Meet the Ambassador

Introducing Covington's new ambassador - Karma!Covington Karma
It may be strange to see a chameleon roaming around Covington considering they normally reside in deserts or rainforests! However, Karma the chameleon is just as unique as we are and we are happy Karma calls Covington home! In fact, as the story goes, Karma has been calling Jenkins Creek Park home for many, many years. Karma loves Covington and is excited to be an ambassador for the city - sharing with the community all of the cool things Covington has to offer. Karma is also another way to connect with the community in a positive way, especially with children. 

Name: Karma
Birthplace: Jenkins Creek
Favorite Hobby: Enjoying Nature, Ultimate Frisbee
Favorite Color(s): Orange, Blue and Green
Favorite Food(s): Crickets, Spiders, Lucky Charms        
Favorite Movie(s): Tangled, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles



FACTS ABOUT CHAMELEONS:

- Chameleons are part of the iguana family.
- There are over 200 species of chameleons in the world.

- Chameleons change color based on their mood, to show feelings or emotion, and to regulate temperature.
- Chameleon's tongues can be twice as long as their bodies!
- Their eyes rotate 180 degrees for a full 360 degree view!                      
- The word chameleon means "Lion of the Ground".                                                                                  


HOW DID THE COVINGTON CREEK CHAMELEON COME TO BE?
The story of the Covington Creek Chameleon dates back to the beginning of time—in Covington.

 About 1890, a crew constructing the Northern Pacific Railroad line near the Palmer Cut-off reached an area edged by the parallel flows of Jenkins Creek and Little Soos Creek. Surveyor Richard Covington, working alone, came upon an inexplicable and powerful energy alive with a vibrant swirl of color. Though no other sightings were reported, rumors of the mysterious apparition were ablaze for years. Time passed and the region grew. A rich variety of settlers made Covington home.

In 2018, a group of children playing near Jenkins Creek reported that a curious but playful creature had approached them. Soon others came forward with similar reports, though the color of the creature in their stories varied. The city dispatched representatives—Mayor Jeff Wagner, City Manager Regan Bolli and Police Chief Andrew McCurdy—to investigate. This brave team discovered a creature, vividly hued, highly social, displaying incredible adaptability. They identified it as a freshwater chameleon, a previously unknown species unique to Covington. The creature demonstrated a cheerful eagerness to embrace the diverse city.

A few short months later that year on November 13, the Covington City Council accepted the officials’ report of the sighting and named the Covington Creek Chameleon the city’s ambassador.

The rest, my friends, is history.