I do recall that the academics went well. Basically Miss 15 just continued what she was working on last week with lots of additions for her ornithology course. First up was some detailed observation from the albatross cam.
It was all very quiet when we were observing - a good lesson in life as a field scientist. Hours watching and no guarantee anything interesting will happen! We'll probably try some different sampling and observation techniques this coming week if time permits. Earlier in the week we went on a short field trip to the local university where they are attempting to deal with their pigeon problem ("whitewashing" of the buildings among other things) by flying a falcon to scare and disperse the birds rather than actually hunt them. It was interesting to see the falcon up close, and to watch him and his handler at work.
Over the weekend we assisted on a large all-bird count at a local lake. We were really pleased with the section we got (not too much walking!) and Miss 15 ended up as the team leader - deciding how to further sub-divide our section and ensuring everybody got to participate and no birds got missed etc. Counting every single bird - more than 700 of one duck species alone- is tedious but important to gain and maintain good accurate data so we always make the effort to volunteer. The following day we spent an hour counting birds in our backyard as part of the Great Backyard Bird Count. That count only officially requires 15 minutes but we our country does a Garden Bird Survey in June and the organiser of that requested participants follow his protocol so that the data sets would be comparable. An hour is a long time to survey a suburban garden that doesn't have much in the way of bird life! I'm so glad we don't have to worry about counting hours for a transcript since I have no idea what I would 'count' and what I wouldn't. Would it be ethical to count things we would do even if she wasn't officially doing an ornithology course?
Mr 18 went on a short road trip with a friend of his this week. They covered a lot of ground in just a few days and he got to parts of the country I've never yet visited. A good way to spend some time before they both start tertiary studies next week.
The other highlight of the week was a family visit to a Noodle Night Market - basically a large Asian food fair. It's the first time this event has been held and there were a few problems - long queues being the main one. I love Asian food so hopefully the market will return next year. Just with more stalls spaced further apart so the queues are a little more manageable. I'd like to have tried more food but the length of the queues prevented it.
Tonight Miss 15 and I were supposed to attend a performance of Hamlet. It's outdoors so probably still going ahead. However I've postponed it. I'm hoping that tomorrow is more settled and we'll go then.
Linking up with Kris's Weekly Wrap-Up.