Conservation Conversations

Our new virtual lecture series features local experts and authors who inspire us to get involved in conservation.

These online Zoom events are free for Sycamore members and a suggested $5 donation for non-members. Not yet a member? You can join today with a donation of just $40 or more, and help us protect land and restore habitat, for Forever.

Russell Boulding: “Geology of Sycamore Nature Preserves” – February 9, 2023

Allisyn-Marie Gillet: “It Takes a Village to Raise a Chick” – September 1, 2022


A recording of “It Takes a Village to Raise a Chick,” a virtual lecture and Q&A with Allisyn-Marie Gillet, Ornithologist at Indiana Department of Natural Resources, is now available to watch. Indiana DNR monitors and manages more than 50 at-risk bird species, each facing their own unique suite of threats. Alli will talk about the state’s nongame bird program, taking a deep dive into two conservation projects – Shrubs for Shrikes and Motus. Learn how you can get involved and contribute to the conservation of our state’s beautiful avifauna.

More Conservation Conversation Lecture Recordings

Doug Tallamy: “Nature’s Best Hope” – January 27, 2022


Ben Goldfarb: “Dam It! How Beavers Can Save the Planet” – March 10, 2022


Nate Engbrecht: “Amphibians and Reptiles of the Beanblossom Creek Valley” – May 12, 2022


Carroll D. Ritter: “How Magnificent Trees of Indiana can be an inspiration to appreciate our grant forest heritage” – June 23, 2022


John C. Robinson: “Discover the Awe of Birdwatching” – July 7, 2022


Sycamore Land Trust’s Conservation Conversation virtual lecture series welcomes John C. Robinson, ornithologist, keynote speaker, and best-selling author of Birding for Everyone: Encouraging People of Color to Become Birdwatchers, to discuss how youth and adults of all ages can become motivated to discover and appreciate nature through bird-watching. This inspirational presentation will highlight how anyone can get started on their journey to becoming a better birder; and it will also include advanced tips for seasoned birders that show how to identify birds by sight and by sound.


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