Northern Michigan Events: The Leelanau Conservancy will host the first of a four part Speaker Series on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 3:00 – 5:30 pm at the Suttons Bay School Auditorium. Water and the Future of the Great Lakes is the topic for the May 4th event and will feature two keynote speakers, a panel discussion with local experts, children's activities provided by Inland Seas Education Association, and an informal reception with light refreshments.  Come learn what is happening with our Great Lakes!  

“At the Leelanau Conservancy we are constantly looking ahead, seeking to learn more about the environmental topics that impact our conservation work,” says Conservancy Director Brian Price. “Like so many people who love Leelanau County, we are eager to learn about ecological trends—regional and global in nature—that impact our unique peninsula.”  As a part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, the Conservancy will bring in national speakers over the next two years to engage members and the public on topics important to Leelanau County.  Speakers and panelists will bring the perspective of scientists, experts, and professionals to audience members, helping participants to understand how Leelanau fits into the bigger national and global picture.  

“In undertaking this four-part Speaker Series, we hope to lay out a vision for the future that recognizes the unprecedented challenges facing us, while at the same time fostering a sense of optimism about our ability as a community to face these challenges,” adds  Price.

            At the May 4 event, keynote speakers will talk about our precious Great Lakes and address what is stressing our waterways. Local panelists will then focus in the discussion on current Leelanau County trends.  Speakers and panelists will discuss not only large environmental changes but also positive steps we can take to meet current challenges.  “Come and get your questions answered and leave with a better understanding of what we can do as individuals and collectively in the places we love,” concludes Price.

Registration is encouraged: please visit  for more information. This event is underwritten by Northwestern Bank and Idyll Farms.

Water and the Future of the Great Lakes: Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 3:00 – 5:30 pm Suttons Bay School Auditorium  

3:00 pm What's Happening with Our Great Lakes?

Dr. Patrick J. Doran, Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy in Michigan will address the effects of a changing climate and the conservation of natural capital in the Great Lakes region.

Thomas F. Nalepa, Research Scientist, Graham Institute, University of Michigan; Scientist Emeritus, Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, NOAA will address the role of invasive species in changing the Great Lakes food web.

 4:15 pm Bring Your Questions for Local Experts: Panel Discussion
Carl Ganter, Director of Circle of Blue (Panel Moderator)
Andy Knott, Director of the Watershed Center
Tom Kelly, Director of Inland Seas Education Association Brian Price, Director of The Leelanau Conservancy

Dr. Patrick J. Doran, Director of Conservation, The Nature Conservancy

Thomas F. Nalepa, Research Scientist, Graham Institute

3:00-5:00 pm Children's Activities 

Inland Seas Education Association will provide educational activities for children ages 5-12 in the Suttons Bay School Cafeteria (or outside, weather dependent).  Please call the Conservancy Office at 256-9665 or visit our website ( to register your children..

5:00 pm Reception & Informal Discussion

Enjoy light refreshments provided locally by Nine Bean Rows, Idyll Farms, and The Redheads; and talk with our speakers and panelists in the Suttons Bay School Lobby.

Find more Northern Michigan events on our event calendar!