Speaker Programs

We normally hold our monthly general meeting/speaker programs from October to April.  The speaker programs are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month unless otherwise noted and start at 7:30 pm


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.

"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 back-country 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.  

“Great Lakes Hummingbirds" speaker program is being held on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 beginning 7:30 pm at the Royal Oak Senior/Community Center (3500 Marais)In the autumn of 2001, the Great Lakes HummerNet project was formed by Allen Chartier to primarily learn more about hummingbirds in the Great Lakes region by enlisting the help of volunteer observers throughout the region.  The main focus is on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds found in Michigan.  Data is gathered through observation as well as banding studies.  This presentation will describe the research objectives of the project, tell you how you can participate, provide helpful hints on how to attract and feed hummingbirds, provide hummingbird gardening tips, and review what has been learned so far.  The program will also review the status of other species of hummingbird confirmed to occur in the region.