Posts Tagged With: #environmental

Peregrine Falcons

Goodmorning everyone! I was stumbling through some pictures on my phone and noticed one in particular that i wanted to share with you all. Not for aesthetics but for the story behind it. Image

This Peregrine Falcon came into the wildlife rehab center a few weeks ago. When I first saw him, I didn’t know what species of bird it was but when I was told the story behind these guys I felt motivated to let everyone know. Now bare with me if you already know the story but for those of you who do not, it is a great example of conservation. Peregrine Falcons and Pelicans are just a few examples of birds that were affected with the chemical “DDT” which was found in pesticides in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. DDT is an organochlorine pesticide. These types of pesticides would build up in the birds’ fat tissues, reducing the amount of calcium in their eggshells. With thinner shells, fewer egg embryos would not survive to hatch.

Rachel Carson wrote a book in the 70’s called “Silent Spring” that sparked the environmental movement. She used DDT as an example of the harmful effects that certain chemicals cause wildlife, and the environment in general. These birds were on the endangered list because of DDT and thanks to research, education, and government pressure, these species bounced back and were eventually removed from the endangered species list. Meeting an animal for the first time is a treat, but meeting an animal that was once on the brink of extinction just gets my heart going. Why am I so enthused to share this story with you all? because these examples gives biologists, naturalists, and conservationists hope for a better future. Sure we have a shit load of problems with endangered animals, destroyed habitats and climate change. But when we find a direct human-related problem endangering wildlife, we have the knowledge and will power to do our best to stop it. With all the environmental problems going on in today’s society, we all have to remember that it’s not time to lose hope and learn to “live with it”. We have to remember that there have been so many species that were on the brink of extinction and we were able to save them!

I love that we have all this research going on, we have wildlife rehab centers, and we have breeding programs in zoos and other places that try their best to save a species. That’s one of the perks I find working in these places. You get to meet all these different species you have never met before and you get to hear their amazing stories. I am going to write a quote here that gives me inspiration everyday when I get out of bed and I hope it will give you inspiration to make this world a better place, no matter what field you get into.

“The people that are trying to make this world worse never take a day off, why should I? Light up the darkness”

-Bob Marley

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Project Noah

Hello and goodmorning! I hope you all enjoyed the article i wrote for Strictlyfishwrap! I have another article planning to get in the works. It will focus on coral reefs and ocean acidification. Very excited with this article coming up because i will be taking a diving trip to the keys in two weeks and will take various photos of reef fish and corals! It should be a fun project to work on, and in other news i have recently discovered this new website/app for smartphones, called “Project Noah”. Forgive me for restating the obvious for those of you who know what the website is about but for those who do not know, it is an app where you add your wildlife photos and gps the location where you encountered these animals. It is a very addicting app because it has a lot of things to do, you can see other photos posted from other people, post your own photos, comment on others, help identify animals from other people who can’t, and even get “badges” from posting various photos on all animals or on a specific kingdom or family. Very productive app that i wish i could have thought of it. I know it is a year or two old but i just recently discovered it a few weeks ago and i am hooked! http://www.projectnoah.org Check it out and if you are like me, you love to explore, discover and share your encounters, this is the perfect app/website to do it in.

In other news, my work in the wildlife rehabilitation center in south Florida is going very well. I have become very good friends with the manager there and she is teaching me a lot. She is a year younger than me and i feel as if she has accomplished so much. We all have that strive and desire to find our passion and really start our careers going. I am in a bump on the road where i have the passion and desire, but not the connections to get my career started. I will do internships just to get the experience and build my resume but i am more than eager to start my career going already. I know i am not the only one who is struggling with this but just seeing the wildlife rehab manager younger than me and already has 5 years experience dealing with her career on a professional level is inspiring! It gives me motivation to get off my ass and start my career and pursue my passion, weather it is blogging about wildlife, documenting pictures for people to see on a certain app/website, contributing to scientific articles or just educating myself on research and news in my own leisure time. I recently went for an interview as an Aquarist for a museum in south florida and the interview went extremely well. In the end, i did not get the job because HR wanted more experience than what i have under my belt, dealing with fish and coral husbandry. It was a shot to the chest when i heard i did not get the job. The interview went so well with the director of the wildlife department that i thought i had a good chance in getting it. It felt like it was that one shot to get my career started in high gear and i missed it. Its been a really tough couple of days dealing with the news but i am hopeful i will catch a break someday in getting a full time job dealing with my passion.

I will keep you posted after i take that diving trip in two weeks. It is going to be a blast to get to photograph the biodiversity underwater! Take care guys

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New Article! (Preserving Our Ecology)

New Article! (Preserving Our Ecology)

Hi guys, I am proud to announce the article I have been working on is finally published! It has been a work in process and I am so proud I got to see it published for everyone to view. Take a look at it and let me know what you think.

In other news, I have recently started a new internship at a wildlife sanctuary that takes in mostly birds but also other native wildlife. I have become good friends with the manager and they make me feel at home there. It has been a great experience working there so far and I am very excited to write about my new experience. I already have a few good pictures but I plan to take more and then write the article about the sanctuary. So I will keep you up to date on that article coming up

Until next time!

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Jobless Friday

Well, not exactly jobless because i do have a job working for parks and recreation but i have been looking for a new job these past few weeks. It’s tough when you are in a position like i am in, needing more money coming in and needing to finish college. I feel extremely pressured to finish college and get my degree but at the same time i feel more pressured in needing to find a better paying job. I am looking at any type of position that brings in more money but ideally, i would want something related to my field. Unfortunately experience is necessary nowadays and connections are as well. A lot of people have jobs that pay the bills and pay their luxuries but deep down, you can tell they aren’t happy. So many employees i run into everyday that have a “fuck off” written on their forehead. I sometimes feel like saying “if you hate your job, why did you even apply for that position?” But things aren’t always so black and white. In today’s economy, people need to find any job they can get their hands on because the job they want is never available. Even being an intern in some lab or animal sanctuary never guarantees you a permanent spot. Connections help and unfortunately i have very few in my field, and the ones that i do have require me to graduate first. I better tough it out, hope for the best, and continue to look for that job that is at least related in my field. That’s my best advice i can give to anyone that is in my position. In meantime, i have a few books i shall read that are very interesting and have great reviews: 1. Animals make us human, 2. 100 heartbeats, and 3. A walk in the woods. All these nature/animal related books have given me insights to a better future, a future where we can learn, enlighten and teach others. The more information we learn from all these different types of animals, the better we can understand our ecosystem and how these animals tie into our way of life. I had a dream last night, and from what i remember, i was in a lake with someone i never met and we were discussing the rainy season, floods and how it brought in all these mosquitoes. The stranger then told me how it tied to all the amphibians that were living on this lake and I’ll never forget what she told me. “It’s that tiny delicate balance that makes life possible on this planet”. I woke up in awe, i have never had a dream like this in my entire life and it was like god was talking to me, such an amazing experience to have. Until next time. Keep exploring, learning, and sharing!ImageImage

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