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Entomologist Michael Jeffords to Speak on the Magic of the Shawnee

Monday July 18, 2022 – The Sh

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The Shawnee National Forest: A Different Perspective

Dr. Michael Jeffords will be presenting a program titled "The Shawnee National Forest: A Different Perspective", on Monday July 18, 7 pm, in the meeting room at Pagliai’s Pizza, 509 S. Illinois Ave, Carbondale, IL. Everyone is welcome to attend this free presentation. The program begins at 7 pm, but all are welcome to arrive at 6 pm, buy their supper and join the group for dinner.

Dr. Jeffords is the retired education/outreach director for the Illinois Natural History Survey. Jeffords is an entomologist, a free-lance photographer, writer and educator focused primarily on the issue of biodiversity. Staff photographer for the Illinois Steward magazine and co-author of Illinois Wilds, a coffee table book about the natural habitats of Illinois, Jeffords and partner Sue Post have been documenting the Shawnee for over 40 years. Since retirement from the Illinois Natural History Survey, the two have traveled the world, visiting every continent except Antarctica, photographing, and writing about the world’s vanishing Edens. As Jeffords’ says “I’ve been exploring the Shawnee National Forest since I was 11 years old. I grew up on the southern edge of the Shawnee, … and spent long days roaming the hills and valleys of this wild landscape. Believe me when I say there is a hidden world of biological phenomena waiting for those who look.”

Please join us, as we learn more about the unseen worlds of the Shawnee, the proposed new Shawnee National Park & Climate Preserve and why this groundbreaking proposal is not just a good idea, it’s an important movement whose time has come. Learn why current management on the Shawnee National Forest may be negatively impacting some species.

Sponsored by Shawnee Forest Defense, the evening is free and open to the public – everyone is welcome. For more information, please contact Karen at 618-534-7870 or

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