Christmas 2018

Regular blog readers know the routine, but for new readers here’s the scoop. Working on Christmas is something I have done for years. (Even before working at the Museum). My prep starts the week before, making sure I understand any treatments, routines, behaviors, tasks, diets, etc. before the 25th arrives. I set out my layers of clothes, snacks, set the alarms for 4:48 and 4:55 (although I really want to be at the Museum at 5 AM so I canRead more

QuickPost: Thank you Merck!

We had five staff from Merck out recently to help us out with some extra cleaning behind the scenes. We were able to empty and clean our reptile room, kitchen cabinets, resort food, gather pine cones and other enrichment items, and they even helped us sort mice by size so it would be easier to feed to our animals. We are very appreciative when we have Group Project Volunteers. We literally couldn’t get our jobs done without the help.  Read more

Skunk Feeder Follow-up

The semester is over, and our two student groups working on automatic skunk feeders have delivered their final work and manuals. (Although they’ll be getting us some updates in January). Both teams scrambled the first half of December to get their projects functional, safe, and mounted. There’s still some tweaking to work through, but we’re really happy with how the semester has gone and the products we have gotten to help us care for Florian (and other animals). Check outRead more

Be on the look-out for Misha the hawk

Our Hawk Handlers have been out and about regularly, which is great for Misha (as well as guests). Actually, the handlers tell me all the time it is one of their most enjoyable things to do at the Museum. It’s a WOW moment for me when I happen upon our staff with Misha talking with guests as they wander through campus. Hope you get one of these moments too!    Read more