Step aside... we got this...
I have been to the George Bush Presidential Library 7 times and sat at the mock oval office desk every time. In light of tomorrow's introduction of a new president, this Throwback Third Thursday (#tbtt) showcases what some of my friends and family would look like behind the desk in the oval office. What do you think you would look like in office?
Tomorrow is the inauguration and the beginning of what may be an interesting term. Based on political coverage from the past few months, we may be in for some real changes; some good, some bad. The best we can do is have a positive outlook and stay true to our morals. If either of those feel as though they are being hindered, don't just sit there and let it happen, take action. Who knows what this administration might bring. Maybe it'll all work out for the best....
I have had some pretty memorable costumes throughout the years but this was my first, but not my last, group themed Halloween. This Throwback Third Thursday (#tbtt) is for when 8th grade Caitlin and crew were our own alternative version of Rainbow Brite and the Color Kids!!!
We were so cool.
In honor of the Giant Panda being taken off the Endangered Species List and down-listed to Vulnerable at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress, here's a video I took in March 2012 of the small, but mighty, Gao Gao being, well, a Panda.
There has been a 17% increase in the Giant Panda population within the last decade. My panda t-shirt that says there are only 1,600 left in the wild is now wrong, with the count now believed to be over 2,000 pandas! They say the panda’s dramatic comeback is largely due to research-fueled conservation efforts in China and scientists around the world that have contributed to the effort, which includes researchers at San Diego Zoo Global, which includes me! I am very proud to have been a part of that team and hope some of what I contributed during my 5 years at the Panda Research Station helped the cause. GO PANDAS!
There are still threats to the Giant Panda, so the struggle, and research, is not over. Best of luck to the panda team in keeping the panda moving down the IUCN Red List!