Calendar of Programs and Events
Join us for Wild Writings!
CCAS is proud to present a new initiative that aims to unite and connect people that enjoy nature-related literature. Our new reading group – Wild Writings – will officially kick off on March 15th! Each month, participants will read a short segment of nature-related literature and have an informal meeting (via Zoom) to discuss the reading.
If you’d like to know more about Wild Writings, or if you are interested in joining our reading group, please email our Program Chair, Alida de Flamingh, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly Meeting and Seminar Schedule
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Celebrate PRIDE with us: Queering Sex Determination
Thursday, May 6th at 7:00 PM CST
People often incorrectly view sex determination as a simple biological fact, but this conceptualization of sex is oversimplified and inaccurate. In this talk we push back on these narratives by introducing aspects of sex determination and assignment in humans and wildlife with the aim to highlight the methods, variance, and complexity of sex assignment in wildlife. We hope this work can help counter the recent increase in trans- and intersex-exclusive arguments and legislation, often based in oversimplified beliefs about binary sex assignment and gender identity. Through this presentation, we hope that people will expand their understanding of sex determination to be more expansive and more supportive of intersex and transgender identities with the understanding that science should not gatekeep gender identities. We approach this through wildlife ecology, genetics, and the social sciences. Please join us on this exploration of the variety and awesomeness of nature!
Sunday Morning Bird Walks
Sunday, March 28th – May 30th 2021
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM – Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot
Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park
Walks officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some folks stay later if the birding is good).
On alternate weeks, stay tuned for virtual bird hikes via FB Live!
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Sunday Morning Birdwalks
March-May & Sept-Oct
Sundays, 7:30 – 9 a.m.
Our most popular event! Meet at the Anita Purves Nature Center parking lot, 1505 N. Broadway, Urbana, at 7:30 a.m. Walks in the nearby Busey Woods and Crystal Lake Park officially last about 1 1/2 hours (though some intrepid birders stay later).
Feb-May & Sept-Dec
First Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.
Guest speakers present on a variety of topics throughout the year. Programs are usually located at the Urbana Free Library auditorium (no programs January, June, July, August).
See Bird Count page.
Third Monday of the month, 7:00pm
Champaign Public Library – Friends Conference Room
(No meetings June, July, December)
In 2021, we will be meeting via ZOOM. If you would like details on how to join, please email email@example.com