Behind the Scenes

I take many photos here at the Museum. Some you see here on Nature Watch, some you don’t. Most of the photos I take are of plants or animals, but if I happen to have a camera in hand as one of the Museum staff passes, or is working nearby, they may become the subject of one of my photos.

The following is a sample of some of the Museum staff that I’ve crossed paths with over the years while I had camera at the ready.

The photos are somewhat in alphabetical order, do not include everyone at the Museum and some of the folks in the photos have moved on, are no longer here at the Museum. The list is rather long (70 plus pics) so sit back, scroll down, and enjoy.

 

Aaron (Animal Dept.) drives by, singing as he goes.
With a song in his heart, Aaron (Animal Dept.) drives by on the way to the bear enclosure.

 

Al (Facilities) works hard at maintaining the boardwalk.
Al (Facilities) works hard at maintaining the boardwalk.

 

The "Wild Bunch" (Animal Dept) preparing to enter the Red Wolf Enclosure to capture one of the wolves for examination. (left to right - Sherry, Sarah, Kristen, Mikey, Cassidy, Jill, Katy, Kent)
The “Wild Bunch” (Animal Dept) preparing to enter the Red Wolf Enclosure to capture one of the wolves for veterinary examination. (left to right – Sherry, Sarah, Kristen, Mikey, Cassidy, Jill, Katy, Kent)

 

Anna (Education) and Christopher the barred owl on boardwalk.
Anna (Education) and Christopher the barred owl on the boardwalk.

 

Autumn (Aniimal Dept) doing clean-up at lemur House.
Autumn (Animal Dept) doing clean-up at the Lemur House.

 

Bobbi Jo (Butterfly House) proudly displays Jack Fruit she harvested from the Butterfly House Conservatory.
Bobbi Jo (Butterfly House) proudly displays Jack Fruit she harvested from the Butterfly House Conservatory.

 

Boggs and Gurlal (Guest relations) discuss something (obviously important) at the top of the boardwalk leading to Explore the Wild.
Boggs and Gurlal (Guest Relations) discuss something (obviously important) at the top of the boardwalk leading to Explore the Wild.

 

Cassidy (formerly, Animal Dept) drives by in Catch the Wind.
Cassidy (formerly, Animal Dept) smiles and waves as she drives by in Catch the Wind.

 

Cliff (Facilities) lets us know everything is alright.
Cliff (Facilities) lets us know everything is alright.

 

Cliff still smiling after doing some heavy work.
Even hard work can’t erase Cliff’s smile.

 

Corey (Guest Relations) and Allison (Rentals) enjoy the afternoon on the boardwalk.
Corey (Guest Relations) and Allison (Rentals) enjoy the afternoon on the boardwalk.

 

Corey (Guest Relations) and Gretchen (formerly, Guest Relations) see something in the Wetlands as they stroll by.
Corey (Guest Relations) and Gretchen (formerly, Guest Relations) see something interesting in the Wetlands as they stroll by.

 

Courtney (formerly Education) and Misha the red-tailed hawk on the boardwalk overlooking the Wetlands.
Courtney (formerly, Education) and Misha the red-tailed hawk on the boardwalk overlooking the Wetlands.

 

Dale (Facilities) relates a story to me.
Dale (Facilities) stops to say hello while on a run through Catch the Wind.

 

David and Jerry (Exhibits) one their way to make repairs on some malfunctioning outdoor exhibit.
David and Jerry (Exhibits) on their way to make repairs on some malfunctioning outdoor exhibit.

 

Richard and David (Exhibits) on the way back from performing some repair work in Explore the Wild.
Richard and David (Exhibits) on the way back from a maintenance run in Explore the Wild.

 

Emily (formerly, Rentals) says hello to a green frog in front of the Butterfly House.
Emily (formerly, Rentals) says hello to a green frog in front of the Butterfly House.

 

Erin (formerly, Animal Dept, Guest relations...) catches frog to show summer campers.
Erin (formerly, Animal Dept, Guest Relations…) catches a frog to show to summer campers.

