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I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

What do you do at 10:30 on Thursdays?

August 26th, 2014

I was looking at a Museum planning calendar and came across what happens for the “important people” Thursdays at 10:30. What are you doing at 10:30 on Thursdays?

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  1. which bear is in charge of the bear yard now that ursula is gone? Is it Mimi because she is the oldest? Or is it Gus because he is the biggest.

    Posted by margie
  2. Keeper Comment :

    Margie, It really depends on the day. They are still figuring out their order. Yona still tests every bear. If you want a loosely based answer, I would say Gus.

    Posted by Jill Brown
  3. Which bear is in charge when the watermelons get thrown in…?

    Posted by djcronce
  4. Keeper Comment :

    When we throw in watermelon we throw in enough for all 4 bears so we can prevent any arguments from happening.

    Posted by Jill Brown

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Farmyard Visitors

August 23rd, 2014

Early one morning, I got a radio call from Sprout Cafe asking if we could come pick up a bird who had flown into the glass. Ranger Greg got to the cafe before me and handed me a small, white paper lunch bag; bird inside.

Look who it was!!

This is either a female or an immature (male or female) Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The little bird had a few sips of sugary Gatorade and rested for about 10 minutes, before flying to the top of a River Birch tree.

Only a few days after the hummingbird visit, I picked up this scaly, little fellow. This Rough Earth snake had been hunting insects (or napping) in the middle of a big mulch pile that I was in the process of spreading out and kept getting right in my way. He/She was relocated safely away from the tines of my rake.

 

Most recently, this lovely lady dropped in to visit. I think this particular Grey fox has been visiting the Farmyard for several years. She uses the train tracks like a highway from the wooded areas at the back of our campus to the more populated sections by the train station and farmyard. She was a common morning visitor back when Ducky was alive. She would  creep around the edges of the farmyard and Ducky would puff up and charge at her and scare her off. Without the duck to try and catch for breakfast (assuming that’s what she was after), she hasn’t come around much in the mornings.

Ranger Greg has done many blog posts featuring the resident foxes. Check out his blog for better fox photos than my old cell phone camera can take.

 

Nearly every morning, I get to say hello to one of the most frequent (and my favorite) farmyard visitors: a female Eastern Towhee. Like the Grey fox, this little bird was also attracted to the farmyard seemingly because of Ducky. She hops all the way from the front entry plaza where she spends most of the day, up to the farmyard where she pops in and out of the animal yards, picking up bugs or pieces of spilled chow. She used to share Ducky’s breakfast with him and could be seen later in the morning tucked up alongside him taking a nap. Nowadays, I see her hopping her old route along the back of the farmyard, often with a male in tow. She’s identifiable by her consistent lack of tail feathers (she usually has only 2 or 3) and spotted rufous left side.

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  1. love hearing about our guests- thanks for sharing Sarah!

    Posted by sherry
  2. Your hummingbird photos are really impressive, such a cool experience to see one so close.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

There’s a Pig on my Trailer!

August 20th, 2014

I heard some noise coming from the compost trailer when I was cleaning the pig yard. Look who had hopped inside!

Auggie checks out what Miss Piggy is doing, but quickly finds something else to do.

All done inspecting the trailer.

I think I’ve earned her approval.

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  1. Love Miss Piggy’s snout of approval!!

    Posted by djcronce

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by , Keeper
I have been a keeper at the museum since May 2012, but I was an intern back in the spring of 2011. I am very passionate about animals and my favorites are native species with the exception of sloths. In my spare time, I am working on a Bachelor's degree with OSU online in environmental science. I have two dogs, a snake, and a cat.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and you will usually see me somewhere in Explore the Wild. I love giving keeper talks, so hope to see you at 2 pm for our meet the keeper programs in Explore the Wild.

On top of the world…well the hide structure actually…

August 11th, 2014

All of the animals at the museum get enrichment…here are few posts about enrichment.  There are many times where we make awesome enrichment that we think the animals will enjoy but it turns out they are uninterested.  Then there are the times when they are interested in the enrichment which means picture time.

In the picture below, one of our Box Turtles is enriching himself despite us providing different types of enrichment.   As long as they are interacting with their environment, then I am happy that they are being enriched.

Box B on house

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

Aaron and Katy

August 8th, 2014

Sometimes I find our two Lead Keepers in serious discussion. Other times I find them like so:

 

trimming the nails of wiggly ferrets

trimming the nails of wiggly ferrets

 

I get a smile from Katy and Aaron- Success!

I get a smile from Katy and Aaron: Success!

 

I was cleaning up the hall and found a big pad of paper. Katy decided to hang it on the wall and play hangman. Aaron filled it in with his answer. (It was not the puzzle Katy had in mind).

aaron and katy

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by , Keeper
I started out as a volunteer in February 2013 and became a full fledged keeper in October 2013. I love birds, mainly raptors. When I'm not working I like to read and play tennis. I have two dogs and two cats.
I work Tuesday through Saturday mostly out in Explore the Wild. You might be able to see me at the Meet the Keeper program at 2:00pm or training the Lemurs!

