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
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!
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!