Speaker Programs

Nature Society speaker programs are held from October to April at the Royal Oak Middle School located at 709 North Washington, between 11 Mile Road and Catalpa.  There is a General Meeting of the Nature Society that takes place a few minutes before the speaker program commences. The speaker programs are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted and start at 7:30 pm. The 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.

Upcoming Programs


"Monarch Biology and Conservation" speaker program is being held on Wednesday, February 6th, 2019, beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  Monarchs used to dance in our gardens but today, it's hard to find them.  They face perils in nature and the changing landscape from human progress has made their numbers and future survival uncertain.  Monarch caterpillars depend on one type of food source which isn't favored by farmers and is eradicated for its toxic content and habit of spreading.  Yet, it's the state butterfly for many.  A recent movement has sprung up to take steps to conserve this magnificent migrating butterfly.  Debbie Jackson, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, will spend time looking at biology, migration, natural enemies, man made threats to its survival and easy methods that anyone can do to help them survive.

"What Can We Do to Save the Bees” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, March  6th, 2019, beginning at 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  We have lost 75% or our insect Bio Mass over the last 50 years.  Some of the questions we should ask are: Should I plant a tree?    What is the status of all our native pollinators?  Are honey bees part of the answer?  Rich Wieske is co-owner of Green Toe Gardens.  Green Toe Gardens tends hives throughout Detroit, pollinating our local farms and gardens.  They also maintain the observation hives at Belle Isle, Edsel and Eleanor Ford bee yards and the Metropolitan Airport Authority bee hives at Cross Winds Marsh.  Rich is a bee advocate and mentor on what’s happening to our bees.  Join Rich Wieske as he tells us what we can do about saving them.  If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about honey bees this evening is the place to bee.

"The Philippines – Islands of Endemics” speaker program is being held on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Middle School (709 N. Washington).  The Philippines are a birders paradise.  This country is made up of isolated islands in the Pacific Ocean near Asia, providing a perfect spot for isolated bird species to evolve.   Boasting 7107 islands, the Philippines can also boast of having 657 species, of which 214 are endemic.  Join Don Burlett, president of Oakland Audubon, as he leads our visit seven of these islands in a quest to see many of the islands birds.  We’ll also enjoy the landscape, history and culture of these islands.