Meetings

Our next meeting is:  Sunday, November 13, 2022

LIVE AND ZOOM!!

Elk Grove Village Library
1001 Wellington
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Chicago Shell Club Meeting & Lecture

DATE & TIME:  Sunday, 13 November, 2022, TIME: 1 – 4pm, 

Lecture starts at 2pm 

Elk Grove Village Library; 1001 Wellington Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007; ph. 847-439-0447

FORMAT:   HYBRID meeting:  In-person and via Zoom (Zoom directions will be sent later)

Lecturer:

 

Andrew Kough, Ph.D Research Biologist at Chicago Shedd Aquarium’s Daniel P.Haerther Center for Conservation and Research

TITLE:Conch-servation research to protect an imperiled giant marine snail

the Queen Conch

SYNOPSIS:

Queen conch are iconic Caribbean denizens with important cultural, ecological and

economic roles throughout their range – in addition, they are unquestionably adorable

when you see their pretty blue eyes peaking out from beneath their shells as they hop

along the bottom. However, queen conch populations are in trouble and have been

recommended for a “threatened” listing on the US Endangered Species Act. Over the past

8 years, Shedd Aquarium has led research to: (1.) survey some of the remaining, remote

and robust conch populations in The Bahamas and USA, (2.) inform management on

efficacy of conservation strategies such as MPAs, and (3.) better understand the

conservation ecology of these snails. During this lecture, we will contemplate the plight of

the conch from the lens of the conservation research! Learn how we survey vast areas for

patchy animals, and estimate the movement pathways of larvae using computer modeling

and adults in the field using emergent technology to literally get a conch’s eye view of the

benthos.

Visitors are welcome!!

NOTE: The CSC  meeting will also be available via Zoom for digital access if you are unable to come in person to the meeting.
Directions and links for the Zoom access will be emailed the week of November 6, 2022.

If you are a visitor, contact Rebecca Gray Smith at  (312) 450 5576; smithrg@uchicago.edu or rebeccagraysmith.com@gmail.com for the Zoom Meeting codes.

Chicago Shell Club 2022 – 2023 Meetings

1.)   September 11, 2022, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library or via Zoom; 

Lecturer:  Paul Callomon, Invertebrates Collections Manager, Academy of Natural Sciences, Drexel Univ., Philadelphia PA;  

https://ansp.org/research/systematics-evolution/malacology/malacology-staff/

2.)   October 9, 2022, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library or via Zoom;

Lecturer: Cynthia Barnett, author of “The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of Oceans”

https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393651447 c. 2021 

3.)   November 13, 2022, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library or via Zoom;  

Lecturer: Andrew Kough, Ph.D.; Biologist at the Shedd Aquarium’s Daniel P. Haerther Center for Conservation and Research; the Queen Conch will be the highlight of Dr. Kough’s talk.

https://www.sheddaquarium.org/about-shedd/leadership/research-experts/andrew-kough-ph-d

4.)   *December 4, 2022, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library; The St Nick & Neptune Holiday Party & Auction: with dinner at a great Mexican restaurant next door to the library.

5.)   January 8, 2023, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library or via Zoom;

Lecturer:  Dave Matusik, Entomologist & worldwide collector will talk about his collecting adventures to the farthest reaches of our planet.  

6.)   February 12, 2023, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library or via Zoom; 

Bret Grasse; Manager of Cephalopod Operations, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole MA:   https://www.mbl.edu/research/researchers-and-support-staff/Bret%20Grasse

7.)   March 12, 2023, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library or via Zoom:

Lecturers: Jan & Lee Kremer; worldwide collectors & CSC officers will talk about their latest collecting adventures in Australia. 

8.)   *April, 2, 2023, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ Elk Grove Village Library or via Zoom:

Lecturer: Tina Petway, Associate Curator of Malacology, Houston Museum of Natural Sciences 

https://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/tina-petway/

Conservation & Reconstruction of the Texas Oyster reefs will be discussed. 

9.)   *May 7, 2023, Sunday @ 1PM – 4PM @ the Kremer’s Crystal Lake home @ 2906 Walnut Manor Court, Crystal Lake IL 60012, (847) 224-7313, kremer@citrisurf.com

Annual Meeting & Auction, with a potluck buffet and viewing of their incredible collections — not to be missed!