Working for Wildlife

first_imgWhat has 16 paws, eight hooves and three beaks?The answer can be found at Athens, Georgia’s Bear Hollow Zoo, and it’s not a fantastic beast. It’s a coloring book featuring some of the zoo’s most notable residents.From Rose and Rocky, the deer, to Yonah and Athena, Athens’ favorite bears, this first-of-its-kind “Bear Hollow Coloring Book” brings together some of the zoo’s most charismatic wildlife ambassadors.The zoo is located at Athens-Clarke County’s Memorial Park and serves as a home for injured or orphaned wildlife that cannot survive in the wild. The Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail offers a wide range of educational programming that features animals like Eeyore, a great horned owl that is blind in one eye and can’t fly because of a wing injury.A fundraiser for the zoo, 16-year-old Georgia 4-H’er and zoo volunteer Lavendar Harris compiled the coloring book from individual coloring sheets that she created for school groups and families who visit the zoo. Harris is a home-schooled student and Newton County, Georgia, 4-H Club member. The coloring book is the keystone of her Georgia 4-H Leadership in Action project.“She has realized what an impact the wildlife at Bear Hollow (Zoo) can have on students who visit with school groups or with their families, (students) who might not have the chance to see animals in the wild or spend time in nature,” said Newton County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent Terri Fullerton.Georgia 4-H’s Leadership in Action program recognizes 4-H’ers who identify needs in their communities, then plan and conduct a service project, activity or awareness program that they believe will meet those needs. Leadership in Action participants are the driving forces behind their service projects and are ultimately responsible for them. Local Extension staff and fellow 4-H members provide support. Students across Georgia can participate in the Leadership in Action program through their local 4-H clubs.At the zoo, Harris said, the need was twofold: There’s always a need for funds to take care of the animals, and there’s always a need to support the zoo’s educational mission. The coloring book helps on both counts.“When people visit the zoo and see the animals, they can purchase a coloring book of the exact animals they saw in the zoo,” Harris said. “A lot of zoos sell generic coloring books, but I wanted to make this one personalized and special.” “You can tell a lot of these drawings are portraits,” said Zoo Coordinator Clinton Murphy.Harris started working at Bear Hollow Zoo when she was 14 years old in order to learn more about wildlife biology as a profession. She wants to preserve North American wolf populations after she graduates from college. Bear Hollow Zoo is the closest place to her home where she could gain experience working with wildlife and wildlife education.Like all volunteers, Harris started with very basic responsibilities, but she quickly became one of the zoo’s most indispensable volunteers.“We don’t just throw you the keys to the gator pen and give you an owl,” Murphy joked. “We have a very graduated training system … Lavendar really excelled, and she took her responsibilities very seriously. She’s an amazing young woman and very dedicated.”Today, Harris leads tours of the zoo; introduces young people to the snakes, lizards and turtles in the reptile house; and is responsible for taking care of the enclosures for the zoo’s deer, turkey and bobcat.Harris’ involvement hasn’t solely benefitted the zoo’s animals and visitors. It’s also been eye-opening for the rest of her 4-H club, according to Fullerton.“It has really inspired a lot of kids to think outside of Covington, (Georgia), in terms of how they can have impact,” Fullerton said.The coloring book, which is now for sale for $8, is available at Bear Hollow Zoo’s gift shop. All proceeds go to support the care of the animals.Harris hopes to start a dual-enrollment program this spring at Georgia State University, where she plans to study biology.For more information about Bear Hollow Zoo, visit For more information about Georgia 4-H and the Leadership in Action program, visit or call 1-800-ASK-UGA1 to find a local 4-H club.last_img read more

Alex Bregman injury update: All-Star returns to lineup after taking grounder off chin

first_imgBregman was rubbing his chin and in clear discomfort after the play, but Hinch didn’t seem too concerned about the long-term effects of the injury.”He had some blood coming out of his chin,” Hinch told ESPN. “He was going to go inside and see the doctor, so as usual, he said ‘hey, I want to keep playing,’ but we thought better of it and made him come in and give him a chance to play for the weekend.” Alex Bregman is back in the lineup for Saturday’s matchup with the Rangers after taking a ground ball to the face in Thursday’s 5-0 loss.Bregman left the team’s matchup with Texas after taking a shot to the face on a two-hopper off of the bat of Shin Soo-Choo in the bottom of the third inning. Home Run Derby 2019: Three takeaways from Pete Alonso’s win over Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Bregman had the wherewithal to try to corral the ball and get Choo out at first base, but he was clearly a bit dazed as he couldn’t quite recover after the play.Astros manager A.J. Hinch went out to check on him with the trainer and ultimately took him out of the game. Related News The Astros officially called the injury a “skin laceration.” He received four stitches. He missed Friday’s game but had a bat in his hand in the eighth inning so it looked like he could have played if absolutely necessary.Houston is already without Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz, but both infielders start rehab assignments next week, so the team does have some reinforcements coming.Myles Straw replaced Bregman in the field Thursday and started at shortstop in Friday’s loss.last_img read more

