A couple weeks ago while working on my YouTube series “Healthy You, Healthy Earth”, I started discussing a topic which I realize I haven’t covered too much before. We all focus on the tangible concrete actions to take when protecting the environment, not many realize how important the EMOTIONAL side of conservation is. Read More “Passive Conservation”
When I created my Conservation Hero WODs in 2017, I wanted a special workout dedicated to zoos in general. Zoos are great conservation organizations which work to protect and preserve the environment and animals on three separate fronts.
I am obviously a huge supporter of zoos. I’m even a huge supporter of people going to the zoo strictly for entertainment reasons. I honestly don’t care if you visit the zoo to gawk at animals and conservation is the last thought in your head. Know why? Because it doesn’t matter why you came to the zoo. Your visit helps conservation efforts. And it’s good for your health as well.
When we are eating green, we aren’t just eating for our own health, we are eating for the planet. The principles I have been working on developing are key to eating green because they meld the idea of healthy nutrition with conservation. Read More “Principles of Eating Green: Eat Whole, Unprocessed Foods”
Because of this 30 Days of Experiencing Nature, I’m re-listening to a favorite book of mine, The Nature Principle by Richard Louv. I appreciate how much we NEED nature in our lives. It’s astounding when I think about how disconnected we are from the wild. Read More “30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Our Disconnection with the Wild”
How did ZooFit become ZooFit? Why do I call it ZooFit? It’s story time, folks. Who doesn’t love a good origin story? Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: The Creation of ZooFit”
There are few exciting holidays for zookeepers. Christmas and Thanksgiving are often spent with our fur/feather/scaled families because, guess what? Animals have to eat. Daily. It’s weird, I know. But such is life of a zookeeper.
Know what holidays zookeepers DO get excited over? April 22. Earth Day. It’s not exactly celebrated by everyone, but it is an important day for zookeepers. Earth Day is the one day out of the year everyone gets to be a zookeeper and care for the planet. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Everyday is Earth Day”
Note: I was away for the holidays and had incredibly limited access to WiFi, and no access to write posts. Home again, home again, and I find I’m trying to play “Catch Up”. This is my post from December 29, 2016.
Coming to the end of what seems like a horribly tedious year, I am trying to remind myself of the brightness and optimistic memories I experienced from 2016. Read More “A Look Forward at the End of the Year”
I have always considered myself someone who deeply cares for the well-being of animals. Whether they are my food, my pets, or my job, I have always considered myself devoted to the humane and ethical treatment of the creatures with whom we share this earth. But after reading “Animals Matter” by Marc Beckoff, I have discovered that my whole life has been a lie. I obviously don’t care about animals, or how could I ever eat them, or products made by them. As someone who respects animals, how can I ever deny even my pet who I cherish as my own child anything they desire? And no person who serves to protect animals would ever think that any animal can ever have their needs met living at a zoological facility. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)”
I have been researching many different organizations for volunteer opportunities trying to find a good fit for me. I started even before we moved to Whidbey Island, starting with training for Beach Naturalist at Deception Pass and looking into the Orca Network. Today, I went to Langley for my “training” at the Whale Center, which is partly a small education display, and largely a gift shop that helps support the Orca Network. Unfortunately, the day ended up being 6.5 hours of me in an incredibly uncomfortable position. Read More “100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 63: An Uncomfortable Position”