100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 39: Looking for Four-Leaf Clovers

As a Wildlife Refuge Naturalist, I get to rove the trails at the refuge, and point out interesting things to visitors.  It’s easy to recognize the eagles as they soar above.  And in the rare instance that a deer has crossed my path, I have taken notice.  But, I sometimes find it difficult to notice the hard-to-see gems, like mink, owls, or salamanders.  And I realized, it’s because I’m usually too busy looking for four-leaf clovers. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 39: Looking for Four-Leaf Clovers

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

Travelling back and forth between Whidbey Island and Oregon has given me a fair opportunity to catch up on some “reading”.  I’ve been listening to some interesting topics such as Animal Welfare, Goal Setting, and now, Job Hunting.  I listened to this book within 24 hours traveling to and from Whidbey Island for my Beach Naturalist Training- “What Color is Your Parachute?”   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

Why Zoos Matter Special Series: Documentary vs Zoo

An increasingly popular argument against zoos is emerging from the animal rights’ front.  That argument is stating that zoos are becoming obsolete because everything we need to learn about wildlife and conservation can be taught through the internet and documentaries.  That seeing animals in a zoo setting is not like seeing them in real life, like you can in a documentary.

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Dung camera gets close to the elephants. So does a zoo, though.

I’m not really one to debate the value of a good documentary.  With our advanced technology, researchers are able to get closer than ever without disturbing the natural behavior of animals in their natural environment (have you seen the documentaries that use cameras shaped like dung?!?!).  Many documentaries help broaden the knowledge of a particularly interesting animal, and may intensify a spark to protect a species. Continue reading Why Zoos Matter Special Series: Documentary vs Zoo

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 19: Indiana Jones of Conservation

Earlier this month I finished a book about one man’s quest to help protect the northern white rhino.  It was called “The Last Rhinos” by Lawrence Anthony and at the very end of the book, something happened to me that doesn’t occur very often.  I cried.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 19: Indiana Jones of Conservation

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion

I am probably the world’s worst salesperson.  I swear.  My sister?  She could have sold ice to an Inuit.  My dad is a world class businessman who networks like nobody’s business, to the point where we can be on vacation and he will make a potential professional acquaintance.  My mom is great at customer service.  She is so genuinely helpful and considerate.  Not that I don’t think I possess any of these traits to some small degree, but I definitely was not cut out to be a salesperson. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 18: Networking and Self-Promotion

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 17: Basics of Operant Conditioning

As a member of the AAZK (American Association of Zookeepers), I have access to a several great webinars on various topics associated with zookeeping.  Considering that my fitness book is based on principles of zookeeping with a focus on operant conditioning, I decided to look into the course titled “the Basics of Operant Conditioning” by Gary Priest of San Diego Zoo.  I’m so glad I did!  Many of the points brought up in the webinar were subjects I’m very comfortable and familiar with, but it was the topic of “Food Deprivation” that really honed me in, especially in regards to Fitness through Operant Conditioning. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 17: Basics of Operant Conditioning

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 15: GainingConfidence

Today I wasted an hour on a webinar that was only trying to sell me a service.  I took it because I thought the seminar would talk more about gaining confidence, but instead it was about how lack of confidence holds you down and why you should spend $150 to join the speaker’s “Confidence Club”. I was a bit irritated at the waste of time, but I did gain something incredibly insightful from it, so I can’t be too upset. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 15: GainingConfidence

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

Most couples celebrate February 14 as Valentine’s Day and surprise each other with chocolates, flowers, and expensive dinners.  While I understand this particular “holiday” is to celebrate love, I tend to call it Happy Heart Day, and do things that feel good for the heart, mind, and soul. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 14: Happy Heart Day

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 7: Taking my own advice

I am feeling incredibly down in the dumps.  I mean, lower than normal.  I’ve been tracking my weight for the last week or so and I have actually returned to my weight when I first got into fitness.  Since this summer, I have gained 25 pounds.  I don’t know exactly how.  Except for all those little things. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 7: Taking my own advice

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 6: Experiencing Nature 101

Today I volunteered at the Wildlife Refuge, something I regularly do on Saturday mornings since Chris is usually at his open studio.  While at the refuge, I started reading a book called “Bird Watching for Dummies”.  It was a quick read, but maybe not the perfect one for me to get hooked on Birding as a pastime.  There are several other Birding Basics books at the store where I work, so I feel I have plenty of time to explore the possibility of becoming a birder.  Honestly, if anyplace is going to turn me, it’s the Tualatin River Wildlife Refuge.  wetlandobservationdeck

I was considering writing about Birding today, but I only read one book and I don’t have enough information.  But reading the book reminded me of an important aspect I developed for EarthFit, which is “Experiencing Nature”.  And with that came, wouldn’t you guess it, a list! Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 6: Experiencing Nature 101