April 2017 Monthly Presentation: Bringing Conservation to Cities

April 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
People's Church
1758 10th St N
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Larry Boutelle

We are fortunate (many of us think) to have deer and turkeys and other wildlife wandering through our urban neighborhoods. But inviting that wildlife, sustaining that touch with nature in urban areas is difficult. John Hartig is an award-winning conservationist (2015 John Muir Association “Conservationist of the Year”), author, and lauded manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. His latest book is Bringing Conservation to Cities: Lessons from Building the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge.
Bringing Conservation to Cities is the story of how innovative partnerships are making nature part of everyday urban life in American and Canadian cities. John is a limnologist (scientific approach to lakes and rivers) who has been leading the work in major urban areas to raise the issues and openness to nature, teaching about conservation practices and re-welcoming of wildlife in urban areas.
It’s great to get out into our reserves and nature preserves to see the birds and other critters, but maybe we can learn some new tactics for welcoming nature back to our house.  Our program starts at 7:30 PM and is preceded by a social time with light refreshments at 7:00 PM. Guests and the general public are encouraged to attend. Handicap parking and access is at either the front or rear entrance of the building. Please remember to bring your own coffee mug to reduce dishwashing.