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                                             January 2022

                                 Learn About Michigan’s Inland Lakes
                                 Online From MSU Extension
                                     Registration for the award-winning Michigan State University Extension
                                     Introduction to Lakes Online course is now open! This six-week online
                                     course runs January 25 - March 16, 2022 and is designed for anyone
                                     interested in inland lakes, including lakefront property owners,
                                     recreational users and managers. Course topics include lake ecology,
                                     watershed management, shoreline protection, aquatic plants, Michigan
                                     water law, and community engagement. The course consists of video
lectures, interactive activities, discussion forums, resources, and live Ask-an-Expert webinars featuring
experts from Michigan State University, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and the Michigan
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.
Registration is open now through January 21, 2022. The cost of the course is $115 per person. Register by
January 3, 2022 for an early bird price of $95 per person. Learn more and register on the Introduction to
Lakes website.

                                                  The Stewardship Network
                                                  Conference: 15th Anniversary Edition
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 thru Friday, January 28, 2022
Registration is now open for the 15th Annual Stewardship Network Conference. This three
day virtual conference will feature keynote speakers from past years, workshops, panels, interviews,
virtual field trips, and networking opportunities. Join these important conversations from the
comfort of your home or office, along with hundreds of other professionals, students, and
volunteers from an array of environmental fields who use The Stewardship Network to connect with
others. Registration costs range from $149 for general admission for the full conference; $99 for
students/elders for the full conference; and $59 for single-day registrations.
Register here for the conference.
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Join the DNR for the fourth annual Nature Center Summit
Friday, February 11, 2022
The event will be held live, and in-person, this year at the Ralph A. McMullan Conference Center on North
Higgins Lake. Sessions will include the latest science and management strategies on: cormorant manage-
ment, nuisance wildlife management, arctic grayling reintroduction, lake sturgeon reintroduction, invasive
species management (CISMA), bird health and feeding stations, forest assessment – tools to quantify the
value of forested parcels, and the effects of climate change on Michigan natural resources.
Although we are beyond happy to begin hosting an in-person event, we are also on high alert for changes in
the COVID situation that might impact the day. Please be assured that the summit planning team is moni-
toring the situation closely and is committed to providing a safe and healthy venue.
More information, agenda and registration information is available at:
We appreciate the continued support from the Association of Nature Center Administrators, the National
Association of Interpretation and the Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Educators!

                                        Wild Spartan Series
                                        This month’s Wild Spartans Series will soar the skies and jump into
                                        the waters as we explore the natural world around us. Join us on
                                        Tuesday, January 11th, 2021 at 6:30 pm for “Butterflies, Bivalves,
                                        Birds, and Beyond!” We will talk to a scientist about researching
                                        and protecting species worldwide. You will meet Ashley Cole-Wick,
                                        Conservation Associate- Zoology with the Michigan Natural Fea-
                                        tures Inventory. You will learn about her field work and hear about
                                        the education and career path she followed to get there. Youth will
                                        be encouraged to ask questions to learn more through a live Q&A.
                                        This free series is open to 4-H and non-4-H youth ages 12-19 years.
                                        Monthly sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at
                                        6:30 pm.
Registration is required:
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Oak Wilt Prevention Starts Now
                                              Ruth Dorando Marcy, Michigan State University Extension
                                              December 14, 2021

                                              Oak wilt has become a serious disease across Michigan. Avoiding oak tree
                                              pruning at the high-risk period of the growing season is an important way to
                                              prevent oak wilt. If you need to prune your oaks, schedule tree work for win-
                                              ter months when oak wilt risk is lowest. Even during the winter, professional
                                              arborists are booking their work many weeks out. Schedule your tree work
                                              now to ensure it is completed before the high-risk period of spring. For the
                                              complete article click here.
Get started with pruning plans in the
winter (photo credit: Julie Stachecki)

                                                       The Monkey Flower in new documentary
                                                       Nature Change shares a message of hope for Michigan’s most en-
                                                       dangered flower. Michigan Monkey Flower is found in only 23 loca-
                                                       tions across the Mackinac Straits and Grand Traverse Areas. Threats
                                                       to its future include invasive plants and development. Watch this
                                                       short documentary to learn how many experts and volunteers are
                                                       working to protect and restore this uniquely Michigan plant.

                                         Michigan Alliance of Environmental and Outdoor Edu-
                                         cation offers 3rd Annual Wildlife Weekend
                                         February 11-13, 2022 at the McMullen Center in Roscommon
                          Hosted at the Ralph A. MacMullan Center on beautiful Higgins Lake, this weekend
                          exploration of wildlife and the outdoors is the perfect getaway to escape from the
                          blahs of winter. Outdoor explorations, indoor activities, and evenings in front of a
                          fireplace are all part of the experience. Two sessions will be offered: “Raising Win-
                          ter Wild Children” or “Winter: Where the Wild Things Are”. Click on the following
link to register

                                              Capturing Moths, and Kids’ Curiosity About Sci-
                                (Originally published by the Michigan State University College of Education
                                on November 8, 2021)
                                Learn how Michigan State University learned that moths make good science
                                teachers through MothEd four-year, $2.4 million National Science Founda-
tion grant will allow this innovative opportunity to reach more kids. Learn more at
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FREE Series of Workshops on Equity and Justice
in Conservation
The experts at Cream City Conservation will help conservation practitioners like you learn how to understand and
implement changes to increase justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in conservation workplaces and throughout
the Chicago Wilderness community.
Complete the full workshop series (either by attending live online or watching recordings of the sessions) to receive
a certificate of participation.
All sessions are 2.5 hours long, from 9:00-11:30 am CST.
1. Introduction to Racial Equity (Oct 26; repeat of September session)
2. Reflective Leadership and Effective Communication (Jan 20)
3. Foundations of Internalized Racism (Feb 17)
4. Decentering White Dominant Culture (March 17)
5. Social Identities and Intersectionality (April 21)
6. Recruitment and Retention for the 21st Century (May 19)
7. Equity Tools (June 16)
For more information, visit:

                                                       Happy Holidays!
                       Wishing you a Happy, Healthy
                                                                       New Year!
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