MARIETTA — Green technology, wildlife, electric cars, hands-on activities and more are on display Saturday at Marietta for the 23rd annual Community Earth Day Celebration.
Residents gathered in the armory yard to view environmental exhibits from the Appalachia Bird Conservation Center and the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, among others.
The Appalachian Bird Conservation Center booth features skulls and feathers, as well as an adult Eastern screech owl called Crystal.
Madeleine Khoury, bird trainer and educational intern, said the center educates the public about birds, how to treat them and what to do if someone comes across an injured bird. They also rescue injured birds and nurse them until they recover. Khoury said the center brought different bird species such as owls, kestrels and eagles to their booths to engage the community.
Two electric cars, a Tesla and a Chevrolet Bolt, were on display for the audience to see as an environmentally friendly alternative form of transportation.
There are lots of activities for kids, such as model locks and dams with real running water. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service has coloring books available and spreads the word about forest security. They also offer maps of the different trails available in Wayne National Forest. The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge booth features animal skulls, fur, and spiny soft shell turtles to view in its terrarium.
“Rocked Middle School” performed at the celebration. Mark Doebrich, a retired former principal of Marietta Middle School, says he has been teaching students how to play music for 21 years.
“I started because of budget cuts,” she says.
Doebrich said he watched students over lunch and finally offered to teach those interested how to play the guitar on Fridays. He teaches guitar, keyboard, percussion and vocals to his students. He said he had spent the last two years teaching children music through the popular video program Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was excited to be back playing live.
“We had fun doing this,” she says. “This is very nice.”
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