Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Emiquon lecture on prairie restoration

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[May 10, 2012]  LEWISTOWN -- The next installment of the popular Emiquon Partners Science Lecture Series will be on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m. This presentation is titled "Not Just Pretty Flowers: Restoration in the Age of Global Change." Participants can join Amy McEuen for a prairie flower "Walk and Talk" at the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon on Mother's Day.

McEuen will discuss ecosystem services provided by restoration activities and some basics of prairie ecology and plant identification. This will be followed by a leisurely walk in search of spring flowers in the tallgrass prairie restoration sites near the field station.

McEuen is an associate professor in the University of Illinois Springfield Biology Department, where she teaches courses in ecology, environmental biology and statistics. She holds a doctorate in terrestrial ecology and a master's degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Michigan. Her expertise is in conservation biology, focusing on plant communities. She and her students have been studying the tallgrass prairie restoration that began at Emiquon in 2007.

The field station is located at 11304 N. Prairie Road, near The Nature Conservancy office.

[Text from file received from Emiquon partners]

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