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February 15 U of M EEB Thursday Seminar: Plant variability and the ecology of plant-insect interactions,  4-5pm room U of M Campus- Chemistry Dow Lab 1200

William Wetzel, Dept of Entomology, Michigan State University

How environmental variability influences population and community ecology is poorly understood. In this talk, William will explore how plant trait diversity affects the performance and population dynamics of insect herbivores.

February 16 Smith Lecture 3:30pm, U of M Room 1528 C.C. Little. 

Title: Liquefaction Hazard in the Built Environment: Numerical and Experimental Investigations into the Effectiveness of Liquefaction Mitigation Techniques

By  Speaker: Jenny Ramirez Calderon, University of Colorado, Boulder

Abstract: Soil liquefaction continues to cause devastating damage to the built environment during earthquakes. In recent years, earthquakes in Christchurch-New Zealand (2010-2011), Tohoku-Japan (2011), Muisne-Ecuador (2016), have caused widespread liquefaction resulting in unacceptable settlement, tilt and deformation of buildings, especially those on shallow foundations. Field observations from such events provide valuable information about the behavior of soil and the response of structures, but a scarcity of instrumentation means that detailed recordings of the soil and structure responses from the time of the earthquake are lacking. Data is especially sparse regarding the performance and effectiveness of liquefaction mitigation strategies. Numerical and experimental studies have been performed at the University of Colorado Boulder to generate new case histories under controlled conditions. This presentation will summarize trends from both physical and numerical models, focusing on how structural performance is affected by some common liquefaction mitigation approaches.

February 19 NAP Stewardship Workday- President's Day, 1–3 p.m. at Foxfire West Park.

This little park is nestled in a neighborhood in the northern reaches of Ann Arbor. Help us remove invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn to improve the habitat for the many frog and toad species that call this area home. Meet at the park entrance on Birchwood Drive, between Hickory Point Drive and Timbercrest Court. Please dress in layers and wear shoes suitable for snow or wet ground. All participants must complete a release form, and all minors should be accompanied by a guardian. Tools, snacks, and know-how provided.

February 21 NAP Public Meeting- Controlled Burn Program, 7–8:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park Meeting Room. 

Fire is used as a restoration tool in many of Ann Arbor's natural areas. This meeting will be a discussion about our Controlled Ecological Burn Program. Ask questions and learn more about the benefits of effectively and safely using fire as a restoration tool.
All persons are encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk's Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated.

February 21 Washtenaw Audubon Society: Birding the Puget Sound and Mt. Rainier
Matthaei Botanical Gardens 7:30pm

Join Ben Hack as he shares his experiences birding in the Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula, and Mt. Rainier with 13 other young birders at Camp Cascades, a birding and educational experience for young birders aged 14 to 18. Ben joined 13 other young birders last August. Led by famous birders Michael O’Brien, Louise Zemaitis, and Glen Davis, the group spotted regional highlights, including Tufted Puffin, Sooty Grouse, White-headed Woodpecker, and even Orcas. Ben is a Junior at Pioneer High and has the signal distinction of having recently found the first ever LeConte’s Sparrow in Washtenaw County.

February 22 NAP Volunteer Burn Crew Training, 12–5 p.m. at DTE Energy House, Leslie Science and Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road.

Become a part of NAP's Volunteer Burn Crew! This is the required training session for anyone interested in assisting with NAP's controlled burns. Burns typically take place Monday through Friday between noon and 7 p.m. Registration is required by February 20, as enrollment is limited. Call 734.794.6627 or email NAP@a2gov.org to register or for more information. Some portion of training may be outdoors.

February 26 McAndless Scholar Lecture Series Winter 2018

Religion, Modernity and Eco-justice: the contribution of the Pope Francis’ Laudato Si Encyclical 
4:30–6 p.m. Pray Harrold 216

Dr. Aguiar will explore the presuppositions and contributions of Pope Francis' Encyclical
Laudato Si to the discussions regarding eco-justice in the world. The environmental crises was caused by human beings and the Pope asks for an integral ecology.
According to Pope Francis, science and religion can undergo an intense and fruitful dialogue.

February 28 Symposium on Ecojustice Education and the Humanities 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Speakers: Rebecca Martusewicz, Ecojustice Education; Craig Dionne, English; Toni Pressley-Sanon, Africology and African American Studies

Please let Elisabeth Daumer (edaumer@emich.edu) know soon if you are interested in attending.  All students and faculty are invited. We need to have an approximate head count to order a room.


