Outdoor Updates: Women’s Outdoor Workshops offered in Georgia

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Women’s Outdoor Workshops offered in Georgia

Learn to fish, backpack and more at an upcoming workshop hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The department will hold a Becoming Outdoors Woman (BOW) workshop November 1-3 at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center near Mansfield, GA. The hands-on workshop is an educational program available to women 18 years or older of all ability levels. The goal is to break down barriers to female participation in outdoor activities.

Available classes include wildlife photography, wilderness survival, camping, fishing and more. Between meals and special presentations and events, women can choose from 20 professionally led classes. Registration for BOW is now open. Participants can bring their tent and own gear or stay at the lodge at Charlie Elliott. The cost of the weekend event is between $220- $265, depending on lodging. To learn more or register for BOW visit: www.georgiawildlife.com/BOW

Hiker lost in rugged Montana wilderness survives for five days on creek water and berries

Utah native Kaden Laga, 25, was riding horses along the border of Idaho and Montana with his family last week when his brother’s horse went lame. A strong hiker, Laga volunteered to walk. But somewhere along the way, Laga took a wrong turn off of the trail and separated from the group, wandering deep into the woods where he remained lost for five days. 

Back home, his family, including his pregnant wife, organized search and rescue efforts. Laga says he could see helicopters flying overhead but they were unable to spot him. He reports he survived by eating insects that tasted like “unbuttered popcorn,” berries and drinking creek water. Laga caught a lucky break when he stumbled into a campsite around 1 a.m., drawn in by the light of the camper’s headlamp. “I was very gifted, blessed and protected,” Laga told ABC. “As much as a lot of things went wrong, there were a lot of key things that went right—if I had not gone that way, if I had met an animal, if it would have been rainy at night, there were a lot of things that could have gone wrong that didn’t.” 

Like much of the world, the Amazon Rainforest is currently burning

Yesterday, day turned to night in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as dark smoke from fires burning in the Amazon Rainforest over 1,675 miles away caused a blackout throughout the city. The Brazilian state of Amazonas has declared a state of emergency. The smoke from fires burning in the rainforest is covering large areas of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay.

The Amazon Rainforest is unique because it receives such large amounts of rain that it does not burn naturally. Instead, slash-and-burn deforestation techniques used by humans have started the fires in the world’s largest tropical rainforest. According to Vox, the Amazon Rainforest has experienced a record number of fires this year, with 72,843 reported so far.

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