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The topic this month is, "Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan," based on the book of the same name.
"This is the first book of its kind to bring forward the rich tradition of wild rice in Michigan and its importance to the Anishinaabek people who live there. Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan focuses on the history, culture, biology, economics, and spirituality surrounding this sacred plant. The story travels through time from the days before European colonization and winds its way forward in and out of the logging and industrialization eras. It weaves between the worlds of the Anishinaabek and the colonizers, contrasting their different perspectives and divergent relationships with Manoomin. Barton discusses historic wild rice beds that once existed in Michigan, why many disappeared, and the efforts of tribal and nontribal people with a common goal of restoring and protecting Manoomin across the landscape."
Our guest is Barb Barton, endangered species consultant and author of, "Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan," (MSU Press).
"Barb is an endangered species biologist, author, beekeeper, wild foods forager, and singer/songwriter still trying to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Although she wears many hats, the common thread is connecting people with the Earth. Barb has released two books this year, The Amazing Adventures of a Midwestern Girl, and Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan (MSU Press). She has worked on wild rice conservation and education since 2008 and is presently involved in several collaborative projects with various Tribes and agencies on restoration. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and is currently the Aquatic Resource Specialist for the Michigan Department of Transportation. She holds a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Ecology and Organismal Biology from Eastern Michigan University. Barb lives in Lansing with her honeybees, guitars, and number 2 pencils."
Our moderator will be Lisa Brush, Executive Director of The Stewardship Network:
"Lisa has worked in the environmental field in Michigan for the last fifteen years. She is currently the Executive Director of the Stewardship Network and has been involved with the Network since its inception more than 10 years ago. She has a wealth of experience helping non-scientific people understand scientific issues. For over nine years, as she has built and coordinated The Stewardship Network, she has emphasized effective and meaningful stakeholder involvement in developing and implementing all aspects of this program. She has a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan and a B.A. (Science in Society) from Wesleyan University."