Perkinston Campus Phi Beta Lambda chapter helps area wildlife

Members of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter from the Perkinston Campus volunteered at the Wild at Heart Rescue Center in Pass Christian on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Members of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter from the Perkinston Campus volunteered at the Wild at Heart Rescue Center in Pass Christian on Sunday, Feb. 2.

While other people in South Mississippi were watching the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter from the Perkinston Campus visited the Wild At Heart Rescue Center in Pass Christian. The group of 16 chapter members and instructors helped make improvements at the center and were even able to help with animal rescue.

Following the instructions from rescue center personnel, the PBL members helped clean the center, removed piles of debris and performed other tasks. While the group was at the rescue center, a call to pick up an injured pelican was received. Members of PBL were able to be a part of the pelican’s retrieval, treatment and aftercare.

“Although the weather was not the best, students and instructors worked through the rainy conditions,” said Sadie Hebert, chapter sponsor. “Members were able to learn a great deal about animal care and about the hard work that goes into running a rescue.  We would like to extend our thanks to the Wild At Heart Rescue Center for being kind enough to let us work with them.”

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.