December 30 2010

Boys basketball takes big win over Grandville

December 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford boys basketball team took a decisive win over rival Grandville on December 17 for their second home game of the season. The team played well before a packed gymnasium of fans. Much of the scoring was done by Scott Nikodemski, Conner McCane, Justin Klein, Aaron Weston and Nathan Schuiteman. The game ended with a score of 72-35, and the Rams remaining undefeated.    

Bat Conservancy offers year end sponsorships

December 30, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rob Mies, director and co-founder of the Organization for Bat Conservation (OBC) in Michigan, said that it’s been a busy year, filled with exciting successes and some challenges. “Our family of rescued animals at the Bat Zone has grown significantly in 2010,” Mies reported. “A colony of 25 vampire bats arrived in the spring from Chicago Zoological Society’s Brookfield Zoo. The zoo needed to reduce the size of their colony due to overcrowding and behavioral issues. The vampire bats have settled in well at the Bat Zone at Cranbrook Institute of Science.” Colony vampire bats are not easy to care for in captivity, and Mies said the organization is lucky to have found two great family-owned sources for the blood they eat: organic and kosher cow blood! Other new additions to the OBC include Sam, a barred owl transferred from the Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University in Alabama. Sam was only a nestling when she suffered a broken wing after a dog attack, leaving her flightless. She will be part of the education program, teaching kids about the wonders of night creatures. Angus, a 15-year-old hand-raised endangered Rodrigues fruit bat, came to live at the Bat Zone this fall. After years of healthy living at the zoo, he injured his wings and needed a home that provides special care. There are only about 5,000 Rodrigues fruit bats in the wild. They are found on one island in the Indian Ocean, Rodrigues Island. Mies asks people to help to support conservation on the island and care for our captive Rodrigues fruit bats. These bats are critical for spreading seeds in the rainforest. Mies said there are five ways to make it a happy new year for bats: • Sponsor a bat. • Donate to the conservancy. • Buy a bat house, bat books, or a bat tote bag. • Book a live bat program. • Become a member or renew your membership. “We have many little mouths to feed,” Mies stated. “Every dollar helps us continue our mission of protecting bats and their habitats. We accomplish this by exciting kids about science through live animal programs, organizing conferences to find ways to stop the spread of ‘white-nose syndrome,’ helping people to put up bat houses […]

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