FOCUSES ON INJURED ANIMALS' CARE
Ollie the Owl will visit the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center
and Aquarium from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday. The great horned
owl is a living example of what happens when good intentions go
awry. He is also the star of "Worries of Wildlife," the
presentation by a Gulf Coast organization dedicated to rescuing
and rehabilitating injured animals.
in roughly 800 to 1,000 animals a year," said Alison Sharpe,
director of the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center. "Thirty percent
are baby animals that come in during the spring, beginning with
baby squirrels. Well-meaning people are often rescuing animals that
don't need to be rescued."
someone found Ollie as a baby still covered in down.
thought it would be cool to keep him as a pet. They kept him in
a parrot cage and fed him human's food until he became sick and
weak and almost died," she said. Ollie was finally turned over
to the rescue center and was rehabilitated, but he had lost his
ability to survive in the wild.
guests receive a personal introduction to Ollie and Sharpe's other
nonreleasable animals in Saturday's program, free with Scott Aquarium
membership or paid admission.
provide baby animal do's and don'ts, along with information packets
to keep on hand for helping to determine if a furred or feathered
baby needs rescuing.
will provide an inside look at the rescue center's operation and
the dangers humans create for migratory birds and other wildlife.
Sharpe will also alert coast residents and visitors to laws that
they need to know about keeping wild animals.
the Wildlife Care and Rescue Center in 1994. She works with a network
of veterinarians, who donate their services, and 19 volunteers who
help carry out the center's rescue and rehab work.
of Wildlife" is part of the aquarium's Great Scott! membership
program. May membership activities are being rescheduled with dates
to be announced.
For more information,
call Hale at (228) 374-5550. The aquarium is part of The University
of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
PHOTOGRAPHER TO LEAD WORKSHOP, PRESENTATION MARCH 10
-- Award-winning wildlife photographer Tom Ulrich will lead
two photographic events at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory on
Wednesday, March 10.
He will present
a nature photography workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and then
a talk and slide show called "Wildlife Images 2003" at
7 p.m., both at The University of Southern Mississippi GCRL.
the evening event is free and will be held in the Caylor Auditorium
at GCRL. The veteran photographer will feature photos from his 2003
photographic safaris abroad and in North America. He will answer
questions and sign his books during the reception following his
fee for the all-day workshop is $50 per person, payable to GCRL.
Registration includes a continental breakfast, light lunch and snacks.
Participation is limited to 20. Though the workshop is geared toward
beginners, Ulrich tailors the experience to meet needs for all degrees
will definitely benefit from the workshop, but I always help the
more advanced get something out of it also," Ulrich said. "I
lead many photo trips and always find a wide range of levels."
participants do not need to bring their photographic equipment unless
they need an explanation about some aspect of their equipment.
a brief review of the principles of photography, relationships between
shutter and aperture settings, fundamental elements of composition,
use and timing of fill-in flash, digital versus film photography,
techniques of close-up photography, and a brief discussion of slide
etiquette, the photography business and marketing.
up in South Chicago, graduated with a degree in biology from Southern
Illinois University and taught for four years before launching his
career as a freelance photographer. He has supported himself with
nature photography for the past 29 years.
of more than 300,000 transparencies includes birds and mammals from
all over the world. His photographs have been featured in publications
such as National Wildlife, Audubon, National Geographic, Montana
Outdoors and Life.
He has published
six nature books, including Mammals of the Rockies, Birds of the
Northern Rockies, Once Upon a Frame and his 2002 release, Photo
Pantanal. Dr. William E. Hawkins, GCRL executive director, said
Ulrich brings the scientific and artistic worlds together.
his living photographing wildlife all over the world," Hawkins
sad. "He is an outstanding observer and a biologist. His approach
to photography is to capture his subjects exhibiting their natural
The GCRL is
home to the university's Department of Coastal Sciences, the Center
for Fisheries Research and Development, and the Gulf Coast Geospatial
Center. The J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium is also
a unit of the laboratory. The GCRL is part of the Southern Miss
College of Science and Technology. For more information, call the
laboratory at (228) 872-4200.