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  • Build-a-Box NestWatch Workshop (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 1, 2017.  10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Location:

    Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012

    Description:

    Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, House Wrens, and Chickadees are all species that utilize nest boxes.  Please join Bill Stovall of Delton, MI who has been making bird houses for over 25 years, in constructing a nest box to take home and learning about the species of birds who use them and need them.  Learn how you can become a citizen scientist and contribute data to the NestWatch website where researchers use the information contributed to monitor the condition of breeding bird populations.

  • Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability

    Location:

    115 Manly Miles Building, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.

    Description:

    The mission of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability is to develop and maintain a center of excellence that integrates ecology with socioeconomics, demography, and other disciplines for ecological sustainability from local, national, to global scales. The objectives include: conducting cutting-edge research on emerging issues related to ecological sustainability; training new generations of leading scholars for interdisciplinary research; and disseminating research findings across the globe.

  • Center for Water Sciences

    Location:

    301 Manly Miles Building, 1405 S. Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI, 48823.

    Description:

    The Center for Water Sciences (CWS) at MSU is comprised of interdisciplinary scientific teams of MSU faculty and students who investigate and provide solutions to current, emerging, and future environmental problems that face local, national, and global water systems. The CWS researchers are dedicated to promoting the integration of traditional fields of science to address water-related issues and research that focus on ecosystems and human health. Their goal is to advance scientific research and knowledge for understanding, protecting, and restoring water resources and their sustainable use by humans and ecosystems around the Great Lakes and the world. The CWS investigators address a variety of research topics including antibiotics in water and development of microbial resistance, viral pathogens and waterborne disease, the complexity of natural and human influences on biodiversity and valued attributes of aquatic ecosystems within watersheds, and the effects of contaminants with global origins.

  • Current Topics in Ecology and Evolution (Eminent Ecologists Series) (June, July 2017)

    Dates:

    Please click the web link below for a list of 2017 Eminent Ecologists

    Location:

    W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, MI.

    Description:

    Distinguished scientists in ecology or evolutionary biology who reside at KBS for a week over the summer will offer formal seminars, informal discussions and one-on-one dialogue with students. To prepare for the seminars, students are expected to read selected publications by each speaker in his or her current research and participate in post-seminar discussions.  1 - 2 credits.

  • Dessert With Discussion Series: Protecting Michigan Lakes and Rivers from Invasive Species (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 11, 2017.  7:30 - 8:30 pm.  Doors open at 7:00 pm.

    Location:

    Academic Center Auditorium, MSU's Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 East Gull Lake Dr, Hickory Corners, Michigan, 49060.

    Description:

    The Dessert with Discussion Series is a way of connecting the community with both the Kellogg Biological Station and MSU. At each event, the evening's speaker will discuss his/her research, followed by an array of delicious desserts with discussion about the topic. 

    For this Dessert With Discussion event, join us for a discussion on Protecting Michigan lakes and rivers from invasive species with MSU Outreach Specialist, Dr. Jo Latimore.  Aquatic invasive species, such as the zebra mussel and the Eurasian water milfoil plant, have caused severe ecological and economic damage in Michigan. Impacts include declines in fish populations, degraded water quality, loss of recreational opportunities, and property damage. New invaders are discovered regularly, and can spread at an alarming rate across the state.

  • Ecology Summer Course and Lab (July, August 2017)

    Dates:

    • Ecology Lecture Class: July 3 - August 2, 2017.  Class meets all day Monday and Wednesday.
    • Ecology Lab: July 8 - August 5, 2017.  Class meets all day Friday.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, Michigan.

    Description:

    Students learn about the relationships between plants, animals and the physical world. The class explores population, community and ecosystem level processes in a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Students are introduced to basic ecological principles and how they can be used to solve environmental problems. Students will learn a variety of sampling techniques, how to analyze data and will present results of the field labs to the class. 4 credits (Course: 3, Lab: 1). There are prerequisites.

  • Environmental Science and Policy Program: Research Colloquia Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website below.

    Location:

    273 Giltner Hall, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    These events utilize ESPP's unique network of MSU expertise spanning MSU's colleges to address important and timely environmental issues that cross disciplinary boundaries. The ESPP Research Colloquia Series is a forum for MSU students, researchers and visitors to engage in research discussions where an interdisciplinary perspective is critical.

  • Fate of the Earth Symposium (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 12 - 13, 2017

    Location:

    Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S. Harrison Rd, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824

    Description:

    The Environmental Science and Policy Program is launching a symposium series to explore the challenges and opportunities we face in enhancing human well-being while protecting the environment. This symposium will bring distinguished thinkers from around the world to explore what we know, what we need to know and what we must do as we move into a century of unprecedented environmental change, technological advancement and scale of human activity.  This year's interdisciplinary environmental science and policy symposium focuses on the "Climate-Food-Energy-Water Nexus."

  • Field Botany Course (August - September 2017)

    Dates:

    Class dates: August 9, 16, 23, 30, and September 6 and 13, 2017.  Registration required by August 4, 2017.

    Location:

    Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, 12685 East C Avenue, Augusta, MI 49012

    Description:

    Learn about Michigan’s diverse natural vegetation, emphasizing basic ecological principles of plant distribution, and influences on Michigan major vegetation types. You will also learn basic botanical taxonomy and ecology as we get a close-up look at plant parts and identify characteristics for 40-50 plants. You will also develop skills in using family features and a botanical key to identify plants.  The Field Botany course offers two-hour classes, once a week for six weeks. There will be two classroom sessions and four field sections.

