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SHELTER KITTIES OF THE WEEK
MISSY is a beautiful orange Tiger Stripe Tabby who has plenty of spunk!! She is very playful…and perhaps better in a home that does not have small children as she can play a little too vigorously at times. But if you like a feisty and one that loves attention (most of the time), then MISSY is the girl for you. Won't YOU give MISSY a loving forever home today?
DIANE is an adorable brown & black Tiger Stripe Tabby with spots of orange here-n-there over her body which makes her a Tabico (mix of a Tabby and Calico)!! She is a very sweet girl and would make a great companion in any home. She gets along well with her playmates at the Shelter. Are YOU the special human DIANE is waiting for to take her home?
This is GEMMA and she is just a big "Sweetheart" of a kitty. She loves attention and loves to be petted!!!! She just can't get enough human interaction. GEMMA gets along very well with the other kitties who share her room. GEMMA would make a great addition to any family!!
Find the perfect cat for you
Whether you’re looking for a fun, frisky kitten or a mellow, mature cat, you’ll find the perfect feline at our Shelter. We have cats of all breeds, ages and personalities, and they’re all looking for loving, permanent homes.
The Lawrence County Humane Society encourages people to enrich their lives by adopting a cat.
These tips should be considered when adopting:
• Age: While kittens are hard to resist, adult cats are often better suited to families with young children. Mature cats respond better to being handled by inquisitive toddlers.
• Number: It can be beneficial to adopt more than one cat or kitten, especially if the pets will be left alone for long periods while you are gone. Not all cats enjoy companionship, but many are very social with members of their own species.
• Personality: Many cats are under a great deal of stress in a shelter environment. A cat’s true personality may not emerge until he has been in his new home for several weeks. The Lawrence County Humane Society encourages you to visit the cat you’re interested in several times and to read any information from a previous owner.
• Coat: The longer the cat’s fur, the more brushing will be needed to prevent painful matting.
• Nutrition and health: Good nutrition and twice-a-year vet visits will help your cat stay healthy and happy. Keep your cat indoors to prevent her from contracting diseases, being hit by a car or getting hurt by other animals.
• Tags and microchips: Millions of cats are taken to animal shelters as strays each year -- but only about 2 percent of cats without an ID tag or microchip are reunited with their owners. Make sure your cat wears a collar and tag with the cat’s name and your name, address and phone number. Microchips provide permanent identification that can never come off or get lost.
• Prepare your home: Adult cats and kittens love to climb and explore, so beware of possible hazards. Don’t let cords or wires dangle, and cover any floor heating and air vents. Some houseplants may be toxic; check with your vet for details.
• Kids and cats: Children should be taught that a kitten or cat is a companion, not a toy. Rough handling can lead to injuries to both the cat and the child.
• Dogs and cats: Cats and dogs often enjoy each other’s company, but great care must be taken when introducing these two species. Some dogs may be aggressive toward small animals and may not be suited to sharing their homes with cats. If you have a dog, ask the adoption staff if you can bring him to the shelter to meet the cat in a controlled environment before you adopt. Most cats will be frightened the first time they see a dog and will need time to accept a canine companion.
See some of our fun, adoptable friendly felines below!
*** For more information about the many wonderful cats and kittens available for adoption please call the Lawrence County Humane Society Animal Shelter at 606-673-4509.
Some of the animals available for adoption may be seen on our website at www.lawrencecokyanimalshelter.com or www.petfinder.com/shelters/KY26.html OR follow us on Facebook Lawrence County Humane Society-Louisa, KY. Updates are being done daily!
The Obama Administration on Tuesday detailed a plan to save the honeybee and monarch butterfly populations, mainly by adding or improving seven million acres of land "devoted to the wildflowers and milkweed that are crucial to their survival," Michael Wines reports for The New York Times. Honeybee populations lost 42.1 percent of colonies last year, while the monarch butterfly population has fallen by 90 percent in recent years.
The plan "aims to cut annual honeybee losses to 15 percent of colonies—roughly the average in earlier decades—by 2025," Wines writes. "For monarchs, the goal is to build by 2020 a migration large enough to cover 15 acres—or about 20 football fields—of the Mexico forest where the butterflies spend the winter. Last winter the monarchs occupied about 2.8 acres of forest."
Efforts would focus on the central U.S., "where about two-thirds of the nation’s managed honeybee colonies spend the summer and where monarchs conduct their annual migrations to and from Mexico," Wines writes. "It would include encouraging schools to plant pollinator gardens and turning land around Interstate 35, which runs from Duluth, Minn., to the Mexico border at Laredo, Tex., into a continuous wildflower buffet for migrating monarchs and other pollinating creatures."
