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Tricia Gorham, chair of the College of Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College

Tricia Gorham–chair of the College of Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College, and a practicing veterinary technician since 1991—discusses her love of animals extending back to childhood, and how she began working for a veterinarian as a junior in high school. Read more…

Sy Montgomery, author of “The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty”

Sy Montgomery—the bestselling author of 30-plus books, including “The Soul of an Octopus” and “The Good Good Pig”—discusses what prompted the exploration of raptors and falconry at the core of her new book, “The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty” (adapted and expanded from a chapter in Montgomery’s 2019 collection, “Birdology.”) Read more…

Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice, author, entomologist, pigeon proponent

Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice—a North Carolina-based entomologist and author of books on ants and spiders, who, as the product of a family activity, has developed a passion for pigeons and attendant expertise—recounts the objectives propelling her to get a PhD, and noting why a career in academia was not the goal. Read more…

Helaine Olen, opinion writer for The Washington Post

Helaine Olen— an opinion writer for The Washington Post, an expert on personal finance, and author or co-author of books, including “The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have To Be Complicated,” who recently wrote a Post piece headlined “Stop the inhumane practice of renting pets”—addresses the breadth of subjects covered in her column, which tends to be rooted in finance and economics. Read more…

Phil Jenni, executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) in Minnesota

Phil Jenni—executive director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center (WRC) in Minnesota, considered the world’s busiest wildlife hospital—addresses how that “world’s busiest” title is determined, noting that it’s the product of admitting approximately 19,000 patients each year. Read more…