Ecuador’s Cloud Forest Birds

In January of 2006, Shawnee Group member, Cathie Hutcheson, climbed up the cloud forest in the rugged hills of Ecuador. She was on an Earthwatch research expedition to study rare bird species, including 20 species of hummingbirds, with a special focus on the endangered Woodstar Hummingbird. 

The hummingbird research is helping preserve these species and two Ecuadorian wildlife reserves. The researchers also plan to help the local community develop ecotourism, so the local inhabitants will have a stake in preserving the cloud forest reserves.

Cathie is a well-known hummingbird bander who has banded about 15,000 individual hummingbirds in Southern Illinois. She banded around 4,500 in 2006 and has developed her own equipment and delicate techniques for banding hummingbirds.

You can discover what Cathie learned on her expedition to her Ecuador through her stories and pictures of these beautiful birds and their cloud forest habitat. You can also learn more about the Earthwatch Institute Research Expeditions by joining us to at the Shawnee Group’s monthly meeting on Thursday, December 14th, 7:30 PM at the Carbondale Township, 217 E. Main St., across from The Bank of Carbondale.  Also, you are invited to join Club members for the dinner before the meeting at 5:45 at El Bajio Restaurant in Carbondale.  °

Photography: Earth from Space

Bob Gill, an independent video producer and media instructor, uses detailed, high quality images to give us unique views of Earth from space. Photographs taken cameras on the space shuttle and satellites provide mankind a new perspective of the blue planet and illuminate earth’s varied geographical features, human alterations and ongoing environmental destruction.

Gill has been involved with the media for over 20 years as a teacher, independent video producer and a multimedia specialist. He has produced numerous video documentaries on a wide variety of subjects. His "Leclaire: Looking Back On 100 Years of Prosperity" won Best Documentary from the Illinois Historical Society in 1990. In 1992, he produced "Sierra Club: 100 Years of Activism" to celebrate the Sierra Club's centennial. His holocaust documentary, "Common Courage: Stories of Survival" won the 1999 award for Best Documentary from the Missouri Film Festival.

For the past 13 years, Gill has been presenting regularly to community groups, environmental organizations, academic classes and at various educational conferences including the Missouri Community College Association, MORENet, the Midwest Educational Technology Conference, the League For Innovation in the Community College and the DESE Educational Technology Conference. 

Join us for Gill’s very special presentation on Thursday, January 11th, 7:30 PM at the Carbondale Township Hall, 217 E. Main St. in Carbondale.  Also, join us for a dinner before the meeting at the Great Wall Restaurant in Carbondale at 5:45 PM. °

Shawnee Trails

News of the Shawnee Group — December 2006