2003-04 Season

Nov.IDNR reintroduction project: Dr. John Castrale, Nongame Biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, gave us an overview of Indiana’s programs to reintroduce peregrine falcons, bald eagles, whooping cranes, and ospreys to the state.
Dec.Photography from Lake Powell: Allen King, one of the chapter’s most talented photographers, took us to Lake Powell and surrounding areas in southern Utah and northern Arizona.
Jan.Bats: Dr. Tom Morrell, wildlife biologist at Ball State University, presented some of his own research findings about bats, including their important roles in pollination, insect control, and dispersal of fruit seeds.
Feb.Digiscoping: Phil Kelly told us about the newest form of wildlife photography: digiscoping, which is the combined use of digital cameras with quality birding spotting scopes.
Mar.Turkey vultures: Dr. Neil Sabine, a biology professor from IU East, shared research he’s done on turkey vultures, especially their social habits, as well as past research on bald eagles.
Apr.Birdsongs: Brad Jackson entertained us and even educated us about learning to identify birds by their songs, as the speaker for this year’s spring awards banquet.
MayAquatic invasive species: Dr. Gwen White helped us learn what we can do to stop nuisance aquatic plant and animal invaders such as zebra mussels, bighead carp, purple loosestrife, white perch, and sea lamprey.
JuneButterflies of Indiana: Sandy Belth, naturalist and outdoor educator in Monroe County, introduced us to her vast knowledge of butterflies that occur throughout southern Indiana and beyond. Her husband Jeff supplied the stunning butterfly photography.

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