TOM ULRICH – Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Renowned nature photographer Tom Ulrich, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in CNS C101 at IWU. Tom’s work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon, and many other publications.
DR. JOHN LAUNDRE – Thursday, March 20, 2014
On March 20 at 7 p.m. in CNS C101 at IWU, Dr. John Laundré will talk on “Phantoms of the Prairie: the Return of Cougars to the Midwest.” Based on a growing number of studies, there is no doubt that cougars can and are moving back to appropriate habitat in the Midwest.
JOEL GREENBURG – Thursday, April 3, 2014
JWP Audubon is pleased to host Joel Greenberg on April 3, at 7:00 p.m. in CNS C101 at IWU. Joel will talk about “The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon.” The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America, if not the world.
Photo by Tonya Guo
From Right: Board Members Dale, Les, Lenore, and Matt at left inspiring the next generation of birders.
Each year JWP picks a subject that we intend to emphasize during the next year. This year we selected “endangered species” as our topic, and Lenore Sobota, Field Trip Co-Chair, suggested the above title. Yes, it is already too late for some. The passenger pigeon, Carolina parakeet, and Ivory-billed woodpecker are gone forever, but dedication, proper management, and of course money can save many species. We believe the world can be richer and better because of the success stories.
Some species, such as the red wolf, whooping crane, and California condor will require continued intensive research and management to survive. Others such the wild turkey and river otter often thrive with protection after reintroduction into proper habitat from which they had long been eliminated. And many species require only the establishment of their proper habitat and some care to survive. By fostering care for the world around us we can accomplish a lot before it is too late!
This year we selected the passenger pigeon as our icon. This species was well known by everyone, and its demise astounded us all.
Dale Birkenholz, JWP Stewardship
Welcome to John Wesley Powell Audubon, a Chapter of National Audubon Society
The mission of the John Wesley Powell Audubon is to engage and promote activities that foster an understanding and appreciation of our natural world and that encourages others to join in this cause.
We also act as a watchdog and bellwether for our environment so that citizens can be informed and empowered with a desire to become effective advocates and stewards and to help restore, maintain and manage our natural communities and ecosystems. By meeting, working and communicating together we hope to enhance the welfare of wildlife and its habitat as well as our own.
We offer programs and field trips to learn about and enjoy nature, its complexity and its beauty and to promote collegiality in working and socializing toward our common goals. We agree to collaborate with National Audubon and adhere to its policies so that together our programs can contribute most effectively to the welfare of our world.