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World Wildlife Day

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first_imgGuyana is a truly unspoilt and a relatively undiscovered paradise; this is one of the primary reasons that the destination was rebranded “Guyana – South America Undiscovered”. One of the destination’s greatest assets is its abundant flora and fauna, in fact, the country has become known as the land of the giants; it is home to several of the world’s largest species of animals, including the highest number of fish and bat (90) species for any area this size; the freshwater fish – Arapaima; the Giant Otter; the world’s largest pit viper – the Bushmaster; the Giant River Turtle; the Black Caiman; the Jaguar; South America’s largest bat – the False Vampire Bat; the Harpy Eagle and the Anaconda.The abundant wildlife continues to lure scientists, filmmakers and adventure seekers and have resulted in the production of countless documentaries and publications. Guyana, through its rich biodiversity and intact rainforest, was an inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World”, and John Gimlette’s BBC production “Lost Land of the Jaguars” among many others. In fact with growing global concerns about climate change, Guyana possesses one of the most unique protected area systems on Earth – Iwokrama. The Iwokrama Canopy Walkway is situated in some of the world’s most species -rich rainforest. Wildlife that is regularly seen includes the red howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchins, mannekins, macaws, toucans, parrots, hawks, tannegers, trogans, puff birds, labaria snakes and butterflies.The Iwokrama Forest’s ecosystem is located at the juncture of Amazonian and Guianan flora and fauna. As a result, it contains high species richness and several species of animals that are threatened or extinct across most of their former geographic ranges, like the giant anteater. Of note, Guyana has an impressive list of over 800 species of birds and the Iwokrama Forest can boast to being home to about 500 species. With further studies, this list is expected to exceed 600 species.Then there is Mount Roraima, which is believed to have inspired the setting for Doyle’s 1912 classic “The Lost World”, where prehistoric creatures survived on a plateau. It certainly fits the bill. Defended by seemingly impenetrable 400 metre-high cliffs, the flat summit of Mt Roraima is home to many species found nowhere else on Earth. These endemic plants and animals have developed to be truly out of this world. Sitting on the border of Guyana, Venezuela and Brazil, Mt Roraima is part of the Pakaraima chain of flat-topped mountains, known locally as tepui.In fact, around 35 per cent of the species on Mt Roraima are endemic, such as the Roraima bush toad. And 70 per cent of those found on South America’s tepuis exist only on these plateaus. Other species are like living fossils, almost identical to plants and animals that are now extinct in the rest of the world. For millions of years, life has been existing completely independently on these mist-shrouded mountaintops, away from the prying eyes of civilisation.Iwokrama and Mt Roraima are just two examples of areas where wildlife thrives and where it is also protected. With regard to wildlife, Guyana is abundantly blessed and there is much to celebrate, particularly as World Wildlife Day comes around. Entrepreneurs too have long seen opportunities in Guyana for ecotourism and, more recently, the importance of forests in efforts to combat climate change has also been recognised.World Wildlife Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Listen to the Young Voices.” As to the significance of the chosen theme, the United Nations pointed out that given that almost one quarter of the world’s population is aged between 10 and 24, vigorous efforts need to be made to encourage young people, as the future leaders and decision makers of the world, to act at both local and global levels to protect endangered wildlife.This year’s observation aims to encourage young people around the world to rally together to address ongoing major threats to wildlife, including habitat change, over-exploitation or illicit trafficking. Youths are the agents of change. Governments, law makers, enforcement officers, and officials across every region are scaling up their efforts to protect wildlife. Our country is celebrated internationally for our rich biodiversity; therefore, the responsibility rests with each of us to protect or wildlife and their habitats. We all have a role to play. Our collective conservation actions can be the difference between a species surviving or disappearing.last_img read more

Contractor charged for making false declaration

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first_img… allegedly had more than US,000 at CJIAA contractor was on Tuesday charged for knowingly making a declaration on an immigration form to be untrue when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Clairmont Reid of Lot 197 South Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara, pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.It was alleged that on June 6, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Reid made an untrue declaration on an immigration form which stated that he was not carrying more than US$10,000, when in fact he had TT$139,135 in his possession – the equivalent of US$20782.22.The defence Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat made a successful bail application, despite objections by the Prosecutor Deniro Jones. Reid was granted bail in the sum of $100, 000. The case will continue on September 8.last_img read more

