Merry Christmas!


This year has been a brilliant one, and I hope yours has been fantastic too. With it being the end of the year, I thought I would make this post a little longer than usual, but first I would like to say a really big thanks to everyone who has been following the blog throughout 2009. I can’t tell you much I appreciate all the interest and support.

Over the year I have had over 20,000 visitors to the blog, which is incredible. I really hope at you have enjoyed seeing and hearing about some of the things I have highlighted, as I have tried to make it varied and provide a little something of interest for everyone. However, if there is someway you think I can improve on the blog, or if there is something in particular would like to see more of, please do let me know.

Well, 2009 was great – but I have a sneaky feeling that 2010 is going to be even better! 🙂 Speaking of which, I must tell you about a couple of new developments and things that I think may be of interest.  The first is that my department has now joined our Learning Team and this is something that I am ever so pleased about. It means that we will be contributing even more to the Museum’s education committment in the new year and working alongside enthusiastic colleagues who share a passion for developing and delivering quality learning. In January, this will include developing new sessions   around the ecology and  diversity of the rainforest, and will also coincide with the refurbishment of our large rainforest exhibit, which I promise you will look stunning.   

With the way things are going with the rainforests of the world, sometimes it is hard to stay positive, but I am a great believer in that if you think positive, positive things   happen 🙂 I also believe that as individuals we can do some great things, but its when we all work together that we can really make a difference. I have had the link to the Princes Rainforest Trust all year, but unfortunately it seems not many people have used that particular link. Please check out this site, I think you may find it of great interest – who knows, you might even want to create your own frog message in support: http://frog.rainforestsos.org/

The New Year is traditionally a time for making new resolutions, but I have already made mine. Doing the pledge that I have made to myself this time will be the most challenging but most rewarding thing I have done in my life – and its starts January. I will tell you more then, as its success will surely depend on having your support. Apparently, 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and people everywhere are being encouraged to just do one thing, big or small, to preserve life on earth. Perhaps you would also like to make your New Year resolution something to do with supporting it: http://www.biodiversityislife.net/?q=do-one-thing

So, its sounds like its going to be another challenging year ahead –  Bring it on! 🙂  I have loads of things in the pipeline, and hopefully something of interest for all – even the most die-hard froglover! Last Christmas, I posted a pic of a very rare frog especially, but if you don’t recognise the Leaf Frog in the picture at the top of this post, you can be forgiven – no-one has ever seen this frog before. All will be revealed 2010.  

Wishing you, and yours, a Very

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Andrew

P.S. Whilst following my links, why not take a look at Lucy Cooke’s great blog: Lucy is a zoologist and filmmaker travelling around South America filming and writing about amphibians. She started in Chile on an expedition searching for the critically endangered Darwin’s frog  –  found them and even managed to film tadpoles wriggling in a male’s throat sack! She is currently in Uruguay, and her next stop is Peru where she is spending a month at a scientific research station conducting a biodiversity study before heading to Panama and Costa Rica (where coincidentally she is also planning on visiting the sloth sanctuary).

Lucy’s blog: http://pinktreefrog.typepad.com/amphibianavenger

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Article in ‘The Times’

Just a short note for the people who read my recent post ‘The past, now, Saturday..‘, regarding the article in ‘The Times’. Sorry for any confusion, but the piece mentioned will be in this Saturday’s ‘Times Magazine’ (Saturday 5th December).

Addition:

For anyone who missed it, Steve Devine’s posted the page on Twitter: http://twitpic.com/snlpt

P.s. It is very flattering of The Times to make the reference to Darwin, but its clearly time I lost the new beard! 🙂