100 Ways of EarthFit: Mother’s Day Part 2- Maiden of the Pass

Celebrating Mother’s Day at Deception Pass could have been hit or miss.  How many moms out there would say “You know what I want to do on a day celebrating ME?  Go visit the tide pools at Rosario Beach!”  I mean, that’s what would think to be a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day, but I’m not actually a mom, so… Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit: Mother’s Day Part 2- Maiden of the Pass

EarthFit Special- A Magical Evening With Loreena McKennitt

My favorite musician is a Scottish-Irish Canadian who sings ballads and poetry with the most ethereal voice I’ve ever heard.  I don’t use that word often, “ethereal”.  In fact, I think the only time I’ve ever used that word is to describe my favorite music artist.  Last night we had our third chance to see her in concert, and we got to spend another magical evening with Loreena McKennitt. Continue reading EarthFit Special- A Magical Evening With Loreena McKennitt

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 36: Forest Fairy Locks

Once upon a time, for that is how all stories worth reading begin, there was a magical place.  It held all the mysticism and wonder of every beautiful forest, waterfall, rainbow, and mountain on the earth.  Within the magical land, there was life and love and laughter. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 36: Forest Fairy Locks

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

Once Upon a Time: The Beginning to My Love for Animals and Nature

One of my favorite phrases is “Once upon a time”.  It’s probably the most ideal phrase to begin any statement in which you need my undivided attention.  Those words are what propelled me to be the person I am today.

The first time I heard those words, “once upon a time”, was not from a Disney film.  I was maybe three or four, and my grandfather would re-enact the tales of Goldilocks, Little Red Riding Hood, and Hansel and Gretel at bedtime.  Poppi had a terrific voice for the Big Bad Wolf.Little-Red-Riding-Hood-Wolf-4

With all the stories of evil predatory creatures of the woods that wanted to devour small children, one would assume that I grew up with an unhealthy fear of the forests.  Instead, I saw the fantastical interaction between fairy tale characters to be intriguing. Continue reading Once Upon a Time: The Beginning to My Love for Animals and Nature