LISTEN: Damien Comolli on how Dimitri Payet slipped through Tottenham’s net

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first_imgDamien Comolli joined talkSPORT on Friday and explained how Dimitri Payet slipped through Tottenham’s net.Payet was a revelation in his debut Premier League season after joining West Ham a year ago for £10.7million and has starred for France at Euro 2016.Comolli, Spurs’ director of football from 2005-08, says he has always been aware of the 29-year-old’s talent and held talks about signing the playmaker when he was at White Hart Lane.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Comolli recalled: “Dimitri was playing for Nantes at the time [in 2007] and I had a phone call from the owner of St Etienne one evening when I was at Spurs. “He said: ‘we are about to sign this kid from Nantes for a lot of money as far as St Etienne are concerned, €4m, and we will only do it if you tell us in a couple of years that you will buy him for Spurs at €10m.“I said I don’t know where I will be, but I am pretty sure this player will be worth €10m in two years so you should go ahead with it.”Payet went on to impress in France, with St Etienne, Lille and Marseille, and has moved up a level since arriving in England.He is reportedly being eyed by Real Madrid, but Comolli says no offer should tempt West Ham to sell this summer.“You just have to see what is going in the transfer marker this summer to understand that prices are totally irrational so it is very difficult to put a price tag on a player. But, if I was West Ham, I would do everything in my power to keep him because he was such a key element in their season,” he continued.“The talent has always been there. He just needed to click mentally, to understand what was needed to succeed at the top level and to make the best out of the fantastic skill he has got.”last_img read more

U.S. aircraft sales predicted to slow

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first_imgWASHINGTON – Sales of military and commercial aircraft by U.S. manufacturers are forecast to grow at a slower rate next year, an industry group said Thursday. The Aerospace Industries Association’s annual report forecasts sales by Boeing Co., Lockheed Martin Corp. and others to rise, on average, by about 6 percent to more than $210.6 billion, with commercial planes, engines and other parts leading the way in 2008. For 2007, the association estimates that sales climbed 8.5 percent to $198.8 billion. That figure includes $92.5 billion in sales from foreign customers, an increase of $7 billion, or 8.8 percent, from last year’s $85 billion, driven by higher demand for commercial aircraft. Foreign sales of all U.S. aerospace products in 2007 rose for a second year, accounting for nearly half of the industry’s business. International demand for commercial aircraft was even stronger. As of Sept. 30, foreign customers had placed nearly three-quarters of commercial aircraft orders, which grew to more than 3,000. Despite a six-month delay in the launch of its new 787 “Dreamliner” plane, orders for it are coming in at a steady clip. The company landed 73 new orders for the plane during the third quarter. “There is pent-up demand among the domestic carriers for aircraft,” said Marion Blakely, AIA’s president and CEO.shrinking Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCivil aircraft, which accounted for 26.8 percent of industry sales this year, totaled $53.3 billion, topping last year’s $46 billion. That figure is expected to rise 13.3 percent to $60.4 billion in 2008. Tighter bankruptcy laws and hard lessons from the dot-com bubble have disciplined U.S. carriers to refrain from placing significant orders to recapitalize their fleets, said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst for the Teal Group Corp. “On the commercial side, there’s never been this kind of disparity before,” said Aboulafia, as U.S. carriers have struggled with record flight delays, rising fuel costs and obsolete aviation systems. Matt Grimison, a spokesman for AIA, said the industry is anticipating some level of purchasing by U.S. carriers next year. As of November, Chicago-based Boeing Co., the world’s No. 2 commercial airplane maker, had received 1,047 commercial plane orders for 2007, beating its 2006 record-setting 1,044 orders. last_img read more

