Aug
11
8:00 AM08:00

MAWS Mitigation Workshop

The Maine Association of Wetland Scientists (MAWS) is hosting a Wetland Mitigation Workshop at the University of Maine in Orono! You will learn about a larger scale wetlands mitigation project that included two restoration sites and one compensatory mitigation site: why it was required, the site selection and design process, construction, and long-term monitoring including corrective actions. Please join us! (Seating is limited to 25 – please register early / minimum 10 registrations.)

Register online in the MAWS Store.

Workshop Flyer with more information

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Mar
22
8:30 AM08:30

Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting: 

Wednesday, March 22 at Colby College in Waterville_ 8:30am-3:30pm.

Detailed agenda to follow, but is sure to include:  

·         State of the State speakers covering updates/projects/advances in each of several invasive species groups (aquatic plants, marine species, forest insects, terrestrial plants, agricultural species)

·         Update on the Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Rule-making on terrestrial invasive plants

·         Time for networking with colleagues from across the state.

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Sep
9
10:30 AM10:30

SWS NE Chapter - Wetland Restoration

Save the date!!  The Northeast Chapter of the SWS is sponsoring a field trip to several excellent sites that are closely located with one another in the Brandon, Sudbury, and Leicester areas of Vermont.  The field visits will highlight wetland areas that been restored for several years and doing well; sites that have been restored for several years and need invasive plant control (possibly with some restoration planned for this summer); and sites that are new and hopeful for future funding and in need of full planning from the beginning stages of the process.    The field trip will be led by Mr. James Eikenberry, Wetlands Specialist, from the USDA NRCS in Vermont.


We may also be able to coordinate with active wetlands restoration construction on one or two of the sites.  We are hoping to coordinate the tour with a USFWS wetlands restoration design, permitting, and installation expert.  More information will be provided over the summer. 

Specifics

  • Visit a TNC floodplain preserve (Young Farm in Maidstone, VT). Things to see include not just good examples of remaining floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands, but also some small restoration experiments (to compare different restoration techniques) and some stream buffer plantings. These sites also have some of TNC’s floodplain forest research transects where we can talk about ecological relationships between species distributions and flooding, sediment deposition, floodplain forest succession, ecological role of American elm, etc. This is also a good place to discuss stream buffers and more particularly when they work and when they fail and why. We can also talk about our experience on factors associated with different rates of tree planting success.
  • Visit the new Johnson Farm WMA in Lemmington, VT where we can see floodplain forest restoration plantings as well as compare natural regeneration in old hay fields and old corn fields. The plantings include field trials of American elm crosses that are part of a collaboration between TNC and the USDA FS to develop new cultivars of American elm that will have greater disease tolerance as well as other desirable traits. Johnson Farm is a good place to talk about natural regeneration in floodplain forest tree species.

TNC’s website provides some background and can be viewed here: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/areas/connecticutriver/index.htm

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Aug
7
to Aug 13

EPT Taxa (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera): Taxonomy and Stream Biomonitoring

One-week long, summer field courses at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Me: Eagle Hill field courses are of special interest because many of them are specialized and all of them focus on the natural history of one of North America’s spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Our summer field courses are taught by experts in their respective fields. Course participants include graduate students, professional field biologists, university professors, personnel from federal and state agencies, numerous environmental organizations and consulting firms, and beginning and advanced amateur naturalists.

For our course calendar, go to eaglehill.us/seminars where titles are hot-linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies. This page also includes links to other pages: an overview of our program, application information and costs, etc. For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer (Science Program Manager):  marilyn@eaglehill.us  or  207-546-2821 x1.

Aug 7 – 13        EPT Taxa (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera, Trichoptera): Taxonomy and Stream Biomonitoring

                                                                                                                         Instructor:  Steven Burian

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Jul
24
to Jul 30

Restoring Stream Processes - Field Applications

Eagle Hill Institute's Field Courses for Wetland Scientists– 2016

One-week long, summer field courses at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Me: Eagle Hill field courses are of special interest because many of them are specialized and all of them focus on the natural history of one of North America’s spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Our summer field courses are taught by experts in their respective fields. Course participants include graduate students, professional field biologists, university professors, personnel from federal and state agencies, numerous environmental organizations and consulting firms, and beginning and advanced amateur naturalists.

For our course calendar, go to eaglehill.us/seminars where titles are hot-linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies. This page also includes links to other pages: an overview of our program, application information and costs, etc. For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer (Science Program Manager):  marilyn@eaglehill.us  or  207-546-2821 x1.

