Wild Spartans Series

 

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This month we will soar the skies and jump into the waters to discover how one Michigan tribe is preserving our natural world. Join us on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 at 7pm EST for “Conservation and Management of Tribal Natural Resources”. We will talk to a scientist about researching and protecting species with cultural significance. You will meet Doug Craven, Director of the Natural Resources Department of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. You will learn about his field work and hear about the education and career path he followed to get there.

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:

  • May 11, 2021: “Conservation and Management of Tribal Natural Resources.” Doug Craven, Director of the Natural Resources Department of the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
  • June 2021: Join us for community science projects! Throughout June, scientists will offer weekly programs to share how they use community-sourced data in their research. Details soon!
  • July 6, 2021Bioblitz and Beyond! 4-H families are invited to collect observations with fellow Michiganders and MSUE scientists during this annual event.  

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/

To learn more, contact: 
Veronica BolhuisAnne KretschmannSeth MartinLaura Quist, or Dr. Alexa Warwick

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Share past sessions in classrooms, home school group, or your 4-H club! Links below include resources for continued learning in science, research, and career preparation.  Meet these scientists and more in the videos below.

View previous 4-H Wild Spartan sessions

  • Wild Spartans: Searching for Vernal Pools with Yu Man Lee

    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.

  • Wild Spartans: All About Honey Bees with with Ana Heck

    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!

  • Wild Spartans: Raptor Conservation with Libby Mojica

    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.”