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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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Flying Cigars

BY JENNY LUST
@ VOL 17 ON APR 18, 2013

Jennier Lust likes birds -- a lot. And she really likes chimney swifts. She details all of the details that make the chinmey swift one of the most interesting birds in the animal kingdom.

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The Big Picture

BY PAULA ALASAD ASBELL
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 09, 2013

You have to listen closely to catch what Paula Asbell was thinking when she titled this presentation "The Big Picture". However, it's easy to see how Paula keeps her mind open to creative impulses and how those inspriations lead her to create her art. Sometimes it's just the notion of "I don't want to waste this paint" that can lead to a new work.

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Paper Birds

BY DIANA BELTRÁN HERRERA
@ VOL 9 ON OCT 12, 2012

Diana Beltran creates paper sculptures that have been featured all over the web, in particular her exquisite little birds. She shares her thoughts on nature and her own creative process. (In Spanish)

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Sea ports, rocks and birds

BY MARTIN GLEDHILL
@ VOL 5 ON JUN 05, 2014

Starting a sea port armour stone quarry and how it can be relatively good for the environment and Black Throated Finch. Townsville local, Martin Gledhill, goes into depth on perserving the wild life at Sea Port, and perserving the natural beauty for generations to come. 

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Killing Two Birds

BY JOHN RUCYNSKI
@ VOL 23 ON DEC 19, 2014

John Rucynski explains his book project for English language learners in Japan. In this book, he talks about the many options for foreigners in Japan and how they can begin their careers in Japan. 

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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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A Place for Birds in Our Lives

BY GIRI ATHREY
@ VOL 3 ON JUN 02, 2015

Birds are all around us, enrich our lives in multiple ways and are a key to our colorful future, yet they often fade from our mind. Giri Athrey talks about his work with birds that aims to feed the world, while also saving the world's bounty of birds. He presents a case for why we cannot chicken out of our relationship with birds and invites you to make space for birds, not just on your plates, but also in your lives.

 

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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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