Photo Feature By Dave Howell
Venomous Organisms of Little River Canyon
James R. Rayburn, JSU assistant
professor of biology and environmental toxicologist, presented a free two-day
workshop at DeSoto State Park Campground July 8 and 9. On Saturday he presented
a lecture on venomous organisms of
Alabama and explored how some
plants' and animals' special lines of defenses can cause pain, injury, or even
death to humans. The lecture was held in the campground newly renovated Fire
Park employee, grants the honor of ringing the
ceremonial campground Fire Ring bell to Madisyn Huerstel, 5, of
Louisiana. The bell signals a ten minute
warning to all campers in the park to let them know the demonstration is about
Katlin Rayburn helps her father
pass out tadpoles to the children in the audience. Several children adopted the
future frogs and were given strict instructions on how to raise them. The
species, African Claw Frogs, are not indigenous to the area.
Alexander Howell, 5, poses a
question to a State Park employee about dangerous creatures in the wild –
specifically, poisonous snakes.
Friday night, Dr. Rayburn
presented a lecture on amphibians. In this workshop, he explored the topic of
how amphibians transform from a single cell to the jumping creatures they grow
to be. He also discussed problems faced by all animals during their
development. The frog pictured here was caught by Kelli Wilson who attended the workshop.
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