2018-19 Season

Oct.Undergraduate wildlife biology adventures: Kaitlin Gavenda presented her research on Northern Saw-whet Owls, and Kalee Snorden shared her experiences as an intern with Aves Argentinas. Both are in Ball State’s wildlife biology and conservation program.
Nov.Bird of Prey: We co-sponsored showing of Bird of Prey, a documentary produced by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology that tells the story of the rarest bird on Earth, the Great Philippine Eagle, and the people who are working to save it from extinction.
Dec.Hoosier Whooping Cranes: Danielle Williams, of the International Crane Foundation, discussed the amazing comeback of the Whooping Crane, ongoing challenges associated with this effort, and how some cranes ended up in Indiana.
Jan.Habitat islands and migrating songbirds: Brandon Connare and Alexander Sharp shared results of their fall 2018 bird-banding season at Christy Woods, on Ball State’s campus, and explained the importance of “habitat islands” for migrating songbirds.
Feb.Sax-Zim Bog: Lois Rockhill, Erv Rockhill, and Catherine Kubo shared their experiences at Sax-Zim Bog, in northern Minnesota. This 300-square-mile site attracts species like the Great Gray Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, and Boreal Chickadee.
Mar.Conservation Tales: Tom McConnell (author) and Barbara Giorgio-Booher (art director) shared highlights of researching and creating Conservation Tales, a series of seven books about wildlife conservation created by a team of Ball State students and faculty.
Apr.Birds of Prey: Mark Booth, executive director of Take Flight! Wildlife Education, brought several live raptors native for a special presentation on the natural history, physiological adaptations, and ecological significance of North America’s native raptors.
MayHummingbirds of Indiana: Carl and Amy Wilms, Resident Managers of the Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary, shared their research on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, especially migration and breeding practices, as well as incubation and care of their young.
JuneCornell Ornithology Lab programs: Alexander Sharp explained how to use programs created by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology: eBird, for checklist reporting; Merlin Bird ID, a smartphone app; and BirdCast, a website that displays a forecast of bird migration.

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