So I'm glad I was able to take one of my classes this summer semester. One step closer to being finished. Plus it's kept my brain active and productive, and that's certainly a good thing.
I've learned a lot of useful concepts too, but one thing I've learned this summer stands out. However, I didn't learn through the university. It just came to me as a gift. I learned about swooping season.
Swooping season is something that happens in Australia, thanks to the Australian Magpie:
"This species is commonly fed by households around the country, but in spring a small minority of breeding magpies (almost always males) become aggressive and swoop and attack those who approach their nests, especially bike riders." ~ Wikipedia
When I first learned of it, I thought it was just someone making silly videos, or there was just one nasty magpie someone managed to catch on video, but NO. It's a real thing! There are dozens of videos and other accounts of these... these... outright attacks. On friendly bicyclists!
Out of these attacks have come a variety of theories on how best to deter these nasty swooping Australian Magpies. The following is probably my favorite educational clip that tests a couple of theories. Amber of "Amber and Billo's" - a popular morning radio team - takes a couple of theories on the road. Let's see what her results are, shall we?? (make sure your audio is on)
[F*BLEEP*k] Yeah, Magpies!
Who's up for some educational adventure travel to Australia!?! I'm in! Swooping Season, let's go!
... seriously, I kinda want to do that.
For Mama Kat's prompt this week:
3. Share something you learned in June