The forests and prairies of
southern Illinois call to those who will listen. Hearing it all only takes a
The Kaskaskia Valley Audubon
Society is hosting several learning opportunities at the Southwestern Illinois
College Red Bud Campus, 500 W. South 4th St., to help better share understand
the ecological diversity of the region. These events will be 7 p.m. in the Performing
On Feb. 16, KVAS members will
share their photographs, plants, animals and more that were discovered
exploring the natural world.
On March 23, John B. Taft,
Ph.D., will share “An Introduction to the Orchids of Illinois.” With 30 years
of experience in ecology, Taft’s knowledge can enlighten those who attend about
these plants and where they can be found in the state.
On April 20, this event, titled
“Bring Back the Monarch Butterfly: A story of conservation efforts how everyone
can help,” will share the story of this amazing insect. Lead by Noppadol
Paothong, an experienced wildlife photographer, guests will leave knowing so
much more about the butterfly.
On May 18, Alex Homes, who has a
Master of Science degree in botany, will share his knowledge of edible wild
plants that can be found in southern Illinois. Guests will visit an outdoor
location to actually find these foods and then return to SWIC for a brief
All these events are free and
open to the public. For more information about this program, contact SWIC
Biology Professor Bob Weck at 618-235-700, ext. 5607.