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April 14, 21, May 5, 2014:  Our Changing Climate - An Evening Educational Series 
Life on Earth depends on, and is shaped by, its climate. This series is designed to engage interested Michigan citizens and leaders in understanding the latest climate change research in the Great Lakes’ region. Each session will include resources and discussion about individual and community actions that could lead to a more resilient Michigan.  This educational series, sponsored by Michigan State University Extension.  Register for all sessions or only the one(s) that fit your schedule.
 
  • Thursday, April 3: Climate Literacy and Trends
    Session cancelled.  This session's educational content will be delivered as part of the April 14th session.
  • Monday, April 14: 
  • Climate Literacy and Trends: The complex system that makes our planet capable of supporting life, clearly described; the important distinction between climate and weather; and, past and future climate trends in the Great Lakes Region, all taught in a way that makes climate change relevant and interesting to Michiganders.   Speakers: Dan Brown, Research Associate, Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA); Dr. Jeff Andresen, State Climatologist and Associate Professor, MSU Department of Geography, Claire Layman, Public Policy Education Specialist, MSU Extension.
  • Climate Change's Impact on Michigan's Wildlife Species: How species of birds, trees, mammals, fish and reptiles already are responding to a warmer, wetter, more climate-variable Michigan.  Speaker: Dr. Brian Klatt, Director, Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI), MSU Extension.
  • Monday, April 21:  Social and Health Implications of Changing Climate
    Water scarcity and poor water quality, both in Michigan and in other parts of North America, will likely affect state and national water policy.  A warmer, wetter Michigan al increases the threats of disease and heat stroke in Michigan's more vulnerable populations.  Speakers: Dr. Patricia Norris, Guyer-Seevers Chair in Natural Resource Conservation, MSU, Department of Community Sustainability. 
  • Monday, May 5:  Climate Resilient Communities
    How local units of government can improve community infrastructure to both adapt to and slow down climate change through the use of energy-efficient buildings, walkable neighborhoods, green spaces, and storm water management.  Speakers: Wayne Beyea, Specialist and Instructor, School of Planning, Design and Construction, MSU; Rebecca Esselman, Watershed Planner, Huron River Watershed Council.
 
All sessions will be held at Oakland County Executive Office Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Rd, Waterford, MI 48328 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
 
Registration cost for each individual session is $15 per person.  If you wish to register for all four sessions, cost is $50 per person. To register, please visit: http://events.anr.msu.edu/2014ClimateChange/
 
For more information about the content of this educational offering, please contact Bindu Bhakta at bhaktabi@anr.msu.edu or Claire Layman at layman@anr.msu.edu.
 
For questions on registering, please contact Linda Smith 248-858-0887 or smithlin@oakgov.com.

May 1-3, 2014:  Michigan Inland Lakes Convention: Partnering to Protect Michigan’s Inland Lakes

 
The Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership is pleased to announce that registration is open for the inaugural Michigan Inland Lakes Convention, May 1-3 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls. Register by March 1 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount!
 
Bill Rustem, Director of Strategy for Governor Rick Snyder, will join us for a plenary address on Friday morning, May 2. Mr. Rustem will focus on the conference theme of partnerships, with his address “Successful Partnerships – Importance to Government”. Prior to his current position in the Governor’s office, Mr. Rustem was an owner of Public Sector Consultants (PSC) and was the firm’s president and CEO. While at PSC, Mr. Rustem directed studies on the status of Michigan cities, wastewater treatment needs, recycling, and land use. Before joining the firm, Mr. Rustem was Gov. William G. Milliken’s chief staff advisor on environmental matters and director of the Governor’s Policy Council.
 
The Convention presents an opportunity for lake enthusiasts, lake professionals, researchers, local government officials and anyone else interested in protecting our water resources to participate in three days of educational presentations and discussion, in-depth workshops, tours, exhibits and much more focused on Michigan’s 11,000 inland lakes. 
 
The 2014 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention is brought to you by the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership, launched in 2008 to promote collaboration to advance stewardship of Michigan’s inland lakes. The Convention is a cooperative effort between many public and private organizations including the Michigan Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society, Michigan Lake and Stream Associations, Inc., Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan State University Institute of Water Research.
 
Visit the Michigan Inland Lakes Partnership website to register. Questions about the Convention can be directed to Dr. Jo Latimore, MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, at 517-432-1491.


In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage stormwater runoff, and attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden. Following the lecture portion of the program, resource people will be available to help participants design gardens just right for their home site. This program is intended for those with little to no experience gardening with native plants. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required. Participants will need to bring a sketch and photos of their yard. 6:00- 8:30 pm at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford, 48328. Call 586-469-6440 or email msue50@msu.edu with questions. To register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ecolanscapes14/  This workshop will be repeated on June 10th in Macomb County.
Forests are an enormous part of Michigan's history, culture, economy and landscape.  Join Michigan Forest Association and MSU faculty to explore how to enrich your classroom with intentional nature lessons.  Take home knowledge you can use in your classroom.  8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Tollgate Education Center.  Cost: $90.  Call Alan Jaros at 248-347-0269, extension 232 if you have questions.
In this workshop, participants will learn how to design a garden with native plants, protect water resources and manage stormwater runoff, and attract beneficial birds and butterflies to your garden. Following the lecture portion of the program, resource people will be available to help participants design gardens just right for their home site. This program is intended for those with little to no experience gardening with native plants. There is no fee to attend this workshop, but pre-registration is required. Participants will need to bring a sketch and photos of their yard. 6:00- 8:30 pm at the MSU Extension Assembly Room, VerKuilen Building, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, 48036. Call 586-469-6440 or email msue50@msu.edu with questions. To register: http://events.anr.msu.edu/ecolanscapes14/
 
 
For further information about all natural resources classes and activities, please contact MSU Extension-Oakland County, 248-858-0887.