"Our Role in Stopping a 6th Mass Extinction." Historically, conservation organizations have fostered images of pristine wilderness. Yet such images leave humans out of the equation at a time when we play a pivotal role in slowing biodiversity loss. Can the metaphor of gardening help us cultivate a new, engaging conservation ethic? What would it mean to see ourselves as earth's gardeners? Dr. Amy McEuen, Associate Professor and Program Director for Biology at University of Illinois at Springfield will discuss these ideas in her program for the Third Thursday Presentation hosted by the Springfield Audubon Society.