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.

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


Join us at 7pm on Thursday, September 1, 2022, for a “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. 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.

Conservation Conversations virtual lectures are free for Sycamore Land Trust members and a suggested $5 donation for non-members.  Sign up to attend here:

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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