Upcoming Programs

Bird of Prey film – Nov. 13
NOTE special time and location

Philippine EagleJoin us for a special showing of Bird of Prey, a documentary produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that tells “the story of the rarest bird on Earth.”

Our chapter is co-sponsoring this program, along with Ball State’s Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, on Wednesday, November 13, from 7-9 p.m., at Ball State’s Pruis Hall.   

Bird of Prey is an award-winning documentary that reveals the plight of the Great Philippine Eagle and the inspiring people who are working to save this critically endangered species from extinction. The cinematography of Neil Rettig offers unprecedented views of the behavior and forest domain of the eagle.

You don’t want to miss this program!  Invite your friends and neighbors to join you for this intriguing look at the Philippine Eagle.  Admission is free.  

Metered parking is available on the top floor of the Emens Parking Garage. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in restricted (red) lots.  Zoom in on the campus map to find Pruis Hall (labeled “PH”) and the adjacent Emens Parking Garage (labeled “NP”), which is accessible from Neely Ave.

(Photo courtesy of Cornell Lab.)

The science of feral cats – Nov. 21

Cat with birdSince 1970, North America has lost approximately 2.8 billion birds, equating to about 25% of the entire bird population in the world.

While many of the reasons for this loss are indirectly caused by human activity and development, such as habitat loss and climate change, the number one, direct, human-sourced cause of native bird and mammal mortality is cats. Since their domestication, cats have been directly responsible for the extinction of 33 different species, killing an average of 2.4 billion birds and 12.3 billion mammals each year.

On Thursday, November 21, our chapter’s program chair, Alexander Sharp, will give a presentation entitled, “The Science of Feral Cats: Understanding the Consequences of Allowing Outdoor Cats to Live among Native Wildlife.”  He’ll provide unbiased information about the impacts of outdoor cats on local wildlife, provide solutions that benefit everyone, debunk some common myths about cats and wildlife, and answer any questions.

Chapter business and refreshments will begin at 7 p.m. at Kennedy Library, followed by Alex’s program at 7:15.