Members' Wetland Webinar Series

ASWM Member Webinar

The Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) holds a webinar each month for its members. ASWM Member webinars cover a variety of topics encompassing wetland science, policy, program implementation, and legal issues. These webinars, including recordings for past webinars are available to ASWM members. If you are not a member, you are invited to join ASWM. For information about membership, click here.

For more information about this  webinar series, please contact Laura Burchill at or (207) 892-3399.

Future Members' Webinar Schedule

ASWM Members webinars are generally held the fourth Wednesday of the month unless the date and time needs to be adjusted for when the presenter(s) is available.

If you haven’t used Go To Webinar before or you just need a refresher, please view our guide prior to the webinar here.

If you would like to participate in the webinar but believe there is not enough time to join and register, please contact Laura at or call 207-892-3399. 

 


Inspiring Lifelong Wetland and Coastal Habitat Stewards through Citizen Science

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern

PRESENTER

  • Dana Pounds, Nature's Academy

ABSTRACT

Studies have shown that 92% of students exposed to outdoor educational programs academically outperform their peers from traditional classroom programs. But how do you ensure that what is learned on a field trip isn’t left outside and quickly forgotten? Dana Pounds, an innovator in experiential science education, will share success stories from her flagship program for underserved fifth graders. She transforms children, many of whom have never been to the beach, into champions for wetlands and healthy coastal habitats. These fledgling environmental ambassadors pay it forward by sharing their lessons learned in creative ways once they return to their classrooms. Dana employs inspiration and empowerment to remove barriers to understanding and retention. She brings the classroom outdoors and back again.

BIO

Dana Pounds has over 22 years of professional experience in K-12 outdoor education, environmental stewardship, non-profit organization leadership, and motivational speaking. Dana is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nature's Academy, a Florida-based outdoor education provider that inspires students of all ages to understand and embrace the health and beauty of our natural world. Now in its tenth year, Nature’s Academy has positively impacted over 55,000 students from 41 states and five countries. Dana has received 15 local, regional, and national awards since 2013 for her education and outreach programs including the National Wetlands Award for Education and Outreach from the Environmental Law Institute and the EPA’s Gulf Guardian Award in the Individual Category.


Members' Wetland Webinar Series

There is no charge for current members. To register, click here.

ASWM Members' Wetland Webinar SeriesIf you would like to register for this and future ASWM Member Webinars and are not a current member, please click on “Join ASWM”. After receiving your membership payment you will be sent a confirmation email and you can return to this page to register.

If you would like to participate in the webinar but believe there is not enough time to join and register, please contact Laura at or call 207-892-3399.


Restoration Outcomes and Reporting: An Assessment of Wetland Area Gains in Wisconsin

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern

PRESENTERS

  • Tom Dahl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Retired)
  • Rusty Griffin, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT

Billions of dollars have been spent to restore wetlands throughout the conterminous United States, leading to gains in wetland area nationwide. However, knowledge regarding the impact of these additions is limited, in part due to the lack of a centralized restoration database, varying definitions of restoration, and shifting protocols amongst restoration initiatives.

This presentation will share findings from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study of 430 wetland restoration projects in Wisconsin between 2003 and 2008. The study used high-resolution photography to evaluate the restoration projects. Aerial photo-interpretation and geospatial analysis were used to determine pre- and post-project status of wetland extent and habitat type(s). Wetland extent was mapped within project boundaries and wetland area gains were identified. Wetlands were classified by cover type and hydrology to record reestablished habitats, as well as document the prevailing land use setting of the project area and compare these results to data reported by the state. The majority of wetland area gains were classified as seasonally flooded emergent marshes, and restoration sites were primarily located within agricultural settings.

The study found 39% of wetland area gains reported by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) agreed with the study’s geospatially derived data. Actual reestablished wetland area was 61% less than the reported reestablished area. These results are valuable for documenting discrepancies between restoration accomplishment reporting and change in wetland area observed, and understanding current trends in reestablishment, including habitat types, hydrologic regimes, and land use settings. Results are beneficial to resource managers by providing insight into restoration shortcomings and the over-reporting that can occur when GIS tracking is not employed.

Registration coming soon.


How to Keep Headcuts from Working their Way Up or Downstream and Destroying Wetlands

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Eastern

PRESENTER

  • Tom Biebighauser, Wetland Restoration and Training

ABSTRACT

Head-cuts are the number one cause of wetland and pond failure. Both natural and constructed wetlands can be drained by advancing head-cuts. Head-cuts cause deep and wide ditches to form, remove standing water and lower the elevation of groundwater. A head-cut can unzip a wetland overnight, causing tremendous erosion in the process. Techniques available for protecting wetlands from head-cuts will be examined in this webinar.

BIO

 

Tom Biebighauser is a Wildlife Biologist and Wetland Ecologist who has restored over 1,950 wetlands in 24-States, in Canada,
New Zealand, and Puerto Rico. He has studied drainage for 34-years, learning from contractors who worked their lives to destroy wetlands. Tom teaches practical, hands-on workshops where participants learn how to restore wetlands by becoming involved in the design and construction of naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. He has written 4-books about wetland restoration
techniques, and instructs graduate-level courses on the topic at the University Louisville's Speed School of Engineering, and at Eastern Kentucky University. Tom has received 44-awards for his contributions to wetland restoration, including the National Wetlands Award for Conservation and Restoration in 2015.

 

Registration coming soon.



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