Tony Rothering, professor of biology, worked with Boy Scout Troop 210 to install 28 bluebird houses on the LLCC campus in Springfield on Saturday, Aug. 24. The undertaking was Zach Rothering’s Eagle Scout project. WICS/Fox Illinois covered the event.
“Bluebirds like the habitat at LLCC, and adding these houses means more bluebirds will come to campus, likely roosting over the winter as well,” explains Professor Rothering.
The bluebird boxes were made by Rothering and his son Zach, and funded by memorial gifts for Rothering’s mother, Kay.
LLCC is the only community college in Illinois with a continuous bird banding research project on site. In cooperation with the Lincoln Land Association of Bird Banders, LLCC biology students can participate in the capture, banding and release of birds, recording information which is added to a massive data pool on bird migration patterns. The bird banding program began in fall 2012. Since then, more than 23,000 birds have been banded with the help of LLCC students and community members.
Biology 208 students, taught by Dave Cox, professor of biology, participated in a cleanup of Tobacco Caye Reef in Belize last May. A progress report just issued from Tobacco Caye Marine Station thanked all of the cleanup volunteers. “Thanks to all of you it was a huge success with over 1,100 pounds of trash collected. We hope that all participants … continue to spread the word about ocean plastic and how each one of us has an impact.” The next LLCC Belize trip will be in January 2020 (Bio 209-Biological Field Studies) where students will continue jaguar research. For more information, contact Professor Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to LLCC Agriculture for receiving one of four national Postsecondary All-Star Awards from the National Association of Agricultural Educators! The award honored LLCC as an outstanding postsecondary agriculture program from the Midwest region. LLCC will be recognized at the NAAE Conference in Anaheim, Calif. in December.
As part of a summer program, Teen Career Launch, Boys and Girls Club teens are getting to learn about a variety of career fields and areas of study at Lincoln Land Community College! On Monday, they participated in hands-on activities in agriculture, including operating the combine simulator, learning about topographic changes in farmland with the augmented reality sandbox and flying drones to monitor crop growth.