Past Programs: 2016-17 season

June: Reducing CO2 emissionssmokestack

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 photosAnhinga

Chapter members and friends showed us their best nature photos of birds, other animals, landscapes.

April: Hudsonian GodwitsHudsonian Godwit

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 AquariumAfrican Penguin thumbnail

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 energywindfarm

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 SanctuaryBald Eagle at 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 CampaignBeyond Coal logo

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.

Cerulean WarblerOctober: 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.