PHOTO BY MIKE WEST

The top award in the Adult Photography Expo went to this brilliant landscape printed on metallic paper. The top awant went to Aylissa Marion, along with $100. She also won the Best of the Advanced Category award and 1st place in the Landscape sub-category.

Sniffing Out The Problem

Service Dogs Will Be Used To Help Stop The Spread Of Invasive Aquatic Species At Arbuckle Lake

Boaters visiting Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Lake of the Arbuckles may meet a new line of defense in the fight against aquatic invasive species with a nose for detecting them – Raine, a golden retriever, and border collies Wisp and Darby. They can inspect an average sized bass boat in under a minute, far faster than any person can. The dogs are trained to detect several invasive species, including zebra mussels.

“Lake of the Arbuckles is one of a few large lakes in Oklahoma that is not already infested with zebra mussels, and we will do everything we can to keep our lake free of harmful invasive species,” says park superintendent Bill Wright. “These types of efforts will not only help us educate people on how to avoid bringing exotic species to the Lake of the Arbuckles, but also help us teach the public some simple practices for protecting all of our region’s outdoor recreational areas.”

 

 

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