Dr. Emily Minor, Professor of Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago Monday, December 4, 2023 7 p.m. CNS 101
On December 4 at 7 p.m. in CNS C101, Dr. Emily Minor, a Professor of Biology at the
University of Illinois at Chicago, will talk on “Noticing nature” or “extinction of
experience” – the future of urban biodiversity
Living in cities can lead to the “extinction of experience,” a feedback loop in which
people who have little interaction with nature are less likely to protect it. This
cycle could result in a continual erosion of biodiversity over time. Although this
concept was first introduced 45 years ago, we still know little about the hypothesized
feedback loop, if or how it plays out on the ground, and how it might be reversed.
More recently, researchers have hypothesized that an alternate version of this loop
may occur that incorporates environmental engagement, or “noticing nature,” leading
to better outcomes for biodiversity. In this talk, Dr. Minor will describe the first
empirical test of these feedback loops, using ecological and social data collected
from residential neighborhoods in the Chicago suburbs. She will describe the connections
between suburban residents, their yards, and the birds in their neighborhoods, and
talk about how these connections can benefit people and birds alike.
Mike Avara, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University
of Illinois Tuesday, September 12, 2023 7 p.m. CNS 101
On September 12 at 7 p.m. in CNS C101, Mike Avara, a research scientist in the Department
of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Illinois, will
give a talk on “Bird Migration and Motus Towers in Illinois.”
The Motus Wildlife Tracking System (Motus) is an international collaborative research
network that uses coordinated automated radio telemetry to track the movement of birds
and animals as small as insects. As of 2022, more than 1,500 receiver stations have
been installed in 34 countries, although most are located in the United States and
Canada. Mike Avara, who bands migratory birds and monitors the Illinois Motus telemetry
network, has studied the Northern Saw-whet Owl, the smallest owl species found in
Illinois. He has live-trapped and attached Motus tags to this species at banding
stations in central Illinois in an effort to learn more about their fall/winter stopover
behavior and fall/spring migration trajectories. Mike will report on some of his
research findings and discuss how the Motus network has expanded and transformed bird
migration research throughout the state.
Annual Environmental Studies Picnic Sunday, September 10, 2023 5-7 p.m. IWU Peace Garden (corner of University & Evans) Illinois Wesleyan University
The Environmental Studies Program will host its annual fall picnic at the IWU Peace
Garden on September 10, 2023. This is a great time to gather outdoors, meet new people,
and connect with your ES faculty and fellow ES students! The event will feature food,
games, a chance to check out the garden and beehives, and a fun venue for getting
to know ES students and faculty.
Through the invitation of an Environmental Studies student, award-winning poet and
conceptual sound artist Jonah Mixon-Webster visited Illinois Wesleyan to speak with
students and give a reading from “Stereo(TYPE),” a collection of poems that explore
his identity as a Black man, a queer individual and a resident of Flint, Michigan.
Peace Garden Spring Honey Harvest Saturday, April 17th, 2021 12-2 p.m. IWU Peace Garden (corner of University & Evans) Illinois Wesleyan University
Join us on Saturday, April 17th from noon to 2pm in the IWU Peace Garden to extract
some honey from our hives! Stop by if you enjoy the outdoors, good people, and good
plants. As always, masks and social distancing are required.
Sit Down with Senate Featuring Mercy Davidson Monday, April 12th, 2021 4-5 p.m. Hansen Student Center or Via Zoom RSVP Here!
Student Senate would like to invite you to our Sit Down with Senate event featuring
Normal City Planner, Mercy Davison! Come to the Hansen Student Center or via zoom
to learn about sustainable city initiatives in our own community. There will be a
presentation, student Q/A, and reusable straws for those who RSVP in person!
Mohr Tree Planting Friday 4/9, Saturday 4/10, Sunday 4/11 ParkLands Foundation Mohr Tract Sign up to volunteer here!
The “Mohr Trees!” project is a partnership with the ParkLands Foundation, the McLean
County Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Living Lands and Waters. The Ecology
Action Center pledged to help ParkLands plant 4,200 small trees at the Mohr Tract
near Lexington in April 2021. With the help of Living Lands and Waters, the EAC now
hopes to more than double that number to plant 10,000 trees in 2021. Help is needed with the planting of these trees at the ParkLands Foundation Mohr Tract
on Friday April 9th, Saturday April 10th, and Sunday April 11th. If you are interested
in helping, please sign up here.
Paint and Plant with SSC and Peace Garden Friday, March 26th, 2021 4-5:30 p.m. Young Main Lounge
At this event, you will be able to decorate a pot or upcycled container and use it
to plant a starter seed for the Peace Garden! Once the seeds have sprouted in your
artful containers, they will be transferred to the Garden to become a part of the
summer crop. It's a great way to celebrate the season, enjoy the ES community, and
make a positive impact on our campus environment.
Masks will be required at all times and attendance will be recorded. If you have questions,
contact Leah Bieniak (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Refugio Moreno (email@example.com).
PossePlus Retreat: The State of Leadership: Community, Conflict, and Change Saturday, January 30, 2021 2-4:30 p.m. Virtual Event Registration Required HERE
Through Posse’s first-ever Virtual PossePlus Retreat, you'll have a unique opportunity
to talk about what leadership means in the now; in this powerful, world-altering moment.
How can your community come together to help lead the world forward? Where are the
opportunities for you to lead as an individual? How can we continue to build community
while we are physically distanced? And how might the upcoming election shift the social
and political dynamics for change within our country?
These and other questions will be considered at this year’s virtual retreat: The State
of Leadership: Community, Conflict, and Change. To spark the conversation, we’ll be
showing a dynamic video on some of the most compelling issues facing our world today.
Together, we will connect through a half-day of dialogue to consider the roles all
of us can play in driving the change we so desperately need.