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What Darwin saw

Barry McNamara
Members of a Monmouth College academic team that recently explored the Galapagos Islands will present the program at the next monthly meeting of Monmouth Associates on April 21 at noon in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of the Stockdale Center.

Associate professor of biology James Godde, who with departmental colleague Ken Cramer, eight students and two alumni spent last month’s Spring Break retracing the steps of famous evolutionist Charles Darwin, will lead the program. He will be assisted by some of the students, who will recount their adventures and share photographs of the islands’ endemic flora and fauna, which included giant tortoises, marine iguanas and the finches made famous by Darwin in his book, “On the Origin of Species.”

The program is free; an optional buffet lunch costs $9. Reservations can be made by calling 309-457-2316 by April 18 or by e-mail at

A free shuttle van transports passengers from two locations to every Associates luncheon. The van will stop at the Faith United Presbyterian Church parking lot at 11:45 a.m. and at the northeast quadrant of the Public Square at approximately 11:50 a.m. It will return to both locations immediately following the program. Shuttle reservations should be made by calling the above number.