Shawnee Group Programs - Educational and Free!

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Fourth quarter programs

Thursday, September 4 from 6:30 to 8 pm: Dam Nation - Free Movie at Morris Library

Contact: Anne Hayden-Lesmeister
Environmental Resources & Policy
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Dam Nation: This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access.

For centuries dams have been built for flood control, irrigation, municipal water supply and power production. All these needs can now be met more effectively through conservation, improved technology and better planning, without the negative ecological impacts caused by blocking and degrading an entire watershed. Of the more than 80,000 dams monitored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, roughly 26,000 pose what the Corps labels a “high” or “significant” hazard.

Many dams represent a high cost for the little value they provide to energy production,irrigation,flood prevention or recreation. Some no longer serve any useful purpose. All dams, despite their size, have a limited life span. Only 2,540 dams in the U.S. generate hydropower, producing approximately nine percent of U.S. energy supply.

Screening will be on at 6:30 pm Thursday, September 4 at Guyon Auditorium, Morris Library, SIU. A reception will follow screening at 8 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in all lots on campus, see the map at

The sponsors are the Sierra Club, Shawnee Group and IGERT Program in Watershed Science and Policy at SIU. Check out the flyer!

Saturday, September 6 from 9 am – 11 am or so

Field Trip to Trail of Tears State Forest
3240 State Forest Road
Jonesboro, Illinois 62952
(618) 833-4910

Tracey Boutelle Fidler will lead a tour of the demonstration plots at Trail of Tears State Forest. Jody Shimp (Regional Administrator, Illinois Division of Natural Heritage,) David Allen (IDNR District Forester, Dixon Springs,) and Calvin Beckman (Site Superintendent of Trail of Tears and Giant City) will be on hand to answer questions. This event is open to Sierra Club members. Please dress for the weather and be prepared to hike off the trails. Here's a flyer for more information.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at 7 pm: Climate Change and Land Use

Speaker: Silvia Secchi
Location: Rear of 217 East Main, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church
Dinner: El Paisano 100 North Glenview Carbondale 529-2352
Check out this pdf for more information.

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 7 pm: Illinois Home Performance -Energy Efficiency for Homeowners

Speaker: Richard Reilly (tentative)
Location: Rear of 217 East Main, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church
Dinner: Thai Taste 100 South Illinois Avenue Carbondale 457-6900

October 12th Piney Creek Nature Preserve, Chester, IL - Meet at nature preserve parking lot and trailhead

Illinois naturalist Chris Benda will lead a wildflower walk at Piney Creek Nature Preserve near Chester, IL on October 12. The hikes are free and open to the general public. Participants will learn about the basics of plant identification, and will be provided handouts about plant identification terminology, field guides and web resources, and invasive species.

The hike will start at 10:00am at the Piney Creek parking lot and trailhead and will last up to 4 hours. No previous experience is necessary. Reservations are not required, but are encouraged. The hikes will be limited to the first 20 participants. To reserve your spot for any of the hikes, contact Chris Benda at

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 7 pm: Environmental Justice

Speaker: Deidre Davis
Location: Rear of 217 East Main, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church
Dinner: Reema’s Indian Cuisine, 709 South Illinois Ave Carbondale 457-6666

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at 7 pm: Aucoustic Ecology

Speaker: Jay Needham
Location: Rear of 217 East Main, across from Rock Hill Baptist Church
Dinner: Fujiyama 715 N Giant City Road Carbondale 549-2000

Meet Fellow Shawnee Group Members for Dinner!

The Shawnee Group meets at a local restaurant before each monthly meeting for an hour of sociability and relaxation. New faces are most welcome and we would love to have you join us at any time!

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 at 5 pm: El Paisano, 100 North Glenview, Carbondale 529-2352

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 at 5 pm: Thai Taste, 100 South Illinois Avenue, Carbondale 457-6900

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at 5 pm: Reema’s Indian Cuisine, 709 South Illinois Ave, Carbondale 457-6666

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 at 5 pm: Fujiyama, 715 N Giant City Road, Carbondale 549-2000