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By Monique Fair, Denver Zoo Horticulture Technician

By Jessica Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s Feathered Friend, Marvin, a green-winged dove (Chalcophaps indica), also known as an emerald dove. Marvin arrived from the San Diego Zoological Gardens in 2012 to be paired with his mate, Jasmine, who was also featured in a previous Feathered Friend blog.

By Sam Polce, Denver Zoo Horticulture Technician

By Alan Gray, Denver Zoo Irrigation Coordinator

Did you know that ET is at Denver Zoo? It’s true! I guess I should clarify that this isn’t the cute little ET we all know from the movie. This ET is short for evapotranspiration. 

What exactly is evapotranspiration? It is a term used to describe the water lost from soil by two distinct processes, evaporation and transpiration.

By Scott Camp, Public Relations Specialist

What's most fascinating about zoo nutrition to Doctor Jennifer Parsons is that it concentrates many aspects of animal biology – physiology, natural history, ecology and husbandry – into one field of study.

“The field of zoo nutrition is really new and really small,” Parsons said. “Only a handful of zoos across the country have a full-time nutritionist on staff.”

By Jenn Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper 

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Jonathan Silver-beak. He is a silver-beaked tanager (Ramphocelus carbo) that came to Denver Zoo in 2013. Jonathan is one of the most elusive birds in the Rainforest Room of Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines.

By Ashley Stonecipher, Denver Zoo Horticulture Coordinator

Hello! My name is Ashley Stonecipher and I am a Horticulture Coordinator here at Denver Zoo. I have been here for eight months and primarily work in Tropical Discovery, Toyota Elephant Passage, and Bird World, Presented by Frontier Airlines. Along with my team, I take care of all the plants and trees both inside and outside of the animal exhibits.

By Anne Gilliland, Denver Zoo AIP Student

By Justus Lacwell, Denver Zoo Horticulture Specialist

By Jessi Leckrone, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this weeks feathered friend, Macro, the Micronesian kingfisher (Todiramphus cinnamomina cinnamomina). Macro belongs to one of three species of kingfisher that lives on the islands of Micronesia. His species originated from the island of Guam. The other two species are located on the islands of Palau and Pohnpei.

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