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Kids Clean ‘Oiled’ Animals At Audubon Zoo

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The Audubon Zoo is using the Gulf oil spill crisis as a teaching tool to help kids learn about the spill and its relationship to animals by using a hands-on approach that allows children to clean “oiled” animals.

 At Audubon Zoo’s Discovery Walk, children are learning about the crisis through an oiled animal exhibit that gives them the chance to act like volunteers in a rehabilitation center.

 “I’m cleaning turtles … because they have oil on them,” young Anna Hutchinson said.

 Kids participating in the exhibit will gown up, glove up and pick a plastic oiled turtle to clean. It’s actually covered in a vegetable oil cocoa mix.

 “Sea turtles are actually what Audubon Nature Institute is involved in, so we bought some plastic turtles and played with the kids and this is what came out of it,” said Audubon Zoo Education Director Brenda Walkenhorst.

 Walkenhorst said the idea was sparked by zoo campers, who asked so many questions about how the spill affects animals. She wanted to provide answers in an understandable way.

 “The oil spill is a huge natural disaster and people should be more concerned about marine wildlife and how endangered they are,” said student Miriam Donavan.

 Children also get to see a simulated cleanup effort, using Q-tips as absorbent boom and dishwashing liquid as dispersants.

 “Everything makes it worser because of the chemicals,” Aiden Couvillion said. he Audubon Zoo is using the Gulf oil spill crisis as a teaching tool to help kids learn about the spill and its relationship to animals by using a hands-on approach that allows children to clean “oiled” animals.

At Audubon Zoo’s Discovery Walk, children are learning about the crisis through an oiled animal exhibit that gives them the chance to act like volunteers in a rehabilitation center.

“I’m cleaning turtles … because they have oil on them,” young Anna Hutchinson said.

Kids participating in the exhibit will gown up, glove up and pick a plastic oiled turtle to clean. It’s actually covered in a vegetable oil cocoa mix.

“Sea turtles are actually what Audubon Nature Institute is involved in, so we bought some plastic turtles and played with the kids and this is what came out of it,” said Audubon Zoo Education Director Brenda Walkenhorst.

Walkenhorst said the idea was sparked by zoo campers, who asked so many questions about how the spill affects animals. She wanted to provide answers in an understandable way.

“The oil spill is a huge natural disaster and people should be more concerned about marine wildlife and how endangered they are,” said student Miriam Donavan.

Children also get to see a simulated cleanup effort, using Q-tips as absorbent boom and dishwashing liquid as dispersants.

“Everything makes it worser because of the chemicals,” Aiden Couvillion said.

SOURCE: Kids Clean ‘Oiled’ Animals At Audubon Zoo

Written by allpositivenews

07/13/2010 at 8:57 pm

A life of giving: Guardsman saves lives during Katrina and in Iraq [Video]

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U.S Navy Captain Robert Lansden recently dropped in on a kindergarten class in Basra, Iraq.

“I want to thank them for being such beautiful children,” he told a translator.

The children may not realize it, but Lansden played a vital role in the rebuilding of their classrooms.

For Lansden, a naval reservist, it’s been an unlikely journey that began on August 29th, 2005. The day Katrina hit his hometown of New Orleans, Lansden was captain of the U.S.N.S. Pollux, a merchant marine ship docked on the riverfront for repairs.

“I knew the city,” he recalled. “I was from there. I knew the high ground from the low ground.”

The Pollux happened to be marooned in New Orleans as Katrina roared ashore, undergoing repairs. Its engines were out, but it was loaded with several hundred thousand gallons of diesel fuel and fresh water. In a city that could not function, the Pollux was an island of modern convenience.

“I saw my own city destroyed,” Lansden remembers, “and I worked really hard to help bring that city back up.”

Only miles from the Pollux, the situation at West Jefferson Medical Center was in sharp contrast. For days, the hospital staff and patients suffered with no electricity and no running water.

Seemingly out of nowhere, Robert Lansden showed up at the hospital, offering help.

“I was blessed to have that ability and to have ridden through the storm, to already be there,” he says.

Lansden got permission from his navy bosses to share his supplies: diesel, water, even the ship itself. Dialysis machines and close to a dozen dialysis patients were actually loaded up from West Jeff and driven to the Pollux.

After the Katrina experience, Lansden volunteered for duty in another country in need of rebuilding. Today, he is director of CMOC, the U.S. Army’s Civil Military Operations Center, which rebuilds roads, schools and public buildings in some of the most dangerous areas of Iraq.

Read more and watch this great story about a great man — a true hero: La. National Guardsman saves lives during Katrina and in Iraq

Mardi Gras Mambo in East Tennessee [Video]

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I am a Louisiana native and I would have given almost anything to be in the Bayou State for Mardi Gras. My buddy and fellow Louisiana native, Phillip Murrell, found a few Mardi Gras moments in his backyard — in Tennessee of all places.

You don’t have to be in New Orleans to enjoy the fun.

Cajun-style restaurants Russo’s in Johnson City and Cafe’ N’Orleans in Kingsport introduce the Tri-Cities to a little taste of Mardi Gras.  Of course, it’s not all about the beads and the kingcake.  The business owners, who both relocated from New Orleans [after Hurricane Katrina], know they offer something unique.

Laissez les bon temps rouler and watch that story: Mardi Gras In the Tri-Cities

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02/24/2009 at 11:17 pm