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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.

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April 18th, 2014

HELP- CAPTION NEEDED:

2014 Apr 18 Ramsey Goes Outside (7)

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  1. Look into my eyes, you’re getting sleepy…

    Where’s your harness???

    This harness is weighing me down…

    Posted by HRvdB
  2. “Come around here often?”

    Posted by Jill
  3. “Let’s be sexy together!”

    Posted by Katy
  4. So…You’re new in town?

    Posted by Krista

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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.

Early Morning Walk

March 27th, 2014

Lightning and I don’t always have enough time first thing in the morning to make the long walk out to Explore the Wild, but when we do, it’s always worth the trek.

Lightning and I walk on a service path behind the train tracks and meet the moss cattle and deer that inhabit the train pasture

Next, we walk down the paths in Explore the Wild and say, “Good Morning” to the wolves.

 

Then, we stop in at the Bear House and check on Jessi and Autumn…we might have stolen some of Jessi’s breakfast…

 

Lightning goes for a walk every day, as do most of our farmyard animals. Even the pigs and Max! So next time you’re here, if you come by the farmyard and don’t see your favorite furry (or feathered) critter it’s probably a good thing, they’re likely out enjoying the sunshine in the company of a keeper.

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  1. Love it!

    Posted by Wendy
  2. This could be the start of a good children’s book–”A Donkey’s Day”…Lightning certainly gets into mischief (stealing radios, snitching food…)

    Posted by CVdB
  3. I had no idea the animals went for regular walks…thanks for sharing!

    Posted by Libby
  4. Keeper Comment :

    Absolutely, Libby!

    Walks are an important way for animals to get exercise, explore new places, sights and sounds, and to spend some time bonding with their keepers.

    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.

Spotlight: Autumn Lindey

March 9th, 2014

When I started writing this post it was November. Back then my first thought was to say ” Meet Autumn, our newest Keeper”. We’ll, it’s now many months later and besides from not being true it’s not what I think of first anymore. She’s such an entrenched member of the team it seems like she has been here a loooong time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn started with us just about a year ago when she and her husband relocated to NC.  We were thrilled to have her as a skilled and interested volunteer a couple of days each week. She even taught summer camp at the Museum. Her previous experience at the Akron Zoo, Philadelphia Zoo, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History make her a great addition to our team.

For awhile she was working weekends, but now she has moved to a Sunday-Thursday schedule. Her fellow Saturday keepers were very sad to see her leave, as she is well-respected and valued by the team. She’s  always willing and able to help with whatever the task.

Look for her out and about. Currently she spends most of her time in Explore the Wild, so the 2:00 Keeper Talk may be your best chance to chat with her.

Gordon and Autumn

 

 

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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’s behind the closet door…

March 6th, 2014

We have a couple of closets in the animal department. One of them we refer to as our “cleaning closet” and this is where scrub brushes, mops, disinfectants, and the like are kept. The other one is called our “tool closet”.  This closet is in our office area and our work scheduling calendars are on the door. Inside, as I am sure you can imagine, we keep tools (and more: tape, extension cords, locks, tarps, bungees, cable ties… this list goes on and on).

Tool Closet

I walked into the office last week and found this. Katie is sitting in the closet eating her lunch. Evidently this is the best place to get WiFi reception!

Intern Katie in the closet eating lunch!

I have never before known someone who purchased and ate Uncrustables!

Katie’s lunch the second day I found her in the closet (along with ravioli)

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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.

The Interns Make Friends With Max

February 25th, 2014

Our Spring 2014 interns, Katie and Jill, got to spend some time in the farmyard with Max and the “Max Scratcher”

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  1. what’s the “max scratcher” made of?

    Posted by sherry
  2. Keeper Comment :

    It’s an old PVC perch core that has a metal comb attached to one end.

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum for many years now. I spend most of my time behind-the-scenes in the Vet room. You might catch me out and about with one of our many veterinarians checking on the animals.
When I'm not hanging out with one of our vets I'm usually in the Vet room running a fecal looking for intestinal parasites! If I'm not up to my elbows in poo you'll find me at the computer updating the health records of our animals or preparing for Vet Rounds.
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Interns Learn A Lesson

February 16th, 2014

Being an Animal Keeper requires you to carry certain items with you throughout the day. One of these is a large key ring full of keys. Every once in awhile you will stumble upon a set of keys that have lost their owner. When this happens usually the Keeper who found the keys will relocate them to make it even more difficult for the owner of the keys to find them. This is exactly what happened when a certain Keeper (who shall remain nameless) found a set of unattended intern keys.

Found Keys

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  1. Great to see the dedication and awareness the keeper who found the keys used to ensure none of the Museum’s animals could be harmed by the loose keys after they were so diligently placed out of harms way.

    :)

    Posted by HRvdb
  2. Yes, exactly

    Posted by Jill

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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.
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Limerick + Quiz = Quizerick?

January 27th, 2014

Sherry’s Christmas 2013 post got me thinking (or rhyming?). It’s been a while since I wrote a poem!

On that note, a limerick quiz to get you thinking:

 

Our tools are eclectic and many

but one keepers love more than any.

