Virginia and Mimi called out?

I walked in to work the end of the day Saturday to prep for the coming storm and was greeted by this note on the board:   Some might be saying what do you mean two of our four bears called out for the day??   No worries, the bears are here, but two of our volunteers were unable to make it in today 🙁Read more

Winter Storm Diego

We’re under a Winter Storm Warning going into the weekend through Monday. Hopefully we’ll skate by without too much impact, but we’ve gotten our severe weather plans, meetings taken care of, supplies on grounds, and staffing coverage planned out. I had to walk around the mobile generator to get to my office and was greeted on the hall with crates of food. Well done to everyone for getting us ready. Hopefully we’ll get a little snow… enough to not cause anyRead more

Florian’s Automatic Feeders almost finished

The students at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering are putting the final touches on their Skunk Feeder projects. It’s been a great semester working with our two student teams. Each team has had successes and challenges along the way. We’ve got three feeder boxes installed today in Florian’s home.Hopefully their will be food drops at 11 AM, 2 PM, and 4 PM. Both teams (FLORIAN FOUR and FLORIAN + THE MACHINE) are doing their final tweaks in this last weekRead more

Hawk Handlers

It’s exciting as we’re getting a few more staff trained to work with our red-tailed hawk, Misha. Our new handlers will buddy up with some of our current hawk handlers, so hopefully you’ll see us, and Misha, out and about around campus more.    Read more

Working with Duke Students

We’ve been working all semester with engineering students at Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering. Two student teams challenged themselves to take on the project of making an automatic feeder for Florian our Skunk. Work has been going on behind the scenes since August, but after the Thanksgiving break prototypes will be going up in Florian’s home. We’re very excited to see what has been designed for us and we are hopeful that this will improve Florian’s life here with us.Read more

Closed Mondays

Loads happens at the Museum on Mondays when we’re closed. We really couldn’t do painting or major cleaning without shutting down areas so the time is well appreciated and used. Last week in the Animal Department world we off-loaded and stored almost 4,000 pounds of animal bedding and feed and in the next couple weeks were adding new signage in Carolina Wildlife and fixing the Copperhead’s home. Recently, I found a team from Facilities and Exhibits pressure washing and paintingRead more