Learn to see things from an ecological perspective

2/16/2017 12:40:25 PM

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The forests and prairies of southern Illinois call to those who will listen. Hearing it all only takes a little training.

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 Arts Room.

  • 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 indoor presentation.

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.