It's Autism Awareness Month throughout the whole duration of April and the second one I've proudly celebrated. (Yay!) I'll regularly be updating my blog throughout the duration of April to share more in relation to Autism Awareness. I first began blogging about my Autism in 2017, a year after receiving my diagnosis. Just yesterday, my… Continue reading Autism and me – Autism Awareness Month
After the talk we received from Jerry, we were quickly divided into two groups after stepping outside to enable us to carry out two different activities throughout the refuge. This allowed us to smoothly alternate between the activities we were occupying at the time. I noticed various resources during my visit at the reserve, even… Continue reading Florida – Day seven: Part two 🇺🇸
It's vastly approaching the 3-year bracket in which I received my Autism diagnosis back in 2016. Time has truly flown by! I often hear the term "suffering from Autism" which I felt encouraged to shed some light on, as somebody on the complex Autistic spectrum. I understand that the spectrum is large and people enlisted… Continue reading Autism and me: Suffering or growing?
We arrived at Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a non profitable organisation located in South-West Florida, at 8:15am. After an hours drive was required to reach our destination. The Wildlife Refuge is located on Sanibel Island, in the Gulf of Mexico, Southwestern Florida and is compromised of 6400 acres. We are a nonprofit that financially… Continue reading Florida – Day seven: Part one 🇺🇸
Florida Golf Coast University partners with my University in The UK. (Bangor University). Today, we visited and had a tour of their mesmerising campus, which seemed to be a completely different world to the small Welsh town we were all accustomed to. Arriving at approximately 9am, we were all soon astounded when we viewed the… Continue reading Florida – Day Six 🇺🇸
As a component of my Conservation Practice module, we began (much to my fulfilment) learning about the importance of, and the roles, of animal behaviour in conservation. It's been a joy to combine my two passions! Therefore, in order to carry out our own study and to gain a further insight into the area, we… Continue reading Conservation practice meets Behavioural Ecology – Chimp practical, measuring behaviour and compiling ethograms!
Our fifth day in Florida was spent in Naples, where we experienced the exciting privilege of visiting the FCGU (Florida Golf Coast University) research centre, visiting the majestic, stunning botanical gardens and driving our way to The Everglades. We first stopped at the research centre. Listening to three different, informative, talks about different kinds of… Continue reading Florida – Day Five 🇺🇸
Beginning the day at 7:45am, we embarked on a 45 minute drive to Corkscrew Swamp, listening to our new favourite American radio station (Bob.fm) along the way, excited to find a range of animal species and to gain a further insight into the work carried out throughout the popular attraction. Arriving at the swamp, we… Continue reading Florida – Day Four 🇺🇸
A component of my second year Behavioural Ecology module (BSX-2018) was carrying out an Oystercatcher practical in order to learn more about, and measure, vigilance. Vigilance: The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties Prior to the practical experiment, we learned about vigilance during a lecture. And, evidently, vigilance can easily… Continue reading Behavioural Ecology – Oystercatcher practical and measuring vigilance
In a component of my Behavioural Ecology module (BSX-2018) we began learning about habituation, one of my favourite subject areas, which we were then able to study through a practical experiment using green shore crabs obtained from The Menai Straits, North Wales. Habituation: Diminishing of an innate response to a frequently repeated stimulus. The experiment:… Continue reading Behavioural Ecology – Habituation and morphology in the green shore crab