[BERG] BERG *Documentary Day* Reminder, New Duties

Sarah Kraemer s.b.kraemer at stir.ac.uk
Wed Jan 22 11:07:06 GMT 2020

Dear BERGers,

This is your friendly reminder that today is Documentary Day! "Cane Toads: An Unnatural History," will be viewed this afternoon at 5:30pm in the Psychology common room, Cottrell 3A94.

Another excerpt from the New York Times review by Janet Maslin:
"Ugly even by toad standards, the cane toad is revealed to be an amazingly resourceful creature. It was imported to Australia from Hawaii in 1935 - to illustrate this, the director, Mark Lewis, shows glimpses of a train trip across Australia from a toad's-eye view - in hopes that it would destroy a grub that threatened the sugar cane crop. But the toads' lack of interest in eating grubs was matched only by their eagerness to multiply. There are now millions of cane toads in Queensland, descended from an original group of only 101."

Fun Fact: The director has since made a follow-up documentary in 2010 called "Cane Toads: The Conquest"! The cane toad is clearly still an ecosystem management issue to this day.

We have attached in this e-mail a discussion guide for your perusing pleasure, with questions we will all be able to selectively discuss after the film.

Some other Reminders:

Liz Williamson has reached out to remind BERGers that the Spring meeting of the Primate Society of Great Britain is meeting from April 23-24 at the Liverpool John Moores University. Theme is: Latest Advances in Primatology.
More information can be found on their website: https://www.psgb-ljmu2020.co.uk/

Hannah Buchanan-Smith reminded us earlier this week that  'The Burn' Spring meeting<http://theburn.goodenough.ac.uk/> of the Scottish Primate Research Group (SPRG) will be held on 24-26 April, 2020.

A General Reminder: These meetings are only possible thanks to members who volunteer their time! Special shout-out to Kristine Gandia for signing up to prepare snacks for the meeting again this week.

A new sign-up for these additional duties has been newly-created, and aptly-titled: "iceBERG": Individual Contributive Efforts to help with BERG!
The iceBERG sign-up link is here: https://stir.box.com/s/6m677eyq85vi1id5dumcl7x3yney5t35
Members may choose any slots and e-mail Sarah Kraemer and/or Gema Martin-Ordas to be put on the schedule!
( s.b.kraemer at stir.ac.uk; gema.martin-ordas at stir.ac.uk )

The sign-up link for BERG presentations is here: https://stir.box.com/s/2nz26sgrlkwmjl72a5oz7j8uuo1qmdd7

The link to add people to the mailing list or unsubscribe to these e-mails is here: http://lists.stir.ac.uk/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/berg

That's all for now, BERGers!
Documentary treasures un-toad await us later today.
Let's have an un-frog-gettable meeting!

Sarah and Gema

Sarah B. Kraemer

PhD Student | Department of Psychology
Behaviour and Evolution Research Group [BERG<https://www.stir.ac.uk/about/faculties/natural-sciences/our-research/research-groups/behaviour-and-evolution-research-group/>]
Scottish Primate Research Group [SPRG<http://living-links.org/about/scottish-primate-research-group/>]
University of Stirling, UK

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