, but its the first time I've tried to put anything on YouTube.

This is a video clip taken by one of my students, showing me and my long-time field buddy and friend doing something we love; seabird field work on a rocky island in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean.

We catch the murres as part of a long-term, on-going research program to investigate factors that influence their reproductive success. After capture, the birds are banded, they are weighed and measured, and then we take a blood sample from them for DNA and hormonal analyses. They're set free after that, and it usually takes only a few minutes before they show up at their nest site on the rocky ledges. I'm sure its not all that much fun for the individual birds while they're being handled, but no one seems worse-off because of it. We've been catching murres for over 10 years now, and have long-term data on murres that we've come to know well over the years- lucky for us, murres use the same nest site every year.

There is no sound, because we wanted a clip to show in presentations and talk over. If you'd like to hear Common Murres, and what it sounds like to work in a seabird colony, click HERE. You'll be able to download a podcast from with recordings of murres from Tatoosh Island, off the coast of Washington state, USA.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Beyond Disturbing- Child Trafficking in China Article

This article recently appeared in the LA Times:

Read the related articles links, too.

Unbelievable. Not that I doubt the veracity of these stories... but unbelievable.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Republic of Doyle! Part 2

So, did you see it? NO!?! That's OK- you can watch the first episode online here.

What do you think?

I thought this: very entertaining, St. John's looks fantastic (what day last summer did they take those panoramics!?!), Sean McGinley needs a little more work on the townie accent (otherwise he's awesome), the interaction between Jake and the lady constable was too predictable, who knew Sean Majumder can actually keep a straight face?, the sets were really great, and this show has a lot of potential. OK....I have to say that Allan Hawco as Jake Doyle is pretty hot in a way that most women hate to acknowledge ;)

I'd like to know what non-Newfoundlanders think about it. I haven't looked for any CFA reviews yet. But it seems to me that this is NOT the kind of Newfoundland show that caters mainly to the sensibilities of people who come from here, unlike some others have in recent years. SO, I'm hoping it has broad appeal across the country. Time will tell, I guess.

Good work, people! I, for one, will be rushing the kids to bed and tuning in next Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Republic of Doyle!

It starts tonight-the new CBC show called "Republic of Doyle". It's all filmed in St. John's, with a lot of Newfoundlanders as cast and crew. (In fact, my nephew will appear later in the season as an extra- he was cast as "hot guy in bar"- LOL!)
Check it out- 9:00 pm... 9:30 in Newfoundland.