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Margaret Winslow, author of “Smart Ass: How a Donkey Challenged Me to Accept His True Nature and Rediscover My Own”

Margaret Winslow—professor emerita of earth sciences at the City College of New York and author, most recently, of “Smart Ass: How a Donkey Challenged Me to Accept His True Nature and Rediscover My Own”—recounts her experiences with animals growing up, where the family had dogs, cats were forbidden by her father, and she was one of those horse-crazy young girls. Read more…

Colleen Plumb, artist, photographer, and videographer

Colleen Plumb—the Chicago-based artist, photographer and videographer, whose work explores the relationships people have with animals (particularly, captive ones)—recounts growing up in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, where her Dad cultivated in her an appreciation of nature, and where there was a family dog (and for a time, a family duck, Sir Francis Drake). Read more…

Glen Zipper, creator-executive producer of the Netflix documentary series “Dogs”

Glen Zipper—the creator and executive producer of  “Dogs,” the Netflix six-part documentary series (and whose resume includes producing the Oscar-winning doc “Undefeated”)—recalls growing up in an animal-free household, pets having been declared verboten by his father. Read more…

Dr. Nick Pyenson, paleontologist and author of “Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures”

Dr. Nick Pyenson—the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, and the author of “Spying on Whales: The Past, Present, and Future of Earth’s Most Awesome Creatures”—traces his interest in fossils to his childhood, when his parents would take him to natural history museums, experiences he called “formative.” Read more…

Keith Wilkins & Melissa Dollard, of Seaside Seabird Sanctuary

Keith Wilkins and Melissa Dollard—the Director of Operations and Hospital Supervisor, respectively, at the Seaside Seabird Sanctuary, in Indian Shores, FL that rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned wild birds—explain the brief history of the sactuary, founded in 2016, clarifying the differences between Seaside and a similarly-named entity  (Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary) that previously operated for some 40 years at the same location. Read more…