A little different are all;

some large and some small.

This is one tool we have in plenty.

 

It’s a bit of a tough guess, but give it a try!

 

 

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  1. What about shovels to pick up plenty of stuff?

    Posted by dj
  2. What about your hands, useful “tool” for all sorts of things.

    Posted by HvdB
  3. If hands isn’t the answer, Auggie, Miss Piggy, the lemurs and the bears think food is a wonderful and yummy tool for enrichment and training.

    Posted by dj
  4. Keeper Comment :

    Hands and Shovels are both really good guesses, but what I had in mind was a little different. It’s an actual tool that most of us keepers carry with us for both routine and unexpected reasons. It’s a bit hard to carry a shovel with you all the time.

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg
  5. A pocket knife (since you usually carry one in your pocket wherever you go)

    Posted by Carrie
  6. A knife (since you usually carry one in your pocket wherever you go)

    Posted by Carrie
  7. a multi-tool.

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  8. a communication device like a cell phone, pager or walkie talkie??

    Posted by dj
  9. Keeper Comment :

    Now we’re getting somewhere! The answer will post in a few days…just to keep you all waiting.

    Posted by Sarah Van de Berg
  10. Hi Sarah,

    A bit of the past but still enjoy your poems..:)

  11. Keeper Comment :

    I’m glad you enjoy them!

    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.

New Interns are here

January 18th, 2014

Our interns for the semester arrived on Wednesday. Welcome Jillian and Katherine. They go by Jill and Katie which is very confusing since we already have a Jill and Katy in the department. Nickname suggestions are welcomed!

Jillian and Katherine join our team for the semester

We get first year students from the Zoo and Aquarium Science program at Davidson County Community College and we love having the work with us.

Jillian and Katherine and Katherine learn how to fill out the logbooks on day 1.

 

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  1. Since Aaron calls Jill Sunshine, Mike suggested I be Moonshine! My brother calls me Blondie and I’m not sure I can say on here what my Grandma used to call me. Or Dr. V calls me Katy Lou. Aaron likes to call me Katya or Radar. Any of those work???

    Posted by Katy

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by , Keeper
I've been at the museum for many years now. I spend most of my time behind-the-scenes in the Vet room. You might catch me out and about with one of our many veterinarians checking on the animals.
When I'm not hanging out with one of our vets I'm usually in the Vet room running a fecal looking for intestinal parasites! If I'm not up to my elbows in poo you'll find me at the computer updating the health records of our animals or preparing for Vet Rounds.
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2013 Animal Department Holiday Potluck Highlights

January 12th, 2014

Every year the Animal Department gets together with our volunteers and has a holiday potluck. There is always good food and good conversations as well as gifts for everyone to enjoy.  Here are some of the highlights of our potluck we had in December.

Kent.

Kent with his beads!

 

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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.

Twas the night before Christmas

January 9th, 2014

As I said, Sarah would soooooooooooooo be able to write my Christmas post to “Twas the Night before Christmas“. Enjoy:

 

Twas the morning of Christmas, and left on her porch, a bag of potatoes from Donna next door!

The bears won’t be hungry this Christmas day; not that they’ll eat them again until May.

The day started rough with glasses amiss, pillows were tossed, the room searched forthwith!

Resigning their fate to the bedroom elves, spare glasses were acquired and some coffee was quelled.

The morning began a mile away in the dark and quiet of the museum’s early day.

Logbooks were stacked to be ordered and checked as the morning went on, there’s no going back to bed!

Treatments were finished, notes were read. “Don’t let the pigs find the pumpkins!” Jill’s note to Donald said.

In Explore the Wild, a present was left. “A gift from the wolves” the unwanted tag read. A gasket was shredded, the pumps’ plug was chewed off. “We’re saving you energy! A gift you didn’t think of!”

As the morning wound down, all the animals were checked. Nothing went horribly wrong this year, how ’bout that?

So thankful we are for this day of the year, when our boss comes in so we can stay here.

“Here” might be close or miles away, but it matters greatly to us to be home Christmas Day.

This year went well, and with a new one in sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

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  1. Hi there,
    My name is Tiffany Pham and I’m the community manager for Dropcam (www.dropcam.com). I wanted to reach out to you in hopes that you will participate in a fun blog challenge. Many of our customers have caught their pets doing some crazy things on their Dropcams, which gave us this idea. We’re asking great bloggers with pets to share some of their funniest quirks and best stories with us. Did your dog steal your food while you weren’t looking? Did your cat ever sing to you? Tell us about it!
    We’d love to get your participation and hear all about your pet if you’re interested in taking part! All you have to do is write a post on your blog about your fur baby and the funny, surprising or heartwarming thing they did. You can include pictures or videos if you would like to jazz it up and presto you’re done! We love sharing some of the great stories that we receive on our social media, so email me the link to your blog post once you’re finished so we can take a look at it and maybe we’ll share yours! We can’t wait to read all about your pet!
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Tiffany

    Posted by Tiffany Pham
  2. This is awesome! Way to go Sarah!

    Posted by Shawntel

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