Posts Tagged ‘watermelon’

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.

QuikPic: More bear photos

September 14th, 2013

Here are some more wonderful bear photos for you- taken by volunteer Dan’s friend Annette: enjoy! (Photos, in order: Virginia, Gus, Gus, Mimi)

 

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  1. What a pinup! Gorgeous!

    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.

Watermeon Day 2013 was great fun

August 3rd, 2013

We had a lot of fun yesterday at Watermelon Day 2013!. Check out the local media for photos of the event. Can you name the two bears eating watermelons in the photos below? (I tried to make it harder this time).

 

 

A new potential uniform for Keepers for Watermelon Day is being modeled by Lily (2 years old). Would Kent and Jill look better in this, or last year’s option?

 

 

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  1. Oh I love this years keeper uniform option! I think you need to make it mandatory for next year.

    Posted by Ranger Ro

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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: My Anonymous Neighbor

March 24th, 2013

 My neighbor prefers to remain anonymous, which is a bummer since she is so supportive of me, the animals at the Museum and the community as a whole.

Probably about once each week I open my front door and there is a bag of goodies waiting. Most recently, I’ve been finding 2-4 watermelons on my doorstep. Donna’s (whoops, now you know her name) first donation was a delivery of 10 watermelons loaded directly on the back of my truck! Watermelons show up on my door step, in my truck, and she even delivers them directly to the Museum. She asks store owners if they want to donate melons too. I’d say she has donated no less than 100 watermelons over the past 3 years!

 But it’s not just watermelons. She knows when the bears are eating a lot of sweet potatoes and I’ll have 40 pound cases of sweet potatoes left on my door step. I’ve received well over 120 pounds of sweet potatoes. If avocados or mangos are on sale, I’ll have  a few bags of those hanging on my screen door knob. A good 50 pounds of nuts have appeared as well.

The list is endless. Bags of canned pumpkin for Chummix goat, leafy greens for the rabbits. The purple potato was pretty cool. Unique squashes and pumpkins and other roots and veggies. One of my favorite times was her walking into my driveway with the produce drawer from her refrigerator. I took her oranges (she said she didn’t eat them and I should have them).

She’s appeared with a bag of money for me to give to the Red Wolf Coalition. And then there’s school supplies: crayons and pencils and paper and… She donates items for the kids at the neighborhood school which I deliver for her.

Her thoughtfulness and interest in the animals is constant. A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Donna for all she does for the Museum’s critters and the community. Thanks Donna!

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  1. Director Comment :

    UPDATE: right after I posted this I opened my front door to find a grocery bag full of walnuts!!!

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  2. I second that, Thanks Donna!

    Posted by kimberly
  3. You know it is going to be a good day when Sherry starts off the morning saying “My neighbor Donna…” She helped the bears get a brand new bright red barrel to play on and one time she brought several containers of marshmallow creme!!! The bears and Keepers alike enjoyed the creme! Thanks Donna for all you do for us and the animals.

    Posted by Katy

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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 Keeper Uniforms for Watermelon Day

August 3rd, 2012

Watermelon Salad at the Sprout Cafe

 It’s WATERMELON DAY and we’re having great fun. Ranger Ro got some video of our pigs eating (or trying to eat) watermelon, same for our bears. I stopped at the Sprout Cafe to try to get some tasty watermelon treats.

Addie and her Dad said I could put up this picture of her. I was so impressed with her outfit for watermelon day I think I am going to make all the keepers wear it next year!
 

Addie's watermelon day outfit.

 
 

 

We’ll get more  photos and videos up soon, but in the meantime, follow the Museum on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I would wear it if Kent had to

    Posted by Jill
  2. I would love to see both Kent and Jill in that outfit!

    Posted by Kimberly
  3. I would be happy to contribute to the fund for getting these outfits for all of the keepers.

    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.

Don’t Burn Your Melons

August 1st, 2012

Last summer, we got a whole truck load of watermelons donated from a local farmer. At the time, we were using them to give Ursula bear her daily medicines as well as for enrichment with the other animals. The farmer gave us so many because he couldn’t sell them; they had sunburn! He assured us that there was nothing wrong with the fruit inside, but the sun damaged the rind and watermelons that aren’t pretty don’t sell well. So we got a whole pickup truck full of not-so-pretty-but-perfectly-tasty watermelons.

And that got me thinking, how can a fruit that grows out in the sun all summer, get sunburn?

The watermelon vine needs a lot of sun and water to be able to grow juicy watermelons, but sun and water are actually pretty bad for the fruit itself. The sun bakes the rind and causes it to dry out, the UV rays break down the cells of the exposed skin (just like your skin cells) and they lose color and die. Plus, droplets of water sitting on the skin of a melon act like lots of tiny magnifying glasses, amplifying the sunlight.

Sunburned Watermelon

Photo Credit: Purdue Univ. Horticulture Dept.

If the melons aren’t covered by the vine or by a cloth, the sunburn keeps getting worse until…

More Burning

Photo Credit: Texas A&M Horticulture Dept.

