Monthly Nature Programs

Back by popular demand–FREE Monthly Nature Programs with Detroit Audubon!

All programs will be held at Belle Isle Nature Center (176 Lakeside Dr. Detroit, MI 48207) on the first Thursday of every month. These events are free, appropriate for all ages, open to the public, and light snacks and refreshments are provided. Join us!

If you have any questions or are interested in speaking at a future Detroit Audubon Monthly Nature Program, please email blininger@detroitaudubon.org.

 


December Monthly Nature Program
Restorative Trails in the Great Cities: Walks and Talks of an American Urbanist
Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Belle Isle Nature Center

Janet Anderson walked 400 miles across the 12 cities that anchored America’s stunning rise to prosperity, and found a path to restoring America’s vitality, for all Americans. Part travelogue, part classroom lecture and part memoir, this program will inspire you to walk and show you fascinating places to do it here in Detroit and beyond. After her talk, Janet will take program participants on a short walk on Belle Isle where she’ll talk about the history and ecology of our treasured Detroit island!

Janet Anderson, Ph.D is a lifelong Detroit resident, career city of Detroit executive, Adjunct Professor at Wayne State University, and author of two books about the old cities of America, “Island in the City: How Belle Isle Changed Detroit Forever” (2001) and “Walks and Talks of an American Urbanist Through America’s Great Cities” (2017).

To RSVP: Click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


November Monthly Nature Program: Bird Stewardship with the Detroit Zoo
Thursday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Belle Isle Nature Center

The latest installment of our Monthly Nature Program will be an evening with Bonnie Van Dam, Associate Curator of Birds at the Detroit Zoo! Bonnie is an advocate for bird habitat and safety through building collision projects, habitat monitoring, and more. Bonnie’s talk will focus on the incredible work that she and the Detroit Zoo have done through the DZS Bird Monitoring Project, both at the Zoo’s properties and across the country.

We are so excited to have Bonnie come join us and share her experiences with the Detroit Audubon community. Participants at this event will leave with ideas and products that they can use to make their homes and communities safer for birds!

To RSVP: Click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


October Monthly Nature Program: Film Screening of Saving Snow
Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m.
Belle Isle Nature Center

In October, we’re going to be hosting a screening of Saving Snow, a documentary that looks at how climate change is affecting the winter sports industry and how ski towns and winter sports professionals are helping create a clean energy future for all of us. As always, free snacks and good conversation will be provided.

To RSVP: Click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


September Monthly Nature Program: Nashua Creek Walk
Thursday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m.
Belle Isle Nature Center

The latest installment of our Monthly Nature Program will be a walk along the Nashua Creek Trail. At the beginning of the fall, birds will begin to migrate through the area again, and in the evening, we may even see some “crepuscular” creatures, like beavers! As usual, we’ll meet at the Belle Isle Nature Center to check in and grab a snack, then head out on our walk. This program is family friendly and open to all. Bring bug spray in case the trail is buggy!

To RSVP: Click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


August Monthly Nature Program: Digital Naturalist Workshop
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST FIRST at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE DIFFERENT DATE AND TIME!)
Belle Isle Nature Center
While smartphones can be a distraction from the world around us, there are a few apps that can actually help us connect to nature through exploration and discovery. Join us for a hands-on workshop about a few of our favorite nature exploration apps and change the way you connect with your phone and the natural world. We will have iPads available for those who do not have smartphones!

If you have a smartphone, download the apps ahead of time! The apps we will feature are iNaturalist, Merlin Bird ID, and Audubon Bird Guide.

To RSVP: Click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


July Monthly Nature Program: Belle Isle Waterfront Walk
Thursday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. (note earlier time!)
Belle Isle Nature Center

Join Detroit Audubon and Belle Isle Nature Center on a summer evening walk along Belle Isle’s beautiful waterfront! We’ll learn about the ecology of the Detroit River, look for birds and other local flora and fauna, and simply enjoy a summer evening walk along the waterfront. This program is perfect for nature-walkers of all ages–families with children are encouraged to attend! We’ll meet at Belle Isle Nature Center to gather and have a snack, and we’ll head out from there.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by the Detroit Zoo. The event is free, for all ages. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP: Please click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


June Monthly Nature Program: Spring Exploration Walk

Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. (note earlier time!)
Belle Isle Nature Centerkids and families outside

June’s edition of our Monthly Nature Program is all about getting kids and families OUTSIDE and EXPLORING nature! Late spring is the perfect season to explore nature, so join us on an early-evening walk and learn how to explore and observe the natural world all around you. Ignite your children’s curiosity through guided exploration activities and a naturalist-led hike on Belle Isle. This program is perfect for grandparents and grandchildren, young families, or anyone looking to learn about HOW to observe the natural world!

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by the Detroit Zoo. The event is free, for all ages. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP: Please click HERE to let us know you’re coming!


May Monthly Nature Program
Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 PM
Belle Isle Nature Center

Michigan businessman and philanthropist Jerry Jung will be joining us this month to discuss the reasons the ethanol mandate is so bad for biodiversity–especially insect-eating birds. His organization, ReThink Ethanol, seeks to inform the community about the dangers and realities of corn ethanol production. He will also share his perspectives on the political landscape surrounding legislative and administrative efforts to reign in excessive corn production. We hope you can join us for what is sure to be a thought-provoking and inspiring presentation and discussion!

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by the Detroit Zoo. The event is free, for all ages. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP: Please click HERE to reserve a seat at this event.


Thursday, February 1st, 2018 Film Screening of ‘From the Bottom Up: Climate Action in Detroit’ by Award-Winning Filmmaker and Detroit Audubon Board Member, Diane Cheklich

DIANE_CHEKLICH_250wThis film addresses climate change and environmental justice in Detroit and was directed by Detroit Audubon Board Member, Diane Cheklich. Diane is a Detroit-based film director and 2014 Kresge Artist Fellow. In addition to film work that includes both features and shorts, Ms. Cheklich is a passionate environmentalist. She is on the board of Detroit Audubon and is chair of Detroit Audubon’s Conservation Committee. She is also involved in several solar energy projects in Detroit, and is co-chair of the Renewable Energy Subcommittee of the Detroit City Council’s Green Task Force.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by the Detroit Zoo. The event is free, for all ages. Snacks will be provided.

To RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/grkBDbPseZsQ5Qao2 or please kindly email blininger@DetroitAudubon.org


Thursday, January 4th, 2018 Travis Kaye, Detroit Audubon Young Birder Scholarship Recipient Life of a Teen Birder

Atlantic Puffin 600x475Our first speaker of the year will be Travis Kaye, a phenomenal birder and the recipient of our Young Birder Scholarship to Hog Island Audubon Teen Camp in Maine.

Come learn about his experiences on Hog Island and see the wonderful pictures of Atlantic Puffins he captured! Learn more about Detroit Audubon Young Birder Scholarship and how to apply.

This event is co-sponsored by the Belle Isle Nature Center, which is operated by theDetroit Zoo.

To RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/bXaHijdxad6Hzl742 or please kindly email jac@DetroitAudubon.org