Detroit Audubon: Annual Conference

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“Detroit: Take a Walk on its Wild Side”

November 5, 2016

Co-sponsored by and held at the Belle Isle Nature Zoo


Join is Saturday November 5th for our Annual Conference!

Lunch will be available for $10.

Please reserve your lunch by October 30th here:


Annual Conference Schedule: 


  • 8:00-9:30 am  Birding on Belle Isle led by Allen Chartier.  Meet in Nature Zoo Parking Lot
  • 9:45 am Welcome with Amy Green, Curator of the Belle Isle Nature Zoo and Jim Bull, President of Detroit Audubon.
  • 10 am Kirtland’s Warbler Sky Art in Allen Park – Lindemann Elementary School—Art Teacher Rachel Tapiani, students, and administrators.
  • 10:35  Keynote Speaker Guy Williams, CEO Detroiter’s Working For Environmental Justice
  • 11:15  am Panel on the Green on Detroit
    • Question: What is being done or planned to make Detroit a “Green City” especially plans or prospects or redeveloping the city with a “rural” feel with native grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands and what can average citizens do to help?
    • Diane Nelson, Greening of Detroit
    • Victoria Byrd Olivier, Detroit Future City
    • Dan Rieden, City of Detroit Planning Department
  • 12:00 pm  Peregrine Falcons in Detroit and Southeast Michigan  with Barb Baldinger
  • 12:30 pm Lunch—orders were needed in advance.
  • 1:00 pm Detroit Audubon Annual Report
    • Retrospective of Detroit Audubon in 2016 with Terra Weiland
    • Young Birder Scholarship Reports with Jarred Zaporski  and Corinn Jessen
    • Teacher Scholarship Report with Zakiya Jackson
  • 1:45 pm  Panel on the Importance and Care Of Native Grasslands
    • Bob Grese, Landscaper Architecture, U of M School of Natural Resources and Environment
    • Sylvia Taylor, U of M School of Natural Resources
    • Representative of Friends of Ojibway Prairie (Windsor, Ontario)
  • 2:45 pm Comeback of Bald Eagles in Detroit with Chris Mensing, US and Fish and Wildlife Service
  • 3:15 pm Common Terns on Belle Isle and Terns of Lake St. Clair/Detroit River; Lake Erie with Tom Schneider, Curator of Birds, Detroit Zoo.
  • 3:45 pm End of Conference
  • Optional End of Day Tour of Gabriel Richard Park Birding Spot

Please note: State Park Recreation passport sticker on license plate or day pass required for entry to Belle Isle

Please let us know about you lunch order here:

To pay before the event: please send a check or money order to Detroit Audubon 4605 Cass Avenue Detroit, MI 48201.

To pay day of: we can accept cash, check, or credit card.

You can also pay online with Paypal

Annual Conference Lunch