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Conservation Talk Tuesdays Webinar Series

presented by the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program 
Select Tuesdays: Oct. 20, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, Nov. 24, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 
12 - 1 p.m. EST via Zoom

Join the MSU Extension Conservation Stewards Program for a FREE webinar series on various Tuesdays in October, November, and December 2020. We will explore conservation efforts and innovative ecosystem-based management approaches in Michigan. For each topic, we will take a closer look at diverse cultural perspectives, unique natural communities that make up the ecosystems in our state, innovative conservation partnerships which celebrate ecosystem heritage, efforts to connect people to nature, and ongoing restoration efforts in Michigan.  

Who should attend this webinar series?   

  • Existing Conservation Stewards interested in continuing their learning and networking/connecting with other alumni
  • Individuals who want to learn more about natural communities and conservation efforts in Michigan
  • 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 

Webinar Series Topics: 

Oct. 20, 2020
Connecting Youth with the Outdoors in Detroit: Cultivating the next Generation of Naturalists and Conservationists
Speaker: Ajee Witherspoon, Detroit Zoological Society

Oct. 27, 2020
Up-close and Personal with Bears, American Marten, Fisher, and Deer 
Speaker: Clay Wilton, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Nov. 10, 2020
Where Has Our Wild Rice Gone?
Speaker: Dr. Marie Schaefer, Michigan State University, Department of Community Sustainability
(Note: This session will not be recorded and made available for viewing after the webinar.)

Nov. 24, 2020
Grayling in Michigan: Their Past, Present and Future 
Speaker: Nicole Watson, Michigan State University, Department of Fisheries & Wildlife 

Dec. 8, 2020
How Habitat Restoration on Belle Isle can Mitigate Climate Change
Speakers: Sam Lovall, Friends of the Detroit River & Greg Norwood, Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Dec. 15, 2020
Perspectives in Conservation: Understanding People and the Landscape to Protect our Natural Heritage
Speaker: Jesse Lincoln, Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Online registration is required to participate in this webinar series. Choose individual webinars or register for the entire series. 

Information and resources to preview prior to each webinar, along with the recording for each session (except for the November 10th session) and additional resources will be available on the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program Webinar Series page:

To learn more about the Michigan Conservation Stewards Program, visit:

**Speakers and topics subject to change. If a change is made you will be notified prior to the program.

Registration for “Conservation Talk” Tuesdays Webinar Series is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 14, 2020.


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 information, contact Bindu Bhakta at or Paige Filice at