Rebecca O'Connor

www.rebeccakoconnor.com

Rebecca K. O'Connor is a freelance writer, a falconer, a professional animal trainer and has written and edited books on a variety of topics including natural disasters, life after death, endangered animals, endangered habitats and pet care.

This week on Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet: When Coyotes Attack, wildlife becomes a challenge for several pet owners, including Dr. Oakley’s family. Living in the Yukon means finding ways to live with wild animals, even the predators that are in your own backyard. This isn’t just a challenge for those who live in remote areas,…

This week on Yukon Vet, Dr. Oakley travels over 3,000 miles outside her normal stomping grounds to Val-d’Or, a far-flung corner of Quebec where she helps to save a herd of boreal caribou that is in danger of dying out. Dr. Oakley has a great deal of experience catching wild caribou. So Guylaine Seguin, a…

On this week’s episode of Dr. K, a few of the animal clients are a little more wild than usual. A red-shouldered hawk is brought in by a local raptor rehabilitator, a brown pelican is treated for frostbite and a blue jay is treated for injuries from a cat. While these animals are not pets,…

On Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet viewers get to experience what it means to be the only all-species vet for hundreds of square miles in the Yukon Territory of Northern Canada. Michelle Oakley is a little different than your average city veterinarian. Like all vets, she is dedicated to the health and care of all animals…

On this week’s episode of Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER: Pot-Bellied Pig Out, Dr. Kelleher has two appointments to spay pot-bellied pigs. Dr. K notes that, “The reason for spaying pot-bellied pigs is to adjust behavior problems and to prevent uterine disease later in life.” Preventative medicine is an important component of our pets’ health.…

Running a veterinary hospital is no easy task. Veterinarians and their staff are required to understand and meet the medical needs of a variety of species. This is hard enough with domestic animals, but what if your practice that treats nothing but exotic animals? That’s when things get a little wild! On Dr. K’s Exotic…

The Pond Stars have had a busy season, and tonight their skills are challenged by wolves. If the team can build a pond that withstands a pack of water-loving wolves at the Lincoln Park Zoo, then surely they can build just about anywhere. Wondering if you should have a water feature at your home? Greg…

Greg Wittstock is the owner of Aquascape and the captain of the Pond Stars team. We asked him a few questions to get to know him better and found out that there was never a doubt that Greg would spend his life building and enjoying ponds. Admit it. You were one of those little boys…

Legends of Koi

On this week’s episode of Pond Stars: Fat Koi Slim, Greg Wittstock, Ed Beaulieu, and Brian Helfrich are challenged with building a new home for some very large koi. Aiming to complete the job in just four days, the Pond Stars have quite a bit of work cut out for them. Not only must they…

Greg Wittstock, Ed Beaulieu, and Brian Helfrich, are the Pond Stars. The team travels the United States creating working ecosystems that add beauty and bring wildlife into backyards and public areas all across America. On this week’s episode, Welcome to the Jungle, the team has the challenge of building two complicated projects in St. Augustine,…

Building ponds is a wild job that requires the combined expertise of construction, landscaping, and biology. Boss, Greg Wittstock, scientist, Ed Beaulieu, and foreman, Brian Helfrich, are the Pond Stars. The team travels the United States creating working ecosystems that add beauty and bring wildlife into backyards and public areas all across America. On this…

In cities all over the United States the market for drugs is massive. Illegal drugs are in good supply, easily purchased, and quick to destroy lives. In its third season, Drugs, Inc. delves deep into a world where fortunes are made, battles are fought, lives are lost, and no one gets out unscathed. Even in…

On the season finale of Wicked Tuna, the entire fleet is battling for one last paycheck and the second-place slot on the leaderboard. No one is beating FV-Tuna.com, but the other boats aren’t giving up. One fish can make a difference, especially in such a tough season. While the DotCom is riding high, everyone else…

At the start of week 14, FV- Tuna.com is dominating the Wicked Tuna fleet with a more than $60,000 lead on the second place Hot Tuna. There are only two weeks left to bring in fish and pay the bills. Dave on the Dot Com has no plans on packing up and pulling out when…

There are only three weeks left of the bluefin season for the Wicked Tuna fleet and Tricky Dave is holding on to the top of the leaderboard with a resounding lead. The rest of the boats are fighting for second place. Everyone is hoping for good luck, but more is at stake than beating out…

As the captains and crews of Wicked Tuna start their 12th week, the biggest bluefin tuna of the season finally arrive. With the opportunity to get big paychecks on the deck, the competition heats up and old grudges are renewed. No one has forgotten slights and jabs and as the fish bite, the Captains take…

It’s the eleventh week of Wicked Tuna and while some boats are struggling to get out of the red, others are bringing in the bounty. All the same, the captains and crew are reminded that this may be a competition, but ocean fishing is far from every man for himself. The sea is an unpredictable…

It’s the tenth week of Bluefin season and Tuna.com is still in the number one spot in the Wicked Tuna fleet. Everyone is feeling the pressure; and for some of the captains, this is the hardest season they have ever faced. This is certainly true for The Miss Sambvca, which has only slid one bluefin…

At the start of week nine, Tuna.com is holding a commanding lead over the Wicked Tuna fleet. However, everyone is experiencing an excruciating lull. All of the captains are looking at any legal means necessary to bring fish onto their boat, and nerves are rubbing raw. In the case of the two brothers on the…

The Wicked Tuna fleet is pulling out all the stops in week eight. Tuna.com is fighting to keep a narrow lead over Hot Tuna and the time for fishing is winding down for the harpoon boat Lily. The weather is changing, the tuna are running deeper and it won’t be long until the season is…

In week seven, the Wicked Tuna fleet is drifting through a major lull and growing desperate to catch fish. The Bluefin remain elusive, but tempers are easy to find. When no one is catching fish, there are plenty of places to lay the blame. Tuna.com is currently at the top of the leaderboard, but The…

The captains and crews of Wicked Tuna are heading into Week Six.  The Hot Tuna still sits at the top of the leaderboard, but the other boats are creeping up on the top spot. The captains are pulling out all the stops, even bringing their lucky charms along with them. Catching a tuna takes more…

It’s week five on Wicked Tuna and The Hot Tuna is soundly at the top of the leaderboard. The boats are desperate to catch up and no one seems to have an issue with fishing on another captain’s numbers. These carefully guarded geographic coordinates don’t seem to be much of a secret. The Pinwheel is…

In Windham, Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild on a mountain peak. It’s not just any mountain or an ordinary cabin either. Tim Waker and his son Chris, who is a professional snowboarder, have purchased the abandoned Timber Ridge Ski Resort and they have big plans. On…

On Wicked Tuna at the start of week four, Hot Tuna is in the lead while Miss Sambvca is still looking for its first bluefin. The hunt for fish is on and as things get more desperate, some of the captains resort to espionage. Information leads to some bites, but the captains and crew still…