Renovated Rocky Shores Habitat Now Open at Point Defiance Zoo &…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumJust in time for Mother’s Day Weekend, the renovated Rocky Shores complex at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is completely open and filled with marine mammals and sea birds that will delight visitors.Saturday is Half-Price Mom’s Day at the zoo, and all mothers will be admitted at half off general admission.Plus, Sunday is Mother’s Day, and that’s always a wonderful time for the family to get together at one of the Northwest’s premier attractions.Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball team mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer throws out the ceremonial first fish to California sea lion Chinook during the grand re-opening. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumDuring Grand Re-Opening ceremonies May 11, Tacoma Rainiers’ baseball team mascot Rhubarb the Reindeer threw out the ceremonial first fish to Chinook, a 780-pound California sea lion.A huge crowd gathered for the festivities to celebrate the $2.7 million Rocky Shores renovation financed with bond funds approved by Tacoma voters in 2014.Metro Parks Tacoma Board of Commissioners President Andrea Smith thanked Tacoma residents for their longstanding support of the zoo and Metro Parks to help pay for projects like the Rocky Shores renovation that make a difference in the lives of the animals that live there and the visitors who come to see them.And, wow, did the visitors get a treat! Not only did Chinook show off some of the behaviors that help keepers care for him – like moving from point to point and going to a target, four – count ‘em FOUR! – Pacific walruses swam together in the newly refurbished 125,500-gallon pool.Visitors watch four walruses in an underwater “ballet” from new viewing windows. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumThe walruses appeared to be taking part in a choreographed underwater ballet as they swam together, mesmerizing crowds of adults and children who gathered in the underwater viewing area to watch them through new, crystal-clear windows.Around the corner, sea otters Sekiu and Libby splished and splashed and tumbled round and round in their pool. The two females are already fast buddies. Sekiu arrived in Tacoma earlier this week from Seattle Aquarium. Sea otters are gregarious animals that live in groups in the wild, and Libby now has a companion.A seabird at the new Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Rocky Shores habitat enjoys a swim. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumNext door, a large complement of sea birds – tufted and horned puffins and common murres – delighted visitors as they hopped off land and into the water, then hopped out of the water and back onto shore. Puffins flapped their wings, droplets of water cascading off them to the delight of photographers gathered at the glass to watch. And children oohed and ahhed at their little orange webbed feet paddling in the waterBut while there are plenty of animal antics and behaviors to watch and enjoy, there’s also a strong conservation message embedded in all of the fun at Rocky Shores.A child gets a photograph of Dozer, the 3,600-pound male walrus with long tusks, in the underwater viewing area. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium“We want our guests to know that we share the shore with many of these animals, and the actions we take can affect the health of the waters they live in,” said Rocky Shores senior staff biologist Lisa Triggs. She spoke to visitors about cutting down on the single-use plastic bags and other items; purchasing sustainable seafood in grocery stores and restaurants; and taking care to avoid letting oil or other hazardous substances get into storm drains, where they can eventually be washed into the sea.The renovated Rocky Shores area features a number of improvements, including:Brand new, crystal-clear underwater viewing windows for enjoying the graceful ballet-like movements of massive walruses;Better sight lines for watching the antics of playful sea otters;A redesigned home for California sea lions and harbor seals;Covered stadium-style seating for watching animals and listening to keeper talks;A repaired and renewed 125,500-gallon pool for the zoo’s four walruses, featuring more haul-out areas in an exhibit that resembles the features of a rocky coastal area;Updated graphics and colorful murals that tell the story of interconnectedness between humans and the sea, with messages about how humans can help care for the ocean and the animals that call it home;A new wheelchair and stroller friendly pathway that gives visitors a faster trip to the Arctic Tundra home of majestic polar bears.Northern sea otter Sekiu relaxes in her pool. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumThe work also includes crucial updates to the water filtration and animal life-support systems necessary to keep the marine mammals in an optimal salt-water environment. Other modifications added health and safety features for both the animal residents and the zoo staff members who care for them.It’s the first large project completed at the zoo with funds from the 2014 bond issue. The Pacific Seas Aquarium is well under construction next door, and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2018.The bond issue also has financed projects across the city, including helping to pay for the People’s Community Center pool, a new multipurpose field at South End Recreation & Adventure Campus and many smaller projects, with more to come.At Rocky Shores, staff biologists and members of the zoo’s Conservation Engagement team are eager to show off the renewed habitat and delighted with the ways in which it connects visitors even more closely to marine mammals like sea lions, sea otters and harbor seals, plus sea birds that can often be found in our Puget Sound backyard. Pacific walruses, of course, are native to waters a bit north of us in Arctic and subarctic waters off Alaska.Chinook catches a fish from one of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium zookeepers as a crowd of students – and Rhubarb the Reindeer – look on. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumComing face-to-face with a 3,300-pound walrus through a viewing window, watching a sea otter groom herself, or hearing the throaty barking of a California sea lion are among the amazing experiences visitors won’t soon forget, said Conservation Engagement Manager Karen Povey.“Now, we’ve put a sharpened focus on what these animals can teach us and how our actions affect the ocean and shore we share with them,” she added. “We want visitors to know more about the high quality of care Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium provides for the animals that live here, as well about conservation actions we all can take to help their counterparts in the wild.”Alan Varsik, director of Zoological and Environmental Education for Metro Parks Tacoma, hopes visitors will go home knowing more about the zoo’s long legacy of marine animal conservation.The new Rocky Shore habitat allows visits to get up close to some amazing ocean residents. Photo courtesy: Point Defiance Zoo & AquariumThat history has included providing a home for orphaned animals like walruses and sea otters; research to advance scientific knowledge of marine mammals; and participation in Species Survival Plan® programs to increase species populations in North American zoos and aquariums.And the zoo – through The Zoo Society’s Dr. Holly Reed Wildlife Conservation Fund – has helped fund a number of marine mammal conservation projects, including partnering to support studies at the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife’s walrus sanctuary at Round Island.“All of this work, all of this passion is on exhibit every day at Rocky Shores,” Varsik said. “We hope that visitors will come and enjoy the animals, learn from our staff and leave inspired to take conservation action.”For more information, visit the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s website.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — NYS U18 Selects

