I asked him about some of the programs, goals and strategies he has in the works and what he feels he wants to accomplish in the future for the Bird House. Dave explained quite a bit, but it wasn’t until Steve Malowski handed me a 220-page manuscript that I understood exactly what Dave was doing in his office all that time. This manuscript, only one of about a million projects he has, is the Management Plan for 2007, featuring the goals, objectives, details, diet and strategies for every species, and area in the Bird Department. Rich in detail, this document weighs in at 585 grams, and will tell you anything you need to know about the birds at the Cincinnati Zoo. Incredibly detailed, this plan describes minute facts, such as the diet, range and global status of every bird, as well as their habitat description, lighting requirements, plantings, modifications and care of both the birds and the habitat. I was hellishly impressed. I knew he wasn’t in that office playing Pac-Man, but I had no idea he was up to this. In order to accomplish what Dave has to do, you must be detail oriented, a fastidious record-keeper, and able to push and promote what you believe in.
Steve told me Dave still makes it a point to walk to all of the exhibits every day. Dave clearly loves the birds here, and it seems to me that the more you advance in this field, the less contact you have with your birds. Dave seems to accept this, but I sensed he was resigned to this fact as opposed to being happy about it. I have to say there is an upside to this however; He doesn’t have to unpack crickets any more:
I have lots more coming…Thanks for stopping by.