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Otterbein University Wind Ensemble to Perform “Songs and Stories”

Westerville, OH— The Otterbein University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Michael Yonchak, will present its first concert of the fall semester at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

Titled “Songs and Stories,” the program will include works that relate to the art of storytelling through literal connections to written prose, as well as more abstract explorations. The evening will feature compositions by Percy Grainger, David Maslanka, Duke Ellington, and Frank Ticheli. Opening the program will be the Otterbein Percussion Ensemble on William Duckworth’s “Gymel” — a “puzzle” piece for keyboard quartet.

The wind ensemble is excited to feature guest soloist Ben Huntoon on Sammy Nestico’s “Rhapsody for Flugelhorn and Symphonic Band.” An active professional trumpet player, Huntoon regularly performs in a wide variety of musical genres, ranging from regional theatrical companies (The Broadway Series, Players Theater of Columbus and Gallery Players Theater) to roles as a featured jazz soloist and member of numerous international, national and regional jazz personalities (the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Vaughn Wiester’s Famous Jazz Orchestra, The New Remnants Dance Orchestra and Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians).

More information about the Otterbein University Department of Music and its concert schedule can be found at http://www.otterbein.edu/music. For more information about this event, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/120919138566549/.

THE WILDS RECOGNIZED WITH PRESTIGIOUS BEAN AWARD

Silver Spring, MD – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that The Wilds has received “Top Honors” in the 2017 Edward H. Bean Award for the facility’s southern white rhinoceros program. The announcement arrived in time for the celebration of World Rhino Day on Sept. 22.

“This well-deserved award recognizes the professionals at The Wilds for their expertise in conservation science. The Wilds’ management program for white rhinos is a premier example of the important work all AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums undertake to save animals from extinction,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe.

The Edward H. Bean Award is a historic award within AZA, established in September 1956, honoring the first director of Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo and one of the founders of AZA. The Edward H. Bean Award recognizes propagation or management programs that contribute to the reproductive success of one or more species and/or subspecies.

The Wilds, a 10,000-acre conservation center in Southeast Ohio, is the only facility to have produced fourth-generation white rhino calves outside of Africa. The first fourth-generation white rhino at the Wilds was born in 2009; seven have been born to date.

A male southern white rhino born at The Wilds on Nov. 12, 2014 is the first fifth-generation white rhino born on record outside of Africa.

This was the first calf for Anan, whose birth was also notable since she was the first fourth-generation rhino born at The Wilds. The calf’s father, Fireball, was born in 2002 and arrived at The Wilds in 2008. Fireball sired ten calves while at The Wilds before leaving for another zoo in 2013 as part of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan® program that helps ensure the survival of wildlife species through managed breeding programs.

The calf was the 16th white rhino born at The Wilds; the conservation center has also produced seven Asian one-horned rhinos.

“The birth of fourth and now fifth-generation white rhinos in human care is a remarkable achievement,” said Tom Stalf, president and CEO of The Wilds. “We attribute this success to our expansive habitats and large herds that allow for natural social behavior, as well as the specialized care they receive from our dedicated team.”

The white rhino population had dwindled to approximately 50-200 individuals at the beginning of the 20th century, but through conservation efforts, the population of white rhinos in Africa has rebounded to approximately 20,400 animals. Even with the increase in numbers, white rhinos remain classified as “near threatened” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All five of the world’s remaining rhinoceros species (white rhino, black rhino, greater one-horned rhino, Sumatran rhino, and Javan rhino) are persecuted by poachers who sell rhino horn for ornamental or traditional medicinal purposes. However, scientific studies have determined that the horns have no healing properties as they are made of keratin—the same protein found in hair and fingernails.

About The Wilds

The Wilds, one of the largest conservation centers in North America, is home to rare and endangered animals from around the world along with hundreds of indigenous species. The mission of The Wilds, a nonprofit organization, is to advance conservation through science, education and personal experience. The Wilds is located at 14000 International Road in Cumberland, Ohio, about 90 minutes east of Columbus. Normal hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day from May through September, and on Saturdays and Sundays in October. For more information, visit www.thewilds.org.