first_imgEven playing shorthanded, the Nelson U18 Selects turned in a magnificent performance at the Bill Eisenwinter Hot Shot Tournament in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.The squad finished third, narrowly missing out on a chance to play for all the marbles in the tournament final.Mallard’s Source for sports want to tip the hat to the boys with Team of the Week honours. The team includes,Lucas Spielman, Andrew Knapik, Nigel Ziegler, Darian Johnson, John Dmitri Johnson, coach Dan Szabo, Spencer Szabo, Bryce Twible, Owen Thurston, Jake Anderson, Theo Bakas, Dylan Bennett, Nolan DeRosa and Nolan Percival.last_img

Davao snares 2nd MPBL win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Ex-pro Leo Najorda and Emanuel Calo fired 21 points apiece as newcomer Davao Occidental-Cocolife continued its impressive start with a 90-78 drubbing of Quezon City-Black Mamba on Tuesday in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup in Pasig City.Davao gained share of top spot in the South with Muntinlupa at 2-0.—CEDELF P. TUPASADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Basketball? Not in 2 Iloilo towns MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Girl, 3, Goes Blind

first_img– Advertisement – By Marcus Malayea in Gbarnga City, Bong CountyThe family of three-year old Benetta Favor Jaimah is appealing to well-meaning Liberians, the Chinese and American embassies, and philanthropists to help their daughter seek advanced treatment abroad.According to Benetta’s parents, medical doctors in Liberia including an Indian specialist assigned at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital have informed them that their daughter developed “pressure in the eyes.”Pastor James V. W. Jaimah and his wife, Somee, told the Daily Observer that their daughter was afflicted by the condition when she was three months old.“We have taken her to the Duside Hospital in Firestone, the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, and John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, but there has been no improvement. Doctors have advised us to take her out of the country, preferably to Europe, America or Asia, specifically to India,” Mr. Jaimah explained in tears.His family has become increasingly distressed as a result of the girl’s condition, he added.Pastor Jaimah and his wife said they are only looking up to God’s intervention, “because we don’t have the money to send our daughter abroad for advanced treatment as recommended by medical doctors in the country.”When the Daily Observer visited the family’s residence in the Phebe Community last Wednesday, Benetta was toying with a pack of cool aid while her father explained her ordeal.“Her eyes appear a bit darker and watery,” Pastor Jaimah pointed out.“This child was born without any complications, but after three months, we saw her eyes just turn blue. From that time up to today, we have taken her from hospital to hospital in this country, but to no avail.”The parents can be contacted via the following mobile numbers: (+231)-886-817-724/886-898-663/775-038-165.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Little Benetta Favor Jaimahlast_img read more

