Adventures With Science February 05 2019

I've been following Megan G on Instagram for a while as her crossover interests of vintage interiors and animals mirror my own. I invited her to guest post on my blog, so handing over to you Megan...
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bird ornament
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When Wilful Ink asked if I would be interested in writing a blog, I was both excited and nervous. You see, I have never considered myself a ‘good writer’, and my grammar, it’s horrible. 
But on the flip side, I love to talk and meet new people. So much so that I often make friends with complete strangers everywhere I go (just ask any of my friends; it’s a thing) So consider this my attempt at making more friends while doing something outside of my comfort zone.
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bird handler
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My name is Megan G. I am Canadian, a Zoologist and a thrifter. I currently live and work in the USA as a bird trainer and in my spare time try to go on adventures.
 These adventures often fall into two categories involving my biggest passions. One is being out in nature enjoying and marvelling at the science of things. And two, searching local thrift and antique stores looking for unique and unusual treasures from the past. But, what makes me happiest is when I combine these passions and am able to find a special vintage piece that tells a science story… and at a good price, of course.
My problem, however, is that I don’t just have one interest or focus. I literally have a LOVE for anything science based. Space? Yup, I have a vintage lunar globe that reminds me of my trip to the NASA Kennedy Space Center. Entomology? Yup, anything insect and you have my interest. 
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nasa space centre
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I never thought I would fall in love with insects. But one university honey bee course later and I’m sweating my butt off in Vietnam looking for an elusive Water-penny beetle on the side of a waterfall.
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waterfall climbing
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And now as a full time bird trainer, I find so much joy in scientifically accurate bird prints or those depicting under represented species, like Wilful Inks’ Purple Gallinule (Porphyrio martinica) print.
A Purple Gallinule is a medium-sized marsh bird with these beautiful and bright yellow legs and long toes that allows the species to distribute their weight when walking on floating vegetation. It is such a cool bird and, in my opinion, under appreciated.
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When looking for inspiration, I recommend you look to nature, whether it be at the micro or macro level. For example, did you know that so many of today’s inventions and innovations are inspired by nature? Sonar, Velcro, the Bullet Train and so many others.
Not to mention, thanks to millions of years of evolution and natural selection, the version created by nature is often much more complex than the man made one ever could be.
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weird bug
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I think that is why I like collecting science thrifts so much; often a small object is linked to a much bigger concept. Which in turn, reminds me of how amazing this world really is.
I joke that my future home will be a museum, filled with all of my unique and unusual natural history prints and memories. But until then, I collect and share my finds on both my Youtube channel and my Instagram. I try to inspire while giving a fun fact or two, so if that kind of stuff interests you, I invite you to follow along!
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insect charts
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I’ll wrap up with this quote by Mohammad Niaz, “Mother Nature is a huge classroom that offers many lessons for those who take the time to reflect and discover.” I know that I will forever be her student, and I hope that you will be too! Continue to take chances, explore, make mistakes, ask questions, and get messy.
Sincerely,
Megan G"