This is the last photo I have from the raptors, while working over the sumer, at CuriOdyssey. This is Tesla. When tesla was wild, she would come right up to people looking for food handouts. If anyone has come across a truly wild American Kestrel, they would know this behavior is very odd. American Kestrels are one of the most shy falcons, I have ever come across.
Being habituated to people, Tesla was no longer fit to be in the wild. When a wild animal is habituated to people, it poses a threat for both the animal, and the people they interact with. Tesla now lives behind the scenes at CuriOdyssey, and play a very important role as an animal ambassador.
All of the educational animals at CuriOdyssey live behind the scenes, and only come out when they are being presented, to teach the public about their species and the importance of animals, in our environment. This helps reduce the stress in these animals.
This is Solo. She is another animal ambassador at CuriOdyssey. Solo’s right wing has been severely damaged, so she is unable to fly. She lives comfortably among the other raptors, behind the scenes at CuriOdyssey.
I must apologize for not posting in so long. Over the summer I had the amazing opportunity to work at CuriOdyssey, at Coyote Point, in San Mateo, CA. I worked there as a camp leader, teaching children about animals, local ecology, photography, and natural science.
CuriOdyssey is a museum located in San Mateo, CA, devoted to teaching kids about science, and California ecology. The museum has tons of fun, hands on science exhibits, an outside area exhibiting live, native, California animals, such as, bobcats, Channel Island fox, racoons, yellow billed magpies, roadrunners, California river otters, and much more.
Now that my Leadership role is done at CuriOdyssey, I have been fortunate enough to continue playing a role at the museum. I am now a volunteer photographer, and will have some of my photos in their Northern Hall exhibit area, in January 2015.
If you are ever in the California Bay Area, CuriOdyssey is a place you should definitely put on your list, as a place to visit.
All the animals exhibited at CuriOdyssey are either disabled or have been habituated to humans, therefore cannot be released back into the wild.
Pictured above is Trudy. Trudy is a Western Screech Owl(Megascops kennicottii). She was born without a right eye and now lives at CuriOdyssey as an animal ambassador, used to teach kids and adults about her species, and the important role animals play in our eco ystem
Unfortunately the friendly nature of these gray foxes is often caused by people who may or may not know, not to feed wildlife. NEVER FEED WILDLIFE!!! It not only habituates the animals to humans, but can and does hurt the animals physically (look up angel wing, for ducks, as an example).
Yesterday I spent the day in Point Reyes, CA. I’ve been to Point Reyes a few times, but never really explored much of it. I spent the day hiking new trails, seeing new landscapes, and taking notes of areas I’d like to return to. The sun was setting, and I didn’t take many photos throughout the day, so I decided to take a last drive around, to see if anything was out and about. I then spotted these handsome fellows, to the left and pulled the car over. There were at least ten more elk around, but these guys were in a nice little group so I took advantage of the light, and situation.
This is a cotton tail rabbit. It is not a hare and hares are not rabbits. Here are a few differences between the two. For starters, rabbits live in dens underground, where they give birth to young who need to be taken care of before they can go out on their own. Hares live above ground and rest in the thickets. When a hare is born, it is quickly ready to run around and fend for itself.
I haven’t taken a good shot of a bobcat since last summer. Haven’t really seen any around either, and have been dying to see one again. Luckily yesterday, I came across this beauty! She just hung out for a while and let me get some shots. Sunol Regional Wilderness, Sunol, CA