Celebrate birdsong on International Dawn Chorus Day, May 6, 2012

Our little village yard is abundant with birds

My friend Mike is a morning show producer here in town. He told me once that he leaves for work around 4 a.m. and he's always surprised at the  number of birds chirping at the hour of the morning. In total darkness. I think he used the word "eerie" to describe it.Back when Scout was sick and we were up every hour or so all night long, I got to hear what he was talking about. Three in the morning, and Scout and I would  be in the backyard, he not sure what he wanted to do or where, me f … [Read more...]

Mt. Hope Cemetery – and wildlife habitat

Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester, NY offers not only a walk through history but a beautiful place to wander with your dog.

 I've been neglectful in posting this last week because here in the Northeast, spring made an early appearance and I wanted to be outside as much as possible before another snowstorm hits. That's life in Western NY.One of my favorite places to walk with a dog is a local historical cemetery, but last week I visited Mt. Hope Cemetery for a change of scenery. It's ironic that I've lived in Rochester my entire life and have only once been inside Mt. Hope Cemetery, the nation's f … [Read more...]

Kristen Bell has a meltdown about a sloth on The Ellen Show (videos)

Actress Kristen Bell shared the exciting (and emotional!) story of how her boyfriend Dax introduced her to a sloth for her birthday.To Bell is obsessed with sloths is an understatement. She says she's  been in love with them her whole life! Maybe she needs to meet Lucy Cooke, the documentary filmmaker who traveled to Costa Rica to visit the world’s only sloth orphanage. Cooke's film, "Slothville", appeared on the Animal Planet channel last year. If Bell had a panic attack over meeting one … [Read more...]

Busch Gardens to give park visitors a behind the scenes peek at animal care

You can even watch a Muntjac get his teeth cleaned!

If you've ever wondered how the folks at the zoo take care of the animals, Busch Gardens is giving park visitors a behind the scenes look at large animal veterinary care when their new $5 million Animal Care Center opens January 23.You'll get to see routine animal care, surgery, x-rays, nutrition, dental care - anything that goes into take care of the health of the park's 2,000 animals.  In a press release, the park announces that the treatment center will allow guests to watch as Busch G … [Read more...]

Winner named in 2011 Inspiration in Action contest

The Belize Wildlife Conservation Network has been awarded $25,000 as the grand prize winner in the 2011 Inspiration in Action contest

Heska Corporation,  a leading provider of veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, has announced that, based on total votes received, the Belize Wildlife & Referral Center (BWRC), has been awarded $25,000 as the grand prize winner in the 2011 Inspiration in Action contest.The contest was designed to help bring to life inspired veterinary projects around the world. The finalists included Belize Wildlife & Referral Center; Inspiring Future Leaders in Veterinary Science; Project V. … [Read more...]

The real family behind “We Bought A Zoo”

On December 23, the movie "We Bought A Zoo," starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, hits theaters. It's the story of a father who, following his wife's untimely death, moves his young family to the California countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo, Rosemoor Wildlife Park.But did you know that the film is based on a real story?The real Benjamin Mee was a reporter for the UK's The Guardian. When his father died, his mother wanted to sell her home and move to something … [Read more...]

Unlikely friends: The owl and the pussycat (video)

Oh, that we could learn to get along with each other the way Fum and Gerba have! Fum (which means "smoke" in Catalan) and Gerba ("frost") are both about a year old. The pair live and romp together in Tarragona, Spain. You can see more from them on their Facebook page. … [Read more...]

Deer hitch a ride on Alaskan fishing charter (photos)

Photos of these deer hitching a ride on an Alaskan fishing boat are making the rounds on Facebook.

Photos of these deer hitching a ride on an Alaskan fishing boat are making the rounds on Facebook.I love when stories make the rounds on Facebook, because they're often very inspiring. But oftentimes they're not completely true. The latest story making the rounds is about four deer who hitched a ride on an Alaskan fishing boat. True story, but not recent.It was October 2010 when captain Tom Satre, along with his daughter Anna Satre, brother Tim Satre and sister Sharon Kelly, were … [Read more...]

Voting is open for the Inspiration in Action contest to inspire projects in veterinary medicine

Veterinarians Without Borders is one of the five finalists in the Inspiration in Action contest.

Heska, a leading provider of veterinary diagnostic and specialty products, today opened voting in the 2011 "Inspiration in Action" Contest, allowing animal lovers to support and honor veterinary medicine by voting for one of five projects. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the second place winner will receive $5,000 to help bring their inspired ideas to life.This year's finalists include projects to pair strays in need of training with at-risk youth in rehabilitation programs; w … [Read more...]

Donate your Halloween pumpkins to feed wildlife

Now that Halloween is over, don't just throw your Jack O'Lanterns in the trash. Use them to benefit wildlife!The folks at Animal Advocates in Los Angeles, CA posted a reminder on their Facebook page this week reminding people to donate their pumpkins to animal wildlife centers. I've heard of rescue centers needing pet supplies. But how can old vegetables help with the rehabilitation of sick and injured wildlife animals?Mary Cummings from Animal Advocates told me that centers like theirs feed … [Read more...]


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