Preparing a new generation of fruit flies. #APBio
Ss will be designing experiments to test the flies behavior in different environments. This is exciting times!! #StayTuned #AnimalBehavior
The Dog Training Revolution is toddler approved! 😜👍 I think it can be very helpful to use the same part of your brain that you use when teaching a very young child when you’re working with your dog. If you get lost, stop and think “What would I do if I were trying to communicate this concept to a toddler instead of a dog?” Of course, dogs aren’t babies, but it can help you to remember patience and figure out your next step when you’re stumped on how to communicate with your dog! What do you guys think about this? 🧐✨ Thanks for the adorable photo @cynpg
😍 So glad baby Sully is liking the videos!!
Med nebb og klør!! Fasinerende å se hvordan naturen er! Her er et bevis på hvor brutalt det kan være for en havørn å forsvare sitt territorium... Disse skapningene er villig til å ofre absolutt alt for å bevare sitt leveområde og det er bare tilfeldigheter som gjør at alle 3 tilsynelatende flyr videre uten varige mèn.
#havørn #natureaddict #utno #birds #utinaturen #survivalofthefittest #animalbehavior
Swish swish swish goes the collie tail!
Drop off gently used, new shoes at any of the locations listed, ANY day during business hours. We are collecting shoes through November 16th. This fundraiser is for the building expansion at the behavior center.
Throwback to Carl practicing targeting!
Bonus post alert! This article just landed in my inbox, and it's a comprehensive review of existing research and how basic researchers and trainers use the same terminology with different meanings. Understanding these differences is key in moving clicker training research forward.
It's pretty dense if you're not well versed in the terminology - anyone interested in an illustrated explanation of the paper?
PS - What's the difference between clicker training and positive reinforcement? Positive reinforcement (abbreviated R+ in the literature) refers to adding a stimulus that results in an increase in the likelihood of a behavior being performed again in the future - it is a component of reinforcement theory, which is a theory of motivation. Clicker training is a training method that involves using a click or other stimulus (such as a word, light flash, etc) within a training paradigm which aims to add a reinforcer to a situation in order to train animals (ie it uses positive reinforcement). Practically speaking, "clicker training" often - although not always - brings with connections to certain attitudes and beliefs about the treatment of animals. It's important to note however that these attitudes and beliefs are not uniform, and vary widely.
#clickertraininghorses #sciencehorse #positivehorsetraining #positivehorsemanship #progressivehorsemanship #fearfreehorses #clickers #psychology #animalpsychology #animalbehavior #animaltraining #animalwelfare #equinebehavior #equinebehaviour #horsebehavior #cognitivehorse
If YOU were a Giant Pacific Octopus, you would be gaining 2 to 4 pounds EVERY SINGLE DAY! You would have NO BONES, but you would have a BEAK…kind of like a parrot’s. Without bones, you would be free to squeeze through any tight spaces you wanted to…if you could fit your beak through a tiny hole, the rest of you could follow. Your clever brain would also increase in size through your ENTIRE LIFE, and you would have your own distinct idiosyncrasies and personality. Your body would be equipped with THREE HEARTS…two for pumping blood to your gills and one to pump your blue (due to copper compounds) blood around the rest of your body. You might prefer to crawl rather than swim, because your heart organ stops beating when you swim, which can be EXAUSTING. You would have super regeneration abilities, and would be able to re-grow up to a third of your arm complete with suckers in a few weeks, if needed. As a Giant Pacific Octopus you would earn the GIANT part of your name because you would be the largest species of octopuses in the world…one of your kind was found to be 30 feet stretched out and weighed 600 pounds!! You would be very, very lucky to get that big because only a couple of octopuses out of tens of thousands ever make it to maturity. (And if you were the Giant Pacific Octopus in my photo, you would be released back into the wild right where you were found, after people had a chance to look at you a bit…which makes me very happy.) 🐙🐙BONUS INFO: If you are an octopus and you meet up with a buddy, you are OCTOPUSES! Not octopi or octopussies. Just octopusses. That is your true plural. Because your name is a GREEK word, not Latin.
Two male bottlenose dolphins swim in the Bahamas. While this scene may appear peaceful, don't be fooled! I watched these two bully and harass two younger Atlantic spotted dolphins- who fought back - for nearly an hour! Dolphins have complex social lives and despite decades of research, sometimes it still feels as though we've only scratched the surface. •
Photos taken under permit while on a research expedition with the @wilddolphinproject.
#conservationphotography #scicomm #animalbehavior #underwaterworld
Steak. It's what's for breakfast.