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By Trevor Johnson, Denver Zoo Horticulture Specialist

Spring here at Denver Zoo is a very exciting time of year. The next time you are walking our grounds, take a closer look into the flower beds. While March is still a bit early to see much of our flower collection, we do have a few that will catch your eye—mostly spring bulbs, the first harbingers of the growing season.

By Jennifer Nixon, Denver Zoo Bird Keeper

Introducing this week’s feathered friend, Tater, a 9-year-old male Hottentot teal (Anas punctata).

It is often assumed that Tater is a baby duck, since he is relatively small. However, as one of the smallest species of waterfowl, Hottentot teals only weigh up to half of a pound as adults.

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


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