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December 2013

Christmas_Cardinal_by_GypsyAlexJoin us at 6:30pm, Thursday, December 12th for our annual holiday potluck and program at the Danville Public Library. The evening will begin with dinner so bring a favorite food to share.
Marilyn Campbell is the evening’s presenter with her program on the Manitoba Prairies and Churchill. The business portion of the meeting will include the election of officers for 2014. The evening will conclude with a gift exchange. If you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, bring a small unwrapped gift.

The slate of officers for 2014 are as follows:
President: Sue Smith
Vice-President: Connie Cunningham
Secretary: Marilyn Campbell
Treasurer: Bob Schifo
IAS Delegate: Jim Smith
Directors: Bud Lewsader, Brenda Tellier, TBA
Website: Susan Stearns

Please contact Marilyn Campbell at 662-6460 if you are interested in serving as a director. Board meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of most months.

November 2013 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.

October 2013

October 24th presentation by Dr. Merritt

Bat drawing from Illinois AudubonJoin 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 Merritt, MammologistJoseph 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 and Mammalogy:Adaptation,Diversity,Ecology also published by Johns Hopkins. Dr. Merritt is editor of many technical monographs on specific taxa of mammals. He has served on the Publications Committee of the American Society of Mammalogists since 1990 and is currently the Journal Editor for the Journal of Mammalogy published by the American Society of Mammalogists. Dr. Merritt instructs mammalogy at the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station and courses in mammalian biology and winter ecology at Illinois State University, and at the Adirondack Ecological Center, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.