Also see GREENetwork for more environment-related events.
"Foot Stamping and Booming! Prairie Chickens in Illinois" Monday, February 2, 20157:00 pmCenter for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
The Greater Prairie Chicken is an iconic bird of the tallgrass prairies that once
covered much or Illinois. Their population in Illinois once numbered in the millions
but they are now found only in the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area. Over the past
several years their population had declined to about 60 birds. The Illinois Department
of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Audubon Society
have embarked on a multi-year project to revitalize the Illinois Prairie Chicken population
by translocating 300 birds from Kansas. Bob Gillespie, who is coordinating the current
recovery project for the IDNR, will talk about the restoration efforts for this fascinating
grassland bird. Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and
IWU Biology Department.
Environmental Studies Alumni Panel Tuesday, February 10, 2015 7:00 pm Welcome Center Auditorium
Join professionals and IWU alum as they share their insights and advice about their
work in the environmental and conservation areas. Featured on this panel are
Bethany Evans, '01 Greenhouse Manager & Curators, ISU Katie Coleman, '04 Digital Advocacy Specialist at Environmental Law & Policy Center Vera Leopold, '05 Grants Manager/Development Associate at the Wetlands Initiative Ellen Cornelius, '14 Environmental Program Coordinator at American Lung Association
This panel is presented by the Hart Career Center.
"The Nature Conservancy's Emiquon Project: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature
and People" Tuesday, March 17, 2015 7:00 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
The 6,600-acre Emiquon preserve was once among the biologically richest wetlands in
North America. In the 20th century, the lakes and wetlands were converted into farmland,
isolating the area from the Illinois River. In spring 2007, after 7 years of science-based
planning, The Nature Conservancy turned off the pumps that had dried out the land
since the 1920s. Within months water reappeared in the historic lakebeds and native
plants returned from their seeds that had lain dormant for years. Emiquon is the premiere
demonstration site for The Nature Conservancy's work within the Upper Mississippi
River system, and will help guide large floodplain river restoration efforts around
the world. The next phase of restoration at Emiquon will be the installation of a
water management structure that will provide a connection between the wetland and
the Illinois River, facilitating the water control needed to sustain these high-quality
habitats long term. Doug Blodgett, Director of River Conservation for the Illinois
Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, will give a presentation on the Emiquon Preserve
and discuss the science behind the planned reconnection of the Illinois River. Sponsored
by the JWP Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and IWU Biology Department.
Environmental Internship Panel Thursday, March 19, 2015 7:00 pm State Farm Hall (SFH) 103
Interested in gaining "real world" experience or learning about different internship
options? The Panel will feature several current students who have had various environmental
related internships -- for credit and non-credit. The panelists are able to give personal
experiences and describe the types of duties and what they've learned through their
internship. You will also be introduced to what is involved if an internship if taken
for class credit, how to search for internships, and how to apply.
Photographer Tom Ulrich Tuesday, March 24, 2015 7:00 pm Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101
Nature photographer Tom Ulrich will present a photographic journey in the life of a wildlife photographer in 2014.
This year's focus will include the birds of Ecuador, bird migration in Texas, and
the spectacular wildlife and landscapes of Glacier National Park in Montana. He dazzles
his audiences with amazing photographs, tips for photographers and humorous narration.
Tom's work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon, and many other publications. Admission is free for IWU students with their university ID card. Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and IWU Biology Department.
"China, Peak Oil, Climate Change, and the 21st Century Crisis" LI Minqi, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Utah Tuesday, March 31, 2015 4:00 pm Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library
China is at the center of global environmental contradictions. As China becomes the
world's largest energy consumer and greenhouse gas emitter, the global ecological
system is approaching the point of no return. The current global ecological crisis
is a part of the structural crisis of global capitalism. Both crises cannot be resolved
withing the historical framework of the existing world system. Sponsored by the IWU
Environmental Studies Program and the IWU Asian Studies Team, International Studies