Kids look behind the scenes at TV studio on Halloween Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. –  A group of school children toured our news studio for a chance to learn about the ins–and–outs of lightning bolts, thunderstorms and clouds.On this Halloween night, WBKB gave the kids a behind the scenes look into the work of a meteorologist.“It’s really exciting that I have the opportunity to give back to the younger generation of students to teach them and share with them about the weather and what we do hear at WBKB,” said chief meteorologist Elie Morrison.First, a group of third graders from Hinks Elementary got a tour of our TV studio. Then, they grabbed some candy along the way, and got their hands on some pretty sweet equipment.“They’re having a good time,”said the classroom’s teacher, Nicolle Wieschowski. “We know children love technology, getting up there and touching that gigantic touch screen – it has their engagement and excitement.”Ms. W has been teaching her students how to create their own precipitation weather maps with the help of our weatherman Elie Morrison.“Technology is so crucial to the way we track weather,” Morrison said. “We’re always using computers.  We’re always using imagery that’s coming over the Internet.”One student shared her enthusiasm in an excited way.“I really liked when [Morrison] was talking about that precipitation ’cause I’m into weather!” said Jaycee Worth.These third graders have been drawing weather maps everyday so they can spot weather patterns, the same way Morrison spots a cold front leaving our area.“We can learn about it in books,” said Ms. W. “But actually meeting the person and seeing what they do with their own eyes is going to help make that a little more concrete in their minds.”Another student, Matthew Kowalski said, “I really learned a lot about the weather, what all the symbols mean. It really helps me understand weather maps.If you want to know the current temperature, then you’ll need to tune in live on WBKB for your full weather forecast.Do you have a story idea? Connect with reporter Elijah Baker at elijah@wbkb11.com  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Halloween Special: Spirits of the Old Presque Isle LighthouseNext Early Morning Talk with NMIGLSI 11-1-2018last_img read more

Jared Leto Named As WWF Ambassador

first_imgAcademy Award-winning actor, musician and director Jared Leto is now a WWF global ambassador.Video: Jared Leto Becomes WWF Global AmbassadorIn this role, Leto will work with WWF to raise awareness of the most urgent, critical issues facing our planet.Leto recently traveled to South Africa with WWF to learn first-hand about wildlife crime and specifically the rhino poaching crisis and WWF’s efforts to save rhino populations on two continents.“My latest adventure in South Africa was as mind-blowing as always,” Leto said. “Being that close to majestic creatures like rhinos and elephants reminds me of the deep connection and important responsibility we have to protect and shepherd these fragile species and their habitats.“I’m committed and passionate about doing all I can to help ensure that these endangered animals survive, and will continue to encourage others to get into action as well. We must join together and protect these powerful yet extremely vulnerable animals from all the senseless slaughter and double our efforts to restore their populations across Africa and Asia. It can and—with a focused global effort—will be done. I’m honored to join with WWF and the global conservation community and do my part. I hope you will too.”While in South Africa, Leto joined WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project veterinarian Dr. Jacques Flamand and other biologists and scientists with the andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve to tag and collar three southern white rhinos as part of a translocation program. Later this year, those three rhinos and roughly 100 others will be moved from high poaching areas to undisclosed locations to help with breeding efforts.

During his trip, Leto presented wildlife rangers with notecards written by children from across the United States with words of thanks and encouragement for their brave role in safeguarding wildlife.

WWF works to protect existing rhino populations and their habitat, partners with communities and governments to create policies that encourage local people to protect rhinos, and leads campaigns in Asia to reduce demand for rhino horn. As a result, several rhino species have begun to recover, including both white and black rhino numbers in South Africa.

”The world needs to wake up to the fact that we’re losing rhinos, elephants and other critically important species, said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of WWF-US. “Their recovery lies in our hands. We need strong voices that can mobilize the efforts of many and I’m grateful to Jared Leto for lending his reputation and passion to the cause.”last_img read more