What? You heard me. Avian Amazonian Ecto and Endo Parasitie Research. Essentially, researching the different kinds of external (ecto) and internal (endo) parasites in Amazonian birds. Why the heck would I be mentioning this? Do I have avian parasites myself? Well no, though I wouldn't blame you for making such an assumptions, but even if I did this probably wouldn't be the forum for such a revelation.
Alycia was accepted in a grant writing workshop at the University, it's essentially a writers workshop for 6 professors with 6 mentors. But instead of sharing their respective fiction writing with a group of fellow writers, each person is sharing their scientific grant proposal with a group of fellow scientists. The purpose of the group is to improve their grant writing skills and for the next several weeks each group member will read a grant proposal from another Professor in another field.
So this morning when Alycia asked me "Guess what I'm reading?", I was a little taken aback when she said "an Avian Amazonian Ecto and Endo Parasite Research Proposal". A biology professor who specializes in avian parasites had written a grant that the group was reviewing. It made for an interesting discussion and apparently interesting reading too. For this particular proposed study they intended to capture most specimens in a mist net, and the secondary method of specimen collection? Let's just say that shotguns were involved. Yes science and shotguns can go together.