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This morning, while walking to the lab from my apartment, clearly demonstrated how crazy the weather is here during the winter. I left my apartment and it was sunny and warm (67 degrees, my computer says). About five minutes later, a huge looming black cloud swept over the sky, making everything pitch black and super windy. Now, another half hour later, it is bright and sunny outside again, and approaching 70 degrees. It's supposed to get down to 20-something tonight. This, apparently, is just how winter in the landlocked south is. Kind of cool, actually, though I miss having a real winter (by which I apparently mean 45 degrees and constant rain, since that's just so much fun).

I forgot to mention this at the time, but last week I went out with Melissa, who is still trying to trap hawks for her research. Most of her project is focused on observing foraging hawks, and determining prey densities in fields, but trapping and banding a few birds for identification purposes is handy. We managed to get a kestrel, and almost had a shrike (lol oops) but the winds picked up around 10:00, making the birds less interested in coming to the trap. Still, kestrels are fun, so here's the little juvie female we caught.

I took better photos... they're just on someone else's camera. )

Tomorrow, as many of you know, is SOPA (and PIPA!) blackout day. Although SOPA is more or less dead for now, PIPA is still around, and demonstrating the dangers of any kind of legislation that promotes censorship of the internet is extremely important to the future of the internet itself. The list of sites that will black out for tomorrow is growing, but includes Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, imgur, Mojang/Minecraft, Wordpress, and many others. As I don't have a website myself, exactly, I intend to join the protest in spirit by staying offline tomorrow. Maybe I'll actually get something accomplished.
shichahn: (Feets!)
Oh man, I have posted too many times today. This is nuts.

First off, don't forget about the SOPA thing. That is incredibly important. Go do that.

Secondly, for those who do not have [livejournal.com profile] tinylongwing friended, go see my latest entry there if you want to read about Pele, a passage Cooper's hawk.

Finally, a little update on my life! Yesterday I had a meeting with the guy at Arkansas Game and Fish who is getting me funding for my MS project, now starting sometime in the spring. So that's still coming along, we're just waiting for the funding to make its way through the state government and on to us. It's a much slower process than it was supposed to be, but that's bureaucracy and science funding in the current political climate, unfortunately. It'll come through eventually.

More immediately exciting is that I am volunteering to help out with the project of another student in my graduate lab. Her project is focusing on optimal foraging of red-tailed hawks and American kestrels here in agricultural fields around Jonesboro. (Why is this not my project, you ask? Because I chose the one that had funding attached. Hawks are cool, but getting paid to go to grad school is even cooler.) What this means for us right now is that we have to go out and trap and band a bunch of redtails and kestrels, which is good fun.

Pics below )
shichahn: (Feets!)
Oh man, I have posted too many times today. This is nuts.

First off, don't forget about the SOPA thing. That is incredibly important. Go do that.

Secondly, for those who do not have [livejournal.com profile] tinylongwing friended, go see my latest entry there if you want to read about Pele, a passage Cooper's hawk.

Finally, a little update on my life! Yesterday I had a meeting with the guy at Arkansas Game and Fish who is getting me funding for my MS project, now starting sometime in the spring. So that's still coming along, we're just waiting for the funding to make its way through the state government and on to us. It's a much slower process than it was supposed to be, but that's bureaucracy and science funding in the current political climate, unfortunately. It'll come through eventually.

More immediately exciting is that I am volunteering to help out with the project of another student in my graduate lab. Her project is focusing on optimal foraging of red-tailed hawks and American kestrels here in agricultural fields around Jonesboro. (Why is this not my project, you ask? Because I chose the one that had funding attached. Hawks are cool, but getting paid to go to grad school is even cooler.) What this means for us right now is that we have to go out and trap and band a bunch of redtails and kestrels, which is good fun.

Pics below )
shichahn: ([RvB] Yellow rose of Texas clad in black)
Hey guys, I'm sure you've all heard about SOPA by now. (If you haven't, read about it beneath the cut )

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has an epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.
shichahn: ([RvB] Yellow rose of Texas clad in black)
Hey guys, I'm sure you've all heard about SOPA by now. (If you haven't, read about it beneath the cut )

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has an epic plan to stop it. In signing this petition, not only are you saying you want it stopped, but Wyden will read off every name on this list in one of the greatest filibusters ever, should SOPA come up to a vote. So if you have, like, five seconds (I know you do, if you're reading this!) go sign your name on the link above. If you have slightly more than five seconds, please edit the text in the blue box to come up with your own unique statement as to why you want SOPA blocked. This is important as in government petitions, names that post the same exact copypasta statement are all counted as a single comment, while unique comments are counted separately. While posting with the copypasta will get your name on the filibuster, including a unique statement will do even more good than that.

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