In Ecuador, You Never Know When a Parade is Going to Break Out

It is Sunday and I am leaving Ecuador in six days.  I have been here for almost 2 ½ years with two trips back to the US for short periods of time.  I have not been back to the US since April of last year and part of me is not looking forward to going back.  Ecuador is a very special place, especially Cuenca, nestled in the Andes Mountains at about 8,500 ft.  It is difficult not to think of the people that lived here hundreds of years ago because…

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North Carolina Zoo Sends Puerto Rican Toad Tadpoles Back to Their Natural Habitat

As part of its ever-growing commitment to conservation, the North Carolina Zoo recently shipped just over 400 Puerto Rican Crested Toad tadpoles to Puerto Rico for release into the wild. The shipment is part of an Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan program, which aims to manage the population of these amphibians in the wild and prevent their extinction. In 1984, the Puerto Rican Crested Toad became the first amphibian to be protected under the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program. At more than 32 years, it is the…

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Artist Les Caison III unveils Solo Exhibit

What does it look like when an artist tries his hand at a brand-new mixed media technique to celebrate the warm, iridescent light of winter with depictions of happy angels and free spirits? Find out as downtown Winston-Salem’s Camino Bakery hosts visual artist Les Caison III’s solo exhibition, “Soul Food,” during the month of December. Caison celebrates his 36th solo exhibition at Camino Bakery, located at 310 West 4th Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The exhibition runs Thursday, December 1 through Saturday, December 31, 2016. Join the artist for a free…

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