ASWM's Hot Topics Webinar Series

The Association of Wetland Managers (ASWM) occasionally opens up its Members Webinars to non-members on special topics that are not specific to any of our other webinar series and that appeal to a broader audience than our membership. For this reason, the Association started a Special Topics Webinar Series that is available for anyone to participate in. Some of the topics in the past have included the Ramsar Convention and international projects, complex legal cases, environmental economics and more. These webinars are advertised through our website, newsletters, social media and emails. There is no specific day of the month when these webinars occur. For more information and/or to join our email list for notices about upcoming events, please contact Laura Burchill at .

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

Attracting Local People into Wetland Sites

A Wetland Link International - Americas Network Webinar hosted by the Association of State Wetland Managers

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. EDT


  • Chris Rostron, Wetland Link International, United Kingdom
  • Nathalie Bays, Oak Hammock Marsh, Canada
  • Ingrid Flores, Birds Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival Coordinator, Puerto Rico
  • Daniel Bernal, Humedales Bogota, Columbia
  • Diego Luna, Manoment, Chile


Wetland sites often work hard to engage local people, sending out communications and publicity materials designed to be relevant to a wide range of local stakeholders.  However, many still struggle to bring local people into our wetlands.  This webinar will share examples of how some of WLI Americas Network members have successfully made their wetland sites relevant in their local area.  Presentations will share engagement practices and lessons learned on various aspects of environmental engagement at wetland sites, including case studies from WLI partners in North, Central and South America.  Presentations will look at how to maintain a diverse set of activities to ensure repeat visitation, how to build engagement in wetland festivals and celebrations, the use of social media to draw people to engagement activities on a wetland site, and engaging local citizens in flyway projects at wetland sites.  Presentations will be made in both English and Spanish, with consecutive translation from English into Spanish and Spanish into English provided in real-time.


The Basics of Wetland Plant Identification

Thursday, June 1, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. ET

More information will be forthcoming the 2nd week in May.



To view Past ASWM's Hot Topics Webinar Series,
click here.