A Look Forward at the End of the Year

Note: I was away for the holidays and had incredibly limited access to WiFi, and no access to write posts.  Home again, home again, and I find I’m trying to play “Catch Up”.  This is my post from December 29, 2016.

Coming to the end of what seems like a horribly tedious year, I am trying to remind myself of the brightness and optimistic memories I experienced from 2016. Continue reading A Look Forward at the End of the Year

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

I have always considered myself someone who deeply cares for the well-being of animals.  Whether they are my food, my pets, or my job, I have always considered myself devoted to the humane and ethical treatment of the creatures with whom we share this earth.  But after reading “Animals Matter” by Marc Beckoff, I have discovered that my whole life has been a lie.  I obviously don’t care about animals, or how could I ever eat them, or products made by them.  As someone who respects animals, how can I ever deny even my pet who I cherish as my own child anything they desire?  And no person who serves to protect animals would ever think that any animal can ever have their needs met living at a zoological facility.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 84: Animals Matter (but apparently only to Animal Rights Activists)

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 63: An Uncomfortable Position

I have been researching many different organizations for volunteer opportunities trying to find a good fit for me.  I started even before we moved to Whidbey Island, starting with training for Beach Naturalist at Deception Pass and looking into the Orca Network.  Today, I went to Langley for my “training” at the Whale Center, which is partly a small education display, and largely a gift shop that helps support the Orca Network.  Unfortunately, the day ended up being 6.5 hours of me in an incredibly uncomfortable position. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 63: An Uncomfortable Position

Special Series- Why Zoos Matter: A Slippery Slope

In 2013, a movie masquerading as a documentary premiered that would change many people’s lives.  The film “Blackfish” changed the way many folks saw SeaWorld and the keeping of orcas in captivity.  After fighting organizations with millions of donated dollars at their disposal (you didn’t actually think the money donated to these “animal welfare” organizations actually went to the ANIMALS, did you?) for three years, SeaWorld has finally waved the white flag and cried “Uncle”. Continue reading Special Series- Why Zoos Matter: A Slippery Slope

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo

I have personal feelings about the Oregon Zoo, I’m a little jilted if I can be honest.  But putting personal frustrations aside, I love the zoo.  I think a great amount of conservation and education happens at the zoo, and it’s where I was inspired to create EarthFit, so this being my last week in Oregon, I decided to have one last trip to the Oregon Zoo and check out all the aspects that correlate well with EarthFit. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 45: EarthFit at the Zoo

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.

spy in the herd
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