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Conservation Conversation: Wetland Conservation in Michigan - Dr. Barb Avers

Presented by the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program (CSP)
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
6 - 8 p.m., ET
 Michigan Nature Association, 2310 Science Parkway, Okemos, MI 48864  

Registration fee: $10/person ($15/person at the door)

5:30 p.m.: check-in, refreshments, and educational table displays
6 - 7:15 p.m.: presentation
7:15 p.m.: Q/A & discussion with Dr. Barb Avers; educational table displays; refreshments

During this event, there will be time for light refreshments as well as Q and A and discussion with Dr. Barb Avers. Participants will also have an opportunity to visit with invited local conservation organizations to find out about the work they are doing including upcoming events, and how they can get involved in local conservation efforts. MSU Extension staff will also have information about the 2023 Michigan Conservation Stewards Program as well as a variety of other natural resource-oriented programs and upcoming events. 

April 18 Talk: Wetland Conservation in Michigan
Wetlands are incredibly important and provide diverse benefits such as wildlife habitat, places to recreate, improved water quality, flood water storage, and many more. Learn about how partners including the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, and many local organizations are working to protect and restore wetlands on a large landscape scale across the state. Also, learn about opportunities to restore and improve small wetlands on private lands and to make them more beneficial for wildlife. Don’t have wetlands of your own? Learn about ways that everyone can contribute to wetland conservation. 

Speaker Biography

Dr. Avers works for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources as a Waterfowl and Wetlands Specialist. She earned her Ph.D. and B.S. in zoology from MSU and an M.S. in wildlife ecology from Mississippi State University.

Who should attend this "Conservation Conversation" event?  

  • Those interested in nature who want to learn more about ecosystems and conservation efforts in Michigan
  • Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Alumni who are interested in continuing their learning and networking/connecting with others. Program alumni can attend for free!
  • Natural resource professionals who want to build their knowledge on ecosystem-based management principles
  • Individuals who want to learn more about the Michigan Conservation Steward Program as well as other MSU/MSU Extension programs and events being offered in 2023
  • Those who want to learn about conservation organizations and  local stewardship efforts, including how to get involved

Refunds will be given if requested on or before April 14, 2023. No refunds will be given on or after April 15, 2023.
To cancel your registration and/or to request a refund by the deadline, please send an email to

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Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions about this event, contact Bindu Bhakta at
For questions about registering for this event, contact Cathy Morris at