Cheptegei back on track for Mo Farah, Kamworor showdown

first_imgYomif Kejelcha (Ethiopia)12:53.98 Djamal A. Direh (Djibouti)13:21.50 Paul Kipngetich Tanui (Kenya)12:58.69 Men’s 5000 MetersPersonal Best Isiah Kiplangat Koech (Kenya)12:48.64 Ben True (USA)13:02.74 William Malel Sitonik (Kenya)13:19.83 Cheptegei led for 4 of 5 laps in the men’s 10km World Cross Country Championships race in Kampala earlier this year before he collapsed. He runs in the US on Saturday.  PHOTO KCCA MEDIAEugene IAAF Diamond LeagueToday: 5,000m 11.30pmUganda’s Joshua Cheptegei gets a chance to put his athletics season back on track when he runs against double Olympic 5,000m – 10,000m Champion Mo Farah and two-time World Cross Country king Geoffrey Kamworor at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene on Saturday.Cheptegei, who collapsed spectacularly at the World Cross Country Championships on home ground in March, gets an opportunity to indicate how much he has recovered.In the 10km cross country race in March, Cheptegei set a blistering pace after two laps, but in the final lap run out of gas, suddenly slowed down, and walked to the finish line in 30th position. He was stretchered off.“He is very okay,” said national coach Faustine Kiwa, when The Independent asked about his fitness ahead of the Eugene IAAF Diamond League race.  “He even danced that night of the cross country final. The doctors said he simply stretched himself, but is fine.”That men’s World Cross Country Championship 10km race was won by Kenya’s Kamworor, followed by Leonard Barsoton. Cheptegei faces them both in this weekend’s Eugene Diamond League in the US.The other Ugandan in action Saturday is teenager Jacob Kiplimo. Kiplimo won the men’s junior gold at Kampala’s World Cross Country Championships.The World’s best The 5,000m (12.5 laps) race Saturday is a remarkable collection of the world’s best distance runners and will show how much Cheptegei,20 has recovered, on top of providing a preview of the London World Championships final this summer. (see key runners profiles on page 2 or click) Ibrihim Jeilan (Ethiopia)13:03.22 Patrick Tiernan (Australia)13:20.88 Leonard Barsoton (Kenya)13:16.25 Jacob Kiplimo (Uganda)13:19.54 Caleb Mwangangi Ndiku (Kenya)12:59.17 Mohammed Ahmed (Canada)13:01.74 Getaneh Tamire (Ethiopia)13:05.59 Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya)12:59.98 Eric Jenkins (USA)13:05.85center_img Paul Chelimo (USA)13:03.90 Ryan Hill (USA)13:05.69 Joshua Cheptagei (Uganda)13:00.60 Hassan Mead (USA)13:02.80 Mo Farah (Great Britain)12:53.11 Chris Derrick (USA)13:08.04 Hagos Gebrhiwet (Ethiopia)12:47.53 Nicholas Kosimbei (Kenya)13:17.08 Albert Rop (Bahrain)12:51.96 Bashir Abdi (Belgium)13:06.10 The University of Oregon’s Hayward Field is the training base of Farah but Cheptegei has fond memories of the US state. It was in Eugene, Oregon that he announced his arrival on the world stage at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships by winning the 10,000m gold.Farah faces a repeat of his Rio Olympics 5,000m final, with both silver medallist Paul Chelimo and bronze medallist Hagos Gebrhiwet, 23, in the field.Friday’s night’s opening events will see Ethiopia’s Olympic silver medallist Genzebe Dibaba take another crack at the world record in the 5,000m, aiming to beat the existing mark of 14min 11.15sec held by her sister Tirunesh since 2008.Other highlights on Saturday include the men’s 100m, where Olympic silver medallist Justin Gatlin and Canada’s bronze medallist Andre DeGrasse resume their rivalry.The women’s 800m meanwhile sees Olympic champion Caster Semenya head a strong line-up which also includes Rio medallists Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Margaret Wambui of Kenya. Aron Kifle (Eritrea)13:13.39 Conseslus Kipruto (Kenya)13:47.5(A) Andrew Butchart (Great Britain)13:08.61 Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more