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Wildlife Rehabilitators: The Hidden Heroes of Hurricane Season

New Orleans is the canary in the coal mine for coastal cities


As Hurricane Nate swept over Louisiana’s coast, the flooding that Mother Nature brought to New Orleans with watery, improbable fury earlier this summer was still on the minds of the people who live in the city. Three unnamed rainstorms in as many weeks fell in America’s shining city in a bowl. The last one, on August 5 — a near “100-year storm” — dropped more than 8 inches of rain in a matter of hours. It overwhelmed a less than functioning drainage system, exposed local government’s limits to respond, and flooded neighborhoods to levels not seen since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Onlookers could be excused for thinking the combination of severe weather and man-made failings was just another ill-advised concoction served up uniquely in the “city care forgot.” But then Harvey met Houston; and Irma visited Miami, Jacksonville and Charleston; and…


Wildlife Rehabilitators: The Hidden Heroes of Hurricane Season

Thousands of people affected by the past two months’ hurricanes owe their lives to the brave emergency responders at state and city police departments, 911 call centers, fire stations, the National Guard, and the Red Cross. But what about the wild animals whose habitats have also been destroyed? That’s where wildlife rehabilitators, or “rehabbers,” come in—specially trained and licensed individuals (often working as volunteers) who typically work in collaboration with local wildlife centers to retrieve and rehabilitate mammals, birds, reptiles, and other species in distress.

Wildlife centers are often sparsely staffed and underfunded. In the aftermath of a natural disaster, they depend on networks of wildlife rehabbers to help respond to the barrage of calls, emails, and texts that come in about animals in danger. This was certainly the case when Hurricane Harvey pummeled Houston, Texas in August. TWRC Wildlife Center executive director Roslyn Even had to evacuate all staff and animals from their facility (the Center is located in a flood zone behind a reservoir); in the days that followed, TWRC  relied on individual rehabbers…


Resilience: Harbor native witness as Vegas responds to tragedy with unity

It was four days ago when the deadliest mass shooting in United States history claimed 59 lives and injured more than 500 other people at the site of the weekend-long Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.

With one of the festival headliners, Jason Aldean, on the concert stage, shots rang out across the crowd as Stephen Paddock, 64, opened fire with an arsenal of firearms from his 32nd-floor room at the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino along the Las Vegas Strip.

Harbor Springs native John La Count, an associate producer and senior cameraman for television show “Cops,” has been living and working on the Strip. The father of five, and graduate of Petoskey High School, has filmed the show for more than 27 years….


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