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We’re on the News!


We were featured on the local news for LGBTQIA+ Pride month!

I kinda wish I said different things but I still think I did really well considering. Plus CBS8 did really good by us. Thanks CBS8! Especially Mario Escovado. Aly and Cheryl at SBDC too. I had the big sick at the time this was recorded. I’m proud that I pulled it together to do the interview. The night before I practiced a script, none of that is in the short clip but the whole process took all of me still. I tapped up exactly where the furniture, laptop, myself had to be placed for the shoot. After, I knew I over did it.


What I really love about penguins is that they’re unique. They’ve been around for around 60 million years and are designed like no other birds. They are an anomaly that doesn’t make sense yet they’ve been around thriving for a very long time. They’re easy to connect to in an emotional way because we can relate to them.

What I love is that they also mentioned the Birch Aquarium Little Blue Penguins too!

I love a lot about penguins, sure what I mentioned in the clip is true but especially fit LGBTQIA+ month I wish I pointed out that penguins definitely are the queer birds that keep things simple without much fluff. They definitely may be odd but they got all the right stuff.

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African Penguin Release at De Hoop Nature Reserve

This is so cool! Co Executive Penguin of Surrounded By Penguins shared this awesome article with me about the long term efforts of a few organizations working together to attempt to establish a new colony of African Penguins that will be protected and closer to their preferred food.

BirdLife South Africa, Cape Nature, along with SANCCOB and other organizations are attempting to establish a African Penguin colony in De Hoop Natural Reserve. This reserve is actually closer to the penguins preferred food. Drive thru anyone? Actually that’s part of what the problem is. They treat the area like a driver thru and don’t colonize. Although they have attempted to in the past…

Creating Penguin Colonies

In 2003 African Penguins did attempt to establish a colony in the area, but predation forced the penguins to abandon the attempt. This time around, they will be protected from predators! With a fence and other tools to help keep predation down. The organization’s are implementing very smart tactics to promote the likelihood that penguins will once again attempt to roost in the area too. In this video they are releasing juvenile penguins in hopes that they will return to roost in the area when they are of breeding age.

The organization’s even made decoy penguins and set up speakers to play penguins calls. All to entice penguins to attempt colonizing in the Reserve. The decoys look so real!

This is an ongoing long project but we at Surrounded By Penguins are excited and hopeful. I have a feeling that it’ll work. These carefully coordinated efforts will be worth it, I’m sure. Thank you to everyone involved with this project. I admire your hard work and patience. Keep up the good work. Hurry back penguins! Squawk!

They’re almost here!

On June 22nd, 2021, I placed my first sample order with CustomCat. I believe I designed and ordered 2 male sized shirts, 1 plus size feminine cut shirt, and 1 onesie. I was attempting to get a variety that would give me an idea of what type of printing I might like as well as show me how the graphics look on fabric. I am hoping no editing is required but seeing how I’ve never done this before, I figure that I might need to re-edit some designs. I am not sure if some of the small embellishments in my edits that I started to over think regarding the little blue penguin will show and need to be corrected. In my head, thinking of these things and remembering all the little details and learning lessons regarding editing photos, it might be easier to make the images more cartoonish. I see for most prints on shirts that is what is being done. A lot of picture manipulation to get the image to be more of just a umm, what do they call that? A graphic image vs the real life photo? It does seem that these days color graphics are more popular than actually photos, maybe?…. I plan on having a wide variety of styles to offer, with still using the photos we took. That part is so crucial for so many reasons (see the About page if you’re interested in knowing why).

I might receive my package as early as later today! I’m excited and nervous. Cost and time being a factor, I really do hope I can roll out the designs as is, but I don’t want to push out poor quality either.

I still need to do certain things revolving around taxes before I can even open up shop, mainly formally letting the county I live in know that they can now take their cut from my sales for taxes. I hope I’ve done the rest. *thinking* šŸ¤” Nooope… I still have to do a few additional things. I keep telling myself, “It’ll all get done, sooner or later. Take it easy and go at your own pace. This isn’t a race.” It’s not like I have to get to the breeding grounds pronto to find a mate. šŸ˜‚ Talk about pressure. Suddenly I’m wondering if a penguin could beat the world record holder for the fastest eater of hotdogs in the same set time, of course in fish instead of hotdogs.

I also need to find some way to automatically donate a portion of the profits of the sales. I would like for a percentage of the sale to automatically go to an organization, but it seems that might be impossible right now without creating a campaign. So far it seems like the best method might be to keep track and donate a lump sum every month or so. I suppose that because I’m in the negative monetarily, it might be best to do the book keeping to know how much I could consider profit. That’s probably wise for not just the start of the business but maybe throughout the existence of it. But at the same time, automatically not seeing that money forces me to work with what I got. The attitude of, “I won’t miss it if I never had it.” I also want to make sure that some of each sale does make it to a more than worthy and needy organization.

If anyone knows of a way that can automatically make a percentage or dollar amount of a sale go to certain organizations, please share. If possible, I would also like an option that allows people to round up their total or donate extra to the cause at check out.

As of right now, Surrounded By Penguins is looking into joining the Dollar Donation Club. They are on an amazing quest to remove 1,000,000 pounds of ocean plastic! Specifically aiming to remove ghost nets by tagging them so that sailors and islanders can pick up the nets for proper disposal. These nets are extremely harmful to ocean life. I remember hearing specifically about the uncuttable blue ropes people kept finding on ocean wildlife. I thought about how impossible it would be for anything to free itself from that type of rope in any condition or environment. I don’t mean to be depressing but I feel that I need to do some good in the mist of all the harm I contribute to our world. Too often it may seem as if the little we can do makes no impact, but at the Dollar Donation Club reminds us, $1 can eliminate 30 credit cards worth of plastic removal from the oceans! That is about 150 grams (over 5 ounces) of plastic in weight and over a flat area that covers 5,457 millimeters (almost 215 inches)! That’s actually a lot if you think about it.

Check out the Dollar Donation Club at www.dollardonationclub.com

Thank you all! Please wish us luck!

In Gratitude and Squawk’s,

Executive Penguins

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