November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving.  There will be no program meeting in November. Our next event is the holiday potluck and program on December 12th.  More details will be forthcoming in our December news. Thank you to all of you who ordered bird seed during our Fall Bird Seed Fundraiser.  It was a success! There are a few 10 pound bags of Thistle (Niger) left over. Contact Bob Schifo at 217-427-5563 if you'd like to purchase a bag for $9.50.
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October 2013

October 24th presentation by Dr. Merritt Join us Thursday, October 24th at 7:00 pm for the presentation, "Bats - Myth and Reality," presented by Dr. Joseph Merritt at the Danville Public Library.  The event is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided. About Dr. Merritt Joseph F. Merritt is senior mammalogist with the Illinois Natural History Survey. He is the former Director of Powdermill Biological Station of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO during academic year 2004 to 2005. Dr. Merritt is a physiological ecologist and functional morphologist specializing in adaptations of mammals to cold. He is the author of The Biology of Small Mammals published by Johns Hopkins University Press…
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September 2013

Jason Fischer is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois in the Program for Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. He is wrapping up his research which has included 4 years of mist netting and banding birds at feeders in Champaign, Vermillion, and Piatt counties, which has included work at the Homer Lake Visitor Center and at the homes of Jim Smith and Sue and Tom Smith. Jason will be the guest speaker at the September 26th meeting of the MiddleFork Audubon meeting at the Danville Public library at 7PM. People change their environments in drastic ways to meet their own needs and desires, but many species of wildlife are able to thrive in these modified habitats. I am interested in how urbanization affects population dynamics and behavior of birds…
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