Slow down to celebrate Advent

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first_imgWilkerson said he used to struggle with preparations like everyone else – buying gifts and writing cards while keeping up with his church duties. “You get to the point where you want to walk the other way,” he said. “But then I think, `I love the season,’ and I take some time each day to center myself.” The prophet Isaiah spoke of the new world to come, a world of peace where enemies would sit down together, the bishop said. The Old Testament story is a reminder of the peace, joy and contentment as the world awaits God’s promise of a savior. “When I found out I could hang on to that that, I found I can approach these tasks in a different way,” Wilkerson said. “When I write Christmas cards – I have to send a whole heck of a lot of them – each person I send one to, it’s an act of love. “The same thing with buying gifts. I don’t want to go in the traffic and the crowds, but when I think I’m doing this out of love, it changes my whole outlook.” One symbol of Advent is the wreath – traditionally built around three reddish-purple candles signifying penitence as well as royalty in anticipation of the savior’s birth; and one rose candle, lit the week of Christmas, to emphasize the joy of the Christ’s pending arrival. Some Protestant churches have switched to blue candles, symbolizing the night sky, to differentiate between Advent and the more solemn season of Lent, preceding Christ’s death and resurrection. Like many symbols of the season, the wreath, created in Germany in recent centuries, is an adaptation of a secular tradition: People of Northern Europe lit the candles during the cold, dark winter as they awaited the return of the sun. The Advent calendar is another mark of the season, mostly for children. Crafted of paper, cardboard or fabric and artfully decorated, the calendar has tiny doors that are opened each day of Advent, revealing religious pictures inside. The four Sundays of Advent celebrate hope, peace, joy and love. This Sunday marks the celebration of Mary and her humility in answering God’s call to Christ’s mother, Aitken said. “This Sunday it’s Mary’s song – the greatness of the Lord for Mary as she paints this picture of God lifting the lowly and honoring the poor – those the world doesn’t necessarily care about,” she said. “She proclaims God is doing this wonderful thing in choosing a young woman to bring God into the world.” Karla Devine is the artistic director at Trinity Lutheran Church in Manhattan Beach, and will present an Advent and Christmas concert on Sunday. The Advent songs in the church hymnal are her favorites. “There are such wonderful hymns and they’re so overlooked,” Devine said. The entire Christmas season, she said, is somewhat skewed, with Christmas Day viewed as the end, rather than the first of 12 days of celebration. “I love the season of waiting and preparing our hearts for the birth of Christ and waiting for the second coming of Christ.” pat.aidem@dailynews.com 661-257-5251 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ‘Tis certainly the season to be jolly, but also to experience the true joy, anticipation and preparation for the real Christmas presence. Christians are in the middle of Advent, the four-week period of joyful waiting for the birth of Jesus. To the Rev. Amy Aitken of California Heights United Methodist Church in Long Beach, Advent is a time to pause, reflect and gather thoughts. “The season has been taken over by Christmas, that’s the reality,” Aitken said. “It’s taken over the whole notion there’s a season of preparing and watching. The time to slow down has been completely swallowed up by a culture that seems to start on Thanksgiving Day and go to Christmas in a supersonic mode.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAdvent traditionally begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day – this year it started Dec. 2 – and ends on Christmas Eve. “Advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming” or “arrival.” The focus is on the pending return of Christ while celebrating his birth. Bishop Gerald G. Wilkerson, who oversees the San Fernando Valley pastoral region of the Catholic Archidiocese of Los Angeles, said he, too, is troubled that Advent has been minimized by the hustle of the holiday season. But he’s also learned to use his preparation for Christmas as a time to reflect on his faith. “Yes, you can get very, very busy with all the things that go on, but it’s really up to the individual to make the difference,” he said. “You have to take charge of your life. Even though there are all these forces, you have to take control.” last_img

Hart’s Foothill titles balm for tough week

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first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Hart High’s swim teams finally found something to celebrate Thursday, winning the boys’ and girls’ titles at the Foothill League championship meet at Santa Clarita Aquatics Center. It provided a bit of joy in a tough, tragic week that saw racial tension lead to rioting on campus and the death Thursday of Indians swimmer Molly Rogers’ mother, Debbi, from cancer. Valencia battled the Indians to the end, setting league meet records in both 400-yard freestyle relays, but Hart clinched its victories before the final event. The Indians girls, who competed all season in the Vikings’ shadows, relied on two victories each from freshman Jordan Danny and sophomore Rachael Krager to win the competition with 518 points. Valencia, which won the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 56 seconds, and set the 400 free relay record in 3:45.08, was second with 483. The Vikings shared the title with Hart thanks to a 91-79 dual-meet victory during the regular season. “I wouldn’t trade those 400 free relays for anything,” Valencia coach Kathleen Perdisatt said. “Those made it all worth it.” In the boys’ competition, Hart (456 points) managed only two victories from junior Daniel Hofstedt, but its depth was too much for Valencia (363) and Burbank (360) to overcome, and the Indians cruised to their 10th consecutive finals triumph. “Especially after the week we’ve had, this is all about teamwork,” Hart boys’ coach Steve Neale said. “I can’t say enough about these kids and how they continue to rise to the occasion. This was sheer emotion and will and heart, what these kids did.” Hofstedt, selected the boys’ swimmer of the meet, held off Valencia’s Garrett Nugent to capture the 200 free in 1:43.97. He rallied in the final 200 yards of the 500 free to overcome Nugent and Saugus’ Ryan Kristensen – who won the 50 free in an area-leading 21.68 – to capture the title in 4:50.82. Valencia’s Kaleb Jenkins was the other multiple winner among boys, capturing the 100 butterfly (54.04) and 200 individual medley (1:59.41). Canyon’s Justin Wellins (100 free, 49.03), Valencia’s John Pedrini (100 breaststroke, 59.33) and Saugus’ Kyle Burns (100 backstroke, 54.63) won the remaining individual events in the boys’ meet. Burbank, competing in its final Foothill League meet before moving to the Pacific League next season, set a school-record in the 200 free relay, relying on a 21.86 anchor leg from Julian Miranda to win in 1:30.85. The girls’ meet featured double winners in Danny, Krager and Canyon’s Roxy Camuso. Danny clinched the meet for the Indians with her league record in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.85), extending Hart’s lead to 41 points entering the 400 free relay. “It’s been my goal since the first day of high school swimming (to break the record),” said Danny, who also won the 200 individual medley (2:13.36). “We worked hard for this, and we were all pumped up to beat anybody in a purple cap. And we did it.” Krager won the 100 butterfly (59.76) and 500 free (5:13.64) for the Indians, who overcame Valencia’s lead after the 200 medley relay and continued to build on its advantage as the meet progressed. Camuso, the girls’ swimmer of the meet, continued her unbeaten season in individual races, winning the 100 (54.28) and 200 (1:55.58) frees. She also rallied the Cowboys from third to first in the final leg of the 200 free relay to win in 1:43.89. “I had so much confidence on the block,” said Camuso, who helped Canyon to a third-place finish. “(Once I got in the water) I just couldn’t doubt myself. My goal was to break the 200 free record, but I still went my best time this season.” Canyon freshman Chelsea Griffiths set the first meet record of the day, clocking 59.53 to win the 100 backstroke, just off her area-leading mark of 59.07. “Winning the (200 free) relay made me feel a lot better,” Griffiths said. “I thought I was going to get (the record), but to actually do it is really exciting.” erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ceremonies around California mark Sept. 11 anniversary

