Ethnoornithology at St Louis Missouri, April 2024

Regular readers will know that I’ve been attending—and presenting—at various meetings of different ethnobiological and related associations over the past two decades, starting with Australasian Ornithological Conferences as far back as 2001 and (fairly) regularly at a variety of Australian and international meetings since then. COVID-19, work and a patch of ill health has prevented [...]

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A fantasy weather competition for the Top End?

Photo: University of Arizona Recent news that the good folks at the University of Arizona’s Institute for Resilience have extended their Southwest Monsoon Fantasy Forecast game for a third year got me thinking about how a local fantasy weather competition based on Top End weather might work. After all, Australia’s Top End has—arguably—some of the [...]

By |2023-06-23T19:45:19+09:30June 23rd, 2023|Ethnoornithology, Fun stuff, Indigenous land management, Northern development, Some places I've been, The Northern Myth, Weather|Comments Off on A fantasy weather competition for the Top End?

Call for Papers – Ethnoornithology symposium at AOC 2019, Darwin 3 – 5 July 2019

Ethnoornithology is the study of the relationship between people and birds, and in recent years the field has emerged as a valuable source of ethnobiological research.  Ethnoornithology provides an opportunity to empower people of all cultures to discover, re-examine and preserve the connections between individuals, groups and cultures and the birds that they hunt, venerate and cherish.

Singing Wardaman Country, one Gouldian Finch at a time.

This is a re-post of an article first published in the February 2018 edition of Land Rights News (Northern Edition) by the Northern Land Council. Birds are closely connected to Wardaman culture. Many Wardaman dances have been adapted from bird movements and much Wardaman rock art depicts birds. […]

Firehawks: avian pyromaniacs may have used fire before humans

This has major ramifications for land use and conservation across Australia's northern savannahs and potentially beyond. Changed fire regimes by Europeans from those practiced for millennia by Aboriginal people wrought dramatic changes on the Australian landscape, a factor which imperilled (and continues to imperil) the existence of many native species. How do we account for birds as another potential fire vector?

“Intentional Fire-Spreading by “Firehawk” Raptors in Northern Australia,” Bonta et al. Journal of Ethnobiology, 37(4) (abstract)

In a broader sense, better understanding of avian fire-spreading, both in Australia and, potentially, elsewhere, can contribute to theories about the evolution of tropical savannas and the origins of human fire use.

“Birds in culture and context—Ethnoornithology in application and theory”—abstracts from an ethnoornithology symposium, 2007

Following are the abstracts of papers and posters presented at the recent Ethnoornithology Symposium, entitled “Birds in culture and context – Ethnoornithology in application and theory”, held during the 30th Society of Ethnobiology conference at the University of  California, Berkeley from 28 to 31st March 2007. It was a great day, with a quantity and quality of papers [...]

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