electricmegaloo My first eastern meadow lark sighting! I need a better lens for my camera. 22h

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electricmegaloo I went for a hike in Paynes Prairie with my fellow scholars from the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program this morning. (Oh yeah, I was accepted into the sea turtle/python research program!) This is the view of the prairie from the observation tower. SO gorgeous, especially the beautiful blooming pickerel weed in the distance. We got lucky and saw a group of wild horses from here, but no bison unfortunately. On the trails we spotted several deer, a gopher tortoise, flocks of ibises, herons, indigo buntings, northern cardinals, vireos, towhees, a pair of eastern meadow larks, and I even saw what I think was a river otter! I officially start my internship on Friday when we fly out to the National Conservation Training Center (!!!) in West Virginia for a week. Exciting! 22h
  •   firefly6368 Congratulations!!! 18h
  •   lisacunningham61 Congratulations! Is the python part of the program about the Burmese python? 16h
  •   electricmegaloo Yes! It involves searching for pythons in the Everglades, GPS tagging/tracking, behavioral studies, conducting research studies, etc. It's a HUGE problem, as you know, and I find it so crazy that there is no way to know exactly how many inhabit the Everglades. My mentor works extensively down there and told us that the chance of finding a python over a period of time is HALF of a percent, if you're lucky. They're very cryptic ambush predators. A little scary, but if I am paired with this project I will learn so much! @lisacunningham61 15h
  •   lisacunningham61 I took an Environmental Sociology class at Nova and my paper was on that very problem. I learned so much about them. It is a huge problem and most people know nothing sbout it. My professor said she camps in yhe Everglades with her kids and they haven't seen raccoons in a while. It quite scary as they will eat anything. The only thing that seems to affect them is cold temperatures; however, I am afraid they will adapt to it. The entire state of Florida coyld be at risk if and when they do. :-( I look forward r 15h
  •   lisacunningham61 To hearing about your adventure! 15h
  •   electricmegaloo Yeah he told us that mammals are very scarce now. So sad, but at least there are several organizations currently working on the problem! The cold has kept them down, but since the climate is warming the freeze line will likely move north, so I presume in a few years they will keep spreading throughout the state. I will either be placed in the sea turtle program up by St. Augustine or the python program based out of Davie. Either would be cool, and I'm hoping to publish a paper with my research this summer! I should find out soon so will post when I know! @lisacunningham61 15h
  •   lisacunningham61 Very cool. We live in St. Augustine! If you're here we'll have to get together. 15h
  •   electricmegaloo Yes!! Will let you know!! @lisacunningham61 15h

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electricmegaloo Bat houses. 5d

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electricmegaloo Admiring Lake Alice while I wait for the bats to fly out at dusk. 5d

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electricmegaloo I was sitting on the ground playing with Rocky and when I looked up to check on the cat above this is what I saw... Baby Cat was creepin'... 1w

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electricmegaloo Rocky the 16 lb. 9 oz. cat straight chillin'. 1w

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electricmegaloo Salt still needs a home. I'd take her in a heartbeat if I could! Such a sweetie. 1w

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electricmegaloo Just the tiniest and fuzziest bat. 1w

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electricmegaloo Muffy wasn't too happy this morning either. We had to sedate her in order to get things done! Nail trim, shave, bath, and a beautiful blow out, of course. 🏼🏼 She growled the entire time but at least I still have all my fingers. 1w
  •   xtina0499 Question, is it possible to just sedate a dog rather than putting them under anesthesia for a teeth cleaning? 1w
  •   electricmegaloo It's possible, however sedation doesn't necessarily block all pain/discomfort and animals may still flinch or move slightly during the procedure, which can result in injuries from sharp instruments. Full anesthesia is also preferred because the tracheal tubes that are used have a small balloon at the end which are blown up to prevent liquids/particles from entering the lungs! For such a thorough and painful procedure I'd definitely choose anesthesia. @xtina0499 1w
  •   xtina0499 Got it thanks! I just hate putting him under! it needs to be done though. 1w
  •   electricmegaloo I know, it can be scary for both dog and owner but I'm sure your dog is in great hands!! Anesthesia makes it easier and less painful for the dog and for the doctors too. @xtina0499 1w

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electricmegaloo Scrappy is not a fan of Monday. 1w

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electricmegaloo Just finished rinsing, drying, and sorting a whooooole bunch of plastic bottle caps that I've been collecting over the months, knowing that they do not typically get recycled ️ and either end up in landfills or pollute our oceans. I will be mailing all my caps to Caps of Love, a charity that collects tons (literally, TONS) of bottle caps, sells them to companies that use recycled plastic for their packaging, and uses the funds to purchase wheelchairs for children who need them in the U.S. 🏻️ Such a happy chain of events!! I encourage you all to hold onto your bottle caps and put them to good use! ️🌎 2w
  •   sarahmclaughlin Whoa! I've never heard of this before! Thanks for sharing! 2w
  •   electricmegaloo Yeah, who would have thought that the caps don't get recycled along with the bottles? I've had my stash of caps for quite some time and I think I finally have enough to justify a shipment/reduce my clutter. Happy collecting!! @sarahmclaughlin 2w
  •   sarahmclaughlin @electricmegaloo awesome! I'm definitely doing this! 2w
  •   electricmegaloo @johnisspicy start a bottle cap collection box in the marine bio room as part of OCC! capsoflove.com 2w
  •   caterpillar_6 Wow! Thank you for that information. I will start saving my caps! 2w
  •   jaimesundquist Love this idea!! I didn't know caps don't get recycled 1w
  •   firefly6368 Wow! Didn't know the caps don't get recycled. Thanks for the info. I'll start daving them for Caps of Love! ♡♡♡ 1w
  •   johnisspicy Yea no problem! 1w

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electricmegaloo The TINIEST little thing came in today and everyone wanted to hug and kiss him. He was too young to be fixed obviously but instead of having the owner release him back outside, he is going into a foster home!!! (Sadly, not my home...) SO CUTE. 2w
  •   paz012 What a sweeeet baby!!! 2w

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electricmegaloo Traveler. 2w

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electricmegaloo Goosebumps! 2w

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electricmegaloo I fed some rescued horsies at Retirement Home for Horses today. ️ I love this sign and this guy's smirk! 2w

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electricmegaloo It looks like Lefty is smiling hehe. 2w

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electricmegaloo Little mockingbird! 2w

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electricmegaloo My girl. 🏼🏼 3w
  •   rpw3x My girl too 3w
  •   camilalvrz you're the cutest Megan! Miss you 3w

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electricmegaloo Big girl! @h8ed_one 4w

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