July 24 - 30      Restoring Stream Processes - Field Applications                         Steven Koenig

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Jul
18
10:30 AM10:30

SWS NE Chapter - Wetland Restoration

Join the New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientist on a field trip to Northern Vermont to visit floodplain forest communities and efforts by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to restore floodplain forests. Lead by Christian O. Marks, floodplain ecologist with TNC, we will visit two locations (Maidstone and Lemmington, VT) and spend the day studying floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands and then visit floodplain forest restoration areas, reviewing plantings as well as comparing natural regeneration in old hay fields and old corn fields.

Convene in Canaan VT and travel to the two different sites. Spend the day in northern VT with fellow wetland scientists and then spend the weekend in beautiful country!  The field trip starts at 10:30 a.m. to allow for travel time and ends at 4 p.m. Students are especially encouraged with a low registration fee of $5.  Members are $10 if paid by July 16, and $15 afterward.  Non-members are $15 if paid by July 16, and $20 thereafter.

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Jul
17
to Jul 23

Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology

Eagle Hill Institute's Field Courses for Wetland Scientists– 2016

One-week long, summer field courses at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Me: Eagle Hill field courses are of special interest because many of them are specialized and all of them focus on the natural history of one of North America’s spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Our summer field courses are taught by experts in their respective fields. Course participants include graduate students, professional field biologists, university professors, personnel from federal and state agencies, numerous environmental organizations and consulting firms, and beginning and advanced amateur naturalists.

For our course calendar, go to eaglehill.us/seminars where titles are hot-linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies. This page also includes links to other pages: an overview of our program, application information and costs, etc. For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer (Science Program Manager):  marilyn@eaglehill.us  or  207-546-2821 x1.

 

July 17 - 23      Wetland Identification, Delineation and Ecology

                                                                                   Matthew Schweisberg and Joseph Homer

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Jul
3
to Jul 9

Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology

Eagle Hill Institute's Field Courses for Wetland Scientists– 2016

One-week long, summer field courses at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Me: Eagle Hill field courses are of special interest because many of them are specialized and all of them focus on the natural history of one of North America’s spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Our summer field courses are taught by experts in their respective fields. Course participants include graduate students, professional field biologists, university professors, personnel from federal and state agencies, numerous environmental organizations and consulting firms, and beginning and advanced amateur naturalists.

 

For our course calendar, go to eaglehill.us/seminars where titles are hot-linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies. This page also includes links to other pages: an overview of our program, application information and costs, etc. For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer (Science Program Manager):  marilyn@eaglehill.us  or  207-546-2821 x1.

July 3 - 9          Sedges and Rushes: Identification and Ecology                          Anton Reznicek

 

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Jun
26
to Jul 2

Dragons and Damselflies: Field Techniques and Identification

 

One-week long, summer field courses at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Me: Eagle Hill field courses are of special interest because many of them are specialized and all of them focus on the natural history of one of North America’s spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Our summer field courses are taught by experts in their respective fields. Course participants include graduate students, professional field biologists, university professors, personnel from federal and state agencies, numerous environmental organizations and consulting firms, and beginning and advanced amateur naturalists.

For our course calendar, go to eaglehill.us/seminars where titles are hot-linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies. This page also includes links to other pages: an overview of our program, application information and costs, etc. For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer (Science Program Manager):  marilyn@eaglehill.us  or  207-546-2821 x1.

June 26 – July 2Dragonflies and Damselflies: Field techniques and Identification          Bryan Pfeiffer

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Jun
19
to Jun 25

Species Identification and Assessment of Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages

One-week long, summer field courses at the Eagle Hill Institute in Steuben, Me: Eagle Hill field courses are of special interest because many of them are specialized and all of them focus on the natural history of one of North America’s spectacular and pristine natural areas, the coast of eastern Maine from Acadia National Park to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge and beyond. Our summer field courses are taught by experts in their respective fields. Course participants include graduate students, professional field biologists, university professors, personnel from federal and state agencies, numerous environmental organizations and consulting firms, and beginning and advanced amateur naturalists.

For our course calendar, go to eaglehill.us/seminars where titles are hot-linked to course descriptions and instructor biographies. This page also includes links to other pages: an overview of our program, application information and costs, etc. For more information, contact Marilyn Mayer (Science Program Manager):  marilyn@eaglehill.us  or  207-546-2821 x1.

