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Petra McDougall

I am passionate about the natural world, and forever driven to explore and understand nature’s intricate workings.  The sights, sounds, and smells of nature keep a smile on my face and are a constant reminder about the benefits of connecting with wild spaces.  My career focuses are in science/research in wildlife biology, science writing, public education/engagement and citizen science.

When Mimicry Matters: Sheep Mimic Important Individuals And Behaviours

Social animals routinely mimic the behaviors of their social partners.  This ubiquitous phenomenon is the cornerstone of group cohesion and effective group functioning. After all, if each individual acted independently of the others in its group, the group would diffuse […]