Wild Spartans Series
Join 4-H staff as we take a look into life working with fisheries and wildlife! Follow along as we climb through bogs, peer into bear dens, mist net songbirds, snorkel for fish, or perhaps even tag deer. Meet researchers, learn about their field work, and the education and career path they've followed to get there.
Monthly sessions will be held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm EST through May 2021.
Each 30 minute session will feature 1-2 guest researchers. Youth will be encouraged to ask questions to learn more through a live Q&A with scientists.
This free series is open to 4-H and non-4-H youth ages 12-19 years.
Upcoming Program Dates and Topics:
- Apr. 13, 2021: “Researching Wildfire in Boreal and Arctic Regions,” Laura Bourgeau-Chavez, Senior Research Scientist/ Assistant Professor, Michigan Technological University: Michigan Tech Research Institute
- May 11, 2021: Details soon...
- Summer 2021: Join us for community science projects and more programming!
LOCATION: Online Meeting will be held using the free app called Zoom. Link/password for the meeting will be emailed about a week prior to each presentation.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: This is an ongoing program that will continue through May 2021. Register once and receive monthly emails directly related to this program for the duration of the event, through May 2021. Register at https://events.anr.msu.edu/wild_spartans/
View previous 4-H Wild Spartan sessions
Published on March 9, 2021
In this episode, we will take a dive into the springtime ephemeral pools in the woods to discover the treasures within! We will talk to a herpetologist about researching and conserving amphibians and reptiles. Meet Yu Man Lee, Conservation Scientist, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there.
Published on February 9, 2021
In this episode, we talk to an entomologist researching the pollinators of our world. Meet MSU apiculture researcher, Ana Heck, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “All About Honey Bees: Working with a Superorganism” as we discover what the buzz really is about bees!
Published on January 12, 2021
In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we take to the skies to talk to an ornithologist about the raptors that inspire us! Learn about researching, protecting, and conserving raptors that soar our skies. Meet EDM wildlife biologist, Libby Mojica, learn about her field work, and the education and career path she followed to get there as she discusses “Raptor Conservation and Management: Working with Birds of Prey in Cities and Wildlands.”
Published on December 8, 2020
In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we go upstream to learn about sea lamprey, an oceanic species invading the Great Lakes. Meet MSU graduate researcher, Taylor Haas, learn about his field work, and the education and career path he followed to get there in his presentation, “Invasive Species and I: A Scientist’s Tale of Working with Wildlife from Elsewhere”.
Published on November 10, 2020
In this 4-H Wild Spartans episode, we head to the sub-Sahara to learn about African painted (wild) dogs. Meet MSU graduate researcher, Caitlin Mack, learn about her work on the social behavior and conservation of these rare carnivores, and the education and career path she followed as she discusses “Science in Zookeeping and Conservation.”