Online Learning

Many organizations offer online learning opportunities. The list below highlights many current lake-related online events. These events welcome lake professionals and the public.

 

Events Listing

All times Eastern. "$" indicates there may be a cost to participate.

February 20, 6:00 PM: "I will make it (il)legal" - Michigan's invasive species regulatory pathway. Presented by Katie Grzesiak, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Host: Grand Traverse Conservation District.

February 22, Noon: Climate change: A global issue with local impact. Presented by Bryan Burroughs, Michigan Trout Unlimited. Host: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Michigan).

February 26, 1:00 PM: Better living through modern invasion science - Annual USGS Invasive Species Research Forum. Presented by Renee Bellinger, USGS Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center; Diane Waller, USGS Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center; Seth Munson, USGS Southwest Biological Science Center; Amy Yackel Adams, USGS Fort Collins Science Center; Kristen Hart, USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center; and Kurt Kowalski, USGS Great Lakes Science Center. Host: US Geological Survey and the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA).

February 27, 9:00 AM: 34th Annual Great Lakes Day - Celebrating Science and Water. Sessions include Are you Great Lakes literate? Presented by Angela Scapini and Brandon Schroeder, Michigan Sea Grant; Status of PFAS in the Great Lakes, presented by Carolyn Foley, Illinois - Indiana Sea Grant; Pathway to resilience, presented by Adam Arend, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Keynote, presented by Elan Pochedley, Michigan State University; Conservation efforts in the Keweenaw Heartlands: A partnership with The Nature Conservancy, presented by Tyler Bassett, Michigan Natural Features Inventory; Vegetation and marsh bird relationships with invasive Phragmites australis occurrence and management in Saginaw Bay, presented by Rachel Hackett, Michigan Natural Features Inventory; What is marine debris? Presented by Jill Bartolotta, Ohio Sea Grant; and What can YOU do? Practical ideas to help and communicate about our Great Lakes, presented by Brandon Schroeder and Cindy Hudson, Michigan Sea Grant. Host: Michigan State University.

NEW February 27, 1:30 PM: NISAW Webinar: The invasive species language workshop. Host: North American Invasive Species Management Association.

NEW February 27, 2:00 PM: What we know (and don't know) about freshwater salinization. Presented by Hilary Dugan, University of Wisconsin. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

February 28, Noon: New drainage approaches for nutrient and sediment removal. Presented by Jonathan Witter, The Ohio State University. Host: Ohio Sea Grant.

March 6, 6:00 PM: HABs 101 (Harmful algal blooms). Host: Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Grant.

March 6, 6:00 PM: Introduction to vernal pools. Host: Michigan Vernal Pools Partnership.

NEW March 12, 2:00 PM: What is not known: A new look at an old way to fix broken lakes. Presented by Jerry Sweeten, Ecosystems Connections Institute, LLC. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

March 13, 10:00 AM: Bald eagles. Presented by Julie Melotti, Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Host: Michigan State University Kellogg Biological Station/Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

March 13, 2:00 PM: Can underwater jets help prevent AIS spread (at boat launch ramps)? Presented by Andy Erickson, University of Minnesota; and Tony Brough, Hennepin County (MN). Host: University of Minnesota AIS Detectors.

March 13, 6:00 PM: Vernal pool ecology. Host: Michigan Vernal Pools Partnership.

NEW March 19, 2:00 PM: Casting a wide net: using historical data to build understanding of changes in fish species over time. Presented by Katelyn King, University of Michigan. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

March 20, 6:00 PM: Vernal pool monitoring. Host: Michigan Vernal Pools Partnership.

March 21, 9:00 AM: I wash my bottom, do you? Engaging the boating industry in AIS prevention. Presented by Amanda Wendecker, Michigan Boating Industries Association. Host: Michigan Invasive Species Program.

March 21, Noon: Trash fishing: A new way to reel in the catch of the day (a unique way of keeping our waterways clean and have fun doing it). Presented by Tom Nardone, Trash Fishing. Host: Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (Michigan).