 

Erin (formerly, Animal Dept, Guest relations...) show bullfrog to summer campers. Note honeysuckle flowers hanging from Erin's lip.
Erin (formerly, Animal Dept, Guest Relations…) explains the finer points of bullfrog identification to summer campers. Note honeysuckle flowers hanging from Erin’s lip.

 

KJ (Exhibits) shows me one of the tools of his trade, and how to use it.
KJ (Exhibits) shows me one of the tools of his trade and, presumably, what to do with it.

 

Frank (right - formerly Exhibits) and Richard M (Exhibits) do some late season exhibit prep.
Frank (right – formerly Exhibits) and Richard M (Exhibits) do some late season exhibit prep.

 

Grover (Facilties) on his way to the train tunnel to work on the train.
Grover (Facilities) on his way to the train tunnel to work on the train.

 

Gurlal (formerly Guest Relations) enjoys the afternoon in Catch the Wind
Gurlal (formerly Guest Relations) enjoys the afternoon in Catch the Wind.

 

Jennifer (Exhibits) photographs a leptoceratops on the Dino Trail.
Jennifer (Exhibits) photographs a leptoceratops family on the Dino Trail.

 

Kevin and Jerry (Exhibits) on their way back to the Exhibits Shop from Catch the Wind.
Kevin and Jerry (Exhibits) on their way back to the Exhibits Shop from Catch the Wind.

 

Jerry (Exhibits) scoots down the path on a morning check of the outdoor exhibits.
Jerry (Exhibits) scoots down the path on a morning check of the outdoor exhibits.

 

Jessi (Animal Dept) maintaining the Lemur House.
Jessi (Animal Dept) maintaining the Lemur House.

 

Jessi (Animal Dept) puts out meatballs for the red wolves.
Jessi (Animal Dept) maintaining the wolves by putting out meatballs for them to eat.

 

Jill (Animal Dept) and Mikey (formerly, Animal Dept) cruise out to Explore the Wild to check on the ETW exhibits
Jill (Animal Dept) and Mikey (formerly, Animal Dept) drive through Catch the Wind after feeding the outdoor exhibit animals in Explore the Wild.

 

Joe (formerly, Facilities) drives the tractor through Catch the Wind.
Joe (formerly, Facilities) prepares to do some heavy lifting.

 

Jose (Facilties) takes a last bite of a Caramel deLite before heading off to work on "Into the Mist."
Jose (Facilities) takes a last bite of a Caramel deLite before heading off to work in “Into the Mist.”

 

Some serious discussion going on here between katy and Mikey (Animal Dept), Joe (formerly, Facilities) and Dale (Facilities).
Some serious discussion going on behind the scenes at the red wolf enclosure. Katy and Mikey (Animal Dept), Joe (formerly, Facilities) and Dale (Facilities).

 

Katie (formerly, Ranger) walks the "beat" in Catch the Wind.
Katie (formerly, Ranger) walks the “beat” in Catch the Wind.

 

Kent (Animal Dept) shoveling some unknown substance from the trailer.
Kent (Animal Dept) shoveling some unknown substance from the trailer.

 

Kimbery (formerly, Animal Dept) walks towards the black bears as Mikey (formerly Animal Dept) and Kent (Animal Dept) drive by.
Kimberly (formerly, Animal Dept) walks towards the black bears as Mikey (formerly Animal Dept) and Kent (Animal Dept) drive by.

 

KJ (right) and Jerry (Exhibits) take a brief break from work to pose for me.
KJ (right) and Jerry (Exhibits) take a brief break from work to pose for me.

 

KJ (Exhibits) shows his wild side atop his scooter.
KJ (Exhibits) showing his wild side atop his scooter.

 

Kristin (Ranger) shows why the turtle she's holding is called a musk turtle, or stinkpot.
Kristin (Ranger) expresses the reason behind the moniker “stinkpot” given the musk turtle she holds.

