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The Dodo Bird, Curiosity and Mud


​What is the connection between the dodo bird, curiosity and mud? Dr Richard Fuller from the University of Queensland successfully explained that connection as we kicked off our National Science Week celebrations.

Curiosity draws us to science. As we ponder the whys and wherefores of the extinction of animal and plant species, we come to understand the importance of preserving habitats around the world.
Dr Fuller engaged his audience by challenging the notion about what scientists look like and what they do. Needless to say, he dispelled the notion of white coats and laboratories!


And the mud? Well, we learnt that shorebirds migrate over great distances (perhaps 10 000km at a time) and use the mudflats as their refuelling stations. What happens to these species if the mudflats are turned into ports or other urban options? How can we help them survive?
Dr Fuller’s presentation was the catalyst for many questions. We certainly appreciate his visit as we shine the spotlight onto science during National Science Week.



Above: Millie and David (Ekoala Captains) thank Dr Fuller.


Above: Mrs McMillan and Dr Fuller