March 3 NAP Salamander Survey Kick-off & Training, 12-2 p.m. at Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave

Learn how to help NAP monitor salamanders in Ann Arbor's parks– we have at least 5 species here! Volunteers will be trained to identify salamanders and select parks to survey. Must be willing to walk in the woods on rainy cold nights in early spring, and take day surveys in spring and summer. Please register by March 1. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

March 3 NAP Frog and Toad Survey Kick-off & Training, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave

Everyone is invited to help monitor frog populations in Ann Arbor! Volunteers will be trained to identify frogs by ear and eye and will select a route to survey. No previous experience required! Surveying is done on night trips, at least once per month, March through June. Most routes require driving. Please register by March 1. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627 or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

March 6 Student for Sustainability at Washtenaw Community College screening Tomorrow film 
Great Lakes Room at WCC 6 p.m.

This film encourages local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet- broken into five categories: Agriculture, Energy, Economy, Education and Governance.

March 8 Environmental Futures- 2018 Journal of Narrative Theory Dialogue: Ursula Heise and Rob Nixon Student- Center Auditorium 6:30p.m.

Urban Futures, Multi-Species Justice, and the Impact of Anthropocene Thinking on Narrative--Science Fiction, Environmental Nonfiction, and Documentaries

The JNT puts on an annual Dialogue bringing together two scholars and/or artists on a subject of some pressing intellectual and social concern. Ursula Heise and Rob Nixon will join us and talk on the subject of "Environmental Futures."  Leading up to the dialogue, there will be a reading group, if you were interested in joining. Readings will be available and they hope to get suggestions of additional readings.

Informal Conversation with Ursula Heise and Rob Nixon:
4:30-6p.m., Student Center, Room 300 (for students and faculty) 
Please sign up here
March 13 NAP Stewards' Circle, 7:30–8:30 a.m. at Brugger's Bagels, 709 N University Ave

Are you interested in learning more about how to care for our natural areas? Then join the Stewardship Network's Huron Arbor cluster for an informal discussion on a monthly topic with volunteer and professional land stewards, plus others interested in nature. Free! For more information go to www.stewardshipnetwork.org.

March 19-22 EMU GREEN Green Week

More information to be announced

March 20 College Student 2018 Career Fair, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, DNR Outdoor Adventure Center (1801 Atwater, Detroit, MI  48207)

The Outdoor Adventure Center will be hosting their 3 rd  Annual Natural Resource Career Fair on Tuesday, March 20 th , 2018 at our facility and would like to invite all Metro Detroit area middle and high school, and college students. This is a great opportunity for students studying Biology, Environmental Science, enrolled in AP science classes, and for those in Environmental Clubs.  Participants are encouraged to dress professionally, bring their own notepads, pens, and bring resumes.  This opportunity is completely free for students and teachers.

Students will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions on goal setting, natural resource college programs, interview preparation, and participate in on the spot interviews. Exhibitors will be on hand with information regarding college requirements for natural resource programs, summer jobs, internships, and career opportunities.  Below is a link to the registration form. Please register as early as possible.
Final registration deadline: March 3 rd , 2018.
March 24  Annual Fate of the Earth Symposium Research Poster Contest: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center,  Michigan State University 12:30pm
The Environmental Science and Policy Program at MSU puts this event on every year where world-class speakers are brought in to discuss the most pressing environmental science and policy issues. All level of students – undergraduate to doctoral – encouraged to take part in the conversation and share their research in the form of a poster. This event is  free and open to the public.

March 24 NAP Photo Monitor Kick-off & Training, 10–11 a.m. at NAP Office, 3875 E Huron River Drive.

Do you like photography and spending time outdoors? Photo monitoring may be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! We need volunteers to take beautiful photos at specific locations in parks throughout the year to record the progress of our restoration work. Come join us at this informational meeting for more details about this volunteer opportunity! Please register by March 22. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

March 24 NAP Workday Leader Training, 12–5 p.m. at NAP Office, 3875 E Huron River Drive.

This is for volunteers interested in leading and/or co-leading NAP volunteer stewardship workdays. We will focus on procedures, ecological consideration, and tips and tricks to lead a successful event. An interest and background in ecology (and plant ID) is strongly desired, but not required. A strong commitment to preserving the environment, while fostering community and engaging the public is necessary. Participants should be dressed for classroom and possible field training. Minimum age of 18. Please register by March 22. For more information or to register call NAP at 734.794.6627, or send us an email at NAP@a2gov.org.

March 24 Huron River Watershed Council Water Quality Sampling Orientation- Time TBD

Help measure the quality of local rivers and streams during spring and summer! Learn how to collect water samples, measure stream flow, and sample runoff from rain storms. No prior experience needed, but participants must attend an orientation session.

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April 21 Huron River Watershed Council Round Up, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Location TBA

Help the Huron River Watershed Council by collecting bugs, to be used for scientific analysis!

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April 29 Huron River Watershed Council Insect ID Day, 1100 N Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 12–4 p.m.

Help the Watershed Council by identifying bugs collected at the River Roundup!

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