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Our Monthly Speakers

Every month, BOCS invites someone from the world of conservation to speak to them about a certain aspect of conservation. Everyone is welcome. 
*Dates will be added as events are scheduled. They are also subject to change.

Watch the safety video before we officially open to the public! (members only)

Michael Spaulding 
How the Southern Indiana Sentinel Landscape is working to protect military installations and increase conservation

May 1st, 2023
6:30pm Ivy Tech Community College, Madison Campus, Room 1355

Position: Program Coordinator for the Southern Indiana Sentinel Landscape and works for the Conservation Law Center in Bloomington

He will be discussing the new Southern Indiana Sentinel Landscape. The Southern Indiana Sentinel Landscape program works with partnering organizations and landowners to find conservation solutions that support rural working landscapes, conserve our natural resources, and ensure the long term sustainability of our military installations.

Parking: Large parking lot facing the front of the building (where the flags are). Handicap parking on the upper level. You can also drive the circle for drop offs​

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Gabriel Van Praag

Climate Change and How We Can Adapt To It 

November 7th, 2022 
6:30pm Ivy Tech Community College Madison Campus, Room 1355

Position: US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Civilian Climate Corps Fellow

Parking: Large parking lot facing the front of the building (where the flags are). Handicap parking on the upper level. You can also drive the circle for drop offs​

Kassie Karssen

Bat Conservation

January 9th, 2023
6:30pm Ivy Tech Community College Madison Campus, Room 1355

Position: Wildlife Biologist at Big Oaks NWR with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 

Parking: Large parking lot facing the front of the building (where the flags are). Handicap parking on the upper level. You can also drive the circle for drop offs​

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Rob Chapman

History of Wildlife Utilization and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation

February 6th, 2023
6:30pm Ivy Tech Community College Madison Campus, Room 1355

Position: Biological Science Technician at Big Oaks NWR with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service 

Parking: Large parking lot facing the front of the building (where the flags are). Handicap parking on the upper level. You can also drive the circle for drop offs​

Lane Jeakle

Factors Affecting Gray Fox Populations and Distribution in Indiana

March 6, 2023
6:30pm Ivy Tech Community College, Madison Campus, Room 1355

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Position:  Field Ecologist for Wildlife Ecology Institute, working on the Indiana Gray Fox Project. His main research interests include predator-prey dynamics, edge effects and habitat fragmentation, and the use of non-invasive sampling techniques. Throughout his field positions, Lane has been able to explore a wide variety of ecosystems and work with a broad range of species (grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, mountain goats, bobcats, coyotes, mink, and marten).

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Annual Meeting

April 3rd, 2023
6:30 pm Big Oaks NWR Office

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