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North Augusta seniors learn about area wildlife

September 14, 2018

NORTH AUGUSTA — Biologist Sean Poppy, with a collection of local wildlife in tow, tends to speak to school-age audiences on behalf of the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, but reached out to some older neighbors Thursday afternoon, at Brookdale North Augusta.

The retirement home was the scene for about an hour of questions, answers and (in some cases) hands-on learning. Poppy, SREL’s outreach coordinator, brought out alligators, frogs, a toad, a salamander, lizards, snakes, turtles, an opossum, an owl and a coyote (“not tame”), offering insight on some species that have been in South Carolina for all of recorded history as well as one – represented by Scooter, a coyote – that arrived in the late 20th century.

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