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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wild Wonders
By Ashley Stalvig

From entering bills, to buying office supplies, or giving directions, to manning the first aid kit, my job as Office Support Specialist at the Lake Superior Zoo is never boring! The office always seems to be filled with varying sounds: children giggling, peacocks calling, wagons rolling, tigers roaring, and of course keyboards clicking. It still seems strange to me to hear animal sounds while I’m working, but I would not have it any other way.

This morning myself and two other office workers ventured out from behind our computers onto the grounds of the zoo. It was a little chilly out, but the sun was shining, most of the animals were moving (some still snoozing), and the wind was reminding us of the new spring growth on the trees. As we ventured around, with the goal of getting some good photos, all I could think was how lucky I am to work in a place that brings nature and wildlife to the forefront. We often get busy and forget about what lies beyond our comfortable little world. Not this morning. The creek is running, Trouble the bear is playing, the silver fox are napping, Berlin is training and learning new tricks, and Felix our new Siberian lynx, is curiously exploring her area. What a way to start this chilly morning!

Fortunately, I am not alone in my luck. From the time we get up in the morning nature surrounds us. Birds are chirping in the trees as we drink our coffee, leaves and grass are rustling in the lake wind, hawks are migrating, deer are perusing, the lake is stirring… Get out there and enjoy it!

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