Alert: Mahomet Aquifer action needed before June 12, 2014
Please see Conservation link at left.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
8:00 a.m. Bird Walk Guided by Carol Thompson
9:30 a.m. Breakfast & Business Meeting
10:00 a.m. Program by Carol Thompson
10:45 a.m. Adjournment
Site Interpreter Carol McFeeters Thompson remembers visiting Weldon Springs State Park with her grandparents fifty years ago when the white oak savanna at the former park entrance was already one hundred twenty-five years old and red-headed wood-peckers were commonplace. Weldon Springs played a central role as the setting for many of the important moments of her life as she was growing up as well as in the lives of most Clinton residents. Having spent her adult life sharing the nature of the park with children and other park visitors, Carol will offer a look back at the fascinating history of the park, from its inception as the setting for an annual Chautauqua gathering for rural families to be educated and entertained by renowned political and religious speakers at the turn of the last century, to the present natural setting she shares with thousands of school children each year.
Directions to Weldon Springs State Park:
Weldon Springs is two miles SE of Clinton.
From Bloomington: Take Rte 51 S to Clinton. Do NOT take the Clinton exit. Continue to the third stoplight and turn left. Proceed to first right turn (almost immediately), turn right. (There is a sign.) Proceed about half a mile, turn right. (There is a sign.) Follow Weldon Springs Road to park entrance, turn left. Once inside the park, stay left, turning right on the third road, staying right past parking lots, past road to con-cession, and around a curve to Lakeview Shelter.
Photo by Tonya Guo
From Right: Board Members Dale, Les, Lenore, and Matt at left inspiring the next generation of birders.
Each year JWP picks a subject that we intend to emphasize during the next year. This year we selected “endangered species” as our topic, and Lenore Sobota, Field Trip Co-Chair, suggested the above title. Yes, it is already too late for some. The passenger pigeon, Carolina parakeet, and Ivory-billed woodpecker are gone forever, but dedication, proper management, and of course money can save many species. We believe the world can be richer and better because of the success stories.
Some species, such as the red wolf, whooping crane, and California condor will require continued intensive research and management to survive. Others such the wild turkey and river otter often thrive with protection after reintroduction into proper habitat from which they had long been eliminated. And many species require only the establishment of their proper habitat and some care to survive. By fostering care for the world around us we can accomplish a lot before it is too late!
This year we selected the passenger pigeon as our icon. This species was well known by everyone, and its demise astounded us all.
Dale Birkenholz, JWP Stewardship
Welcome to John Wesley Powell Audubon, a Chapter of National Audubon Society
The mission of the John Wesley Powell Audubon is to engage and promote activities that foster an understanding and appreciation of our natural world and that encourages others to join in this cause.
We also act as a watchdog and bellwether for our environment so that citizens can be informed and empowered with a desire to become effective advocates and stewards and to help restore, maintain and manage our natural communities and ecosystems. By meeting, working and communicating together we hope to enhance the welfare of wildlife and its habitat as well as our own.
We offer programs and field trips to learn about and enjoy nature, its complexity and its beauty and to promote collegiality in working and socializing toward our common goals. We agree to collaborate with National Audubon and adhere to its policies so that together our programs can contribute most effectively to the welfare of our world.