Help support Detroit Audubon and partners at this fun event!
2018 Date and Details coming soon!
Belle Isle Nature Center: 176 Lakeside Dr, Detroit, MI 48207 (map)
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Ticket Price: TBD
See below for a list of last year’s speakers and awardees!
Dr. James N. Bull, President. Jim holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from U of M; M.S. in Fisheries and Widlife from M.SU.; and a B.S.in Biology & Earth Science from Adrian College. He is a professor at Wayne County and Macomb Communitiy Colleges, worked for the National Park Service, US Forest Service (Kirtland’s Warbler Guide), Nature Centers, and environmental non-profits.
Richard Quick is a retired computer teacher at Martin Luther King H.S., Detroit, several time past-president of DA. The late Fred Charbonneau, a long-time board member, started our Safe Passage Program. He also founded CHEC (Clinton Huron Environmental Coalition).
Erin Rowan Our Research Coordinator and Office Administrator since early October 2016, graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Resource Studies. She was our chief volunteer Black Tern Researcher this summer and has extensive bird banding experience in Yosemite, Southern Oregon, & Saipan. She also managed North American and Pacific Island Bird Banding programs for the Institute for Bird Populations.
William (Bill) Heck National Audubon board member/Regional Director of Mississippi Flyway North (representing chapters in eight states). He was president of Columbus Audubon; Audubon Miami Valley, treasurer of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in northwestern Ohio; on the Audubon Ohio board; and board of directors of the Ohio Ornithological Society. Retired from an IT career, Bill travels extensively, usually on birding trips including Central and South America, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, Madagascar, Thailand, and the Philippines. His wife, Mary, joins him on the less lunatic of these adventures. Bill’s friends describe him as an obsessive birder but otherwise harmless.
Terra Weiland Our Program Coordinator since early December 2015, graduated from Middlebury College with a degree in Conservation Biology, a minor in Elementary Education. At New York City Audubon she conducted the “Be A Good Egg” outreach program at public beaches about protecting shorebird nests. She also was lead summer counselor for a Massachusetts Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. She researched the biomechanics of dragonfly flight at Harvard’s field station, conducted research on bird safe glass at the Bronx Zoo, and has bird banding experience.
Rosann Kovalcik is the owner of Wild Birds Unlimited , Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Her business has helped support Detroit Audubon programs through generous in-kind donations. Rosann is an inspiring conservationist in her personal life and in the operation of her business. She is the 2008 winner of Wild Birds Unlimited “Friend to the Environment” award, which recognizes a WBU franchise store owner for his or her efforts that have benefited their community environmentally. She is involved with and supports Lake St. Clair Metro Park Nature Center, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Detroit Public Schools, and Environmental Interpretive Center at University of Michigan Dearborn.
The Greening of Detroit. The focus of The Greening of Detroit is to enhance the quality of life for Detroiters by repurposing the land to create beautiful and productive green spaces. Greening of Detroit involves Detroiters in the process through community engagement, education, and jobs. They assist neighborhood groups in forming block clubs, visioning green strategies for vacant lots, and coordinating neighborhood clean-ups, tree plantings and community gardens. The Greening of Detroit has planted more than 89,000 trees since they started putting shovels in the ground in 1989. Since 1998, the Green Corps program has hired high school students each summer to water trees and maintain city parks and greenways.
Rashida Tlaib. Rashida is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants to Detroit and eldest of 14 children. Ms. Rashid attended schools in Southwest Detroit. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Wayne State University and a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School. She is a former Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 12 from 2009 to 2015, the first Muslim-American woman to serve as a Michigan State Representative. She is currently the Community Partnerships and Development Director for the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice. She was a fierce leader in the fight against the Pet Coke piles on the riverfront, fought state moves to allow even more air pollution in her district, the most polluted in the state including from a new Marathon refinery, and is leader of the movement for a Community Benefits Agreement requirement for major future developments in the city.
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is Director of the Pediatric Residency program at Flint’s Hurley Medical Center and Assistant professor of pediatrics and human development at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Her self-initiated research found a doubling of blood-lead levels in children after Flint switched its drinking water source. Despite her findings being denounced by state officials, Dr. Hanna-Attisha testified before Congress and continued to stand up for Flint’s children. Finally the state had to admit she was right. This last spring she was listed on TIME’s 2016 list of the 100 Most Influential People. Recently she launched a $100 million fund (flintkids.org) dedicated to the healthy development of Flint’s children. She has undertaken other efforts to meet the needs of these poisoned children as well. A lifelong environmental advocate, Mona Hanna-Attisha embodies what committed environmental action looks like.
Dr. Marc Edwards. Marc is the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he teaches environmental engineering, applied aquatic chemistry, and engineering ethics. His research group uncovered the 2001-2004 Washington, D.C. Lead Crisis and the 2014-2016 Flint Water Disaster. Time Magazine dubbed Edwards “The Plumbing Professor” in 2004, and listed him amongst the four most important world water “Innovators.” The White House awarded him a Presidential Faculty Fellowship in 1996. In 2010, he won outstanding paper in Environmental Science and Technology for research on lead in water poisoning of children in Washington D.C. In 2013, Edwards’ was the 9th recipient (in a quarter century) of the IEEE Barus Award for “courageously defending the public interest at great personal risk,” and in 2016 he was named amongst the most influential people in the world by Fortune and Time magazines.