OUR SPEAKER PROGRAMS ARE NOW BEING HELD AT THE ROYAL OAK SENIOR CENTER WHICH IS LOCATED AT 3500 MARAIS.
There is a General Meeting of the Nature Society that takes place a few minutes before the speaker program commences.
These programs are usually slide shows focusing on various natural history topics. If you watch nature programs on PBS or the Discovery channel, our program is better because you can meet afterwards and ask the speakers questions. All speaker programs are free and open to everyone. Preregistration is not required.
"Birds, Bugs & Blooms” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais). Join photographer David Stimac for an evening exploring some of his favorite images made over the past two years in Michigan along with a few side trips too. Highlights include winter waterfowl, spring warblers
"Fungi in the Environment” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais). Most of us know very little about what mushrooms do in the environment. Tess Burzynski, founder of Fungi Freights and Environmental Studio, wants to change that. As she says, “Fungi play a vital role in our environment, holding special relationships with soil and the overall ecosystem.” In this presentation, she will uncover the diverse abilities fungi have and how they connect life on earth.
"Isle Royale: Wolves, Moose, and More” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais). Erin Parker, Nature Centers Manager of the Detroit Zoological Society, spent three seasons as a backcountry ranger and biological technician at Isle Royale National Park. She has returned there several times to explore, most recently in August of 2019 as part of the Moose Watch program. Come learn about this beautiful and wild island archipelago, including the ongoing wolf reintroduction project and start planning your own visit.
“What Can We Do to Save the Bees?" speaker program is being held on Wednesday, March 4, 2020 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais). Rich Wieske, partner in Green Toe Gardens and A Royal Oak resident, shares two decades experience as a local beekeeper, mentor and advocate of natural biodiversity. His presentations are informative, fun and accompanied by breathtaking images. Bring your questions about bees, trees and the queen’s knees. Can I have a beehive in my backyard? What kind of trees and weeds to plant for bees? Do honeybees and native pollinators compete? If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about honey bees this evening is the place to bee.