Sun scald! It’s the 3rd degree burn of the fruit world. If the burn has gotten this bad, the fruit inside is also probably inedible and is beginning to rot.

Sunscald

Photo Credit: Missouri Botanical Garden

 

So, keep your sunscreen on or wear loose fitting clothes that cover your skin whenever you’re outside (and keep your watermelons covered, too!). Sunburns aren’t good for any one, no matter your skin color.

 

And if, by chance, you want to protect your newly acquired watermelon while keeping it refrigerator cold for your afternoon picnic, you can always buy a personal watermelon chiller!

Watermelon cooler

 

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by , Keeper
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.

More fun with Watermelon!

July 31st, 2012

 

Here are Cassandra and son Satyrus, two of our Ring Tailed Lemurs, enjoying frozen watermelon on a very hot day!

This teepee tree is used for enrichment

New keeper Jessi designed this teepee tree with former intern Casey

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

Watermelons for the farm yard bunch

July 29th, 2012

Here is a video of the animals in the farm yard enjoying some watermelon. Its rare that everyone can agree on one food and watermelon seems to be it.

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  1. Fun music! Lightning has such great table manners!

    Posted by Kimberly
  2. Keeper Comment :

    First time I saw this video I thought the sheep had been put in fast motion. But no, that was their real speed. Wow!

    Posted by Marilyn Johnson

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by , Keeper
I have been working at the museum since 2003, and I feel fortunate to have a job where I can start my day with amazing animals surrounding me. I enjoy camping, hiking and rock climbing in my spare time when the weather is nice.
I work Tuesday through Saturday and spend a lot of time behind the scenes, but you might find me at a public program or feeding the farmyard animals in the afternoon.

QuikPost: Ah, that refreshing watermelon

July 27th, 2012

Only 7 days away from National Watermelon Day! Personally, I’m glad there is a day for everyone to celebrate watermelon. I think it is one of the most refreshing foods you can eat on a hot summer day. Many of our animals seem to find it refreshing (or at least enjoyable), as well.

Check out the video below of some of our indoor animals (and maybe even a keeper) enjoying some yummy watermelon. And don’t worry, Sherry, I put the keeper up to these shenanigans. She doesn’t always steal the animals’ watermelon!;)

Make sure to visit the museum next Friday, August 3rd so that you can see our animals in action as they gobble down some juicy and delightful watermelons at many of the keeper programs that will be held that day.

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  1. Awesome video! Makes me want some yummy watermelon. Good job Marilyn!

    Posted by Ranger Ro
  2. Keeper Comment :

    Thanks Ro.;)

    Posted by Marilyn Johnson
  3. MJ- just sprinkle a little mealworm dust over that watermelon to keep the keepers from stealing it. :)

    Posted by Kristen
  4. Director Comment :

    How the heck to Jessi not get watermelon juice on her shirt?

    Posted by Sherry Samuels
  5. hahahahah that was fantastic!

    Posted by Kimberly
  6. Keeper Comment :

    Very true, Kristen!;) And Sherry, Jessi said she actually did have the juice all over her face and clothes but the camera hid it well. Fortunately we shot the video at the end of the day so she didn’t have to go outside much after that.

    Posted by Marilyn Johnson

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by , Keeper
I graduated from NCSU(go pack) and have worked in the animal department for about 8 years. Some of my favorites include ferrets and birds. I am also known for my weird obsession with Boba Fett.
I work Tuesday-Saturday in either the Farmyard or inside the main building behind the scenes.

Watermelon carvings

July 25th, 2012

If we had much more free time in the day, I could see myself getting creative and give  animals certain watermelons

PIGS

solidrecipe.com

TURTLES

google

RABBITS

MY HOUSE RABBIT

OWL

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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.

Watermelon Day is coming

July 23rd, 2012

I know all we’ve talked about for several days is baby pine snakes, however, it’s less than two weeks until watermelon day and our goal leading up to Friday August 3rd is to only blog about watermelon and our animals with watermelon. Enjoy or fear the next two weeks. (We’ll obviously have to take some photos of pine snake babies with watermelons so we can keep you updated).

Watermelon Day

We’ve written many posts over the years about watermelon. Do a search of all our watermelon posts, but direct links to some of my favorites are below:

Lemurs love watermelon

Bear Quiz (eating watermelons)

Watermelon poop  (take a look, it’s cool and not that gross)

Watermelon Storage

 

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  1. …wish I had photos of the front desk staff accepting two different watermelon deliveries these past two weeks. One front desk staff member pushed a wheelchair out to the curb for a huge watermelon and another front desk staff member balanced a melon on one hand and then another one on his other hand! The front desk staff is so helpful……

    Posted by dj
  2. Hi, Sherry, visited the Museum of Life +Science through the membership of RTP Branch of AALAS. I was very impressed with a great job you are doing and also your attitude. I been in the field of working with Laboratory Animals for over 30 years. I would like to talk to you sometime about applying for a job. Henry

    Posted by Henry Deas
  3. Director Comment :

    Thanks Henry. Glad you had a good visit. PLease contact HR about jobs- no openings right now but you never know…

    Posted by Sherry Samuels

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