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What, if Anything, Is Big Bird?

PRESENTED ON MAY 20, 2010
IN CHRISTCHURCH @ VOL 8

Zoologist Mike Dickison talks about the PhD research he's been doing on a flightless bird -- the "Big Bird" of the title.

"What, if Anything, Is Big Bird?" is the presentation that has garnered the most views on our site since we started sharing PK presentations online.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 28, 2013.

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The Mother of Wild Animals

BY DIANE PORTER
@ VOL 1 ON AUG 02, 2013

Diane Porter takes us on an intimate tour of the nature surrounding her domicile. She has a particular fascination with birds, and goes into detail on the amazing photographs she's taken.

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I See, Like a Bird, I Sing

BY SARAH WALLIN
@ VOL 10 ON JUN 06, 2014

Sarah Wallin enjoys diving deep into the multitude of life's mysteries and pondering the meaningful coincidences, or "synchronicities," that occur in life. In her experience, she has found when she lets synchronicity navigate her life, it feels as if her story is unfolding with the logic of a dream. Sarah shares her journey of personal discovery.

 

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Paedomorphic Flightlessness and Taxonomic Affinities of an Enormous Recent Bird

BY MIKE DICKISON
@ VOL 1 ON MAR 27, 2015

Ph. D. ornithologist Mike Dickison based in Whanganui, New Zealand is sharing his research on flightless birds originating from his interest in a Sesame Street character. 

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The Restoration of Heritage at the Arts Centre of Christchurch

BY ANDRE LOVATT
@ VOL 23 ON MAY 04, 2015

The Arts Centre in Christchurch is a neo-gothic campus, once hosting the local university, converted into a space for local artists to practise and showcase. Severely damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes, it is now going through an extensive restoration. Arts Centre CEO Andre Lovatt gives people an insight into the restoration of the Arts Centre, to explain what it is that they have been doing since the earthquakes, show the process visually and give an indication on the progress that is being made. Showing the love, care and attention that so many people are giving to their restoration work and how, when it is all done, the Arts Centre, and the Christchurch wider community, will be so much better for it.

 

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Male Pattern Baldness in Birds

BY ZACHARIAH DURR
@ VOL 25 ON MAY 29, 2015

Comedians Zachariah Durr and Adam Richard discuss their shared love of ornithology and elaborate on a little known aspect of bird life, male pattern baldness. 

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Creativity and Animal Studies

BY CONSTANCE WOODMAN
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 29, 2015

Constance Woodman believes animal experimentation and field studies can be awful or awesome depending on how creatively one approaches a problem. Creativity leads to humane alternatives and breaks through outdated ideas about how to work with animals. Here we look at how using creative applications of technology at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center allows animals to voluntarily participate and even make decisions about their own care, reduces the need for harming animals or using animal based products, and allows data to be gathered from wild animals without them ever knowing.

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An insight in to big data at Cambridgeshire County Council

BY MICHAEL SOPER
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 29, 2016

Head of Cambridgeshire County Council's Research team Michael Soper tells us about big data and what they do with it.

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Anything but Chardonnay

BY DEE ATKINSON
@ VOL 2 ON NOV 24, 2016

Dee Atkinson now works in the Opotiki District Library, but also works in promotions for the Christchurch Netball Centre and for WineSouth in Tasmania organising two statewide wine events each year. Anything but Chardonnay looks at her passion for wine, popular varieties and looks to educate us along the way!

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A Little Bird Told Me

BY DENIS KANIA
@ VOL 6 ON FEB 16, 2017

Little birds have shaped the life of Denis Kania in so many ways. Lessons he learned as he searched the world for his avian friends changed the way he looks at people, the world, and its future. He found that the choices we make at home can have a profound impact on the environment halfway around the world.