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  • 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.

  • Fate of the Earth Symposium (March 2018)

    Dates:

    March 24, 2018

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The Environmental Science and Policy Program has launched 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. The event will include research focused seminars and discussion but will emphasize events and presentations that will speak to the broader MSU and Michigan community. In addition to live events and webcasts, the symposium will generate educational materials that can be used in classes and non-traditional education in the spring and beyond.

  • Field Botany Course (August - September 2018)

    Dates:

    Six sessions: August 8 - September 12, 2018.  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The Field Botany course will expose participants to basic botanical taxonomy and ecology. We will get a close-up look at plant parts, discover botanical terminology, and basic identifying characteristics. In two classroom sessions, we will learn about Michigan’s diverse natural vegetation, emphasizing basic ecological principles of plant distribution, historic and contemporary influences on Michigan’s major vegetation types.

    During field sessions, you will develop skills in using plant family characteristics and dichotomous keys to identify plants. We will learn common and scientific names and the ecological relationships of 40 to 50 plants in three main habitats including wetlands, forests, and prairie-like clearings.

  • Field Ornithology Course (March - May 2018)

    Dates:

    • Tuesday evening lectures: March 13 & 27, April 10 & 24, and May 8, 2018 from 6-8:30 pm
    • Saturday morning field trips: March 17 & 31, April 14 & 28, and May 12, 2018 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.

    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, May 2018)

    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 Lakes Online Series (January - March 2018)

    Dates:

    Course dates: January 23rd- March 9, 2018. Ask-an-Expert webinars are scheduled every other Wednesday from Noon-1:00pm (eastern) on February 7th, 21st and March 7th.

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Explore the many dimensions of inland lakes including riparian rights, shorelines, ecology, aquatic plants, and citizen involvement and much more through the online program Introduction to Lakes.  Topics covered include:

    • Lake ecology
    • Lakes and their watersheds
    • Lakes and their shorelines
    • Michigan water law
    • Aquatic plant management
    • Citizen involvement in lake management.

    Students have week-by-week, 24/7 access to six online units complete with captioned video lectures, web-based activities, discussion forums, three biweekly live webinars, and quizzes.

  • 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 2018)

    Dates:

    April 18, 2018. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  

    Location:

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

    Description:

    The 2018 Workshop will introduce the newest member of the KBS faculty, senior terrestrial ecologist Nick Haddad, as our plenary speaker. Nick comes to MSU from NC state where his research focuses on corridors and other approaches to conserve rare species and biodiversity in fragmented landscapes.

  • 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.

  • Library Environmental Series (April, May 2018)

    Dates:

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm.
    • Friday, April 20, 2018: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    • Thursday, May 10, 2018: 12:10 pm - 12:50 pm

    Location:

    April 12 and May 10 Tours begin near the shed in the garden.  In case of severe weather, join us for a virtual tour of the garden in the Main Library's Reference Instruction Room (first floor).  The April 20 presentation will take place in the Hollander MakeCentral, Main Library 2 West.

    Description:

    The 2018 Library Environmental Series includes:

    • April 12: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: The Earliest Spring Flowers: Ephemerals and the Coming of Spring Foliage
    • April 20: Earth Day Upcycling
    • May 10: Beal Botanical Garden Tour: Salad Days: The Edible Raw Greens of Spring
  • Long-Term Ecological Research

    Location:

    3700 East Gull Lake Drive, Hickory Corners, MI 49060.

    Description:

    The Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) Program studies the ecology of intensive field crop ecosystems and its environmental consequences as part of a National Network of LTER Sites established by the National Science Foundation in 1980. The KBS LTER joined the network in 1988. LTER research at KBS is designed to answer the broader question of how agronomic management can better utilize biological resources in cropping systems to control pests, provide nitrogen, and build soil fertility: In short, how to make agriculture more profitable and provide environmental benefits.

    Our main research areas include agronomy, microbial ecology, plant dynamics, insect dynamics, biogeochemistry, regionalization, ecosystem services, and biofuels. Our experimental systems range from field plots to landscapes. We study the ecology of major field crop ecosystems – annual crops such as corn, soybean, and wheat, perennial crops such as alfalfa, and biofuel crops such as switchgrass and poplars. We also study the natural, unmanaged ecosystems that occur in agricultural landscapes, such as forests and old fields.

  • Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP)

    Dates:

    See current schedule of phase 1, 2, or 3 offerings at the website below

    Location:

    Various locations across the state.  See schedule at the website below.

    Description:

    The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive, and voluntary program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.  This program is designed to reduce farmers’ legal and environmental risks through a three-phase process: 1) education; 2) farm-specific risk assessment; and 3) on-farm verification that ensures the farmer has implemented environmentally sound practices. The program’s three systems — Farmstead ,Cropping and Livestock — each examine different aspects of the farm. After becoming MAEAP verified, a farm can display a MAEAP sign signifying that MAEAP partners recognize the farm is environmentally assured.

  • Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (2018)

    Location:

    Please see locations and dates of upcoming programs at the website indicated below.

    Description:

    CSP participants learn about the history of conservation activities in Michigan, ecological principles, ecoregional classifications, and how to make choices to manage our natural resources. In addition to this foundation, participants learn about terrestrial ecosystems (forestlands and grasslands) and aquatic ecosystems (wetlands, lakes and streams) through classroom and in-field instruction.

    Becoming a conservation steward involves the completion of the following: 1. Classroom and field-based training led by experts in various fields of conservation and natural resources, including lectures, interactive learning and field experiences; 2. Self-paced online learning modules provided via Michigan State University’s Desire2Learn (D2L) course management interface which participants will complete on their own; and 3. Volunteer service including the completion of an in-class Capstone Project related to an area of interest as well as additional community volunteer service related to restoring and conserving Michigan’s ecosystems.

  • Michigan Sea Grant

    Location:

    East Lansing Office: Greening Michigan Institute, Manly Miles Building, Room 305, 1405 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI  48823

    Description:

    The Michigan Sea Grant partnership promotes understanding and intelligent use of the Great Lakes. It addresses Great Lake issues to help Michigan citizens protect and enjoy the nation’s extensive freshwater resources. Current areas of research include fisheries, coastal erosion, river restoration, and exotic species. Extension agents located in coastal communities around the state actively assist residents, decision-makers, and resource managers in resolving problems, recognizing opportunities, and broadening understanding of the Great Lakes.

  • Michigan's Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.miwwat.org/

    Description:

    The Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool (WWAT) is designed to estimate the likely impact of a water withdrawal on nearby streams and rivers. Use of the WWAT is required of anyone proposing to make a new or increased large quantity withdrawal (over 70 gallons per minute) from the waters of the state, including all groundwater and surface water sources, prior to beginning the withdrawal.

  • Midwest Invasive Species Information Network

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    The Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN) is a regional effort to develop and provide an early detection and rapid response (EDRR) resource for invasive species.  The goal of this regional resource is to assist both experts and citizen scientists in the detection and identification of invasive species in support of the successful management of invasive species.

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