2016-17 Season

Oct.Cerulean Warbler research: Ball State graduate student Clayton Delancey presented his current research, using radio transmitters, on Cerulean Warblers, a neotropical migrant species whose status is considered threatened.
Nov.Conservation awards program
Dec.Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign: Jodi Perras discussed the Indiana Michigan Power/AEP Rockport power plant—the nation’s sixth-largest carbon polluter and second most toxic power plant in the state—and ways to transition to cleaner forms of energy.
Jan.Red Wolf Sanctuary: Paul Strasser, founder and director of Red Wolf Sanctuary and Raptor Center (Rising Sun, IN), told us about the sanctuary’s work in caring for a wide range of North American wildlife, from birds of prey to bears, wolves, and foxes.
Feb.Birds, bats, & renewable energy: Annette Rose (BSU) explained the complex trade-offs that come with renewable energy, especially wind energy, and its impact on bird and bat deaths, habitat loss, and avoidance behaviors of wildlife.
Mar.Newport Aquarium: Dan Dunlap, curator of the WAVE Foundation (an outreach program for the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY), brought an African penguin to Minnetrista for a special program about penguins and conservation.
Apr.Hudsonian Godwits: Rose Swift (Cornell Lab of Ornithology) discussed the life cycle of the Godwits, in addition to their breeding and wintering grounds.
MayAll-chapter nature photos: Chapter members and friends showed us their best nature photos of birds, other animals, landscapes.
JuneReducing CO2 emissions: John Vann presented an innovative approach to reducing carbon emissions and improving the nation’s economy through the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s proposed Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy.

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