- John Hartig, refuge manager of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge and board member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy.
- Melinda Pruett-Jones, former director of Chicago Wilderness and first-ever director of American Ornithologists’ Union.
On Tuesday, May 6 at 1 p.m., Jeff Buler, assistant professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, will have his research featured as a part of Detroit Public Television’s ongoing Great Lakes Now initiative. Buler’s work will be featured in one of the video pieces in the program. The program will be available via livestream on the Aeroecology Lab website, which can be found here. The program will also be live-streamed on GreatLakesNow.org on Tuesday, May 6th from 1 – 2 p.m. EST. Preview videos, the first of which features Buler, are available on YouTube, here and here. The Great Lakes region is important for the millions of birds that migrate through the area every year, using wetlands, forests, shoreline and more than 32,000 islands as stopover sites. But these habitats and others are under increasing pressure from climate change, habitat loss and other stressors. The Nature Conservancy and Detroit Public Television will also present a panel of experts and video segments to explore these challenges and the solutions facing our feathered friends. Author, blogger, columnist, educator and birding expert Sharon Sorenson will join the show as a special guest. Sorenson will illuminate how we all can be better hosts for birds in our backyards and around the world. The program will be hosted by veteran journalist Christy McDonald and moderated by the Nature Conservancy’s Patrick Doran, director of conservation for Michigan. Panelists include: