Mar 18

LinkedIn is the social network of choice for professionals. We love discussing the latest in photography, filmmaking and conservation with you on ARKive’s Endangered Species: Photography and Filmmaking group. If you haven’t already joined, then please do today. Or if you don’t know much about LinkedIn, then maybe ARKive’s animals can help make the links for you!

Reconnect!

The really cool thing about LinkedIn is that it allows you to find past and present colleagues and friends, and reconnect with them. Funnily enough, this isn’t just something we do, lots of other animals reconnect too!

The Laysan albatross permanently lives at sea for the first 8 to 9 years of its life before returning to land for 10 months to breed. Pairs establish lasting bonds and ‘reconnect’ with each other every year when they return to land from a life at sea.

Photo of Laysan albatross colony

Another example of reconnection in nature is shown by the spotted hyaena. This adept hunter will go on long commuter trips away from the communal den, travelling a distance of up to 80 kilometres in order to find food. When the hyaena returns, it performs a greeting ritual with the rest of the clan to get ‘reconnected’.

Two spotted hyaenas greeting each other

Stay connected and keep in touch with colleagues

Much like LinkedIn groups that grow through connections, the staghorn coral, a reef-building species, is incredibly successful at staying connected and outcompeting other coral species in its habitat. The corallites within a colony often resemble ‘antlers’ and can grow together in a coordinated manner, reaching up to 2 metres tall.

Split level view of karst islands and staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis

Power your career by making connections and working with others!

A good example of this in the wild is shown by the grey wolf, whose successful hunting career is only possible by working in a pack. Highly social and intelligent, the grey wolf is an efficient predator, capable of working with other individuals to bring down prey up to ten times the size of an individual wolf!

Mackenzie Valley wolves feeding on moose carcass

The hundreds or maybe even thousands of connections that you might have on LinkedIn still don’t live up to the 2 million connections within an army ant colony. Established colonies move in such large numbers that they can be heard marching along the forest floor.  It just goes to show that the more individuals connected, whether in LinkedIn or in the natural world, the further you can go and the more people you can reach!

Army ant colony foraging for prey

Some army ant workers link together to make ‘ant bridges’ so that the army can flow faster over cracks, holes and even flowing streams. It pays to stay connected in order to get to where you want to be, even in the animal kingdom!

Army ant worker bridging a gap

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The honey bee communicates complex information about the location of food to the rest of its colony by means of a special dance. The discovery of a good foraging location is announced by the ’round dance’ in which the forager circles around rapidly, while the ‘waggle dance’ contains information on the distance and direction of the flowers in relation to the hive. Pretty smart!

Honey bee performing waggle dance

Join a group and be part of a debate!

Much like these European starlings which chatter and sing together near roost sites at dusk. A wide range of chuckles, whistles and knocking sounds are produced, along with imitations of the songs of other birds!

European starlings squabbling on chimmney pot 

So why not take part in our debate and join our LinkedIn group. Here’s some topics that we discuss to give you an idea:

  • Wildlife photography and filmmaking (including tips, ethics, your favourites, latest developments)
  • Wildlife imagery and its effect on conservation 
  • Films or photographs you feel inspire people to protect the natural world 
  • How best to raise awareness about endangered species and biodiversity 
  • Endangered species and environmental education

Go on, join in the conversation… 

Rebecca Sennett, ARKive Media Researcher

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