About Me

Ever since I was 9 years old I have been an avid bird lover. I started with two young budgies as a Christmas present, which were followed by two cockatiels a few years later. I was “hooked on birds” at this point, and throughout the years I adopted a Greenwing macaw, Blue and Gold macaw, Congo African Grey, Military macaw, and a Scarlet macaw (it’s hard to tell I have a soft spot for macaws in particular). I currently still own “Cheyenne” my Blue and Gold. It wasn't until just a few years ago that I also grew a passion for reptiles. I have several snakes, turtles, lizards, etc. that I frequently bring to schools and other events to teach with.

Although I have a passion for exotic pets, I also have a dedication to preserving our natural resources, which are so often overlooked in today’s fast-paced world. May of 2012 I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Minnesota. From learning how to identify nearly every plant and animal in Minnesota (I wasn't a fan of those classes, useful as they may be), to tranquilizing and taking vitals from wolves and bears, I certainly had a unique college experience. After graduation I promptly started working for the MN Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Trails. As a Naturalist, I shared my knowledge of natural resources with the public, as well as occasionally rescued snapping turtles that get stuck in potholes (not the ones you see in the road, but rather the potholes which were created by whirlpools 10,000 years ago, some upwards of 60 feet deep). It certainly was an interesting job!

I then went back to working as a Pet Care Manager at PetSmart, but recently I have decided to become self-employed and just focus on my small businesses (my educational reptile programs are another business of mine, Snake Discovery LLC). I can’t give myself all the credit though for the fairs and programs, as my husband Ed has been a huge help in the entire process. From visiting potential buildings to hold the fairs, to creating this website from scratch (it still amazes me how he can understand all the coding involved), these pet fairs would not be possible without him.

My Inspiration

The one that grew on me the most was a very special bird that I adopted eight years ago. Cheyenne is a 17 year old Blue and Gold Macaw, and although she still plucks her feathers, her gentle personality makes up for it. She may be scared to death of men (we suspect from a neglectful previous home), but whenever a woman enters the room she immediately has to meet, whisper to, and preen them! Her favorite summer sport is biking, and you can't imagine the number of stares we get when she's riding on my backpack in her harness. She will be with us for life, as she is the one who started my passion for exotic pets.