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

Learn the Basics of Trapping

Free workshops for beginners

ATHENS, OH – Individuals interested in the basic skills needed to trap are encouraged to attend informational workshops provided by the Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The workshops will be held at multiple locations across the state. In Southeast Ohio workshops will be held at the following locations on October 28-29, 2017:

Salt Fork Wildlife Area – 61656 Salt Fork Wildlife Area HdQ Rd, Lore City, Ohio 43755 off of I-77 9mi Northeast of Cambridge, OH in Guernsey County.

Contact: Keith Jones (740) 472-5459

Wolf Creek Wildlife Area – 961 South SR 78 SW, Malta, OH 43758 9mi Southwest of McConnelsville & 11mi Northeast of Glouster along SR 78.

Contact: Jim Bahl (740) 753-9409

Copper Hollow Wildlife Area – 5403 CH & D Road, Oak Hill, OH 45656 in Jackson County.

Contact: Mike Piatt (937) 217-0655

All first-time trappers must successfully complete a hunter and a trapper education course offered through the Division of Wildlife before purchasing a hunting license and Fur Taker Permit to trap furbearers. Many of the OSTA workshops will offer the Trapper Education Course. Ask the instructor if this is offered at the workshop you plan to attend.

The workshops are free of charge but pre-registration is required. For class times and to register please call the contact listed for each class location. Do not register with the Division of Wildlife or at the location of the class.

For information on trapping in Ohio please visit wildohio.gov. For a complete listing of trapping courses offered by OSTA please visit http://www.ohiostatetrapper.org/education.html.

Know before you go…

Horse Show: October 3-29, 2017

Trade Show: October 6-29, 2017

General information available here

Single day parking – $25 per vehicle

Entire show parking – $75 per vehicle

Horse show schedule available here.

What’s new

The All American Quarter Horse Congress and Tribute Equine have teamed

up to bring you the 2017 Quarter Horse Congress Snapchat filter! Follow and tag us throughout your Congress experience.

The Horse Show Tracker App has been updated for the 2017 Quarter Horse Congress. For more information on what the app offers click here or visit the app store or google play to download.

We are releasing a limited number of copies of the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Book! The book contains more than 200 pages of photos, text, winners and walks down memory lane from the very first Quarter Horse Congress in 1967 to the most recent 50th Anniversary. These books are available for presale through September 29th.

Exhibitor information

Entry class counts can be found here.

Find stall assignments here.

Arrival information:

Cutting, Reining and Roping Horses – Monday, October 2 at 8 a.m.

Note***Parking fee does apply to Monday

All other horses with pre-assigned stalls

Early arrival: Thursday, October 12 at 8 a.m. ($25 fee per horse)

Regular arrival: Friday, October 13th at 8 a.m.

Trade Show information

Find a complete list of trade show exhibitors and their locations, here.

Lecture and Demonstration Series

Presenters can be found here.

Special event tickets

Make the All American Quarter Horse Congress your fall getaway with these Special Events

coming in October:

October 8th – Congress Cutting Event

October 13th – PBR Bull Riding presented by Roush Ford

October 14th – Freestyle Reining presented by dac

October 22nd – Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation Gala: A Night at the Races

October 26th – Dwight Yoakam Country at the Congress Concert

October 28th – Congress Masters event presented by the Equine Chronicle

Accommodations

Book your stay HERE for Guaranteed LOWEST RATES!

It’s Not Too Late to Get In

Want to market your business or product to the Congress audience? It is not too late for digital marketing!

Congress Website

Live Stream

Digital Signage

Social Media

Email Banners

Find out more by contacting:

Danielle Stephenson | dstephenson@oqha.com

ALL AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE CONGRESS

www.quarterhorsecongress.com

THE CONGRESS DERBY

A NIGHT AT THE RACES

Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 6:30pm

Do you have a favorite Horse?

Do you have a favorite Rider / Trainer / Friend?

Would you like to own a Race Horse for the night?

This year’s theme for the Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation Gala is….

“Congress Derby… A Night at the Races”

For $25, you can “Own” one of 60 horses that will be racing the night of the Gala. Your horse and Jockey’s name will appear in the evenings program as well as on signage. There will be 6 prerecorded races throughout the evening where the guests can “Bet to Win”. It’s a way to give back to the Foundation and have a little Fun!!

For sponsorship opportunities, registration and online bidding, simply go to www.oqha.com/foundation.