  • Field Ornithology Course (March - May 2017)

    Dates:

    • Tuesday evening lectures: March 21, April 4 and 18, May 2 and 16, 2017 from 6-8:30 pm
    • Saturday morning field trips: March 25, April 8 and 22, and May 6 and 20, 2017 from 8-11 am

     

    Location:

    Lectures are held at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary: 12685 East C Ave., Augusta, MI 49012.

    Saturday field trips visit area birding hotspots including the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Kellogg Forest, Lux Arbor, and areas around Gull Lake.

    Description:

    The Field Ornithology Course is an engaging, hands-on course that offers a fun way to learn more about the fascinating world of birds and improve your bird watching and identification skills. Each two part lecture will include a talk from a state or local scientist/ expert followed by an identification lesson. Field trips visit local birding hot spots and are led by experienced birders.  All skill levels are welcome!

  • Forestry Hanover Seminar Series (Spring 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the events website below.

    Location:

    Usually held in 225 Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI, 48824.  Please check the schedule for any variance.

     

    Description:

    The MSU Department of Forestry offers the Hanover Seminar Series, in which forestry experts from MSU and other institutions discuss issues affecting our forests and forest ecological communities.

  • Fred Russ Research Forest and Park (Decatur, MI)

    Location:

    20673 Marcellus Hwy, Decatur, MI, 49045.

    Description:

    Forest products and Christmas trees are among the top 20 agricultural crops in Michigan. The 939-acre Fred Russ Forest allows researchers to conduct long-term research on Christmas tree seed production and other projects aimed at preserving the diversity and abundance of Michigan forests. The forest also features a 14-acre park that is open to the public for hiking, biking, fishing, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.

    Fred Russ Experimental Forest now offers Spartan Pure Maple Syrup as part of a research effort in best practices for high-vacuum sap extraction. Spartan Pure Maple Syrup is made from pure maple sap, with no additives or preservatives. Now available at MSU Stores, MSU Surplus, Kellogg Biological Station and Kellogg Forest.

  • Great Lakes Echo News Portal

    Description:

    The Great Lakes Echo news portal is a daily digest of environmental stories that appear in daily newspapers, as well as original reporting by MSU's Knight Center students and MSU's Capital News Service students. One-sentence summaries of each story are linked to the full versions. Subscribers can receive the digest by e-mail or RSS feed.

  • Great Lakes Fisheries Workshops (April 2017)

    Dates:

    Please see the current schedule at the website listed below.

    Location:

    Various.  Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    These annual workshops focus on current research and information related to the regional status of Great Lakes fisheries. 

  • Introduction to Holistic Management (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 26 - 27, 2017.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    Location:

    5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City, MI 48624

    Description:

    MSU AgBio Research, MSU Extension, and The Savory Institute are hosting a two-day workshop entitled, “The Foundations of Holistic Management."  This course exposes participants to insights into holistic management, holistic decision-making, environmental principles, and holistic planning procedures for increased success. Understanding Holistic Management allows you to plan, manage, and grow your business to build wealth while building biological capital, and meeting the needs of the people involved.

  • Invasive Species ID Training Modules

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    These online training modules aid in the education of citizen scientists about invasive species. The modules require Adobe Flash and are HTML5 compatible, making them viewable on mobile devices. Each module will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

  • Kellogg Biological Station K-12 Partnership Workshop for Science Teachers (April 2017)

    Dates:

    April 18, 2017. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  Register by April 11, 2017.

    Location:

    Kellogg Biological Station Auditorium, 3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI  49060

    Description:

    The 2017 Spring K-12 Partnership Workshop that looks at the theme "The Kellogg Edge: Breaking boundaries in ecology and evolution education."  This year KBS celebrates 90 years and we plan to continue our tradition of excellence with a full day of sessions featuring cutting edge technologies and forward thinking research. This includes an exciting plenary talk by MSU Distinguished Professor of Integrative Biology, Dr. Kay Holekamp. For almost 30 years now Dr. Holekamp has been dedicated to studying the behavioral ecology and evolution of Hyenas in Kenya.

  • Kellogg Biological Station Seminar Series (Fall and Spring)

    Dates:

    Please see the Website below for the current schedule.

    Location:

    Stack 237, Kellogg Biological Station, E. Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060

    Description:

    KBS's mission is to develop programs in research, education and extension directed toward a comprehensive understanding of natural and managed ecosystems and the conservation of natural resources.  Please see the list of upcoming seminars at the website listed below.

  • Know Your Coastal Areas Website

    Description:

    This website provides web-mapping tools to help individuals and organizations make informed decisions with regards to Michigan's coastal areas. It provides access to spatial layers of township-specific information about ecologically sensitive coastal sites, using data organized around ecological impact, land use change, and urbanization. The site also provides a link to the Institute's Web site, Digital Watershed, a nationwide Web application tool for effective watershed management.

  • Lake and Stream Leader's Institute (June - October 2017)

    Location:

    • First Session: June 2 - 3, 2017: Kettunen Center near Cadillac, MI
    • Second Session: August 18 - 19, 2017:  Kellogg Biological Station near Kalamazoo, MI
    • Third Session: October 6, 2017: MSU, East Lansing, MI

    Description:

    The goal of the Lake and Stream Leader’s Institute is to develop a core of local water/land resource leaders who will promote lake, stream and watershed management partnerships with state natural resource agencies and encourage and instruct other citizens in resource management.  The Institute is conducted in three in-depth sessions that include classroom learning and field experience and practice.  

     

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