“This Was Indiana: The Historic Hoosier Landscape in 1816.” – Mike Homoya @ Cafe Inquiry

PUBLIC LECTURE, January 20th, 7pm CENTER FOR INQUIRY, DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLISCafe Inquiry Mike Homoya January 20, 2016: This Was Indiana: The Historic Hoosier Landscape Prior to 1816

CINSO and the Center for Inquiry of Indiana co-host the monthly lecture series “Cafe Inquiry.”


During this year of Indiana’s bicentennial it is appropriate to remember that prior to statehood Indiana was a land of vast forests, expansive wetlands, and prairie as far as the eye could see.  Herds of bison traveled ancient paths, passenger pigeons darkened the skies, and wolves, bears and panthers roamed the land. All this we know from eyewitness accounts provided by early explorers, pioneers, and government surveyors. With their help Mike will take you to a time when Indiana possessed a grandeur we can only imagine.

Speaker Biography:

Mike has been a botanist and plant ecologist with the Indiana DNR Division of Nature Preserves for over 34 years.  He authored Orchids of Indiana and Wildflowers and Ferns of Indiana Forests: A Field Guide, and is an adjunct faculty member of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Last year Mike was presented with the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Indiana Academy of Science and is currently serving as its president.