To re‐start this series (and blog!), I’ve decided to share some of my favourite zoology‐related podcasts:
The Chameleon Breeder Podcast is perhaps the most niche podcast I listen to, and is great for chameleon‐lovers. Although it mainly focuses on chameleons in captivity, there are also episodes about expeditions, such as these recordings by Mark Scherz.
Shortly after finishing my final year exams, I signed up to volunteer with ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Preservation Society of Greece.
A few weeks later, I arrived at Monolithi, where ARCHELON has its Preveza base. The campsite is opposite the longest beach in Europe (I can confirm that it’s long!).
Each day in Preveza started with a morning survey, where we searched for sea turtle nests. After each morning survey, we would go back to the campsite to update the databases with the information gathered that morning.
After two weeks at Preveza, it was time to go to Amvrakikos. My time at Amvrakikos was unlike anything I have ever done before.
At this project, we were on the boat from 8am to around 3pm, looking for and tagging the loggerhead sea turtles found in the bay.
“Turtle jumping” (shown in the video below) was like nothing else I have done before. Looking back, it still seems slightly surreal.
Our work there also included rescuing turtle caught in fishing gear, which was my first personal experience of the effects of fishing on wildlife. This was quite eye-opening, and something which I would like to try and mitigate during my future career.
More information about the Preveza project area can be found here. Further information about the Amvrakikos Bay project can be found here.
Stay tuned for Part 2, where I will talk about my experiences with the Zakynthos project area.
Time has flown by since I started the Bio Enterprise and Employability series on this blog.
It has been an enjoyable module, and I feel it has given my valuable knowledge and experience.
Overall, my favourite talk was the one on puff adder behaviour. I think the most useful workshop was the careers café, and the most enjoyable assignment for me was blogging.
I found how my note-taking style differs between lectures and science talks interesting. For example, my lecture notes tend to be more detailed, whereas my blog post notes are sometimes less detailed and include my thought on the talk.
It was nice to be able to choose which talks to attend and write about, although many have not made it into this blog (so far, at least). This series has also given me an opportunity to see what type of content you, the readers of this blog, like. Hopefully I will be able to use this to inform future content.
I must admit I was initially sceptical about the content and value of the workshops. However, during and after them, I realised that I enjoyed them, and did gain some skills, such as co-writing a business plan and presenting a business plan, that I would not have picked up elsewhere.
She started the talk by looking at the evolutionary history of bats. It turns out the bat order (Chiroptera, or “hand-wings”) is over 50 million years old, and is very diverse. For example, there diets of bats range from nectar to blood. Some are also important pollinators, and one species, the long-nosed bat, is essential for the production of tequila.