Woman charged for threatening President Granger

first_img– lawyer claims client is “technologically challenged”An East Bank Essequibo woman who allegedly used Facebook to issue threatening and derogatory statements against President David Granger was on Tuesday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at theBibi Safora SalimGeorgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Bibi Safoora Salim pleaded not guilty to the charge and was placed on $200,000 bail.The 52-year-old mother of three, who hails from Vergenoegen, East Bank, Essequibo, was taken into Police custody for questioning following her Facebook post about shooting the President.She was represented by Attorney Euclin Gomes, who told the court that his client was “technologically challenged”.This claim was however challenged by Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers who strongly objected to bail and told the court that Salim admitted in a statement to the Police to being the owner of the laptop which she used a password to access the said account.He also objected to bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the offence, threats posed, and the racial remarks that were used on social media against the President.Salim reportedly sent two photos via whatsapp messenger to her son, which shared similar messages.According to Prosecutor Jeffers, the case files are completed and some 14 eyewitnesses are slated to testify in the trial, which is said to commence on May 11.Salim was charged for attempting to excite hostility on the grounds of race contrary to Section 2 (1) (C) of the Racial Hostility Act Chapter 23:01 of the Criminal Offences Act.last_img read more

Lack of snow closes Big Bam

first_imgThe opening of the hill had kept getting postponed due to the lack of the necessary white stuff, and the hill was forced to make the official announcement Tuesday, Feb.7 via their website.The news of closure is extremely unfortunate, as volunteers had been working feverishly to help the ski hill become operational again, after a landslide devastated the hill a few years ago.Big Bam executive Bob Johnson says the hill needed about two feet of power or at least one foot of heavier snow, but unfortunately, only received roughly six inches and on some areas of the hill only two inches.- Advertisement -However, Johnson says the hill is close to being able to make snow, and if able to, it would not take to long to cover the hill. Mother Nature will need to cooperate for this to take place, as consistent temperatures of -15 are necessary for this to occur.He says that despite the disappointing announcement of the closure, volunteers will still be working in order to make the hill the best it can be for next year’s season, and there even is a light possibility the hill could re-open this season.If Big Bam Ski Hill does decide to open its runs this season, the announcement will be made on the ski hill’s official website.Advertisementlast_img read more

Tale of baby-buyer was a lie

first_imgThe woman came clean during a follow-up interview Thursday with investigators, said Los Angeles police Deputy Chief Michel Moore during a news conference at the park. She has not been charged with a crime. “She was having trouble sleeping,” he said. “She had a guilty conscience.” Moore said the woman, whose name has not been released, initially told her tale to the child’s mother, who then relayed the information to other people. The news then got back to the park’s director, who called police April 11. Officers interviewed the nanny the same day, and she apparently told them that a man approached her and another nanny at the park on consecutive days. The report of a potential baby-buyer, which police called “highly unusual,” strained both the nerves of San Fernando Valley parents and the resources of the Los Angeles Police Department, which wasted hundreds of hours searching for the suspect, Moore said. ENCINO – The white, bald, blue-eyed man in his 40s who approached a nanny last week in a local park offering to buy the baby in her care doesn’t exist. It was all a lie. The woman who first reported that a man approached her at Genesta Park wanting to buy a baby confessed Thursday that she made up the whole story, police said. She was concerned the child she was watching would get hurt on the playground, she told police, and she hoped the story would convince the child’s mother to demand that she not return to the park. “Lying, filing a false police report, is a serious matter and it’s a criminal offense, and can result not only in criminal prosecution, but imprisonment,” Moore said, adding that police will present evidence to prosecutors for possible charges. rick.coca@dailynews.com (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Mayor Lori Ackerman awarded the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year

