The Choctaw Co. SWCD held it’s annual Conservation Carnival on September 4th at Choctaw Lake. District Clerk, Meri Anne Lawson, organized this year’s event.
Three new presenters were added this year. Carlee Goode from MSWCC, provided the Soil Tunnel. The tunnel gave students the opportunity to view the world under the top soil by walking inside of a 16foot inflatable tunnel. Students were able to see where organisms such as bacteria and fungi thrive and visit the homes of earth-dwelling creatures such as worms and moles. The tunnel had visual images on the outside which explained functions of soil, urban soil profile, Agriculture, forest soil profile, Wetlands soil profile, and storm water pollution and prevention. Concepts explained include: soil layers, drainage and function; storm water pollution prevention; the impact of land use on soil, soil organisms and conservation. Next was James Austin, NRCS Biologist. He talked about food chains and the differences between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores as well as some of the adaptations they have to their environment. He had skins and skulls from the following animals: rabbit, deer, beaver, bobcat, black bear, raccoon, fox, river otter, coyote, wild hog and skunk. The third new presenter was Lynn Bradshaw with DEQ waste and recycling. She talked about why it’s important to recycle and how it helps our environment.
Other presenters included 4-County Electric, Department of Wildlife, Natural Science Museum, Mississippi Lignite Mining and the MSU Extension Service. 4- County Electric did a hot wire demonstration, Julie Hughes informed the students about hazards in common house hold products. Brad Stanton talked about ATV safety. Jackie Kerr brought an alligator to educate students on their lifestyle and habitat. Mississippi Lignite Mining talked with students about coal and how it is used. Students were given a sample of coal from the Mine. The Department of Wildlife talked to students about gun safety.
The Choctaw Co. SWCD would like to thank the following for contributing to this event: Red Hills Power Plant, Crowder Engineering, Franklin Telephone Company, Southern Timber, Sandra McKnight and Donna Mckay. Also, a big thank you to all the volunteers that helped with this event. This event was enjoyed by all.