Having fun with Bear Enrichment

August 5th, 2014

Enriching the lives of our animals is a daily task for us keepers. When I have the time, I like to be a little more creative with my enrichment ideas. The other day I decided to put a table and four chairs into the bear side yard. I carefully picked out the tallest chair for Gus and the shortest chair for Yona. Mimi and Virginia received similar sized chairs. To entice them to actually check out my creation, I wrote all of their names in syrup and decorated the table and chairs with raisins!

Up close look at the yummy treats!

Up close look at the yummy treats!

A table with four chairs and a place setting for all the bears!

A table with four chairs and a place setting for all the bears!

When I came back in the next day, all of the chairs and the table were knocked over and all the treats consumed! I would say they had a pretty nice dinner party!

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  1. What, no tea?

    Posted by Wendy

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

2014 Red Wolf SSP meeting

August 2nd, 2014
Erik from Wolf Haven International made this during dinner at the 2013 SSP meeting. I was so glad he shared it with us !

Erik from Wolf Haven International made this during dinner at the 2013 SSP meeting. I was so glad he shared it with us !

Besides picking up lemurs last week in Ohio, I also had the Red Wolf SSP planning meeting. Akron Zoo was a wonderful host, and a beautiful Zoo. We talked about so many things that my head is still spinning: information about captive wolves, wild wolves, veterinary research, enrichment, capture and restraint, and so much more. We spent one whole day discussing husbandry issues, such as enrichment and diets. We also saw several videos on different ways to “catch-up” wolves (Hence Erik’s photo). It’s really helpful for the group to see how other institutions do “things” so we can share, learn, and adapt.

 

many of my counterparts from other institutions that house red wolves.

many of my counterparts from other institutions that house red wolves.

I spent most of the three days sitting around a table. Will Waddell brought his important paperwork in the following folders:

RWSSP folder 2RWSSP folder

We did get a chance to wander around, as well as go behind the scenes. I was busy taking photos of dry erase boards, signs, fences, recycling bins, windows, locks,  and such.  I don’t have animal photos to share with you, but rather the incredibly interesting photos to follow:

locks behind the scenes at the Grizzly exhibit

locks behind the scenes at the Grizzly exhibit

 

Everyone has issues with people sitting on fences. This is what Akron did in one of their exhibit areas to prevent folks from sitting on top.

Everyone has issues with people sitting on fences. This is what Akron did in one of their exhibit areas to prevent folks from sitting on top.

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And let’s not forget the different charts and notes that everyone seems to post:

RWSSP frdige temps

RWSSP fridge rule

Not exactly sure yet what wolves we will have at the Museum next year, but some possibilities were identified and more news will be shared in the fall.

 

 

 

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by , Director
I've been at the Museum sooooo long - longer than many of our interns have been alive. I do a little bit of everything as part of my job: care for the animals, work with the keepers and other staff, spend time with guests. Lucky me!
I spend a lot of time behind-the-scenes, or here after hours, but if you really want to see me, you'll have to sign-up for a behind-the-scenes program.

New additions… lemurs are here

July 31st, 2014

We have 5 new ring-tailed lemurs residing behind the scenes.We’ll introduce you to them over the blog in the next few weeks and you’ll be able to see them at the lemur exhibit indoor viewing area soon after that. For now,  photos of them in the van  (I drove them here from the Toledo Zoo on Saturday).

Van loaded with my five new friends as their Keepers send them off with smiles

Van loaded with my five new friends as their Keepers send them off with smiles

 

My daughter Mir, thrilled to be in the van for 11 hours with our  5 new friends

My daughter Mir, thrilled to be in the van for 11 hours with our 5 new friends

And a sneak peak of them out of the van:

 toledo

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  1. Can’t wait to meet these fellas.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum since 2010. I love to read and learn; it's rare that a day goes by at work when I'm not suppressing the urge to spew out something cool I just learned to my coworkers. In my spare time, I play the 'cello, snuggle my dog and reminisce about snowmen and Nor'easters.
I work Sunday through Thursday. You can find me raking the Farmyard in the morning or training the donkey and dwarf goats in the afternoon.

Update: Frog Eggs

July 29th, 2014

A few weeks ago, I wrote up a post about some frog eggs we found in the alpaca pool and the tadpoles they hatched into.

I’m sorry to report that none of the tadpoles made it into frogs. However, only a few days after the last tadpole disappeared a whole new batch of eggs was laid in the alpaca pool during a night of heavy rainstorms. I collected the eggs up and the new group of tadpoles have already hatched and started swimming around. I’ll post new photos when these guys get a bit bigger; which is likely soon as this group is growing a lot faster than the first bunch did!

An interesting fact to leave you with:

It’s entirely possible that all of the tadpoles in this new batch are siblings! A single female Grey Treefrog (which is what we think these tadpoles are) can lay as many as 2,000 eggs at once!!

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by , Keeper
I started out as a volunteer in February 2013 and became a full fledged keeper in October 2013. I love birds, mainly raptors. When I'm not working I like to read and play tennis. I have two dogs and two cats.
I work Tuesday through Saturday mostly out in Explore the Wild. You might be able to see me at the Meet the Keeper program at 2:00pm or training the Lemurs!

QuickPic: Ramsey

July 27th, 2014

Ramsey, our newest bearded dragon, has quite the personality. She is very active and we tend to find her in strange positions. This is her in her outdoor sunning cage!

Ramsey in her sunning cage!

Ramsey in her sunning cage!

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