MCMS students take opportunity to “Get Wild”
By Greg Sullivan
Morgan County Middle School wasn't welcoming below-average NBA teams to their gym last Thursday despite the fact that they allowed hawks, bucks and bobcats to enter their facility.
And just because raccoons, skunks and foxes were there too, doesn't necessarily mean parents should be alarmed.
It was all part of the show as naturalist speaker Steve Scruggs used the taxidermied critters to teach students about wildlife as part of his "Let's Get Wild" program.
"We had three great sessions," said Scruggs of his interaction with local middle school students, following his final presentation Thursday afternoon. "They were just wonderful."
"If they understand hunting," the Watkinsville resident said, "we've done a good job."
During his presentations to the kids, Scruggs' message was that hunters play a major role in wildlife conservation. He also talked to students about safety and what precautions to take in the wild.
All of the animals on display for the students can be seen locally in the wild, according to Scruggs, also known as "The Snakemaster." Scruggs didn't bring any of his live snakes for this particular presentation.
Seventh grade life sciences teacher Heather Hawk, who helped book Scruggs at the suggestion of local parent Sutton Trulock, said the presentation helped bring her curriculum to life for her students.
"We study biomes and habitats and things like that," Hawk said. "So it's nice to make it local."