Abbey Oldham en Video: Mammoth Cave Scientist Predicts White Nose Syndrome to Get Much Worse, and Soon <p>A researcher at Mammoth Cave National Park is fearful that a fungal disease is set to kill large numbers of bats in the region.</p><p>White Nose Syndrome was first discovered at the park in south-central Kentucky last year, and has impacted at least six of the eight bat species found inside the cave. Rick Toomey, director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning, says researchers at the park are expecting a spike in White Nose cases.</p><p>“Unfortunately we’re expecting potentially our next big milestone this year, when we may start seeing fairly large population drops, or possibly finding bats dying of white nose at the park.”</p><p><strong>Watch: WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham recently produced a video exploring the potential impact of White Nose Syndrome on the bat populations at Mammoth Cave, and what the park is doing to combat the fungus:</strong></p><p></p><p>Toomey says an estimated 6.5 million bats in North America have died due to White Nose Syndrome, although he believes the actual number could be much higher. Great Smokey Mountains National Park in Tennessee has recently seen a surge in bat deaths due to White Nose Syndrome—deaths Toomey says haven’t shown up yet in official estimates. Sun, 17 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kevin Willis & Abbey Oldham 52616 at Video: Mammoth Cave Scientist Predicts White Nose Syndrome to Get Much Worse, and Soon Stitched Together: Volunteers at Grayson County Hospital Create Sock Monkeys to Help Young Patients <p></p><p>In the surgery wing of Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center named after her late husband, Nedra Thomas has been putting smiles on children's faces for over two decades.</p><p>Thomas began making sock monkeys to give to young patients heading into surgery at the Leithfield hospital. The project grew over the years and she now has a small team of volunteers who help in the effort. The group has become like a second family to the members, who look out for one another during sickness and loss.</p><p>WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham paid a visit to Leitchfield to meet with Thomas and learn about how the sock monkey program impacts both patients and volunteers. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:05:33 +0000 Abbey Oldham 51160 at Photo Gallery: Aviation Camp in Bowling Green <p>Dozens of kids from around the region are participating in Aviation Camp at the Bowling Green Regional Airport.</p><p>The instructors from the Aviation Museum of Kentucky travel to airports around the state during the summer exposing young Kentuckians to aviation. The campers are learning the basics of aeronautics, navigation, using flight simulators, and even flying airplanes with assistance from instructors.</p><p>Photojournalist Abbey Oldham photographed Aviation Camp on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. There are two Bowling Green camps, July 8-9 and 10-11. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Abbey Oldham 50723 at Photo Gallery: Aviation Camp in Bowling Green Photo Gallery: Center for Courageous Kids Camp <p>The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Ky., hosts nine different summer camps at no cost to their families.</p><p>They welcome up to 128 children who suffer from a different illness each week. The Center for Courageous Kids is a non-profit medical camping facility that has been open since February 2008. Since then, they have hosted over 16,500 campers from 40 different states. The Center sits on 168 acres on Scottsville&nbsp;and includes a bowling alley, indoor swimming pool, manmade lake, archery station, arts and crafts building, medical center, dining facility, and lodges for the campers.&nbsp;</p><p>Photojournalist Abbey Oldham visited the Center on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and took photos of what the Center offers its young campers. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:46:02 +0000 Abbey Oldham 50482 at Photo Gallery: Center for Courageous Kids Camp Photo Gallery: Chef Camp <p>Kids ranging from 8-13 had a chance to learn kitchen basics from area professional chefs recently at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. They gained skills in kitchen hygiene, food preparation, serving and cleaning, as well as patience, teamwork, and cooperation.</p><p>With guidance from chefs, campers prepared dishes like quesadillas and crunchy cinammon coated ice cream balls. They served each other and washed dishes in their personalized chef hats.</p><p>Photojournalist Abbey Oldham took these images at the Chef Camp on Friday, June 13, 2014. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:04:00 +0000 Abbey Oldham 49520 at Photo Gallery: Chef Camp Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green <p>Hundreds of vintage car owners from all over the country visited the Sloan Convention center to display, sell, buy, and check out vintage cars during the public reception of the Holley National Hot Rod Reunion on Thursday, June 12, 2014.</p><p>The reunion lasts will continue the rest of the weekend at Beech Bend.&nbsp;</p><p>WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham created this photo slideshow featuring the vintage cars. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:17:24 +0000 Abbey Oldham 49488 at Photo Gallery: Hot Rod Reunion in Bowling Green Video: 2014 Highland Games <p><br /><a href=""></a></p><p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(113, 118, 122); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; background-color: rgb(244, 245, 247);">The Highland Games take place at the end of every spring in Glasgow, KY. People from all over the region, as well as around the world, gather to wear kilts, listen to bagpipe troupes perform, trace their Celtic lineage, watch and participate in games such as ax throwing and tug-of-war.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:33:50 +0000 Abbey Oldham 48984 at Photo Gallery: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail <p>Nearly 2.5 million people from around the world visit distilleries across the Kentucky Bourbon Trail each year. WKU Public Radio photojournalist Abbey Oldham photographed three distilleries including the oldest, Woodford Reserve, and one of the youngest, Wilderness Trace.</p><p>She also photographed Wild Turkey, where Master Distiller Jimmy Russel&nbsp;taught her how to taste corn mash and remove a bung hole by hand.</p><p>The bourbon distilleries are one of the things that makes Kentucky a special place, with a rich history and a bright future of keeping bourbon making alive and well in the Bluegrass State.&nbsp;</p><p>Abbey was in Bourbon Country to document the production of Mainstreet "Kentucky Spirits", which will air on WKU PBS this Saturday (May 30) at 7 pm, Sunday (June 1) at 1:30 pm, Monday (June 2) at 8 pm, and Friday (June 6) at 9:30 pm. Wed, 28 May 2014 13:15:13 +0000 Abbey Oldham 48653 at Photo Gallery: The Kentucky Bourbon Trail Photo Gallery: Primary Election Day <p>Friends, family, even candidates themselves hit the streets of Bowling Green Tuesday to encourage people to vote in the primary election. Photojournalist Abbey Oldham took these images of election day support around Bowling Green.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:04:15 +0000 Abbey Oldham 48336 at Photo Gallery: Primary Election Day Photo Gallery: WKU's 175th Commencement Ceremonies <p>About 2,000 undergraduate, master's and doctoral students at WKU were honored at commencement ceremonies in front of a packed E.A. Diddle Arena this weekend. Graduate candidates donned lavishly decorated hats, listened to a speech by President Gary Ransdell, had their names read as they walked across the red carpet, and posed for photos in their caps and gowns.</p><p>This weekend marked WKU's 175th commencement ceremony. Photojournalist Abbey Oldham gathered these images of the weekend's events. Mon, 19 May 2014 15:56:32 +0000 Abbey Oldham 48251 at Photo Gallery: WKU's 175th Commencement Ceremonies