Friday, June 16, 2017

New things

Or one new thing, in particular. If we're friends on Facebook, you already know, but I've begun the next great adventure of my life. I'm officially an Interpretive Naturalist at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco!

You may have noticed that my life like entirely revolves around birds. And that's exactly why I'm so excited to be working at an aquarium. There are so many organisms about which I know so little! You BET I want to know about the marine life of the bay! And in the week since I started training for this job, I've already learned so many things that have educated me not only about underwater life, but also about how it connects to the lives of birds. I know a bit about how marine debris impacts birds - but I don't know anything about how that marine debris impacts aquatic life. I know a bit about migration patterns of seabirds or raptors - but you guessed it, I don't know anything about migration patterns of fish or sharks, either. I can't exactly sit here spouting rhetoric about how all of life is connected and about how we need to respect all of the life forms around us if I don't even know anything about the plankton in the bay like 2 miles away from my apartment. What kind of self-respecting nature-lover even AM I.

Anyways, rant aside, I am so so so excited to embark on this job at the aquarium. My first official shift on the floor is this Sunday. I fully anticipate that for the first month (or more), my answers to most of the guest's questions are going to be "Uh... sorry... I'm new," but everyone starts somewhere, right? Wish me luck!

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