2006-07 Season

Oct.Chimney swift nesting and roosting: Shirley Needham, a wildlife rehabilitator from Rochester, Indiana, presented research that she and others have done on chimney swifts and the disappearance of suitable nesting and roosting sites. More info at www.chimneyswifts.org.
Nov.The Birds of Madison County: Tom and Jean Harbron, creators of the Birds of Madison County website, showed highlights of the birds that they’ve chronicled for nearly eight years along the banks of Killbuck Creek and White River and in Shadyside Park in Anderson.
Dec.IDNR reintroduction project: John Castrale, Nongame Bird Biologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, updated our chapter on the continued success of Indiana’s reintroduction projects for such species as ospreys, river otters, and bald eagles.
Jan.The secret lives of Monarch butterflies: Loretta Heiniger, whose Anderson property serves as an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation, took us through the life cycle of Monarchs and presented information about the habitat that they and other butterflies require for survival.
Feb.Bluebird basics: Greg Beavers, Vice President of the Indiana Bluebird Society, told us everything we need to know about the Eastern bluebird, including tips on attracting bluebirds and monitoring nest box activity.
Mar.Red-tail Conservancy: Barry Banks, Executive Director of Red-tail Conservancy, presented a pictorial tour of the 17 properties protected by Red-tail in five counties of East Central Indiana – now totaling well over 1,000 acres.
Apr.Confronting climate change: BSU professor John Vann, who was trained through The Climate Project, presented information about climate change and links between human activity and greenhouse gas emissions.
MayBat conservation at the Indianapolis Airport: Dale Sparks, Assistant Director of the Center for North American Bat Research and Conservation, spoke about bat conservation research he has been doing on bats at the Indianapolis Airport.
JuneEmerald ash borer and other invasive insects: Melissa Shepson, from Purdue University’s Department of Entomology, gave an overview of invasive insect species in Indiana, with a special focus on the emerald ash borer and efforts to control the damage they do.

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