About me

Jean Fleming has now retired from the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication (www.sciencecommunication.info), but remains a science communicator and researcher on effective science communication. She is interested in the community’s response to the big green issues of today, such as climate change, sustainability, gene editing or predator control in New Zealand.

Jean lives on the Kāpiti Coast of New Zealand, where she works with Kāpiti Biodiversity Projects, Ngā Manu Nature Reserve and Low Carbon Kāpiti. She has returned to this blog after deciding to leave Twitter and Facebook, in the light of the Christchurch mosque murders. On this site you will find new thoughts on gardening, habitat restoration and birds, as well as older posts on communication. Always birds. Jean is a bird lover, not an ornithologist or a twitcher.


4 Responses to “About me”

  1. Des.Todd. Says:

    Good Morning Jean…..Hopefully, you are the correct Jean (or Jeanie with a pony called Salty). However if I am wrong…apologies….so this short reply is a toe in the water…. so to speak.
    Des Todd is my name. Mary and I had a small property at Otaki where you came to ride Salty.
    If one is correct ….your Dad loved white baiting….your Mother told me your Dad was a clever man but could not boil an egg.
    If the above is correct….Hello Jeanie.

  2. Russell Parker Says:

    I just found your photo of the jungle rooster’s saddle hackle feathers in Vathe conservation area.
    As its unusual colour intrigues me and contributes to my enquiries about origins and conservation of Pacific junglefowl I would appreciate the opportunity to communicate directly to see if you have any more photos of the junglefowl there.
    thanking you
    Russell Parker

    • JSFleming Says:

      Hi Russell
      I took a few photos of the local chickens at Vathe, but it was the orange rooster that I loved especially, as it reminded me of the wild jungle fowl I first saw in Assam, India, whil on the back of an elephant in the Manas Nature Reserve (1978!). Those were, apparently, the “real thing” with regards to wild chickens. The chickens at Vathe were definitely domesticated, although one of the people we met did hint that there was a wild jungle fowl in the back blocks of the jungle. I am absolutely no expert, being a retired health scientist, but I would love to hear more about the possibility of wild jungle fowl in Vanuatu. I could probably link you to a NZ ornithologist if it is useful.

    • JSFleming Says:

      My other photos of the chickens of Vatthe are now posted on “Talking with Barmaids”.

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