We hear the remarkable story of how farmers in Kenya chased down and captured the world's fastest land animal: the Cheetah. Matthew Jebb, Director of the National Botanic Gardens, celebrates the trees and plants of a particularly beautiful late autumn. Prof John O'Halloran tells us what we might expect from the 6th Irish Ornithological Research Conference this weekend. And have we discovered Ireland's oldest pet bird? A 30-year-old rook in Longford!
It's been an exceptionally mild year, despite the recent chill in the air. And Autumn 2013, in particular, seems to have gone on forever! Changes in weather patterns always have implications across the spectrum of flora and fauna. But one of the best things about this mild autumn is the spectacular range of colours we are enjoying the moment from our trees and plants. It truly is a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness!
We are lucky here in the grounds of RTÉ, in the company of some stunning trees. But if you can afford to take a moment from your busy schedule, do stop and take note of the sheer beauty of these autumnal colours. Honestly, they would make Monet, or Gaugin, or Van Gough, or any of the great Impressionists swoon!
If you follow marathons worldwide, you will know that Kenyans continuously cross the line first. They are fast - and fantastic over long distances. And if you’re a wildlife lover, you’ll know that the CHEETAH is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds of 120 kilometres per hour or about 75 miles an hour… But can a Kenyan outrun a cheetah?
A story reached us this week of four Kenyan farmers who were so fed up of cheetahs eating their goats, that they decided to chase them. For FOUR MILES! But they won! They captured the cheetahs and brought them home, alive, to claim the compensation due to them for their dead goats.
The cheetah is a fascinating creature and to tell us more about them we have Dr. Laurie Marker on the line. She is the Founder of the Cheetah Conservation Fund and she joins us today from Namibia... For more information about the Cheetah Conservation Fund, visit www.cheetah.org, and to watch the speech that Laurie Marker gave at at TEDx Portland, entitled What If We Lost The Cheetah?, click play on the video below...
We're wondering if we’ve found the oldest pet bird in Ireland!
Ester Göbl with her rook Caw-Caw
On Sunday, Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan went to Longford and met with great-grandmother Ester Göbl, who rescued a rook thirty years ago and has kept it as a pet, whom she called Caw-Caw, ever since...
So is Ester’s rook the oldest pet bird in Ireland? If you know of an older one, well we’re all ears here on Mooney Goes Wild. Please do let us know - during the duration of the programme (15:00 - 16:30), you can text us on 51551, or e-mail or tweet us anytime: email@example.com or @MooneyShow!
Every week on Mooney Goes Wild, our esteemed panel of experts dazzle and mesmerise the nation with their knowledge of all things botanical, zoological, ornithological, and environmental.
But they don't actually pluck this knowledge out of thin air! Richard, Eanna and Terry are obsessive about keeping up with the latest scientific research from all over the globe, as are the Mooney Goes Wild team in general!
And this weekend, the research focus is on Cork, where scientists and practitioners with a common love of birds will come together to discuss the latest research and future direction of ornithological studies.
Professor John O'Halloran is the Head of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, at University College Cork, and he has been a key figure in bringing this gathering together.
John joins the team from RTÉ's Cork studio today, to tell us what we might expect from the conference...
The 6th Irish Ornithological Research Conference takes place at the Western Gateway Building, in University College Cork this weekend, November 23rd & 24th.
This conference has been organised by the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Science (BEES) at UCC, with sponsorship from Environmental Protection Agency, Atkins and the Marine Institute.
Pre-registration for this event has now closed. If you wish to attend you can register at the venue from 9.00am on Saturday November 23rd. Payment by cash or cheque only on the day. For more information about the conference, visit www.ucc.ie/en/corc2013.