 

Kristen (formerly Animal Dept) doing conditional trying with the lemurs.
Kristen (formerly, Animal Dept) doing conditional training with the lemurs.

 

Sara, Kristin, Ryen (Rangers, Guest Relations) at the celebrating insects in front of the Butterfly House.
Sara, Kristin, Ryne (Rangers, Guest Relations) celebrating insects in front of the Butterfly House.

 

Lacey and Kristen (formerly Education) enjoy a stroll through Explore the Wild.
Lacey and Kristen (formerly, Education) enjoy a stroll through Explore the Wild.

 

Brad (Innovation and Learning) and Larry (formerly, Animal Dept) drive by the Bird Feeder Exhibit in Catch the Wind.
Brad (Innovation and Learning) and Larry (formerly, Animal Dept) drive by the Bird Feeder Exhibit and smile.

 

Larry (formerly Animal Dept) thinking about something, serious, or not so serious?
Larry (formerly Animal Dept). What’s on his mind?

 

Leon (Butterfly House) with two volunteers on a collecting run in Explore the Wild.
Leon (Butterfly House) with two volunteers on an aquatic insect collecting run in Explore the Wild.

 

Leon (Butterfly House) on a browse collecting foray.
Leon (Butterfly House) on an insect browse collecting foray.

 

Leslie (fromerly, Operations) and KJ stop to give a smile and a wave during their Safety Inspection of Explore the Wild.
Leslie (formerly, Operations) and KJ (Exhibits) stop to give a smile and a wave during a Safety Inspection through Explore the Wild.

 

Leslie (External Relations) gives a ride to an unexpected friend (note praying mantis just below and to right of her name tag).
Leslie (External Relations) gives a ride to an unexpected friend (note praying mantis just below and to right of her name tag).

 

Lew (Ranger, Butterfly House) points the way.
Lew (Ranger, Butterfly House) points the way.

 

Lew (Ranger, Butterfly House) back in the ornithopter days.
Lew (Ranger, Butterfly House) back in the days of the Ornithopter.

 

Marilyn (formerly Animal Dept, Guest Relations) doing bear clean-up in the bear enclosure.
Marilyn (formerly Animal Dept, currently, Guest Relations) doing bear “clean-up” in the black bear enclosure.

 

Meredith (formerly, Education) with Misha the red-tailed hawk in Explore the Wild.
Meredith (formerly, Education) with Misha the red-tailed hawk in Explore the Wild.

 

Nancy (Education) making her way through Explore the Wild.
Nancy (Education) happily making her way through Explore the Wild.

 

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Richard M (Exhibits) “bikes” through Catch the Wind on his way back from launching the sailboats.

 

Richard S (Butterfly House) takes a picture of a butterfly in front of the Butterfly House.
Richard S (Butterfly House) takes a picture of a butterfly in front of the Butterfly House.

 

Richard S (Butterfly House) takes photo of six-spotted tiger beetle in Explore the Wild.
Richard S (Butterfly House) takes a photo of a six-spotted tiger beetle in Explore the Wild.

 

Richard H (Guest Relations) engineer the train through the woods on the way to the train tunnel, Toot-Toot!
Richard H (Guest Relations) engineers the train through the woods on the way to the train tunnel, Toot-Toot!

 

Ro (formerly, Ranger, current, External Relations) partakes of the fruit of the mulberry tree. Mighty tasty!
Ro (formerly, Ranger, currently, External Relations) partakes of the fruit of the mulberry tree. Mighty tasty!

 

Robin (formerly Butterfly House), Leslie (formerly Operations), and Uli (Butterfly House) on their way to cut back lotus plants in the Wetlands.
Robin (formerly, Butterfly House), Leslie (formerly, Operations), and Uli (Butterfly House) on their way to cut back lotus plants in the Wetlands.

 

Robin (right - formerly, Butterfly House) and Uli (Butterfly House) pulling lotus plants from the Wetlands.
Robin (right – formerly, Butterfly House) and Uli (Butterfly House) pulling lotus plants from the Wetlands (Robin and Uli used to spend a lot of time in the Wetlands).

