Bats Under Attack: Threats to the Wisconsin Bat Population Christopher Yahnke – Professor of Biology March 12 6:30 p.m. Waupaca Public Library Christopher Yahnke is a Professor of Biology at UW-Stevens Point, in his 17th year in the Department of Biology. Wisconsin is home to eight species of bats, all of them insect eaters. Some migrate hundreds of miles south for the winter while others hibernate locally, within a hundred miles of their summer feeding area. Each of these bats faces unique perils during this period when we enjoy the lack of insects. In addition to the bats of Wisconsin, he will share research on acoustic monitoring of bats and relate how the public can help our bats through citizen science initiatives.
Mary Cayford & Jim Vang bring the story of Hmong settlement in Central Wisconsin. The Hmong people were recruited by the CIA to assist the Secret Army in Laos. The US commitment was `Whether we win or lose the war, we will take care of the Hmong`. The program introduces the life of Hmong people before the Vietnam war, how they left their homeland, the dangers endured, and gives a glimpse of the difficulty of complying with INS rules when you are not literate in your own language and can`t speak English. Learn about the struggles and successes of the Hmong as they proudly became American citizens and raised successful children, while winning the hearts of Americans who have come to know them. This program is sponsored by our friends at The Waupaca Foundry
Sarah Boespflug a police officer and 2001 graduate of Waupaca HS, is a 10-year veteran of the Madison Police Department. In January 2017, she partnered with K9 Falko, a dual purpose, German Shepherd/ Belgian Malinois mix from the Czech Republic. Officer Boespflug and K9 Falko will explain and demonstrate how and why the use of canines is an incredible investigative tool in law enforcement today. Joan and Gene Wasserberg of Waupaca are the proud grandparents of Sarah, and sponsors of this program.
Traumatic Brain Injury: A Major Public Health Problem
Scott Hebbring is a Research Scientist, Marshfield Clinic. Dr. Hebbring returns to Winchester to discuss his research that shows how family and genetic data may be used to predict, prevent and treat human disease. He will focus on how genetic information may be revolutionizing healthcare.