All posts in Birds, Fish & Reptiles

Chris Gug, underwater photographer

Chris Gug—an innovative and heralded underwater photographer—recalls growing up “landlocked” in Connecticut, enchanted by the sea and dreaming of becoming an underwater photographer, but meanwhile shooting all sorts of pictures locally, until, at 15, having purchased scuba gear and an underwater camera, he fulfilled his dream with his first ocean adventure. Read more…

Helen Macdonald, author of “H is for Hawk”

Helen Macdonald—author of “H is for Hawk,” a wildly-acclaimed, multifaceted memoir that recounts Macdonald’s struggle with the debilitating grief spawned by her father’s sudden death, and her singular solution to that struggle: training a goshawk, a large and particularly fierce bird of prey—explains that at 37, she had not yet experienced profound loss, so her dad’s passing generated an extra emotional wallop. Read more…

Michele Raffin, founder of Pandemonium Aviaries

Michele Raffin— founder and CEO of Pandemonium Aviaries, a Northern California conservation organization dedicated to saving birds—recounts how rescuing an injured dove she spotted on the side of the road some 15 years ago launched her on the long, winding road she traveled moving Pandemonium from seat-of-the-pants rescue operation to internationally prominent breeding facility for avian species facing extinction due to the destruction of their natural habitat. Read more…

Alisa Johnson, co-founder of Dogs on Deployment

Alisa Johnson—co-founder and president of Dogs on Deployment, an online network enabling military service members to connect with people living in their area who are willing to care for their pets while they are deployed—recounts the predicament she and her husband, Shawn Johnson, faced when they received overlapping military assignments and there was no one, initially, able to care for their dog, JD. Read more…

Richie Moretti, founder of The Turtle Hospital

In a broadcast emanating from KUCI in Irvine, CA, Richie Moretti—founder and director of the nationally-regarded Turtle Hospital in Marathon, FL—explains how a Volkswagen mechanic from New Jersey ended up launching a sea turtle hospital in the Keys in 1986. Read more…