2007-08 Season

Oct.Cerulean warblers in Indiana: BSU ornithologist Kamal Islam presented research that he and his students have conducted on this declining species over the last seven years.
Nov.Photography across Indiana: Richard Fields, photography editor for Outdoor Indiana magazine and one of two state photographers for the DNR, presented a montage of some of his best photos, taken across the state. Fields’ work has been collected in Indiana Impressions and Indiana from the Air.
Dec.Future of the environmental movement: David Keuhl, BSU urban planning professor, gave an overview of the changing trends and emphases in environmental organizations over the last 150 years.
Jan.Indiana karst systems: Nick Noe, of the Indiana Karst Conservancy, gave a presentation on Indiana karst systems (limestone regions with sinks, underground streams, and caverns), which are rich with geological, biological, and archaeological significance.
Feb.Natural areas of ECI: Tom Swinford, Regional Ecologist for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, in its Division of Nature Preserves, introduced us to some of East Central Indiana’s natural areas.
Mar.Mapping natural areas in ECI: Kyle Johnson, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Coordinator for Delaware Co., showed how GIS is used to assist various community projects and organizations and to address environmental issues.
Apr.Attracting purple martins: Tom Jonker, an Indiana Mentor with the Purple Martin Conservation Association, offered tips about housing styles, both commercially made and homemade, and nest checks, as well as strategies for keeping starlings and house sparrows from taking over martin housing.
MayBirds of the Limberlost: Naturalist Bill Hubbard introduced us to some of the birds of the Limberlost and their songs, as well as a brief history of the Limberlost (1,500 acres of restored wetlands in Jay and Adams Counties) and author Gene Stratton-Porter, who lived in and wrote about the Limberlost.
JuneDealing with invasive exotic plants: John Taylor, Land Manager for BSU’s Field Station and Environmental Education Center, presented information on invasive exotic plant species, their impact upon native ecosystems, their costs (economic and otherwise), and management strategies.

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