EcoLynx Visit Bloomington
Conservation Biology Students visit
Ecology Action Center and Miller Park Zoo Curator
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[November 28, 2017]
of the Lincoln College EcoLynx Club traveled to Bloomington Nov. 16
to meet and workshop possible green program advancements with the
Ecology Action Center, as well as tour the Miller Park Zoo and meet
with its Curator, Anthony Nelson.
Bloomington; Michael Brown from EAC, Kelli Allison, Lincoln; Jon
Riddle, Lincoln; Alyssa Summers, Lincoln; Maddy Christenson, South
Lyon, Mich.; Rebecca Escamilla, Pingree Grove; Samantha Meyer,
Diamond; and Dalton Presswood, Lincoln.
Club members met with Michael Brown, The Executive Director of the
Ecology Action Center, to discuss the current recycling program on
campus (created by means of a grant from the Phi Theta Kappa honor
society), and gain insight on what next steps might be to further
expand it that are feasible for the Lincoln campus. Dr. Julia Ossler,
the club’s faculty advisor, added that by networking with the
Ecology Action Center, the students also gained a valuable resource
in the community to help grow the recycling effort on campus.
The Ecology Action Center is a not-for-profit environmental agency
with a mission to inspire and assist residents of McLean County in
creating, strengthening and preserving a healthy environment. The
EAC acts as a central resource for environmental education,
information, outreach, and technical assistance in McLean County.
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EcoLynx Club at Miller Park Zoo
Later, students also went behind the scenes at the Miller Park Zoo
with the zoo curator, Anthony Nelson. This visit gave a unique
experience to Lincoln College conservation biology majors, giving
them in-depth look at career options in zookeeping.
Nelson gave the Club members a fascinating tour, teaching about
each of the animals within the zoo. Club members were allowed to observe a
training session with harbor seals, seeing how zoo keepers use their training to
engage their charges, getting them used to being handled for medical exams, and
how they are able to take close-up looks of the animals without having to sedate
Club members observed sessions with the zoo's resident tiger, snow leopards, and
river otters. They were able to gain insight into day-to-day zoo operations,
including medical aspects, and touring the medical facilities to gain an
understanding how keepers take care of such a wide range of animals.
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