2020-21 Season

Oct.Stockbridge Audubon Society: Terri Gorney shared her research about the Stockbridge Audubon Society, the first Audubon chapter in Indiana and one of the oldest in the country. The chapter’s namesake, Charles Stockbridge, was a taxidermist whose collection of 200+ birds now resides at Earlham College.
Nov.Voices & Vision for RCAS: In a very productive roundtable discussion exchange of ideas, the board and other members discussed our chapter’s mission, programs, and future.
Dec.2020 Conservation Awards: This year’s conservation award winners were announced, as we watched previews of videos about their work to protect both wildlife and habitat in Indiana.
Jan.Celebration of Natural Heritage: Dawn Slack, Director of Stewardship for The Nature Conservancy in Indiana, presented grassroots work that is exploding across Indiana, celebrating our birds, our insects, and our lands and waters.
Feb.Duck, Duck, Goose: RCAS president Annette Rose provided information on the varied behaviors and adaptations of waterfowl in Indiana, with a focus on the ducks, geese and swans that congregate here in winter.
MarAmos Butler Birdathon: Donna McCarty, chair of the Amos Butler Audubon Society‘s annual Birdathon, told us about the wonderful work this event has done since 1987, to raise funds that protect bird habitat in Central America and promote bird conservation in Indiana.
Apr.The Sustainable Economy: Author Bob Devine talked about his book, The Sustainable Economy: The Hidden Costs of Climate Change and the Path to a Prosperous Future, exploring the idea that almost all environmental problems are at heart economic problems.
MayThreats to Costal Wading Birds: Alexander Sharp, a Ph.D. student at Texas A&M and former RCAS board member, explained why wading birds are important for the management of coastal ecosystems in Southern Florida and discussed threats to their populations.
JuneQuail Conservation in Indiana: Ryan Owen provided insights into the multifaceted causes of the decline in Northern Bobwhite Quail population—the only quail native to the eastern United States—particularly loss of suitable habitat.

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