Like OQHF on Facebook!

State Parks Offer New

Opportunities for Deer Hunters

COLUMBUS, OH – Approximately 1,200 acres previously closed to hunting will be available to bow hunters as part of controlled hunts at Deer Creek, Malabar Farm, and Maumee Bay state parks, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting.

All three drawings will occur at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

All hunts are archery-only.

Hunters must possess a valid 2017-18 hunting license and a valid deer permit in order to enter the drawings.

Names will be randomly drawn, and those selected will be assigned a location to hunt in the state park.

Selected hunters will be eligible to hunt their assigned location from Nov. 14–Dec. 17.

Hunters will be permitted to hunt with a partner. The partner is not required to attend the drawing, but the partner must be named prior to the start of the hunt on Nov. 14.

Drawing locations are as follows:

Deer Creek State Park Office: 20635 State Park Road 20, Mt. Sterling, 43143. Contact Zach Woodrow at 740-869-3124 or zachary.woodrow@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

Malabar Farm State Park Office: 4050 Bromfield Road, Lucas, 44843. Contact Korre Boyer at 419-892-2784 or korre.boyer@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

Maumee Bay State Park Office: 1400 State Park Road, Oregon, 43616. Contact Denis Buehler at 419-836-7758 or denis.buehler@dnr.state.oh.us for more information.

The mission of the ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft is to provide exceptional outdoor recreation and boating opportunities by balancing outstanding customer service, education, protection and conservation of Ohio’s state parks and waterways.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

Learn the Basics of Trapping

Free workshops for beginners

XENIA, OH – Individuals interested in the basic skills needed to trap are encouraged to attend informational workshops provided by the Ohio State Trappers Association (OSTA) according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).

The workshop will be held at multiple locations across the state. In southwest Ohio workshops will be held at the following locations on October 28- 29, 2017.

Mercer Waterfowl Mgmt. Area- 6115 St Route 703 Celina, OH 45822 SR 219 3mi south of Celina

Contact: Harry Kinnison (937) 548-7509

Indian Creek Wildlife Area – 4258 Snowhill Rd., Fayettesville, OH 45118

Contact: Ken Pennington (513) 340-2468.

Spring Valley Wildlife Area – 1863 Roxanna-New Burlington Rd., Waynesville, OH 45068

Contact: Richard ‘Butch’ Barhorst (937) 416-8963.

All first-time trappers must successfully complete a hunter and a trapper education course offered through the Division of Wildlife before purchasing a hunting license and Fur Taker Permit to trap furbearers. Many of the OSTA workshops will offer the Trapper Education Course. Ask the instructor if this is offered at the workshop you plan to attend.

The workshops are free of charge but pre-registration is required. For class times and to register please call the contact listed for each class location. Do not register with the Division of Wildlife or at the location of the class.

For information on trapping in Ohio please visit wildohio.gov. For a complete listing of trapping courses offered by OSTA please visit http://www.ohiostatetrapper.org/index.html.

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at ohiodnr.gov.

September 26, 2017 field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife officers

CUFFS & COLLARS

Field reports from ODNR Division of Wildlife Officers

Central Ohio – Wildlife District One

During the Memorial Day weekend, State Wildlife Officer Supervisor Dave Warner and State Wildlife Officer Jeff Tipton, assigned to Champaign County, were patrolling the south side of Kiser Lake in Western Champaign County when the officers observed a group of men fishing. As the men packed up their belongings and were preparing to leave, one of the men picked up several clear bottles and tossed them in the rocks along the fishing pier. The officers contacted the men at their vehicle, and after questioning, the man admitted to littering along the pier. The officers and the man returned to the pier, removed the litter, and the officers issued a citation to the man for littering on state property.

While on patrol during the deer archery season, State Wildlife Officer Brad Kiger, assigned to Franklin County, came across a vehicle located in an area where he has received complaints of people hunting without permission. As Officer Kiger scanned the area, he spotted a hunter in a nearby field. Officer Kiger contacted the man and learned that the subject did not have permission to be on the property. During the conversation, Officer Kiger discovered that the subject had also been drinking. The subject was issued a citation for hunting without permission and someone was contacted to pick up the hunter and his vehicle. In court, the hunter paid a $100 fine plus court costs.

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