Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
September 14, 2007
Adel - The Gopher Tortoise is Georgia's state reptile but as more nests are eaten by predators, they are moving closer to extinction. "The main problem is armadillos. They normally dig in the ground for their food so they are perfect for finding the eggs because they can smell them and dig them out," says park naturalist Jennifer Glover.
So in 2002 the rangers at Reed Bingham State Park began a Gopher Tortoise Management program. "We go out, search for the eggs, incubate them and hatch them," Glover says.
This year they collected a dozen nests and almost all the eggs hatched. But they won't be heading back to their burrows quite yet. These little guys will remain in these incubators until they are old enough to survive on their own in the wild, and park rangers will re-release them to their burrows next month.
Each tortoise that's released increases their population. "The population has probably tripled to quadrupled what it was in the early 80's," says DNR Ranger and former Park Manager Charles Luther.
And each small step is bringing them closer to crawling off the endangered species list. "I think its a possibility, as the wiregrass habitat is reintroduced around the southeast that you'll see these creatures get back to a nice survivable number," Luther adds.
Reed Bingham's gopher tortoise program is now being used all over the state and country.