Thank you Marilyn!

We got a truck load (literally) of food delivered a few days ago. 63 boxes of food and Marilyn broke down EVERY SINGLE BOX. Huge thanks goes out to Marilyn for stepping out of her day job and helping out (again) in the animal department.Read more

So much help (for so much work)

We just finished up bear pool cleaning and yard work. It’s a bear of a task and takes help from so many people. Folks from six different Museum teams spent about 100 total hours taking care of tasks and the bears. The pools are now clean, yard is mowed and weed-eated; poop-scooping complete; pruning off fences; viewing camera is now functional; added traction to cliff access for bears, and probably some other items I’m too tired to remember. The teamRead more

QuikPic: unprepared

We were VERY unprepared for the torrential rain that dumped on us right before we went in to mow the bear yard this morning. Katy and Aaron attempted to improvise. (The rain literally stopped as we finished our work).Read more

Interns’ Final Project

Intern’s Vickie and Rachel finished up their semester with us last week. We will miss them– and all their help. Part of the work of their semester was doing a scientific research project on animal enrichment. They chose to do something for Dusty and Dallas, our Miniature Hereford Cattle. The purpose of their project was to increase locomotion and have the cattle utilize the entire exhibit area by increasing activity levels. The hypothesis was with the introduction of a PVCRead more

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