20 Days of Eco-Wellness, Day 17: A Day at the Zoo

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.

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30 Days of ZooFit: Everyday is Earth Day

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”

A Look Forward at the End of the Year

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”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

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)”

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 63: An Uncomfortable Position

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”