first_imgCALGARY, AB – Mayor Ackerman was awarded the 2019 Canadian Energy Person of the Year last night in Calgary.Wednesday, October 9th, 2019, Ackerman was presented with her award at the Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award Gala at the Westin Calgary.The Energy Council of Canada recognizes Mayor Ackerman as one of Canada’s top energy advocates, by sharing she is admired for her leadership of a resource-driven municipality, striking a balance between energy development, community representation, and First Nations partnerships.- Advertisement -As a 30-year resident of Fort St. John, B.C. and the community’s first female mayor, Mayor Ackerman understands the challenges and opportunities that energy resource municipalities manage by advocating for economic and community development, technological innovation, and Canadian competitiveness.The Energy Council of Canada goes on to share Mayor Ackerman’s willingness to share lessons learned and to engage in dialogue regarding the relationship between local communities and Canada’s energy sector marks her as a leader not only in her own community but across Canada.The Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award was established in 2001 by the Energy Council of Canada to recognize and pay tribute to a Canadian energy leader who has made a significant impact at the national and international levels within the energy sector.Advertisement Picture from Resource Works FB Page shares; With Ackerman in the photo are two fellow mayors from BC’s northeast: Keith Bertrand of Tumbler Ridge (left) and Rob Fraser of the District of Taylor.last_img read more

Cardiff striker Sala feared dead after suspected plane crash

first_img0Shares0000Emiliano Sala has scored 13 goals for French club Nantes this season© AFP/File JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIERNANTES, France, Jan 22 – Premier League club Cardiff City’s record new signing, Argentine striker Emiliano Sala, is missing presumed dead after a light aircraft he was travelling in disappeared over the English Channel.Sala, signed on Saturday from French club Nantes for a reported fee of Sh1.9 billion ($19.3 million), was flying to Cardiff aboard a small plane that disappeared from radars around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey on Monday night. French civil aviation authorities confirmed that 28-year-old Sala “was on board the plane”. It is thought there was one other passenger on the aircraft.A statement from police on Guernsey, a British island just off the coast of France, said the pilot had requested to lower his altitude shortly before air traffic control in neighbouring Jersey lost contact with the plane.After a search was called off on Monday because of high winds, two helicopters, two planes and a lifeboat joined renewed efforts on Tuesday morning to find the single-propeller plane.“So far over 1,000 square miles have been searched by a total of five aircraft and two lifeboats,” Guernsey police said at 1145 GMT.“There has been no trace of the aircraft. The search is continuing.”– ‘Distraught’ –Sala’s father, Horacio, told Argentine television station C5N he was “distraught” at the news, which he discovered from press reports.“I don’t know anything, I haven’t had any information. I can’t believe it, it’s incredible,” he said. “I’m distraught. Hopefully everything will be OK.”Sala, who had been at Nantes since 2015 and had scored 13 goals in all competitions this season, had signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with relegation-threatened Cardiff subject to receiving international clearance.Neither club has commented publicly on the disappearance, but Nantes have had their French Cup match against third-tier side Entente SSG on Wednesday postponed.Meanwhile, Nantes fan group ‘A La Nantaise’ released a statement calling for supporters of Sala’s former club to gather in the centre of the city for a vigil at 6:30pm (1730 GMT).When he put pen to paper at Cardiff on Saturday, Sala, who also has Italian nationality, said in a statement: “I’m very happy to be here. It gives me great pleasure and I can’t wait to start training, meet my new team-mates and get down to work.“For me it feels special (to be the club’s record signing). I have come here wanting to work and to help my team-mates and the club.”Sala’s last post on Instagram showed him surrounded by players from Nantes. “La ultima ciao (the last goodbye),” he wrote.Cardiff, who currently sit third from bottom of the English Premier League with 19 points, said they were “very concerned”.“We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala,” the club said in a statement.The accident, if confirmed, comes only three months after the Thai billionaire owner of Leicester City football club died in a helicopter crash that shocked the club and supporters around the world.Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others died on October 27 shortly after taking off from the pitch of the club’s stadium in central England.Disconnected cockpit pedals, which are used to control the rotor on the helicopter’s tail, were found to be the cause of the accident by investigators.– ‘Likeable lad’ –Sala began his footballing career at French club Bordeaux, who he joined in 2010, and spent loan spells at other French clubs including Orleans, Niort and Caen.He joined Nantes in 2015 for one million euros and appeared to be peaking as a player in recent seasons, overcoming technical shortcomings that had held him back earlier in his career.He was tipped for a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray last summer.“He’s a very likeable lad, very hard working,” his coach at Nantes, Vahid Halilhodzic, said of Sala recently.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Greek football match interrupted by elderly lady!

first_imgCheck out this video from a youth match in Greece, which saw an unusual pitch invasion…last_img