2005-06 Season

Oct.Environmental activism: Chapter president Mike Lannoo, Phil Tevis, and John Craddock led a discussion about the role that the RCAS can play in water quality, habitat restoration, and other environmental impact issues in East Central Indiana.
Nov.Specimen collecting in Antarctica & Lilly Endowment funding: Mike Lannoo gave a slide show on his collecting trip to the Ross Sea, and Rick Lopez talked about possible ways to fund conservation activities in East Central Indiana.
Dec.Important Bird Areas of Indiana: James Cole presented information about the international IBA program and the IBAs in Indiana, which provide essential habitat for one or more bird species for breeding, wintering, and/or migrating.
Jan.White River transformation: John Craddock, former Director of Muncie’s Bureau of Water Quality, showed “before” and “after” slides of the clean-up and transformation of the White River that he orchestrated in the 1970s and ’80s.
Feb.Indiana wildlife before the Ice Age: Geology professor James Farlow presented information about rhinos, camels, and other amazing animals that once lived in Indiana, especially those found in The Pipe Creek Sinkhole in Grant County.
Mar.Wetlands restoration at the Limberlost: Ken Brunswick, co-founder of Limberlost Swamp Remembered and Regional Ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources, gave updates on the progress of wetlands restoration at the Limberlost, now totaling nearly 1,300 acres.
Apr.John James Audubon: The 2006 banquet speaker was William Souder, author of Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America. His program gave little-known insights into Audubon as a man, a naturalist, and a wildlife artist.
MayCope Environmental Center: Lina Gordy, then Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center, showed what the Centerville organization is doing to provide education, research, and demonstrations to promote the sustainable use of the earth’s resources.
JuneWide world of orchids: Russ Vernon, co-owner of New Vision Orchids in Yorktown, introduced listeners to the beautiful and mysterious family of orchids and the interesting business of developing, growing, and caring for them.

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