Also, "federal agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and the Defense Department would include pollinator habitats in their management of government property, whether in restoring fire-damaged forests or landscaping a new office building," Wines writes. "Federal officials would encourage state highway and utility offices to plant wildflowers and milkweed along rights of way instead of planting and mowing grass. Among other initiatives, the strategy will modestly increase funding for research into bees and other pollinators, expand public education and study ways to minimize pollinators’ exposure to pesticides."
Environmental groups said the plan doesn't go far enough to address pesticides, which have been partially blamed for the declines, Wines writes.
Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 5/20/2015
Western Kentucky is centered amid one of the largest cicada emergences in more than 100 years.
Experts studying this season’s crop of the periodic winged insects say two massive broods, or hatchings, are occurring simultaneously in the Midwestern U.S.
The Mississippian and Kansan broods are now in the short-lived emergent and mass chorus stages of their lives, according to Dr. John Cooley of the Periodical Cicada Mapping Project.
In Murray and other parts of the region, it comes as a rather noisy coincidence.
Cicadas, says Dr. Michael Sharkey of the University of Kentucky’s department of entomology, are best known for their distinct acoustic signals, or “songs,” which the male insects make in special abdominal structures called tymbals while searching for mates.
Although cicadas hatch at approximately the exact same time in spring, their lives above ground are short and only occur once every 13 or 17 years, depending on the species.
In 2002, Cooley recorded Murray alongside Benton, Paducah, Grand Rivers and Paris, Tennessee, as part of the mapping project. He predicted those cities, and much of their surrounding counties, would join emergences along a band of sites stretching from the deep south to southern Illinois in the Mississippi River Valley this year. Those 13-year periodicals aligned, as predicted, with 17-year cicadas from Iowa and Kansas, making it what Cooley described as a remarkable year for cicadas in North America.
Sharkey, who studies insect systematics at UK, said many people don’t really understand the life cycles of the large bugs and find it hard to believe that their periodic appearances would stretch over more than a decade.
The insects never really leave, however, Sharkey said; they simply spend the vast majority of their lives between 7 or 8 inches underground. In fact, for a 17-year periodic cicada, only 0.2 percent of its life is spent flying and singing above ground.
Cicadas emerge from the ground as what are called nymphs at almost the exact same day on a 13- or 17-year cycle. They slowly climb the nearest tree and anchor themselves to the bark. Then, rather suddenly, they break away from a thin shell with wings and begin flying. Male cicadas usually fly silently for about five days, Sharkey said, before they begin making a series of amplified clicking noises in response to their environment. The most common noise, which can peak at more than 100 decibels for just a single insect, is the mating call. All of the males will aggregate their calls in a single tree while females will flick their wings in response to males they find attractive.
Sharkey said male cicadas that witness the wing flick will fly closer to the female and begin making a new sound called a courtship call. The luckier the male cicada is with a particular female, the more often his courtship call will change.
After the mating process has ended, the female will find a branch or twig high in the air to deposit her fertilized eggs. She saws a thin line in the bark and inserts her ovipositor into the eggnest to do so. Between 6 and 10 weeks later, the eggs hatch and the young nymphs drop from their trees, burrow underground and locate a rootlet on that tree for feeding. The adults above ground usually die two or three weeks after they emerge from their shells. Their offspring spend between 13 and 17 years of their lives developing.
Sharkey said cicadas are not harmful. Though they are equipped to both bite and sting, they rarely do either to humans, even if under duress from being picked up or touched. Their harm to trees is minimal because of their small mouthparts and almost any leafy vegetation – in particular, cropland – is safe from cicada feedings.
Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Calloway County Biologist Pat Hahs said they pose little more than an annoyance to most humans.
“They can get quite noisy,” he said. “But you’ll find some areas around here where you can’t hear them at all. There are patches.”
Turkeys, Hahs said, which are really quite adaptable, have learned to capitalize on cicadas as a feeding resource.
“A lot of turkeys live and die and never get the chance to eat them,” he said. “The ones that do, eat a lot of them.”
Their size and prevalence make them good for catfish bait as well, he added.
Cicadas can become quite populated in a certain area. Some forested areas have been known to host upward of 1.5 million cicadas per square acre. That kind of overpopulating is an evolutionary defense mechanism, Sharkey said.
From a utilitarian approach, predators like birds, or sometimes squirrels or fish, are likely to become satiated – essentially full of cicadas – relatively quickly after an emergence. Then, the remaining thousands or millions cicadas — which are unlikely to live long anyway — are free to sing and mate in peace without fear of being preyed upon.
“When so many come out in such a confined area for such a short amount of time, a great number of the carnivores in the area become full,” Sharkey said. “It’s a unique, fascinating fact about the insects that explains their short-lived adulthoods.”
By Austin Ramsey
Murray Ledger & Times
No more deadly snakes in the south?
This pic was nabbed from my former student and good friend Brian Howell of Martin County. Thought he wouldn't care for me to share it with Lazer viewers