Stewardship Network Webcasts

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

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Stewardship Network Webcast Archive

April 2011: Garlic Mustard and the 2011 Challenge Kick-Off!

Garlic mustard is an herbacious invasive that threatens the health and biodiversity of our native ecosystems. The Stewardship Network is hosting our fourth annual Garlic Mustard Challenge this year, and we're encouraging land management staff, volunteers, and anyone who wants to get involved to get out in the woods and compete to see who can pull the most of this delicious delinquent plant! With our crew of presenters, we'll be discussing the biology of the plant, control methods, how to engage your community around garlic mustard removal, and the importance of early detection work on a region-wide scale!

March 2011: Nurturing Communications for Stewardship

Biodiversity Project’s mission is to strengthen environmental groups by improving their communications to reach their conservation goals. During this session we will explore two questions. 1. Why is it that so few people value healthy restored natural areas? 2. How can strategic, research-based communications help change people’s attitudes and behavior? We will explore techniques and tools to help groups plan effective communications and provide specific recommendations and examples of how to improve communications strategies and materials.

February 2011: Management of Fire-Dependent Ecosystems

Resource managers have all heard the statement that they should “use the best available science” when making management decisions. However, managers often do not know what the “best available science” is, and scientists often do not understand the type of information managers need to help them solve their real-world problems. The newly-formed Lake States Fire Science Consortium is working to improve this dialogue between managers and scientists for fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. This presentation will introduce the Lake States Fire Science Consortium and share examples of on-going and successful manager-scientist partnerships associated with 1) jack pine forest ecosystem management and the endangered Kirtland’s warbler, and 2) the restoration of red pine and eastern white pine forest ecosystems in the Lake States.

January 2011: Enbridge Oil Spill: Recovery of Turtle and Toads

In late July of 2010, nearly a million gallons of oil spilled into the Kalamazoo River and impacted approximately 36 miles of river and potentially hundreds of acres of high quality amphibian and reptile habitat making this one of the worst environmental disasters in Michigan history. Herpetological Resource and Management, LLC (HRM) was contracted by the USFWS to coordinate early rescue efforts and to work with Binder Park Zoo and Enbridge contractors regarding cleaning and care of impacted herpetofauna. Over 2,500 animals, more than 2,000 of them turtles (eight species), have been collected and treated as part of rescue efforts. Join David Misfud for a discussion of efforts to rescue, clean, care for, and ultimately release the amphibians and reptiles impacted by this spill.

December 2010: Developing and Implementing Effective and Reasonable Invasive Species Laws

Governments at all levels - local, state, and federal - are implementing invasive species laws and ordinances. Join us for the Stewardship Network's monthly webcast as we explore existing invasives laws looking at examples of both effective and flawed laws. We will cover in some detail the process and criteria Wisconsin used in their new invasives law as a case study. We will also discuss training, funding, and outreach as well as involving the public and target groups that may be impacted.

November 2010: Using GPS and GIS to Track Invasive Species

GPS mapping can better invasive species management by serving as a starting point from with to plan, prioritize and act. Digital data allows for more accurate tracking of individual patches over time, thus enhancing understand of treatment efficacy and follow-up. GPS and GIS data can also be used for easy navigation in the field and, if collected in a standardized system, can be shared among organizations for better coordination at local, regional, and statewide scales. Join David Mindell of PlantWise LLC, Glenn Palmgren of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Jason Tallant of City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation and Lisa Brush of the Stewardship Network for this informative upcoming webcast!

October 2010: Invasive Triple Threat: Common Buckthorn, Soybean Aphids and Multicolored Asian Ladybeetles

Common buckthorn can have cascading damaging effects on natural flora and fauna, agriculture and public health. Not only does the shrub choke out native plants, but it is also the overwintering host for the soybean aphid, an invasive pest that damages soybean plants and spreads viruses to vegetable crops. In turn, the soybean aphid is food for the multi-colored Asian ladybeetle, an invasive insect that damages grapes, outcompetes native ladybeetles for food and habitat, and finds its way into the homes where it is both a nuisance and allergen. Our goal is to bring together all those affected by this invasive plant to determine how best to reduce its negative cascade of environmental and economic impacts.

September 2010: Using Social Media and Digital Tools to Build Your Brand and Create a Following

*Learn more about using social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and how to use them to promote your brand/organization *Create e-mail marketing materials that build loyalty with your audience *How to develop a "story" about your brand/organization Tune in with Megan Thomas of Six Rivers Regional Land Conservancy and Lisa Brush of the Stewardship Network for this informative upcoming webcast!