Online Learning

Many organizations are offering online learning opportunities. The list below highlights many current lake-related 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: 

2020 Michigan Inland Lakes Convention presentation recordings

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: 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.

April 19-23: 12th National Monitoring Conference: Working together, virtually, for clean water. Host: National Water Quality Monitoring Council. More details. $

April 20, 9:00 AM: Not in MI waters: Responding to watchlist aquatic plants in Michigan. Presented by Bill Keiper, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. More details.

April 20, 2:00 PM: Development of dissolved oxygen, temperature, and nutrient thresholds to protect cold water fish species in Minnesota lakes. Presented by Derek Bahr and Will Bouchard, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

April 20, 2:00 PM: Great Lakes Regional Sediment Management Workshop series: Habitat and restoration. Presented by Scudder Mackey, Ohio Department of Natural Resources; Scott Sowa, The Nature Conservancy; Mark Tomer, USDA-ARS; and Jessica Nelson, Iowa State University. Host: Great Lakes Regional Sediment Management Team. More details.

April 20, 10:30 AM: Virtual Watershed Summit, Day 1. Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Update presented by Teresa Seidel, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and West Michigan sustainable watershed funding project presented by Wendy Ogilve, Grand Valley Metro Council. Host: Michigan Water Environment Association. More details.

April 20, 10:30 AM: Cyanobacteria: What you need to know (Part 1). Including Cyanobacteria biology and toxin formation presented by Barry Rosen, Florida Gulf Course University, and Cyanobacteria toxin impacts on people, pets, and wildlife presented by Elizabeth Hilborn, US Environmental Protection Agency. Host: New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society. More details.

April 21, 4:00 PM: The history and evolution of the Courtesy Boat Inspection program. Presented by Mary Jewett, Lakes Environmental Association. Host: Maine Lakes. More details.

April 22, 10:30 AM: Virtual Watershed Summit, Day 2. Watershed assessment of Detroit River loads to Lake Erie. Presented by Lynn Vaccaro, University of Michigan. Host: Michigan Water Environment Association. More details.

April 27, 2:00 PM: Great Lakes Regional Sediment Management Workshop series: Agricultural nonpoint source runoff. Presented by Greg Koltun, USGS; Mark Williams, USDA-ARS; and Andrew Sharpley, University of Arkansas. Host: Great Lakes Regional Sediment Management Team. More details.

NEW April 27, 10:30 AM: Virtual Watershed Summit, Day 3. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) presentation presented by Dan Brown, Huron River Watershed Council; Microplastics project presented by Michelle Beloskur, Ingham Conservation District and Yongli Zhang, Wayne State University; and Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) presentation presented by Abby Hendershott, Michigan PFAS Action Response Team. Host: Michigan Water Environment Association. More details.

April 28, 2:00 PM: Successful lake management & the feasibility of alum to improve water quality. Presented by John Holz and Tadd Barrow of HAB Aquatic Solutions and William James of the University of Wisconsin - Stout. Host: Illinois Lakes Management Association. More details.

April 29, 9:00 AM: MiCorps Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program training. Presented by Erick Elgin, Michigan State University Extension; Jo Latimore, Michigan State University; Tamara Lipsey, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy; and Paul Steen, Huron River Watershed Council. Host: Michigan Clean Water Corps (MiCorps). More details.

April 29, 2:00 PM: Using genetic engineering to combat invasive species. Presented by Michael Smanski, University of Minnesota. Host: The Aquatic Invasive Species Detectors Program at the University of Minnesota. More details.

April 29, 10:30 AM: Virtual Watershed Summit, Day 4. When the stream meets the road: How to manage crossings for watershed health presented by Kim Balke and Kira Davis, Conservation Resource Alliance; and Protecting watersheds using conservation priority mapping presented by Matt Heiman, Leelanau Land Conservancy and Todd Vigland, Grand Traverse Regional Conservancy. Host: Michigan Water Environment Association. More details.

April 29-30: New York State Federation of Lake Associations (NYSFOLA) Annual Conference. More details. $

April 30: Michigan Lakes and Streams Association: MLSA60 Virtual Conference. More details.

May 4, 2:00 PM: The hidden role of iron in primary productivity in some Midwest glacial lakes. Presented by Betsy Swanner, Iowa State University. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

NEW May 5, 2:00 PM: 'Life in the weeds': Exploring the rarely seen world of aquatic plants. Presented by Jo Latimore, Michigan State University. Host: Watersheds Canada. More details.

NEW May 7, 10:00 AM: Water@UW-Madison 2021 Spring Symposium - Opportunities in a changing world. Host: Water@UW-Madison (University of Wisconsin). More details.

NEW May 12, 7:30 PM: Top plants for rain gardens, water gardens, shoreline gardens, & those to avoid. Presented by Melinda Myers. Host: University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension. Register.

May 17, 2:00 PM: Walleye habitat: considerations for successful natural reproduction and stocking. Presented by Joshua Raabe, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

NEW May 19, 4:00 PM: Helping kids love nature: Water-inspired activities for COVID-times and beyond. Presented by Annabel Slaight, Clearwater Farm. Host: Watersheds Canada. More details.

May 25, 10:30 AM: Cyanobacteria: What you need to know (Part 2). Including Monitoring approach to identify and quantify cyanobacteria in freshwater presented by Hilary Snook, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Control of cyanobacteria presented by Ken Wagner, Water Resource Services, Inc. Host: New England Chapter of the North American Lake Management Society. More details.

NEW May 26, 10:00 AM: Invasive Japanese knotwed (Reynoutria japonica Houtt.) and related knotweeds as catalysts for streambank erosion. Presented by Brian Colleran, Ecological Land Management. Host: Society for Ecological Restoration. More details.

June 1, 2:00 PM: Seasonal habitat, temperature, and depth of adult and juvenile Ogaa (Walleye) in Mille Lacs Lake. Presented by Carl Klimah, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

June 2, 4:00 PM: Empowering citizens to monitor and assess risks of harmful cyanobacteria. Presented by James Haney, University of New Hampshire. Host: Maine Lakes. More details.

June 8, 1:00 PM: Effective communication for lake and stream organizations. Presented by Michael Everett, Michigan State University; and Jenn Wright, Grass River Natural Area. Host: Michigan Lake and Stream Leaders Institute. Register.

June 16, 4:00 PM: Boat wake and propeller wash impacts on Minnesota lakes. Presented by Jeff Marr, University of Minnesota. Host: Maine Lakes. More details.

June 22, 2:00 PM: Limnology in Space. Presented by Emily Stanley, University of Wisconsin - Madison. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

August 10, 2:00 PM: Barrier removal and aquatic organism passage in lake systems. Presented by Jessica Collier, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

September 7, 2:00 PM: The forgotten seasons: non-summer algal dynamics. Presented by Rebecca North, University of Missouri. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

October 5, 2:00 PM: Fishing for food: quantifying recreational fisheries harvest in Wisconsin lakes. Presented by Holly Embke, University of Wisconsin Madison & USGS National Climate Adaptation Science Center. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

October 19, 2:00 PM: Understanding patterns of fish kill events in Minnesota and Wisconsin lakes. Presented by Nick Phelps, University of Minnesota. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

November 9, 2:00 PM: Structured decision making for lake habitat restoration. Presented by Jessica Collier, US Fish and Wildlife Service. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.

December 14, 2:00 PM: Managing tribal fisheries and employees on the reservation. Presented by Carl Klimah, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Host: Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership. Register.