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For Cathie Ong, it seems like only yesterday that her flight attendant sister Betty perished when Los Angeles-bound American Airlines flight 11 slammed into the World Trade Center’s north tower. “Life has moved on for many people,” Ong said Monday at a Sept. 11 ceremony at San Francisco International Airport, where the doomed United Airlines flight 93 was bound five years ago. For me, it still feels like it happened only yesterday — there is really no such thing as the first, second, or third remembrance because every day is a remembrance for us.” Some 100 pilots, flight attendants and other airline personnel met at the airport Monday to honor the crews who died in the attacks. It was just one of many ways Californians marked the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks with ceremonies across the state, including a so-called Freedom Walk in San Diego’s Balboa Park. Residents also recognized the anniversary with concerts, prayer vigils and film screenings that questioned the Bush administration’s response to events that day. Heather Lauter-Clay, a United Airlines flight attendant who organized the San Francisco airport gathering, said airline industry workers believe their colleagues’ heroism on Sept. 11 and their continued role in making commercial travel possible have been overlooked. “We are all grieving in our own way today,” Lauter-Clay said. “Post 9-11, we are the law enforcement up there — and that is really not recognized.” In San Diego’s Balboa Park, a moment of silence was held at 9 a.m. before some 500 people set out on a remembrance walk, which followed a two-mile circuit through the city’s largest park. It was one of 125 walks planned across the country, including at least one in every state, said Beth Steinke, chapter president for Operation Homefront, the nonprofit sponsoring the walks. “We wanted to give people a place to remember,” Steinke said. Many on the walk had family in the military. For them Sept. 11 is as much about crediting U.S. forces as it is about remembering those killed five years ago. Several service members took part in the walk. “It’s just a day of devastation, but I think the military has done a good job in trying to protect us against the terrorists,” said San Diego nurse Susan Moren, 54. “We are patriotic people, so we wanted to come out and support the troops,” said her husband Tom Moren, 55, a restaurateur. The couple has a son in the U.S. Navy. For San Diego resident Dave Carlson, Sept. 11 makes people aware that the country is vulnerable to another attack. “It could happen at any time, let’s be ready,” Carlson said. “The potential for it to happen is there.” Sisters Danielle Dixon, 29, and Allison Fullerton, 25, have a brother in the U.S. Army. After completing the loop through San Diego’s park, they said they went on the walk to support him. “It’s a sad day but I am 120 percent for our war on terrorism,” Dixon said. “I think they are doing a wonderful job fighting and the terrorists need to know we mean business.” For the military, the anniversary meant business as usual, at least at the Air National Guard station that protects California’s skies. “Our vigilance has not changed at all. Whether or not there’s an anniversary coming up, our vigilance level is always going to be high,” said Maj. Dave Johnston, the chief of intelligence for the 144th Fighter Wing based in Fresno. “It’s an important date, but we don’t become increasingly ramped-up just because of a specific date,” he said. “We stay ramped-up all the time.”last_img read more

