November 18 2010

Students experience wild lesson in classroom

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by BETH ALTENA Joe Rogers considered the cliffs of Pictured Rocks in the Upper Peninsula his office for over 20 years, and in that time he has listened to the howls of wolves in the blackness of night and seen eagles hatch and fledge. This semester he brought some of that wildness to Rockford with a visit to Crestwood Elementary School where he told the students tales of the injured animals he uses for educational purposes. Rogers, who along with wife Barb, brought from carrying cases a variety of birds who have been injured beyond rehabilitation to a life in the wild. To a wide-eyed audience he explained how some injuries occurred—some accidental, some through human bad behavior. Mostly he described the unique qualities of the birds he cares for. “Do you know how to spot a mouse from up in the air, catch it with your toes and eat it whole?” he asked one student. “She does,” he stated, pointing to one of the teachers. Rogers told kids how birds like owls swallow their food complete to keep any insects away from their feathers. They then spit out a “pellet” of bones and other indigestible parts of rodent or other prey. Rogers Wildlife Recovery Association has been researching and rehabilitating wild animals since 1974. The “living animal’ wildlife presentations are models for other organizations and are a great hit for children and adults. Rogers believes wildlife and people can only coexist through a greater understanding of wildlife by people. “Many of the problems concerning wildlife are not fully understood,” Rogers stated. “Our work in rehabilitation offers unique and almost endless opportunities for scientific research to better understand our wildlife.” In addition to raptors, such as hawks, owls, falcons and eagles, the Wildlife Recovery Association has cared for cougar, bear, bobcats, coyote and more. In cooperation with state and federal law enforcement agencies, the organization has held animals as evidence during legal proceedings. Rogers has a unique, fast-paced presentation that keeps youngsters and adults in attendance paying attention and guessing what’s coming next. He brought a chicken to Crestwood so kids could feel and see a bird with plumage similar to that of a baby turkey vulture. An adult turkey vulture showed the strength of […]

WEDDINGS — November 18, 2010

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Recine-Ruark John and Barbara Ruark of Comstock Park would like to announce the marriage of their daughter Adrianna Leigh Ruark to Nicholas Lorenzo Recine. Nicholas is the son of Lorenzo and Heather Recine of Seymour, Conn. An intimate ceremony took place on the afternoon of November 6, 2010, in Virginia Beach, Va. The beautiful couple was surrounded by their loving families and close friends. Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Recine will make their new home together at Heritage at Settlers Landing, 553 Settlers Landing Rd., Apt. 411, Hampton, VA 23669.

WORDS ON WEATHER & CLIMATE — November 18, 2010

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It is going to get colder by CRAIG JAMES    You may think, “Of course it is going to get colder, it is November and we are heading into December.” However, I don’t mean just here in Michigan, I mean temperatures across the globe are going to head downward If you have read some of my past articles, you know how I believe the satellite-derived global surface temperature record is much more accurate than the record from surface-reporting stations. There are so many problems with the surface observations that many people studying this issued believe the surface data set simply can’t be trusted. The problem, of course, with satellite measurements is that they only go back to 1979. Here is a graph of the global temperature anomalies (departures from average) from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS) in Santa Rosa, Calif. The graph begins in 1979 and covers 400 months, which ends last month, October 2010. You can see the spike in temperatures around month 230, which was caused by the strong El Niño in 1998. You can also see the spike this past summer caused by the latest strong El Niño. Notice how quickly the temperatures dropped after the 1998 El Niño, and it looks as if that process has started again. I am one of the many people who believe we could see the graph drop below the zero line by the end of this winter. On the second graphic, I have drawn an arrow indicating where I think the graph will end up by March 2011. If this does indeed happen, you can see from the trend line I have added that we will actually have seen slight cooling since 1998 even though CO2 levels will have gone up over 10% in that time. One of the main reasons for the surface temperatures cooling is the dramatic cooling that has taken place in the world’s oceans, especially in the Pacific as seen in the next image. You can clearly see the much-cooler-than-average surface water in the Pacific along the Equator. This is an indication of the strong La Niña that has developed. Also, note the very cool water in the North Pacific. The Pacific has actually switched into its cold mode after being in […]

Driver tested for substances following afternoon crash

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Two women were hospitalized and a driver was taken from the scene in handcuffs after a crash occurred on Plainfield Avenue Monday, Nov. 8 just after 2 p.m. The collision occurred in the southbound land of the road just south of the Five Mile intersection when a northbound silver Dodge Dakota truck apparently crossed into the southbound lane, striking a Pontiac Grand Am head on. The driver and passenger of the Pontiac, both women, were transported by ambulance to Spectrum Hospital. One woman was listed in critical condition but was later downgraded to serious condition. Plainfield Township firefighters and Kent County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the accident is under investigation. Southbound traffic was routed through the Lowe’s and K-Mart parking lot while the southbound lane was closed off.

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