Past Programs: 2017-18 season
June: The year of 19 owls
Kevin Cornell and Allee Forsberg declared 2018 the "Year of the Owl," with the goal of seeing all 19 North American owl species. In this presentation they shared stories and photos of their year's adventure. (A few days after their presentation, they successfully added #18 and #19 to their list!)
May: Vocal behavior of the Cerulean Warbler
Garrett MacDonald shared his research on the vocal behavior of the Cerulean Warbler, a small, rare songbird that breeds in the eastern U.S. and winters in northern South America. He focused on the geographic song variation and characteristics of the dawn singing period.
April: Pollinators and their plant relationships
Cheryl LeBlanc gave a presentation on various plant characteristics and their pollinators – with a special emphasis on orchids and native plants – and explained why these relationships are important in all ecosystems around the world. Cheryl is Curator and Ecologist at the Wheeler-Thanhauser Orchid Collection and Species Bank at Ball State.
March: To the Alaskan Arctic and back
Erv and Lois Rockhill shared photos and stories of their 3.5-month adventure, driving 13,640 miles round-trip between Indiana and Alaska. They spent two full months in Alaska, going as far north as Deadhorse, on Prudhoe Bay, while pulling a trailer and visiting many national, state, and provincial parks along the way.
February: Where do forest birds go after nesting?
Patrick Ruhl, who is completing a Ph.D. in wildlife science at Purdue University, has been researching the habitat associations of mature forest bird species in southern Indiana. In this talk, he shared some recent results of his radio-tracking and bird-banding studies.
January: Threats to Hawai’i’s unique & rare birds
Of all U.S. states, Hawai’i has the greatest numbers of extinct species and federally listed endangered species of birds. Dr. Kamal Islam, biology professor at Ball State, presented the many threats to Hawai’i’s unique and rare avifauna and the ways in which climate change will further jeopardize their future survival.
December: Birding close to home
Rose Jeffery, our chapter's field trip chair, told us about the best birding sites within a two-hour drive of Muncie – a long list that includes Summit Lake, McVey Woods, White River Woods, Mounds State Park, Limberlost/Loblolly, Salamonie Lake, Eagle Creek Park, and nearly two dozen other sites.
November: Conservation awards banquet
No regular program. Visit the 2017 conservation awards page to learn more.
October: Welcome back the bluebirds
Christy Frampton, president of the Boone County Bluebird Society and district coordinator for the Indiana Bluebird Society, offered insights about Eastern Bluebirds’ nesting habits, why they need our help, and how to attract them.
Archives are available for programs from October 2003-June 2017.