Michigan Nature at Home Virtual Speaker Series
Looking for a way to spend your evenings from the safety and comfort of your own home? Join the Michigan Nature Association as we host a series of notable presenters who will bring stories of Michigan's natural history, photography, and science to our viewers. View the presentation descriptions below and register today!
Lefglen Nature Sanctuary Virtual Tour
Thursday, February 10, at 7:00pm (Eastern)
Take a virtual tour of MNA's Lefglen Nature Sanctuary in Jackson County with Stewardship Coordinator Rachel Maranto. Discover what makes this sanctuary unique, and learn more about the species that call this place home.
Franklin F. and Brenda L. Holly Nature Sanctuary Virtual Tour
Thursday, March 3, at 7:00pm (Eastern)
Take a virtual tour of MNA's Franklin F. and Brenda L. Holly Nature Sanctuary in Mason County with Regional Stewardship Organizer Robb Johnston. Discover the unique plants and animals that can be found in this sanctuary and the local partnerships that are helping to educate the next generation of conservationists.
Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary Virtual Tour
Thursday, March 24, at 7:00pm (Eastern)
Take a virtual tour of MNA’s Dauner Martin Nature Sanctuary, located within the city of Fenton. Regional Stewardship Organizer Zach Pacana takes viewers through this urban oasis, which offers incredible opportunities for the local community to experience a variety of Michigan’s most interesting landscapes.
Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography
Thursday, January 14 at 6:30pm (Eastern)
Join MNA as we host Northern Michigan University Professor and Michigan Notable Author James McCommons, whose recent book Camera Hunter: George Shiras III and the Birth of Wildlife Photography recounts Shiras’s life and craft as he traveled to wild country in North America including Michigan's Upper Peninsula, refined his trail-camera techniques, and advocated for the protection of
Backyard Birds and Beyond
Thursday, February 11 at 7:00pm (Eastern)
Greg Bodker is a noted photographer in Michigan, and two-time winner in MNA's Annual Photo Contest. In his presentation, Mr. Bodker will discuss the difference between birding and birdwatching, as well as some of his most successful techniques for capturing Michigan's flora & fauna, whether in your backyard, or at one of MNA's Nature Sanctuaries.
The Art of Conservation Science
Thursday, March 18 at 7:00pm (Eastern)
Join us as we host Jesse Lincoln, a plant ecologist working with the Michigan Natural Features Inventory as he discusses the role that photography plays in his research. Jesse's aerial drone photos of Michigan's landscapes are featured in MNA's Winter 2020 issue of Michigan Nature magazine.
A Love for Birds, Light and Composition
Thursday, September 30, 7:00pm (Eastern)
An avid bird and nature photographer for over a decade, Josh Haas will feature some of his finest work and how bird knowledge is vital to creating more pleasing and artistic photographs. Josh will share some of his favorite stories in the field including unique experiences with birds out in nature, provide non-technical tips on getting closer to the action safely and ethically, how to get birds away from feeders while still using feeders and overall ways to create artistry in images, and inspire people to connect with nature to the greatest extent possible now more than ever.
The Wolves and Moose of Isle Royale
Thursday, October 28, 7:00pm (Eastern)
Learn about the longest running predator/prey research project from lead researcher, Rolf Peterson. Rolf Peterson began leading the wolf moose project in the early 1970s. He is a world authority on wolves and moose.
Conservation Storytelling with Fauna Creative
Thursday, November 18, 7:00pm (Eastern)
Filmmakers Jason Whalen and Chris Zuker have been sharing conservation stories in Michigan and around the country for a number of different causes. Their recent film, "The Fight for Flight" has been officially selected at several local film festivals including the 2018 Fresh Coast Film Festival, and the 2019 Freep Film Festival.