Tagged: bird

Mātauranga Māori and kererū conservation - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Aug 18, 2016

Letting people harvest New Zealand’s protected wood pigeon can create a win-win outcome for all, says conservationist Len Gillman. Len Gillman For centuries, Māori carefully managed and harvested kererū as an important food source. As kaitiaki (environmental guardians), communities will place a rāhui (temporary ban) on specific animals or plants if numbers get too low, to allow them to recover. This mātauranga Māori (indigenous knowledge) dates back to well … Read More

Time to get fuzzy about penguins – #voteAdelie Part 1 - Ice Doctor

Victoria Metcalf Nov 23, 2014

How can anyone resist voting for this cutie in the annual Bird of the Year campaign?   Penguins captivate us human-folk. They’re one of those animals that just oozes natural charisma. It’s largely because they appear so like us with their upright stance and their dinner suited attire, their sometimes funky ‘hairstyles’ and their mannerisms that seem just so … Read More

Man-made bird flies - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 18, 2011

I want one of these. Way better than those little rubber-band powered balsa and polystyrene gliders we had as kids. Of course what these people have developed is a little more advanced than a bit of wood and foam - and a whole lot more fun to watch. This … Read More

“Just So Science” – Nature Nanotech Knows - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge Jun 30, 2011

There’s been quite a bit of talk recently about the biological implications of quantum effects. For those not familiar with quantum phenomena, they describe a set of bizarre properties molecules and light exhibit at very small length scales or at very low temperatures. Things like quantum tunelling, coherence and entanglement which typically are seldom observed in our normal, human world – which … Read More

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