When an animal trainer is working with a group of animals, a great method for handling all of them at once is “stationing”. Without station training many animals I worked with, my work life would have been a lot more frustrating.
Most of us have probably heard how an oyster creates a pearl. But in case you haven’t, here is the gist:
An irritant enters the oyster’s shell and imbeds itself in the mantle (the layer inside the shell that surrounds its body). The oyster secretes nacre to smooth over the irritant, and a pearl is formed. Nacre is sometimes called “mother-of-pearl” because of this process.
When we are eating green, we aren’t just eating for our own health, we are eating for the planet. The principles I have been working on developing are key to eating green because they meld the idea of healthy nutrition with conservation. Read More “Principles of Eating Green: Eat Whole, Unprocessed Foods”
Because of this 30 Days of Experiencing Nature, I’m re-listening to a favorite book of mine, The Nature Principle by Richard Louv. I appreciate how much we NEED nature in our lives. It’s astounding when I think about how disconnected we are from the wild. Read More “30 Days of Experiencing Nature: Our Disconnection with the Wild”
I always feel I need help in the self-confidence department. But then I remember my work with animals, and honestly, I’m not alone. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Building on Momentum”
How did ZooFit become ZooFit? Why do I call it ZooFit? It’s story time, folks. Who doesn’t love a good origin story? Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: The Creation of ZooFit”
“We run. We’re slower than a herd of sloths stampeding through a batch of nutella. But we run.” Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Day 9- The Return of the Sloth Army”
I started a running club this summer. I know, shocker! The girl who hates running, and avoids it at all costs just admitted to creating a running club. But wait. You didn’t hear the name of our running group. We call ourselves the Sloth Army. And in the past few weeks, I’ve learned there are some valuable lessons one can learn about health and fitness from a sloth. Read More “Lessons from a Sloth”
I’m working on the Enrichment section for my book Zookeeper’s Guide to Fitness. Enrichment was one of my favorite aspects of being a zookeeper. Keeping the animals mentally and physically active, increasing naturalistic behaviors, and engaging them in more dynamic ways was the epitome of zookeeping, personally. Read More “Boredom is a Four Letter Word”
I’ve been reading a helluva lot of books on the subject of willpower. Why? Well, willpower has a lot to do with fitness and meeting our wellness goals. Plus, I’ve been struggling recently to find the focus to write. From his book “Willpower”, Roy Baumeister tells us that willpower is the ability to do what you need to do, regardless if you feel like doing it. Read More “Is Willpower Finite and Infinite? and How Conservation Helps”