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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.

Wolf burying food

September 16th, 2014

I love this video! The female wolf is burying food. She seems to be  playing with the male, the male “responds” to her… Thanks Katy for having your camera with you!

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  1. Keeper Comment :

    The best part is when he vomits up something and she starts to lick it!!! So gross!!! (I don’t go anywhere without my camera just for these gross moments!)

    Posted by Katy Harringer

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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.

National Farm Animal Awareness Week 2014

September 13th, 2014

September 14th – 20th is National Farm Animal Awareness Week!

 

 

While the museum isn’t celebrating the week in the same way we do Bear Awareness Week or Wolf Awareness Week, you should still come out and say hello to your favorite Farmyard animals. You can even buy a Duck to help offset the cost of feeding our hoofstock and maybe win a really awesome prize on October 4th when the ducks race at the American Tobacco campus!

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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.

More drawings from Sherry

September 10th, 2014

Blog readers know that I am artistically challenged. (click here, or here to see some other wonderful drawings of mine). This drawing  (it’s a glove, or a hand) went up on the board a few months ago. I asked Volunteer Dan to go through our work glove box. I wanted him to make pairs, as well as get rid of any gloves that he deemed unusable. (too holey, too stiff, too…)

Kent and Elaina thought the number of gloves that would get thrown out would be equal to the number of gloves kept. Autumn thought we would throw out the same number that we kept. Aaron, Katy, Sarah and Annie thought we would throw out less than we kept. And, finally, Jill found the question to stressful and refused to play!

(not the green circle indicating the winners)

 

DRAWING 2

 

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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!

Frogs, Turtles and Foxes, oh my!

September 4th, 2014

Since I spend most of my time out in Explore the Wild, I get to see a lot of our native wildlife. I’m no photographer extraordinaire like Ranger Greg but I thought I would share some of my favorite pictures! To see some of Ranger Greg’s photos–click here!

Green Tree Frog that was in the bear side yard.

Green Tree Frog that was in the bear side yard.

Grey Tree Frog that I saved from the bear filter basket.

Grey Tree Frog that I saved from the bear filter basket.

Yellow Bellied Slider that I saw crossing the path.

Yellow Bellied Slider that I saw crossing the path.

Baby Grey Fox that was hanging out in the bear compound.

Baby Grey Fox that was hanging out in the bear compound.

There is so much to see out in Explore the Wild if you take the time to look!

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  1. Look at the nails on that turtle! And the baby fox is adorable. :) Great pictures!

    Posted by Marilyn

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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.

It’s Closer to Winter than Spring!

September 1st, 2014

North Carolina might stay comfortably warm well into October, but I start thinking about blizzards and snowpeople by September. So in honor of “it’s almost winter, and Sarah wants to wear her comfy sweatshirts again” Day, a video of Elaina, Rocky and Patches, all wearing their winter finest:

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  1. Is “it’s almost winter, and Sarah wants to wear her comfy sweatshirts again” Day always September 1st? If so, I’d like to get it on the calendar.

    If yes, September will be a wonderful month with this and “Hug Kent day” on the 27th.

    Posted by sherry
  2. Keeper Comment :

    I don’t think it’s technically closer to winter until September 21st. But I’m happy to celebrate early.

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg

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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.

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.

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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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