I have been an environmental educator in one form or another my entire adult life.
Since then, I have been the executive director of a non-profit environmental education organization; designed, implemented and executed environmental programs for students from every imaginable background and age group; led about 5,000 miles worth of guided nature hikes; and reached tens of thousands of people through live animal programs.
For almost a decade, I was responsible for monitoring a 46-acre nature preserve and coordinating its protection and care with thousands of volunteers, eagle scouts, private contractors and local municipalities.
During that time, I became an ISA-certified arborist; helped design and construct several new trails; and created interpretive signage to improve the visitor experience.
In addition to several pet care books, I have written and published newsletters, blogs and promotional materials for non-profit organizations, retail establishments and the service industry.
I have also provided social media content for a variety of companies, been featured in Countyline Magazine, appeared on Radio Disney and been a guest on the Lucky Yates Talk Show.
I have amassed about two decades worth of professional animal care experience, including hundreds of taxa. I have a special affinity for reptiles, especially squamates (snakes and lizards), but I am also captivated by canids, birds, insects and fish.
I supplemented my income for many years through the captive production of Morelia pythons, bearded dragons (Pogona vitticeps) and other assorted critters.