Marion Jackson, emeritus professor at Indiana State University, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the meeting of the Wabash Valley Audubon Society in Room C of the Vigo County Public Library’s main branch.
All are welcome and no reservations are required. Light refreshments will be served.
For more than 20 years, Jackson has worked closely with The Nature Conservancy, the Indiana Natural Heritage Program and the Indiana Division of Nature Preserves inventorying the locations and habitat conditions of rare, threatened and endangered species of plants and animals of Indiana. These collaborations have focused on natural area research methodology and protection strategies for habitats and species vulnerable to extirpation. Jackson will show slides from his private collection and discuss the production of the PBS four-part documentary “The Natural Heritage of Indiana,” which was inspired by his 1997 publication of the same name. Jackson described his vision for the book as “a celebration of Indiana’s natural heritage — its natural and human history, its landscape and its life — what it once was, what it is now, and what it promises to be.”
Purcell celebrates her 90th birthday
Mary Kathyrn Purcell will celebrate her 90th birthday on Saturday with her children and grandchildren.
She was born on Feb. 22, 1919, to Albert D. Campbell and Jesse Foxworthy Campbell in Pimento. She attended Gerstmeyer Beauty Academy. After the death of her husband, Clyde Purcell, in 1958, she operated a beauty shop in her home for 32 years to care for her family. She has been a loving mother and a blessing to her three children, Judy Purcell, Larry Purcell and Peggy Purcell Hanna. Her cheerful attitude, strength of character, and positive outlook on life are amazing and have touched the lives of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is truly an inspiration to all who know her.