2012-13 Season

Oct.Bats and wind energy: Michael Schirmacher, Wind Energy Fields Project Biologist for Bat Conservation International, discussed research into methods for reducing bat fatalities at wind energy facilities.
Nov.Owl Prowl: In a special two-part program (separate from our regular conservation awards banquet), Dr. Tom Sproat (Northern Kentucky University) introduced both children and adults to the three species of owls that make East Central Indiana their home.
Dec.Waterfowl migration: Adam Phelps, a wildlife biologist with the Indiana DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, discussed the migration of waterfowl (primarily mallards, Canada geese, and wood ducks) within Indiana as well as the Mississippi Flyway.
Jan.Hughes Nature Preserve: Jon Creek and Jeff Ray explained our chapter’s restoration efforts at the Hughes Nature Preserve. Then Ball State landscape architecture students shared their design ideas for celebrating the preserve’s past, present, and future.
Feb.Human dimensions of natural resources and forestry: Josh Gruver, Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State, addressed results from a recent study concerned with how private forest landowners make decisions about the future of their forest land.
Mar.One-second identification: Jeff Riegel, a Field Technician Supervisor for the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, gave tips for identifying fast-moving birds at a glance.
Apr.Birders: The Central Park EffectThis film reveals the extraordinary array of wild birds who grace Manhattan’s celebrated patch of green and the equally colorful, full-of-attitude New Yorkers who schedule their lives around the rhythms of migration.
MayThe hearing side of bird song: Dr. Jeff Lucas, Professor of Biology at Purdue University, discussed a study of bird hearing that examines how birds process songs, how habitat constrains their use of songs, and how seasonal changes affect birds’ communication.
JuneYour best nature photos: Audubon members and friends shared their most interesting and wildest nature stories to program!

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