AC Milan make Chelsea outcast Diego Costa top striking target

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first_img Diego Costa 1 AC Milan have made Chelsea striker Diego Costa their top transfer target, according to reports in Italy.The San Siro club are determined to add another marquee forward this summer, after bringing in Portugal star Andre Silva, but they have so far proved unsuccessful in their attempts.Milan have failed with bids for Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang and Andrea Belotti of Torino, meaning they must now look elsewhere.And, according to broadcaster Premium Sport, Milan are ready to swoop for Costa instead after making him their number one target.The Spain international is desperate to leave Chelsea this summer after being deemed surplus to requirements by Blues boss Antonio Conte.Alvaro Morata has already been brought to Stamford Bridge to replace Costa and now Milan believe they could lure the 28-year-old to Italy.Costa is also attracting interest from his former club Atletico Madrid, but a move there could be complicated by the fact they are banned from registering new players until January by FIFA.last_img read more

Sanchez deal to cost Man United £180m, Chelsea and Man City chasing Nice star

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first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Manchester United’s breathtaking deal to sign Alexis Sanchez is worth around £180million after the forward agreed a four-and-a-half-year contract. Sanchez is now just waiting to find out if Henrikh Mkhitarayn will give the green light on a switch in the other direction to Arsenal, which would trigger his move to Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United have begun preliminary talks with David de Gea over a new long-term contract for the Spain goalkeeper. De Gea is out of contract at the end of next season although there is an option to extend that deal by a further 12 months. (Daily Telegraph)Liverpool have rejected an offer from Sevilla to take Daniel Sturridge on loan for the remainder of the season. The England international will be allowed to leave Anfield this window if Liverpool receive a suitable package. Sevilla, who were interested in Sturridge last summer, proposed to take him for the rest of the campaign and pay all his wages – which can reach £150,000 per week – but this was dismissed by technical director Michael Edwards. (Daily Mail)Chelsea will go up against Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain for Nice star Jean-Michael Seri. Blues boss Antonio Conte wants another midfielder this month despite adding Ross Barkley from Everton. (The Sun)Paul Lambert has wasted no time shoring up Stoke’s leaky defence with Augsburg’s Greek left-back Kostas Stafylidis expected to arrive in the next 24 hours. The Potters boss was impressed by the 24-year-old attacking wing-back during a fact-finding trip to the Bundesliga club in mid-October. (The Sun)Southampton have held further talks over a proposed £15million deal for Monaco forward Guido Carrillo. The Argentine has been offered to a number of Premier League clubs, including Crystal Palace, but is keen on joining up with compatriot Mauricio Pellegrino. (Daily Mail)Pep Guardiola has been told Jonny Evans can be his man for £23.5 million. West Bromwich Albion are braced for a firm bid from the Premier League leaders in the next 24 hours or so and are resigned to losing their captain and keystone defender. (The Sun)Brighton, Fulham and Norwich City have made enquiries about Aalesund winger Edwin Gyasi. The Dutch-born Ghana international has already been discussed by Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday. (Daily Mail)West Ham have made an enquiry to sign Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan. The Portugal international midfielder also has interest from Watford. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?David Ginola has expressed fears that Rafa Benitez could be heading for the exit door at Newcastle UnitedPaul Lambert knows he may not have been Stoke City’s first choice as their new manager, but has told talkSPORT he has ‘nothing to prove to anybody’ following his appointment at the bet365 StadiumZinedine Zidane says he cannot imagine Real Madrid without Cristiano RonaldoItalian champions Juventus will look to steal a march on their rivals in pursuit of Manchester United full-back Matteo DarmianBesiktas have sent a delegation to London to begin talks with West Ham striker Javier Hernandez, according to reports to TurkeyManchester United are plotting a fresh approach for in-demand Monaco star Fabinho, according to reports in Spainlast_img read more

Brown County State Park to host Snake Fest, July 13

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first_img For more information, email phaulter@dnr.IN.gov or call 812-288-5240. Park admission during the event is $7 per vehicle for in-state residents and $9 per vehicle for out-of-state vehicles. Annual passes will also be available. Brown County State Park will host Snake Fest on July 13. Educational booths from the DNR, the Indiana Herpetological Society, and Scaly Tales will be set up in the Friends Shelter at the Nature Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The booths will focus on snakes and give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with all kinds of reptiles. There will also be programs featuring snakes held throughout the day.last_img