2014-15 Season

Oct.Showing of From Billions to None: The planet’s last Passenger Pigeon died in 1914, despite having numbered in the billions just a few decades before. This film recreates the species’ former glory and “the ruthless ways in which our 19th-century ancestors utterly destroyed them.”
Nov.Joel Greenberg: In this special program at Minnetrista, Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction, spoke about the pigeon’s former abundance and ways in which hunters and trappers drove them to extinction in the late 1800s and early 1900s. (Conservation awards program followed later in the month.)
Dec.Orchid varieties and cultivation: Using orchid specimens from his own collection, Russ Vernon (owner of New Vision Orchids) provided useful tips and tricks for successful cultivation of the plants.
Jan.Bird-friendly plants: Endangered species biologist Dawn Slack spoke about the impacts of invasive plant species on Indiana birds and offered pointers on choosing wildlife-friendly plants for the yard.
Feb.Mounds reservoir alternative: Tim Maloney, Senior Policy Director for the Hoosier Environmental Council, offered an alternative to the Mounds Reservoir: an environmentally-friendly greenway that would benefit both wildlife and the community.
Mar.Saw-whet Owl banding: Alex Forsythe, one of the most active and passionate young birders in Indiana, discussed the Northern Saw-whet Owl banding program at Indiana Dunes State Park, where she volunteers.
Apr.Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary research: Amy Wilms, a Resident Manager at Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, spoke about some of the new and upcoming research being conducted at Mary Gray, including its hummingbird banding efforts.
MayMuncie’s “ape man”: Mike Zedekar, of the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo, shared stories and video of his work with great apes, including trips to Borneo, where he has participated in the orangutan species survival plan.
JuneI killed my Venus flytrap! Chad Williams, who has been growing carnivorous plants for 28 years, introduced us to the world of these plants and discussed some basic growing points and common pitfalls.

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