NEW April 2, 2:00 PM: Phenological whiplash in Midwest US fisheries. Presented by Zach Feiner, Wisconsin DNR and University of Wisconsin. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

NEW April 9, 2:00 PM: Fishers & Farmers presents: Neighbor to neighbor, helping landowners take the next steps in improving their land and water. Presented by Heidi Keuler, US Fish and Wildlife Service and Fishers & Farmers Partnership for the Upper Mississippi River Basin. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

April 18, 11:00 AM: Greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters: Reach through global scale (Part of the Women Advancing River Research 2024 Seminar Series). Presented by Amanda DelVecchia, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Taylor Maavara, University of Leeds.

April 23, 10:00 AM: Developing an aquatic macrophyte monitoring protocol for Michigan's inland lakes: Lessons learned after two field seasons. Presented by Jeremy Hartsock, Michigan State University. Host: Michigan Wetlands Association. $

NEW April 23, 2:00 PM: Quantifying the impacts of climate change on fish growth and production using the largest-ever database of Midwest glacial lakes fisheries surveys to enable sustainable management. Presented by Paul Frater, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin DNR; Lyndsie Wszola, University of Missouri; Luoliang Xu, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Michael Verhoeven, University of Minnesota. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

NEW April 30, 2:00 PM: Valuing lake water quality in the United States using a national dataset on property values. Presented by Saleh Mamun, University of Minnesota. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

May 21, 9:00 AM: A Herculean task: Containing the first hydrilla infestation in Michigan.  Presented by Billy Keiper, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Host: Michigan Invasive Species Program.

May 22, 2:00 PM: Tall tales: Stories of progress in invasive Phragmites management in Minnesota. Presented by Chelsey Blanke, Julia Bohnen, and Daniel Larkin, University of Minnesota. Host: University of Minneosta AIS Detectors Program.

June 20, 11:00 AM: Unraveling water pathways and their impact on water quality.  (Part of the Women Advancing River Research 2024 Seminar Series). Presented by Julia Knapp, Durham University; and Catalina Segura, Oregon State University. 

June 25, 9:00 AM: Invading classrooms: Empowering students to take action on invasive species.  Presented by Beth Christiansen, Lake Superior State University. Host: Michigan Invasive Species Program.

NEW July 31, 2:00 PM: Fantastic weeds and where to find them: Seeking starry stonewort. Presented by Alex Bajcz, John Fieberg, and Dan Larkin, University of Minnesota. Host: AIS Detectors Program, University of Minnesota.

August 15, 11:00 AM: Salty waters: Understanding de-icer dynamics and impacts from source to stream.  (Part of the Women Advancing River Research 2024 Seminar Series). Presented by Lauren McPhillips, Penn State; and Claire Oswald, Toronto Metropolitan University.  

NEW October 8, 2:00 PM: Learning from the past to manage inland lake fisheries for the future. Presented by Karen Alofs, University of Michigan. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

NEW October 15, 2:00 PM: Inland lake shoreline assessment and best management practices in Michigan. Presented by Eric Calabro, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

NEW October 22, 2:00 PM: The National Lakes Assessment: A collaborative survey of lakes in the United States. Presented by Lareina Guenzel, US Environmental Protection Agency. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership

NEW October 29, 2:00 PM: Basics of shoreline erosion control: New documents to help in design and management. Presented by Julia Kirkwood, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Jen Buchanan, Red Twig Environmental, LLC. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

NEW December 10, 2:00 PM: MGLP Lake Conservation Grant: Information for potential applicants. Presented by Joe Nohner, Michigan DNR and Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership.

Ongoing: Michigan Paddle Stewards (three-hour, self-paced online course teaches paddlers to identify, report, and prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species). Host: Michigan Sea Grant.

 

You may also wish to explore these websites for additional events, recordings of past events, and more: 

Michigan Inland Lakes Convention presentation recordings

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association

Michigan State University Extension

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership

North American Lake Management Society

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