Friday, March 20, 2009

Media Advisory: Emiquon Audubon Society hosts Bluebird Workshop

What: The Emiquon Audubon Society, a chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society, in partnership with the University of Illinois Springfield’s Emiquon Field Station and Dickson Mounds Museum, will present a Bluebird Workshop called “Bring in Spring.”

When: Saturday, March 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: UIS Field Station on The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve

Details: The Emiquon Preserve currently has a successful trail which has yielded over 250 fledged Eastern Bluebirds over the past three seasons.

The “Bring in Spring” program will feature some important aspects of monitoring bluebird nest boxes including box design, box placement, bluebird pest control and recommended practices for establishing and monitoring the nest box.

The first 30 participants at this workshop will be able to make their own bluebird nest box on site to take home. All materials will be provided, but those who attend are asked to being their own screwdriver or cordless screwdriver.

The event is free and open to the public. For a map to the UIS Emiquon Field Station, go online to https://edocs.uis.edu/kmill2/www/MapToTNCandEFS.jpg. For more information, contact Cindy McGrew at mcducks2@casscomm.com.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Media Advisory: UIS holds global warming teach-in

What: Global Warming Teach-in at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The teach-in will correspond with a national teach-in on February 5 to engage Americans in conversation about the decisions that will determine the future health of the planet.

When: Friday, February 6 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: University Hall, room 2008, on the UIS campus

Details: The event is free and open to the public.

The schedule of events is as follows:
1:00-1:45 p.m. Webcast of The First 100 Days and discussion to follow. The webcast urges President Barack Obama’s administration to take swift action on curbing climate change.

2:00 p.m. Carbon footprint exercise on laptops with discussion. Participants will be able to calculate their individual carbon footprints and compare their carbon footprints to those in other countries.

3:00-4:00 p.m. Keynote address by Dr. Dennis Ruez, assistant professor of Environmental Studies at UIS, focusing on “Lessons in Climate Change from the Geologic Record.”

4:00-5:00 p.m. Discussion of local initiatives on global warming with a question-and-answer session, led by Will Reynolds of the Sierra Club and Bob Croteau of Springfield’s City Water Light and Power.

Refreshments will be served courtesy of the UIS Biology Club. For more information, contact Dr. Amy McEuen, assistant professor of ecology, at 217/206-7341.

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