In this section, our staff members share things with you that are special to them. It might be books they're reading, podcasts they're following, favorite hiking trails, or bird watching recommendations ... or it might be a personal project or a patient that's snagged a staff member's attention. Check in to see what our people are doing during their down time!
This week, we hear from: wildlife rehabilitator Kelsey Pleasants
"Some of you may know that New York Fashion Week just ended. While I may not be the most fashionable person I know, my favorite part of my wardrobe is without a doubt my earring collection. Specifically, all of my animal earrings!
"You won’t find me wearing too much jewelry on a daily basis, but you will always find me with a pair of earrings on. They’re usually a pair of cats (check out these adorable handmade pair of my own cats, Smokey and Jax!) or owls, but my favorite pairs are my Jabebo wildlife earrings.
"Jabebo earrings are great for several reasons. First and foremost, they’re incredibly adorable. They’re brightly colored and detailed, and in a quirky twist, pairs are often purposefully mismatched. Secondly, they are handmade with recycled post-consumer products. Each earring is made from cereal box cardboard! Lastly, they are all science and nature-based, inspired from different parts of the natural world. Basically they combine my favorite things in a sustainable and cute product! I’ve just learned they designed an adorable pair of Mourning Dove earrings last spring, and you can bet I will be adding those to my collection. :)
"While an enamel pin may not always be considered a piece of jewelry, this one deserves an honorable mention. I recently received a birthday gift from my dear friend Amber – this enamel pin of a Bearded Vulture, also known by another (much cooler) name, the Lammergeier. Unlike the Black and Turkey Vultures we are used to seeing, the Bearded Vulture’s diet consists mainly of bones! After the other scavenging species have eaten their fill of a carcass, the Bearded Vulture collects the bones and drops them from hundreds of feet in the air, breaking them into shards it can swallow whole. How cool is that?! Thank you, Amber, for my lovely gift!"