Beginning as a workshop hosted on UM-Dearborn's campus by the Environmental Interpretive Center in May 2015, SEMI Wild, previously called the Metro Detroit Nature Network, has over 36 organizations signed on to its partnership agreement. For more information on how to join SEMI Wild, see Membership Information.
Our vision is that all people in the metropolitan Detroit region have access to and actively steward nature and promote ecosystem sustainability.
One of the first projects of the Network was to create a Metro Detroit Bird Agenda, put together by Erin Rowan (Detroit Audubon), Terra Wieland (Detroit Audubon), Tom Schneider (Detroit Zoological Society), and John Hartig (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service retired).
Thanks to the work of the SEMI Wild, on May 22nd, Detroit became the 27th city in the nation to sign an Urban Bird Treaty with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This designation opens up new avenues to the network in addition to providing exciting opportunities for citizen science and the hope for better protections for migratory and resident birds.
SEMI Wild was featured recently in an article regarding citizen science. https://www.humansandnature.org/reconnecting-in-detroit-the-transformative-potential-of-citizen-science
State of the Strait Conference
OMI played a key role in securing two Rackham Fellows from University of Michigan to work on compiling long-term trend data for key indicators of ecosystem health for the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. Indicators were then the focus of the Nov. 19th State of the Strait Conference convened at the University of Windsor. This is a great example of binational, interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers and students. In total, 50 individual indicator reports on the health of the Detroit River and western Lake Erie have been prepared. See link to project website:
These individual indicator reports were then the focus of the Nov. 19th State of the Strait Conference where public input was received and the process of comprehensively assessing ecosystem health was initiated. Two University of Michigan Rackham Fellows worked with two University of Windsor Faculty of Law students on this project. Rackham Fellows included Collin Knauss and Gwen Gell. A final project report of ecosystem health is projected to come out in July 2020.