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“Creating a sense of security and safety for this little bear was absolutely imperative.”

Mammal Curator for the Louisville Zoo Jane Anne Franklin tells the story of a little orphaned polar bear’s journey from Alaska to captivity. In “A Little Polar Bear’s Big Journey” from PKN Louisville Vol. 8, Jane tell us how she was thrust into the role of surrogate mother for this little polar bear, as well as how she’s struggled and triumphed in helping the bear grow.

“I’m going to talk about how tarantulas talk about having sex.”

Scientist and journalist Brendan Bane speaks on his life-long fascination with tarantulas. In “Dance of the Horny, Hairy Arachnid” from PKN Santa Cruz, CA Vol. 8, Brendan shows us how his passion for these furry eight-leggers has led him to study the secrets of their unique mating habits.

You don't have to be in Montana fishing trout to go fly fishing!

Raymond Poff knows that there is more to fishing than just catching fish. It is also about the experiences, the gear, and the people you are with. In "Fly Fishing: More Than Fish" from PKN Bowling Green Vol. 4, Raymond speaks on tying flies, netting catches, and teaching members of the community how to catch a fish.

"Is this is your typical image of a shark, you can thank Steven Spielberg."

Saltwater aquarist Daniel Churchman takes care of fish for a living, and he has raised over twenty sharks, skates, and rays.

In "Words from an Aquarist" from PKN Albany, GA Vol. 3, Daniel states that many people view sharks as dangerous and scary, but he is here to debunk these common misconceptions and reveal the truth behind these myterious, curious creatures. 

Two tickets to the gun show. Take a tour? 

Ben Nicholson, frustrated by his raccoon problem, decides on which gun to use in plans to skin it, eat it and make it into a hat to match his fur coat. In "Raccoon Problem? There's a Gun for That" from PKN Chicago Vol. 28 he humorously describes different types of guns in hopes to stop his raccoon friend from visiting his log cabin. 

"Without honey bees we lose 1 in 3 bites of food."

Jonathan Otis is the owner of Lake Superior Honey amongst many other businesses. At PKN Duluth Vol. 1 he answers the popular question that everyone asks, "What's up With the Bees?" by discussing how they contribute to our society and how our lifestyle impacts their lives negatively. Ultimately Jon goes over some solutions to protect the honey bee's future and at the same time, ours. 

Artist Carrie Walker is inspired by historical "circle hunts" -- in which hunters would form a circle around a large portion of land and slowly close in, killing every animal they came across.

Carrie found rich imagery in descriptions of these events, and had a desire to depict the now-forgotten animals. In "Depicting the Circle Hunt" from PKN Richmond, BC Vol. 3, we see how she embarked on a road trip to recreate scenes which she skillfully translated onto paper. 

Especially in the animal kingdom, love truly is a battlefield. 

The San Lorenzo River harbors beautiful flora and majestic fauna. But it's also a combat zone plagued with evolutionary arms races, cunning deception, and bird-on-bird violence. In "Sex & Violence in the San Lorenzo River", from PKN Santa Cruz Vol. 6, watch as Brendan Bane discusses the science behind amphibious orgies, neurotoxin-resistant garter snakes, and the morbid parenting techniques of North American waterbirds. 

More like AcCOWntant, am I right? ... Guys? Hello?

In this edition of Presentation of the Day, "The Cow Accountant" from PKN Albany, GA Vol. 2, we hear from Mary Sumners,who was born a city girl, but her marriage took her to a new life on a farm.

She speaks of her love for cows, how she and her husband take care of them, keep track of them, raise them, milk them, and quantifiably optimize their farming business.

"This is not a computer-generated 3D model, nor is it a drawing or painting...This was once a living being."

In today's Presentation of the Day, "New World Transparent Specimens" from PKN Tokyo Vol. 95, once fisherman/ocean researcher Iori Tomita shows off his striking work. The secret to his glowing, translucent skeletal art is a process that involves "enzymatically dissolving protein, and dying bones and cartilage" of once-living sea life.