Have a listen to these words, because I like birds: thanks and farewell Auriel Fournier

When wildlife researcher Auriel Fournier (@rallidaerule) joined us in September, we were treated with a wonderful array of photographs, videos and information on her bird of choice, rails. Auriel took us along with her to the wetlands of central USA on her mission to study rail migration, while also trying to avoid being eaten alive by mosquitos.


Look into my eyes… Notice my yellow beak… You now love rails.


Hello there. I am bird.


nom nom nom.


No ifs, no buts about it.


In addition to the birds, Auriel also discussed coding, academic culture (particularly related to gaining experience and unpaid internships), working with wildlife and wetlands management.


We asked Auriel our usual set of post-curation questions, so here she is in her own words.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?      

It was great, really fun way to interact in a different way with people I already knew on twitter and to have conversations with many many new people.

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting? 

I was fortunate in that I was able to set aside ~an hour each morning for the main part of my tweeting and then I just checked in throughout the day as other people responded. I never found it daunting, it was really pretty exciting, especially when I would ask them question and get so many answers.

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?   

lowlights was later in the week when I didn’t have time to tweet much and felt bad.

highlights was probably the night I was able to live tweet capturing birds, people really seemed to enjoy it.

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?

I planned on taking about long distance relationships in science and the challenges there in, but never found the time.

I would have liked to have talked about the previous projects I’ve worked on as well, but choose other topics.

Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?   

I outlined several topics the day before, wrote out about a hundred tweets across five topics in an excel sheet, thsi gave me good places to start (I didn’t use all of them) and helped me when I was having a slow start to my morning.

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

have an outline, write some tweets ahead of time, share your passion.

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?


Thanks once again Auriel from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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