 

Uli (Butterfly House) deep in the heart of the Wetlands.
Uli (Butterfly House) deep in the heart of the Wetlands, lotus leaves in hand.

 

Ryne (formerly, Guest Realtions) and Sara (formerly, Ranger) at the Butterfly Festival.
Ryne (formerly, Guest Relations) and Sara (formerly, Ranger) at the Butterfly Festival.

 

Sara (formerly, Ranger) poses after a trek into the Wetlands.
Sara (formerly, Ranger) poses after a trek into the Wetlands.

 

Sara (formerly, Ranger) obviously excited about discovering this yellow-bellied slider in Catch the Wind.
Sara (formerly, Ranger) obviously excited about discovering this yellow-bellied slider in Catch the Wind.

 

Sherry and Katy (Animal Dept) ponder their next move while cleaning the pool in the black bear enclosure.
Sherry and Katy (Animal Dept) while cleaning the pool in the black bear enclosure.

 

Sherry and Marilyn (Animal Dept) while on bear clean-up duty.
Sherry and Marilyn (Animal Dept) while on bear clean-up duty.

 

Sherry (Animal Dept) and Boggs (Guest Relations) discuss the day's events after having been in the wolf enclosure attempting to capture one of the wolves.
Sherry (Animal Dept) and Boggs (Guest Relations) relax and discuss the day’s events after having been in the wolf enclosure attempting to capture one of the canids.

 

Kristin (Ranger) shows her approval of a makeshift snowman in Catch the Wind.
Kristin (Ranger) gives her approval of a snow cairn constructed in Catch the Wind. “Which way do we go?”

 

This snowman mysteriously appear on the roof of the Guest Relations golf cart following a brief storm storm.
This snowman head mysteriously appeared on the roof of the Guest Relations golf cart the morning after a snow storm.

 

Taylor (Facilities) mows the black bear enclosure.
Taylor (formerly, Facilities) mows the grass in the black bear enclosure.

 

Nancy, Trish, and Adrienne (Education) at the Museum's first Dino Egg Hunt on the Dino Trail.
Nancy, Trish, and Adrienne (Education) at the Museum’s first Dino Egg Hunt on the Dino Trail.

 

Trish (Education) with Christopher the barred owl in Explore the Wild.
Trish (Education) with Christopher the barred owl in Explore the Wild.

 

Wayne (Summer Camp) show off a yellow-bellied turtle that nested next to the outdoor classrooms.
Wayne (Summer Camp) shows off a yellow-bellied slider that nested next to the outdoor classrooms.

 

Wayne (Facilities) puts to bed the vending machines at the end of the day in Explore the Wild.
Wayne (Facilities) puts the vending machines to bed at the end of the day in Explore the Wild.

 

Wendy (formerly, Exhibits) scetches maple leaves for an upcoming project in Explore the Wild.
Wendy (formerly, Exhibits) sketches maple leaves for an upcoming project in Explore the Wild.

 

These animal keepers (past and present) mean business (Kimberly, Kent, and Marilyn).
These animal keepers (past and present) mean business (Kimberly, Kent, and Marilyn).

 

And finally,

 

Erin (formerly, Animal Dept, Guest relations...) is beside herself with excitement about the tiny yellow-bellied slider that she holds in her hands.
Erin (formerly, Animal Dept, Guest Relations…) seems beside herself with excitement about the tiny yellow-bellied slider that she holds in her hands.

 

And that, is all for now. See you next time!

4 responses to Behind the Scenes

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    Marilyn says:

    Great pictures Greg! Wow, I looked mad in that last picture of me.;)

    • Greg Dodge
      Greg Dodge says:

      Marilyn,
      I think it was more of a serious, down to business kind of moment.

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    Larry B says:

    Great pics! Brad and I just had a quick reunion at Epcot yesterday.

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    sherry says:

    Thanks Greg. Seeing all these photos of Museum folks made me smile!

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