Join the dots with Australia’s best ecology blogs

Ursa_Major_constellation

When you gaze to the heavens, do you see a flying fish, a winged horse, a sea monster, water carrier, or perhaps a heavenly air pump? Or, like me, do you see a beautiful scatter of unconnected, blinking lights? Now lower your gaze and join the dots between your favourite ecology blogs. How many tiny constellations do you see? Would anybody else draw a star chart quite like yours?

To my eye, ecology blogs in Australia are far too ephemeral, faint and disconnected. It’s hard for readers to find new blogs and equally hard for bloggers to find an audience, especially for new writers. Collectively, the whole is smaller than the sum of the parts. Until now, that is.

The Facebook star chart

If you use Facebook, you can now enjoy Australia’s Best Ecology Blogs. The new Facebook page contains links to over a hundred posts by many Australian bloggers, and new stories will be added regularly. All of the stories are written for a general audience, not specialist researchers.

Please visit, like and share the page, so others can enjoy the blogs and our enthusiastic bloggers can enjoy a larger audience. Write a message on the Facebook page or in the comments box below to suggest new blogs and authors to add to the site.

By joining the dots between the blogs, we can replace ‘ye olde air pump in the sky’ with two new, intertwined, heavenly constellations: The Joyous Blogger and Reader.

My favourite new blog

Fox tracks

One of my favourite stories on the Facebook page is by a PhD student at the University of Melbourne, Bronwyn Hradsky. Bronwyn’s site, Working on the Wild Side, features two short stories about her work on foxes and endangered marsupials. Bronwyn writes beautifully, so do visit her site and enjoy her work. I’ve copied the start of one of her stories below: Seeing Ghosts. The Continue Reading link will re-direct you to her blog. Happy reading!

Seeing Ghosts

I am getting better at tracking foxes. I stand at the corner of two footpads in the forest and know that there will be a scat there, somewhere, if I look hard enough. The reek of a scent-post cuts across my nostrils, even while I am thinking of other things. Driving down a sandy road, I turn a corner and somehow know that it is a good place to set a trap. Sure enough, there are fox prints in the sand and two days later I capture Rusty. [Continue Reading]


Have you found a new ecology blog that you love? Please leave a comment below and share the link with everyone else.

Waiting for the follow up to last month’s quiz on mosaic burning? Many readers prefer that I jumble my topics rather than presenting sequential posts on the same theme, so I’ll return to mosaic burning again soon. Stayed tuned!

The original constellation photo is from Wikimedia and the footprints photo is from the Visit Mungo website.

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17 thoughts

  1. Hi there, I don’t know if my blog meets your criteria, but I document the flora and fauna on our 15 acres of land. We have many species of naturally growing native plants, including orchids, in the bush part of our block. Let me know what you decide. I’ve ‘Liked’ your Facebook page and I think the articles you are sharing are great! Thanks for going to the trouble to collate ecological blog posts in one location. Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa, thanks very much for writing in and for your link. I haven’t seen your site before so look forward to reading your posts and adding them to the Facebook page too. I’m glad you enjoyed the Facebook page. Best wishes and thanks again, Ian

      1. Hey Ian, Just came across your blog. I am a young coastal scientist on the Gold Coast and tangent about my coastal experiences – coastaltangents.com. It’s great to see other scientists about there blogging to break down the academic jargon.

      2. Hi, and thanks for writing in. I’ll add your great site to my list of blogs to add to the Facebook page. Keep up your great blogging, best wishes Ian

  2. That Facebook page is an excellent idea, it is hard to find other good (and relevant) blogs on the web and now I can finally free up my bookmark bar. Consider the page shared and liked. Maybe when I finally get around to adding some more content to my new blog I can forward you the link.

  3. Great idea. I am really glad I read this post and followed on to Working on the Wild Side as well (which was a great reminder to try and steer clear of dry academic posts when blogging). Lac@fishthinkers

  4. Hi Ian, Thanks for starting the Facebook page. It’s great to have a place to ‘connect the dots’ and also to concentrate a lot of good reading in one spot. Some of the blogs you’ve posted are ones I wouldn’t have found on my own (like the fox research one) but find really interesting. Other blogs are almost like having conversations with other field naturalists, which is great. Gives people just starting out in the world of science/ecology/field naturalist blogging something to aim for too!

    1. Hi Rob, thanks for the great link. Unfortunately I can’t follow this site using my RSS Reader (Feedly) for some reason, so I won’t be able to keep up with all your posts. If you send a message to the Facebook page or to my blog page when new posts come out, I can add them. Sorry for the manual handling! 🙂 Keep up your great work, Ian

  5. Hi Ian – This looks like a great initiative. I also wanted to point out to your readers the EcoBloggers blog aggregator over at innge.net (which is where I found this post, since your blog is already signed up there). It basically pulls together a bunch of ecology RSS feeds into one main feed that people can subscribe to.

    1. Hi Jennifer, that’s a great one. Tim has been blogging ‘forever’. I’ll make sure I include many of his posts. Thanks very much for the suggestion, best wishes Ian

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