TROY - Troy University's Environmental Club hopes to foster greater appreciation of native animals and plants during Earth Week, April 18 - 22.
"We hope to specifically encourage students to appreciate the wildlife and the natural ecosystems of south Alabama and to encourage conservation of our natural resources," said Beth Ensor, a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences who helps coordinate the Environmental Club.
This year's event is sponsored by the University and supported with funding from Legacy Partners in Environmental Education, Alabama's primary source for science-based, environmental information and education based in Montgomery.
The Environmental Club will have tents set up on the Quad outside the Math and Science Complex with demonstrations and presentations from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
On Monday, tie-dyed t-shirts, games, giveaways, and seed plantings kick off and last throughout the week.
On Tuesday, recent TROY ecology and field biology graduate Tanner Stainbrook will display a variety of reptiles. An experienced handler and raiser of reptiles, Stainbrook is active with the Pike County Reptile Association.
On Wednesday, Kirby Pitchford, an ecology and field biology student and a volunteer at the Montgomery Zoo, will be on hand to discuss the role of that zoos play in conservation of species.
On Thursday, Terry Morse, director of Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary near Enterprise will display rescued animals and birds of prey. A number of University students currently serve as interns at Big Bend, where they have the opportunity for hands-on rehabilitation experience with injured animals.