2020 Virtual Presentations

***Due to the coronavirus outbreak and an abundance of caution, Detroit Audubon has decided to cancel all field trips through May 31st. We will continue to asses the situation and update this space accordingly. Going outside and enjoying nature is a great way to relieve stress and pass these trying times. We encourage you to do so while practicing responsible social distancing. ***

Please join us for one of these virtual presentations until we can meet again in person!


Native Plants for Birds Webinar

Date: Thursday, May 28

Time: 6:00 pm EST

Take a deep dive into native plants, why you should use them, and how to get started.  Join Detroit Audubon’s Research Coordinator, Ava Landgraf, and Native Plant Enthusiast, Michelle Serryen, to learn about using native plants to support local birds. We will discuss why native plants are better for birds people and your wallet and share some information on some of our favorite plants to use in the garden.

Register here!

All About Wildlife Bird Rehabilitation Webinar

Date: Friday, May 29th

Time: 12:00 pm EST

Join us for a presentation from Andrea Aiuto, the manager of The Bird Center of Washtenaw County. We will learn about all of the work that goes into caring for injured and orphaned wild birds. Visit their website here for a preview. Cue the adorable baby bird pictures!

Register here!


How to Make a Bird-Friendly Space Webinar

Date: Thursday, May 21st

Time: 6:00 pm EST

Small pieces of habitat create a big impact for wildlife! Learn how you can use little spaces to support local birds and pollinators.  Please join Detroit Audubon’s Research Coordinator, Ava Landgraf, and Native Plant Enthusiast, Michelle Serryen, for a webinar all about turning your yard or any area into a mini sanctuary for birds and pollinators.  We will discuss native plants, bird feeders, proper upkeep, and what to keep out.

You can view a recording of this webinar here.

Birding 101 Virtual Presentation

Date: Friday, May 8th

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Leaders: Ava Landgraf and Sarah Halson

Love birds but not sure what you’re looking at? Want to be able to identify birds in your yard or elsewhere? Join Detroit Audubon for a Birding 101 workshop and learn how to become one of the more than 50 million Americans that love bird watching! In this short workshop, we’ll teach you how to really see birds, what to look for to help you identify what you’re seeing, how to use eBird to keep track of your birding list and much more.

You can view a recording of this presentation here.

Detroit Bird City Virtual Presentation

Date: Thursday, May 7th  

Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Leaders: Diane Cheklich and Barry Burton

Join us for a virtual conversation with Detroit Audubon Conservation Committee Chair, Diane Cheklich and City of Detroit’s Landscape Design project Manager, Barry Burton, about Detroit Bird City.

Detroit Bird City is a joint project of Detroit Audubon, the City of Detroit, local communities, and other partners. It is a celebration of Detroit’s rich bird life, and its goal is to provide habitat to birds while enhancing access to nature for human neighbors. The program is based on a strategy outlined in the City of Detroit’s 2017 Parks and Recreation Improvement Plan, where 19 city properties were designated to be transformed into “intentional meadows.” Detroit Bird City’s plan is to create meadows in five of these properties, the first was planted in Spring 2019 at Callahan Park.

You can view a recording of this presentation here.

Pheasants and Grasslands Virtual Presentation

Date: Saturday, April 25th

Time: 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Leaders: Diane Cheklich and Holly Vaughn

The Ring-Necked Pheasant is one of Detroit’s most colorful residents, and their story–why and how they got here–is just as interesting.

Although we will not be able to come together to search for pheasants in the grasslands of Detroit, join pheasant enthusiasts from Detroit Audubon, our partners from the DNR Outdoor Adventure Center and MI Birds for a virtual joint presentation about pheasants and grasslands.  Please join us to learn more about these fascinating birds, their habitat and even a sneak peek into a Detroit pheasant documentary being produced by Detroit Audubon’s Diane Cheklich.  Zoom links will be shared with those that register closer to the date and we hope you will join us!

You can view a recording of this presentation here.