Stewardship Network Webcasts

The Stewardship Network presents monthly webcasts from noon to 1 p.m. EST on the second Wednesday of each month, covering a variety of conservation and land management topics.

You can tune in on your computer, cell phone or tablet. A high-speed internet connection is required, as well as an updated web browser with Adobe Flash.

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September 2016: White-Nose Syndrome

Join Rich Geboy, the Midwest White-Nose Syndrome Coordinator for the US Fish & Wildlife Service; Lisa Brush, Executive Director of The Stewardship Network and colleagues from across North America for The Stewardship Network's monthly webcast to discuss this deadly disease dramatically affecting bat populations. White-nose syndrome is a disease that is killing hibernating bats in eastern North America. It is caused by a fungus that thrives in the cold environments where bats hibernate and has been confirmed in bat hibernation sites in 29 states and 5 Canadian provinces. Join us for this free, online interactive discussion of white-nose syndrome.

August 2016: Power Partnerships - Plants, People and Pollinators

Pollinators play a critical, if often nearly invisible, role in our daily lives. Insects comprise most of the 200,000 pollinator species, but roughly 1,000 are vertebrates such as hummingbirds, bats and small mammals.

July 2016: Invasive Phragmites Control Methods and Techniques

For some, phrag is an entrenched invasive; for others it's relatively new to the scene and we've heard about it's impact on property values, view, biodiversity and boat access. This webcast will help us learn about what controlling the invasive plant phragmites is all about! Where are all the ducks?! How do we start?

May 2016: The Natural Features of Michigan's Great Lakes Coastal Region: Conservation and Stewardship

Join Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) ecologists Josh Cohen and Brad Slaughter for a discussion of important natural features of Michigan’s Great Lakes coastal region. In 2015, Josh and Brad conducted surveys throughout the coastal zone to document areas of significant ecological importance, including examples of several imperiled natural communities such as lakeplain prairies and oak savannas, dune complexes, and Great Lakes marshes. The goal of these surveys was to collect information on the ecological integrity of these remnant natural areas to provide stakeholders, including land trusts, local, and state governments, direction on the conservation and management of these important ecological resources.

March 2016: Mapping, Monitoring and Protecting Vernal Pools in Michigan

Vernal pools are small, isolated, temporary wetlands that are important for maintaining healthy forest ecosystems. Because these wetlands dry up and are fishless, they provide critical breeding habitats for amphibians and invertebrates, including species that rely on vernal pools for their survival. Vernal pools also provide habitat for a number of other plants and animals, including rare and declining species. They also provide important ecosystem services including nutrient cycling, water storage and infiltration, groundwater recharge, and flood control. Due to their small size and temporary nature, vernal pools can be difficult to identify on the landscape, receive little protection under current wetland regulations, and are vulnerable to climate change, development, and other land uses. Conservation of vernal pools requires increased awareness, knowledge, and protection of these unique and important wetlands. This webinar will provide information on what vernal pools are, why they are important for maintaining healthy forest ecosystems, and how to identify, manage, and protect them, including recent efforts to develop an effective and efficient method for detecting and mapping vernal pools using aerial photo interpretation, radar, and GIS modelling. A statewide, citizen science-based effort to map and monitor vernal pools and how you can get involved also will be discussed.

February 2016: Use of Imaging and LiDAR Technologies to Identify Invasive Species

In order to eradicate a plant species you first have to know where it is. Although the best approach is to have an expert walk through the area of interest, this is costly and impractical because of the limited ability of people to survey large areas. Imaging technologies can help support the mapping of invasive the plant species of interest whether the purpose is to save them or eradicate them.

January 2016: Harmful Algal Blooms

What is algae? What are harmful algal blooms? Why do they occur? What can we do about them? Join me for an overview of what is and is not an algal bloom, what makes them 'harmful' and what the state of science is related to understanding and addressing this problem and its impacts to the Great Lakes.

December 2015: 2013 - 2027 National Insect and Disease Risk Map (NIDRM): Overview, uses, and data access

NIDRM is more than just maps: It is a nationwide, science-based, administrative planning tool that is the product of a process whereby, every five years, the forest health community works together to determine the severity and extent of tree-mortality hazard due to insects and diseases. NIDRM represents 186 individual insect and disease hazard models, integrated within a common GIS-based, multi-criteria framework that can account for regional variations in forest health. Applied to all 50 states, and based on the best-available science and data, NIDRM’s modeling process provides a consistent, repeatable, transparent, and peer reviewed process through which interactive spatial and temporal hazard assessments can be conducted. NIDRM allows for flexible analysis to produce hazard assessments for specific insects and diseases, and can and is being used to inform other agency assessments such as the Integrated Resource Restoration, Watershed Condition Framework, Terrestrial Ecosystem Condition Assessment, Existing Vegetation Classification Mapping, and Inventory, and Hazardous Fuels Prioritization Allocation System.

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