Past Programs: 2016-17 season
June: Reducing CO2 emissions
John Vann – co-founder of the East Central Indiana chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) – presented an innovative approach to reducing carbon emission while simultaneously improving our nation’s economy, through the CCL’s proposed Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy.
May: all-chapter nature photos
Chapter members and friends showed us their best nature photos of birds, other animals, landscapes.
April: Hudsonian Godwits
Rose Swift, a Ph.D. candidate at Cornell Lab of Ornithology, discussed the life cycle of the Godwits, in addition to their breeding and wintering grounds.
March: Newport Aquarium
WAVE Foundation is the outreach program for the Newport Aquarium (in Newport, Kentucky). Dan Dunlap, curator of the WAVE Foundation, brought an African penguin to Minnetrista for a special program about penguins and conservation.
February: Birds, bats, & renewable energy
Annette Rose, of Ball State's Dept. of Technology, explained the complex trade-offs that come with renewable energy, especially wind energy, and its impact on bird and bat deaths, habitat loss, and avoidance behaviors of wildlife.
January: Red Wolf Sanctuary
Paul Strasser, founder and director of Red Wolf Sanctuary and Raptor Center (located in Rising Sun, Indiana), told us about the sanctuary's work in caring for a wide range of North American wildlife, from birds of prey to bears, wolves, and foxes.
December: Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign
Jodi Perras, manager of the Beyond Coal Campaign in Indiana, Michigan, and Kentucky, discussed the Indiana Michigan Power/AEP Rockport power plant—the nation’s sixth largest carbon polluter and second most toxic power plant in the state—and ways to transition to cleaner forms of energy.
November: Conservation awards banquet
Visit our Conservation Awards page to learn about our 2016 recipients.
October: Cerulean Warbler research
Ball State graduate student Clayton Delancey, our 2016 recipient of the RCAS Fox Student Grant, presented his current research, using radio transmitters, on Cerulean Warblers, a neotropical migrant species whose status is considered threatened. .
Archives are available for programs from October 2003-June 2016.