 

June 19 - 25      Species Identification and Assessment of Northeastern Freshwater Fish Assemblages

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Mar
2
8:00 AM08:00

Maine Invasive Species Network Annual Meeting

This event will include:


1-Summaries of the current status of invasive species in Maine

2-Lots of opportunity for networking

3-A poster session highlighting projects (yours?) in Maine

4-Thought provoking forward-thinking discussions

5-Keynote address about climate change's impact on invasive species

6-An in-depth look at the health of Maine's forests

Watch the MISN website for more information.

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Winter Twig Identification
Jan
28
9:00 AM09:00

Winter Twig Identification

When and Where:
Thursday January 28, 2016, at Viles Arboretum in Augusta, Maine
http://www.vilesarboretum.org/


Cost:
$25 members, $35 non-members
Register online at: http://www.maws.me/store
CEUs – 5 hours of contact time, certificate of attendance will be provided


Agenda:
9-10: Lecture and presentation on winter twigs and aids to identification
10-12: Guided keying of specimens
12-1: Lunch
1-3: Outdoor identification exercise

Please pack your own lunch, and come prepared to spend the
afternoon outside in January!

Presenters:

Matt Arsenault is an ecologist with Stantec where has specialized in rare, threatened, and endangered species surveys and habitat assessments for over 10 years. Prior to Stantec, Matt graduated from the University of Maine in 2003 with a B.S. in Botany. His passion is plant conservation and ecology where he strives to bring appreciation and understanding of the cryptic and obscure plants to the masses. Matt is also an avid rock climber and travels the country in search of vertical rock.


Eric Doucette is a seasoned botanist with Stantec and has B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in botany, both from the University of Maine. Eric is interested in vascular plant systematics, bryophytes, and macrolichens. Eric is currently serving as the president of the Josselyn Botanical Society and enjoys sharing his passion for botany and teaching others about the flora of Maine.

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Sep
9
9:00 AM09:00

2015 Natural Resource Workshop

The 2015 MAPSS/MAWS/MASE/SSSNNE Soils and Natural Resource Workshop will be held at Sebago Lake State Park in the town of Casco, Maine on September 9, 2015 from 9:00 am until 3:30 pm. Checkin will be in the Park Headquarters on Park Access Road from 8:30 am to 9:00 am. You will be given a location map to sites you are to visit. Carpooling is recommended because of limited parking at some of the sites located beside the various access roads. Assistants will be present at each of the sites to point out the soil pits and other areas where you are to make observations (and determinations). You have from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm to visit the sites. After visiting the field sites, travel to Songo Beach for a 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm discussion of the sites and soils by state, local and federal regulators and experts. Lunch is on your own. There are a number of excellent places to enjoy your lunch including Songo Beach, the park boat launch and Songo Locks where you can watch boats being raised or lowered to go up or down river. The workshop has 7 sites which include sandy spodosol soils, flood plain soils, lacustrine sediments in pit and mound topography with an albic horizon, boulder fields in wet and upland areas, streams within the shoreland zone controlled by lake levels in Sebago Lake and vernal pools. Sebago Lake water levels are carefully controlled with a drawdown of over 5 feet making it difficult to determine where to begin measuring for shoreland zone setbacks. These are challenging sites that will generate a good deal of discussion. Experts as well as State, local, Portland Water District and Federal Regulators will be present to answer questions and provide valuable guidance for dealing with these difficult sites and soils. See attached workshop description for more details. The cost of the workshop is $35.00 for MAPSS/MAWS/MASE/SSSNNE members or associate members and $40.00 for all others. Please send your checks and registration form, p: ayable to MAPSS, to Gary Fullerton, 104 Mill Turn Road, Limington, Maine 04049-3141 Though registrations will be accepted the day of the workshop, for planning purposes, we ask that you register by August 25. Check www.mapss.org for background information and updates. If you have any questions about the workshop, call David Rocque at 287-2666 or send him an e-mail at david.rocque@maine.gov. 

Registration Form

Location Map

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Jun
23
to Jun 24

MASS Audubon: Hands on Wetland Restoration workshop for Professionals

  • Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mass Audubon’s Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Presents: 

A HANDS-ON WETLAND RESTORATION WORKSHOP FOR PROFESSIONALS

Dates:  June 23 and 24, 2015

Location:  Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Rd. Barnstable, MA 02637

Hosted and organized by:  Mass Audubon and the Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration.

