Science Talks

A Lecture Series With the Cranbrook Institute of Science

Special thanks to our media partner Michigan Radio.

Science Talks Lecture Series
Cranbrook Institute of Science, Auditorium
39221 Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303

Join experts from The Nature Conservancy for a series of evening lectures on conservation challenges and solutions facing the Great Lakes region and beyond. Each lecture begins with a Meet the Scientist mixer with refreshments and appetizers  to enjoy (cash bar) as you learn more about the evening’s topic.  To purchase tickets, please call Cranbrook at 248-645-3210. You may also use this downloadable form to register. Members of either The Nature Conservancy or Cranbrook receive discounted pricing at $10 per lecture. For non-members, each lecture is $12. Walk-ins are welcome; however, pre-registration is encouraged, so that we may be best prepared.

Saving the Kirtland’s Warbler
Dr. Dave Ewert, Senior Scientist
Thursday, May 5, 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Hear the inspiring story of bringing North America’s rarest songbird back from the brink of extinction, how it’s being protected now, and what makes the Kirtland’s warbler unique. Sneak Peek! Read more about the Kirtland’s warbler in Michigan and watch video footage of it wintering in the Bahamas. 

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  • Burn, Baby, Burn!   Land Steward Rodolfo Zuniga-Villegas spoke about the natural role and history of fire in our environment and how reintroducing fire to certain landscapes can benefit both nature and people.
  • The Nature of Cities   Associate State Director Dr. Patrick Doran shares how nature can help build resilient urban communities around the world.
  • Getting Connected   Freshwater Ecologist Mary Khoury explains “connectivity” in the rivers of the Great Lakes.
  • Just Dune It!   Eastern Lake Michigan Project Manger Shaun Howard shares how he is working with the Michigan Dune Alliance to restore, manage, and protect the world’s largest freshwater dune system.
  • Let’s Get Wild!   Associate State Director Patrick Doran talks about the best wild places in Michigan and the Great Lakes.
  • Anatomy of an Algal Bloom   Western Lake Erie Basin Project Director Carrie Vollmer-Sanders gives and overview of the factors that lead to toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.
    Wet & Wild Acquatic  Ecologist Matt Herbert explains threats to Great Lakes fisheries and solutions to improve native fish populations.
  • Get With The Program  Science Director Dr. Scott Sowa shares the latest techno-innovatios for conservation science.
  • Is More Better?  Saginaw Bay Project Director Mary Fales explains how farmers can help protect freshwater by improving practices.
  • Extreme Makeover: Nature Edition!  Restoration Director Chris May shows the latest techniques for restoring rare habitats in Michigan.
  • Can You Take The Heat?   Dr. Patrick Doran discusses our changing climate.
  • Seeing the Forest for the Trees  Forester Jon Fosgitt talks about sustainable forestry.
  • Centers of Commerce, Culture and Conservation   Dr. Scott Sowa provides an overview of the history and future of Great Lakes bays.
  • Thanks for Stopping By   Dr. Dave Ewert speaks about the importance of stopover sites for migratory birds.
  • Yanking Our Chain   Lindsay Chadderton explains about detection, prevention and control of aquatic invasive species.
  • The Changing Scale of Conservation    Helen Taylor talks about the history and evolution of landscape-scale conservation. 



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