Spring 2014 Events and Speakers


Beehive Collective
Members of the Beehive Collective speak about the True Cost of Coal to students in CNS.

Also see GREENetwork for more environment-related events. 

March 2014

Nature Photographer Tom Ulrich
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
7:00 pm
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

Tom’s work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon, and many other publications.  Originally from Illinois, he now resides outside of Glacier National Park in Montana, but returns to Illinois each year on his photo tour.  Every year he dazzles his audiences with amazing photographs, tips for photographers and humorous narration.  This year’s focus will be on the nature of Florida, Glacier National Park in Montana, and South Texas, and a special feature will include photographs from Tom’s travels to Rome, Greece, and Turkey. Sponsored by the JWP Audubon.

"Phantoms of the Prairie: The Return of Cougars to the Midwest"
Dr. John Laundré, adjunct faculty member at SUNY Oswego and vice president of the Cougar Rewilding Foundation
Thursday, March 20th, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

Based on a growing number of studies, there is no doubt that cougars can and are moving back to appropriate habitat in the Midwest. While the biological question of whether they can live there is being answered, it is the sociological and political ones that are still up in the air:  Will we, can we, make room for this predator in our midst?  What dangers are there to letting them come back and settle where they have the least amount of conflict with humans? Dr. Laundré will present his perspective on just how dangerous it is to have cougars return to the Midwest, based on his recently published book (with the same title as above) and his 20+ years of experience studying them in the west.  He will compare the risks of having cougars return, to many of the risks we face daily and often take for granted.  His talk will shed some light on whether we should embrace one of nature's success stories or if we should shoot them down in a volley of fear and hysteria. Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, the Beach Lewis Fund of the IWU Biology Department and the IWU Environmental Studies program.

Exploring Environmental Internships - Student Panel  
Monday, March 31, 2014
Room 103 in State Farm Hall, IWU 

Interested in exploring an environmental studies internship? Want to receive academic credit for your internship? IWU students will speak about their experiences applying for and interning in the Bloomington-Normal community and be available for questions. Internships include the Illinois Environmental Council, Downtown Bloomington Farmer’s Market, Ecology Action Center, Sugar Grove Nature Center, IL Green Economy Network, Green Institute of Heartland Community College, the Town of Normal, IWU Peace Garden and more. Students of all majors and minors are encouraged to attend if they are interested or have thought about applying for an internship. Light refreshments will be available. Co-sponsored by the IWU Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) and Environmental Studies Program.


April 2014

"The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon"
Joel Greenberg, naturalist, writer, and environmental consultant
Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

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.  But this huge population was neither evenly distributed across the landscape nor was it any way cryptic: the species often formed aggregations so vast they are difficult for us to imagine. But despite that abundance, exploitation for food and recreation destroyed the species in the wild by the first few years of the twentieth century. On September 1, 1914, Martha, the last of the species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo.  This talk explores the story of the bird and highlights the important lessons that it presents to those of us in the 21st century. Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, the IWU Biology Department, and the IWU Environmental Studies program.

"The True Cost of Coal"
The Beehive Collective
Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. -- IWU Main Quad
7:00 p.m. -- Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) Atrium

The Beehive Collective will be sharing the story of coal across time and explaining how it is affecting our health, the environment and the economy. Come see the amazing poster created by many different artists and volunteers.

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo: Creating Healthy Communities (ISLWE)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Shirk Center, Illinois Wesleyan University
Free and open to the public. For more information see website.

Explore the many aspects of Living Well & Living Green at the upcoming Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo with up to 100 exhibitors and 20 presenters. This interactive event celebrates Creating Healthy Communities by blending ideas for green alternatives and embracing the many services that promote health and healing. The ISLWE is McLean County’s major Zero Waste event.  With the help of Midwest Fiber, who will accept all food waste for composting, this event is planned and managed to avoid any generation of waste that cannot be recycled, reused, or composted!  There will also be a Mega Recycling event in the Shirk Center parking lot, so residents can bring their recyclable materials. Co-sponsored by the Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University's Wellness Program.


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