Sponsored by: The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC)

About the Workshop:

This hands-on workshop is designed for individuals interested in learning how to use practical, low cost techniques for restoring naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. Lead by wetland restoration expert Tom Biebighauser, participants will see how wetland projects can be planned in land trust properties and other private conserved lands, public land, and even on school grounds to benefit plants, animals, and people. Through direct participation in an actual wetland restoration project at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in East Falmouth, attendees will discover how to identify degraded wetlands suitable for restoration, test soils, choose construction techniques, work with heavy equipment operators, and establish native plants. Also, participants will learn about active management projects involving rare wetland species including Mass Audubon’s Eastern Spadefoot Toad Restoration Project on Cape Cod. Field trips to proposed and existing wetland restoration project sites on Mass Audubon Sanctuaries are included.

Workshop proceeds will support Long pasture’s Spadefoot Toad and Wetland restoration Project.


Cost: $225 ($168 for non-profits) which includes lunches on two days, hand-out materials, signed copy of the book Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide by Thomas Biebighauser, and more! 

To Register:

register online at the Mass Audubon Website here.

For those needing to pay by check: Send registration form and payment to: Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, P.O. Box 235, Cummaquid MA 02637. Make checks out to Mass Audubon *Include name and address* 

***See Mass Audubon Website link above for workshop agenda, directions and registration form***

For more information:  Ian Ives, (508) 362-7475 Ext 9350. E-mail: iives@massaudubon.org or Arlene Sliwoski at 508-362-7475 Ext 9353. E-mail: asliwoski@massaudubon.org

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May
31
to Jun 5

Society of Wetland Scientists International Annual Meeting

Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands: Climate Impacts to Wetlands and the Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Mitigation

 Meeting Website: http://swsannualmeeting.org/

The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) is pleased to announce that the 2015 International Annual Meeting will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A. This ground-breaking conference will examine the role that wetlands play in the global carbon cycle, how wetlands provide climate adaptation services, and how they are being impacted by our changing climate. Wetlands provide a variety of ecosystem services that protect communities from the impacts of climate change, and yet they are particularly vulnerable to some of the climate changes that are occurring. Over the course of five days, leading researchers from around the world will present findings that represent our most current understanding of how wetlands function in the context of climate change. A number of field trips, both coastal and inland, will be offered in addition to a variety of workshops. Abstract submissions are now being accepted through Feb. 11, 2015. Visit the SWS meeting website for more information and to register.

If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at this exciting meeting, please contact Brittany Marsala Olson (bolson@sws.org). 

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Apr
30
7:00 PM19:00

iMAP Invasive Species Training

Save the Date!   MAWS After Dark present iMapInvasives training with Nancy Olmstead, Invasive Plant Biologist at Maine Natural Areas Program.  The event will be held at the Frontier Theater in Brunswick on Thursday, April 30th, from 7-9 PM.   Suggested donation of $5.

More details to follow soon!  

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MAWS Winter Conference and Annual Meeting
Mar
24
8:00 AM08:00

MAWS Winter Conference and Annual Meeting

This year's conference will take place at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. The topic this year will be "Changes". Presentations will be situated around the changes going on in our environment, regulations, and more. You don't want to miss this event!

Download the agenda, registration form, and location map below.

Agenda and Registration

 

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CAWS Annual Meeting
Mar
19
8:15 AM08:15

CAWS Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the Connecticut Association of Wetland Scientists (CAWS) 2015 Annual Meeting and Environmental Conference, to be held Thursday, March 19 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Southbury, CT.

Presentations at this year's program will cover...

  • Clean Water Act Regulations: Understanding Federal Jurisdiction
  • Riparian Vegetation Buffers and Functions/Values and Restoration
  • Duck Pond Wetland Restoration
  • Bioavailability of Organic N Entering Small, Shallow Embayments
  • Resource Protection or Regulatory Taking? The Role of Mitigation
  • Ecological Restoration of a Brownfields Site in Fairfield, CT
  • History of Wetlands Wildlife Regulation and Case Law
  • Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Pilot Project

Plus: grant reports, vernal pool monitoring update, and an exhibitor hall featuring displays by vendors and conservation organizations. Certificates of Completion will be provided (please see the brochure for more info on CEUs).

Here's an agenda of the day's events, with speakers and schedule.

Registration is $65 for CAWS members (learn more about membership!), $80 for non-members, and $35 for students (with ID), and includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch.

To pay by check, please use the registration form and return by mail. You can also register online with a credit or debit card. Please register by March 13.

Exhibitors welcome! Make an impression on nearly 200 people involved in the study and management of wetlands and other conservation lands! Contact info@ctwetlands.org for more information.

THANK YOU for your support of CAWS and for spreading the word about this event!

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