Past Programs: 2018-19 season
March: Conservation Tales
Conservation Tales is a series of seven books about wildlife conservation created by a team of Ball State students and faculty. Tom McConnell (author) and Barbara Giorgio-Booher (art director) shared highlights of researching and creating these delightful books.
February: Sax-Zim Bog
Lois Rockhill, Erv Rockhill, and Catherine Kubo shared their recent experiences at Sax-Zim Bog, in northern Minnesota. This 300-square-mile site is a magical mix of habitats that boreal birds love, especially bog specialists like the Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Boreal Chickadee.
January: Habitat islands and migrating songbirds
Ball State biology graduate students Brandon Connare and Alexander Sharp shared the results of their fall 2018 bird-banding season at Christy Woods, on Ball State's campus, including the number and species captured, as well as interesting observations or captures. They explained the critical importance of such “habitat islands” in the survival of migrating songbirds.
December: Hoosier Whooping Cranes
Danielle Williams, of the International Crane Foundation, discussed how the Whooping Crane made its amazing comeback from fewer than 20 individuals in the 1940s to more than 800 today. She discussed the creative methods used to bring Whooping Cranes back to the eastern U.S., the ongoing challenges associated with this effort, and how some cranes ended up in Indiana.
November: Hummingbirds of Indiana
Carl and Amy Wilms, resident managers at the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, shared insights about Ruby-throated Hummingbird migration and breeding, gleaned from research they've been conducting at the sanctuary.
October: Undergraduate wildlife biology adventures
Our speakers were two undergraduate students in Ball State’s wildlife biology and conservation major. Kaitlin Gavenda presented her research on Northern Saw-whet Owls (NSWOs) in East Central Indiana, and Kalee Snorden shared her experiences as a summer intern with Aves Argentinas, part of BirdLife International.
Archives are available for programs from October 2003-June 2018.