Online Learning

Many lake organizations are offering online learning opportunities in 2020. The list below highlights many current online events. These events welcome lake professionals and the public. You may also wish to explore these websites for additional events, recordings of past events, and more: 

Michigan Lakes and Streams Association (Spring 2020 Webinar Series recordings)

Michigan State University Extension

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership

North American Lake Management Society

To have your live webinar or virtual event included here, contact us.

 

Events Listing

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

Ongoing through December 31, 2020: MI Paddle Stewards. (Self-paced online course for paddlers; learn about invasive species and how to report them, and how to clean your watercraft to prevent their spread.) Host: Michigan Sea Grant and Michigan State University Extension. More details. $

Ongoing: Master Rain Gardener Online Class. Presented by Susan Bryan, Rain Garden Coordinator; Harry Sheehan, Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner; and Shannan Gibb-Randall, InSite Design Studio, Inc. Host: Washtenaw County (MI) Water Resources Commissioner. You do not need to live in Washtenaw County to participate. More details.

September 29, 1:00 PM: The 2020 election season and the Great Lakes. Host: Alliance for the Great Lakes. Register.

September 30, 10:30 AM: Understanding and managing internal phosphorus loading in lakes. Presented by Alan Steinman, Grand Valley State University; Ken Wagner, Water Resource Services; and Miquel Lurling, Wageningen University. Host: New England Chapter of NALMS (North American Lake Management Society). More details.

October 2, 10:00 AM: Great Lakes water levels (Part of the 13th Annual Freshwater Summit). Including: EGLE Water Resource Division's response to Great Lakes high water levels, presented by Robyn Schmidt, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; Planning to be a resilient Great Lakes community, presented by Dick Norton, University of Michigan; and Utilizing natural shorelines to reduce the ecological footprint of shoreline properties, presented by Nate Griswold, Inhabitect. Host: The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. More details.

October 9, 10:00 AM: Good Harbor Bay research (Part of the 13th Annual Freshwater Summit). Including: Lake trout and whitefish spawning site selection on Good Harbor Reef, presented by Ben Turschak, Michigan Department of Natural Resources; and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore avian botulism mortality patterns and citizen science program, presented by Erica Plesha, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Host: The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. More details.

NEW October 14, 10:00 AM: 2020 Eastern South Dakota Water Conference - Water's lasting legacy: Informing the future with lessons from the past. Host: South Dakota State University Water Resources Institute. More details.

October 14, 11:00 AM: Raining on my parade (Find the best way to landscape along shorelines and other soggy and boggy areas in your backyard). Presented by Bindu Bhakta, Michigan State University Extension. Host: Michigan State University Extension. More details. $

October 16, 10:00 AM: Who's water is it anyway? Equity concerns with water access and management (Part of the 13th Annual Freshwater Summit). Including: Water for all of Michigan: Infrastructure challenges and access to clean drinking water, presented by Janet Meissner Pritchard and Liz Kirkwood, For the Love of Water (FLOW); and Learning from collaborative watershed networks, presented by Lina Zuluaga, La Gran Cuenca del Rio Teusaca (Bogota, Colombia). Host: The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. More details.

October 20-21: Minnesota Water Resources Conference. Host: University of Minnesota Water Resources Center. More details. $

October 22, 9:00 AM: Responding to the threat of invasive grass carp in Lake Erie: How science focuses action. (Part of the State of Michigan's "NotMISpecies" invasive species prevention and response webinar series). Presented by John Dettmers, Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and Kelly Robinson, Michigan State University. Host: Michigan Invasive Species Program. More details.

October 23, 10:00 AM: Local initiative lightning talks: featuring water-related programs around the Grand Traverse Bay watershed. (Part of the 13th Annual Freshwater Summit). Host: The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay. More details.

NEW October 28, 2:00 PM: A novel technology for eDNA collection and concentration. Presented by Abdennour Abbas, University of Minnesota. Host: Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors Program. Register.

November 2-6: Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference – online. More details. $

November 16-20: 40th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society (Virtual symposium for 2020). More details. $

November 17, 9:00 AM: Delicious but dangerous: Responding to the Michigan red swamp crayfish invasion. (Part of the State of Michigan's "NotMISpecies" invasive species prevention and response webinar series). Presented by Lucas Nathan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Brian Roth, Michigan State University. Host: Michigan Invasive Species Program. More details.