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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.

some PG uses for blow-up dolls

April 14th, 2014

erin and staceyYou know we do emergency drills so we are more prepared should something  happen at the Museum. I cannot really let a bear out, or throw a person into the bear pool, so I have props. Stuffed animal bears or lemurs, and even fake people, as seen on the right. If you want to read previous blog posts about our trainings click on any of the links below.

black bear escape

Leslie bear escape

lemur escape

person in distress

 

This “blow-up” guy getting a hug from Erin has a creepy reputation at the Museum. I used him most recently to play the part of a missing kid hiding in the woods somewhere. Staff had to find him and get him to his mom who was nervously awaiting his return.

So, I am watching TV last week and get super-excited! Look who I see in the background of the radio studio (TV Show Monk, episode “Mr. Monk is on the Air” 2.7.07):

 

blow up man (2)

 

 

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  1. Awww, I got a shout-out! Miss you guys!

    Posted by Leslie

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I'm extremely excited to be working at the Museum since October 2010. My favorite part of this job- besides working with the animals- is listening to all of the Keeper stories, I hear a new one each day. In my spare time I enjoy hiking, belly dancing, and vegan cooking.
I work Sunday through Thursday. I can be found mostly behind the scenes or training the Ring Tail Lemurs.

Emergency Training: Making Darts

May 20th, 2013

Do you ever wonder what we do on closed Mondays?  (Today, we’re cleaning the bear pool).

We do several Emergency Training Drills a year and a closed Monday is the perfect opportunity. I recently wrote about lemur tracking, we also do full on drills that include fake animal escapes and or damage due to storms or trees down, you might recall when Leslie played a bear. Today’s post is about making darts.

We would potentially use a dart to sedate an escaped bear and maybe even a wolf. Our dart bags are labeled well but without practice it’s a very nerve raking experience. Here you can see several people in different stages of making darts. We of course use water as our “drug” during drills and depending on the size of the animal we would be darting, the amount of “drugs” vary. So we practice making lots and lots of darts, for all the potential animal sizes. Afterwards we go outside and practice shooting them into a target- no not one of Sherry’s stuffed animals. In the event of a real emergency there always has to be two people making darts together. So during practice we pair up in teams.

Several of us making darts, can you pick out the non-keepers in the picture?

Sarah and Maya making darts

Marilyn focusing on her darts

Annie, Katy, and Jessi

You can see the back of Mike in this picture practicing with us

 

Next, we went outside and practiced shooting our darts into two targets.

We make a radio call alerting all staff of our plans so no one accidentally walks out or wonders what in the world we are doing.

Oops Jessi missed the target

 

 

 

 

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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.

Animal Escape and Recapture Drill

December 7th, 2012

notice the white V on her chest.

Last week we had a bear escape- actually two bears. Well, actually, not really any bears, or at least not any real bears. We practice and drill so we can prepare for the real thing. Sometimes I use stuffed animals- rather large ones that the keepers have to track down and find and return home. It’s hard to mimic reality with stuffed animals, so this past time I enlisted the help of our Human Resource Specialist, Leslie Fann. She did a mighty impressive job playing the role of Virginia Bear. 

I supplied her with the bear “coat” but she added ears, makeup and the beautiful white blaze all on her own. She waddled like Virginia, she slowly and deliberately dawdled like Virginia. She was really quite a pain in the rear. It was perfect!

Kimberly and Katy called her to “COME” and “TARGET” and Lesliebear responded.

LeslieBear targets and takes a peanut reward

Operant Conditioning really pays off. While Katy and Kimberly were calling LeslieBear (saying, “VIRGINIA, COME. VIRGINIA TARGET”) the real Virginia bear came up to the fence! It was so crazy-cool!

Virginia- the real Virginia- came when called even though Katy was calling the “pretend” Virginia.

 

 

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  1. Hahahaha- this is AWESOME!!! Can I be a lemur sometime?

    Posted by Courtney
  2. This is awesome. Listening to the “escape” over the radio and all I could think was that I really hoped someone was getting pictures of Lesliebear.

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  3. Once Virginia showed up I had to start referring to “Virginia” as LeslieVirginia. Both Virginia’s trained really well!!! LeslieVirginia knew exactly what “target” was and she has never been trained before(as far as I know)!!! She did great at getting the peanuts out of the shell with her mouth too!!! The bears would have been proud of LeslieVirginia.

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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.

Amusing story (at least to me)

December 20th, 2008

Last month we ran a few emergency trainings, or mock drills. In one of the scenes, the keepers learned of a wind warning/tornado watch. Part of their task was to rescue a staff member who found himself in a precarious situation on the boardwalk.

I didn’t want to have a real person hanging over the edge, so this is Stacey (with Erin). I put clothes on him and duct taped a whole lot of bricks to him to make him MUCH HEAVIER than air.

Well, I haven’t gotten around to putting away all my supplies from the training and Stacey has been making his way around the office and startling or amusing people. Yesterday, as I was finally prepared to clean up, I was reminded of how difficult (and embarrassing) it was for me to purchase my “fake person”. I wanted a cheap, G-rated, blow-up doll. The calls I made, the Internet searches I did, the jokes I received were quite enough to make me quit, but I persevered. Of course I had to call our CFO and let her know that I really was using the Museum’s VISA to purchase a blow-up doll for work! Luckily for me, our CFO is kind and let me off the hook with just a chuckle and an okay.
As we were talking in the office, Kristen and I thought of other interesting purchases we have made. Things we never thought we would buy, places we thought we would never ever be associated with, or looks/comments we’ve gotten from people when looking at our cart.
We’ll write about that soon.

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  1. Erin seems to be good friends with “Stacey”! One day she even hung him up on the other side of a door so that every time someone opened the door they thought they were bashing someone in the face. Erin got lots of good laughs out of that one!

    Posted by Marilyn
  2. That was very funny. Larry got startled twice by it, and volunteer Annie said “Excuse me” to it twice!

    Posted by Erin Brown

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