One of my online courses is called Getting Behaviour – The Foundations of Animal Training.
My students are really excited about it.
I’m very proud of it, and I had this idea to share part of the course for free, here on the blog. The course is about 13 hours long and contains 108 short videos, so I wanted to pick one of those videos and share with you. The best one.
This summer I revisited a childhood paradise, Hallands Väderö, an island on the west coast of Sweden.
As a child, I used to catch small shore crabs there, and get a terrible sunburn. I’d spend six hours crouching on the shoreline, with my back to the unrelenting Scandinavian sun.
No protective tan. Just very pale, sun-sensitive skin that I’ve inherited from my freckled red-headed father. Those were the days, when nobody knew about melanoma, and having a deep tan was the height of fashion.
Side note: Over the years, I’ve learned to avoid sunburn (I no longer harbor any illusions of achieving a nice tan, wear sensible long-sleeve clothes, avoid direct summer sunlight between 11 and 15, and wear sun screen lotion if I can’t avoid it).
But I’ve maintained that passion for catching shore crabs, or green crabs as you might know them by – they go by the latin name of Carcinus maenas. And this summer, I had my kids along, and they’ve inherited my fascination with these little critters.
I did an experiment. Which was a bit scary, because the outcome depended on you…! Or your fellow readers, that stumbled on this page before you.
So, I was a bit prepared that the whole project it might implode, if nobody joined. Luckily, I had just ordered some new spring bulbs, so I could go outside and do some planting instead, if things didn’t pan out as I imagined.
I had a plan B, as it were.
And now my garden is in rather a sorry state… because this project did get a lot of attention! It was really fun and engaging, not to mention important, and it reached thousands of people – getting the impact I think that this topic deserves..!