Rebecca O'Connor

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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.

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…

In Cambridge New York, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild smack in the middle of the swamp. Jared Woodcock aka “Bird Boy” is a “bird-a-tologist” according to Paulie. Actually, he’s a biologist who now teaches sustainable agriculture and has a real love for birds and the swamp. In…

As the eleventh leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska wraps, the three remaining teams are still fighting to be the winner. The score is tied up and the teams are giving it all they’ve got. They will all battle 20 miles of deadly white water rapids to reach the Cook Inlet where they will paddle kayaks…

In Buskirk, New York, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild in the most mucky terrain and most challenging weather they’ve encountered yet. Tim Fauler, a podiatrist has been dreaming of his own cabin. His best friend Chris Stevens who has been a  friend since playing football together in…

On this week’s episode of Wicked Tuna, a dangerous storm is moving in and the captains are desperate to pull up a fish before the weather hits. It’s the third week and The Hot Tuna sits on top of the leaderboard, but the harpoon boat Lily and FV Tuna.com are close behind. Despite the rough…

As the eleventh leg of Ultimate Survival Alaska begins, the three remaining teams are tied. And this time, the winner takes all. However, this is the toughest leg yet. The teams are facing their longest journey -60 miles in 60 hours. They will need to descend 3,000 feet down a crevasse-laden glacier, navigate 20 miles of whitewater…

Spoiler Alert! If you want to watch this episode and not ruin the surprise, stop reading now!   In Vermont, Paulie DiMeo and Pat “Tuffy” Bakaitis, co-owners of the Cabin Kings are Building Wild with a shipping container and a plan. At least, Paulie has a plan. Tuffy thinks that making a dream home out of…