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Take advantage of your SWS membership by participating in outstanding educational
opportunities without leaving your desk!

SWS is pleased to provide a webinar series on wetland science topics of interest. The convenience and flexibility of SWS webinars enables you to educate one or a large number of employees at once, reduce travel expenses and maintain consistent levels of productivity by eliminating time out of the office.

The mission statement of the Webinar Program is to facilitate the exchange of scientific, management, and policy information concerning wetlands in an electronic format and to enable regular exchange across a wide geographic area in a relatively low-cost, interactive and multimedia way. This is expected to foster the international scope and visibility of SWS, while providing a forum of professional exchange and collaboration.

Webinar registration is complimentary to all SWS members. Certificates of completion, worth one hour of participation, are available upon request; please contact Kara Miller at kmiller@sws.org, if interested.  If you're unable to participate in the live webinar, all webinars will be recorded and archived for complimentary viewing by members on our Past Webinars page. 

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Webinars on YouTube

The SWS Webinar Committee is excited to announce that our free webinar recordings are now available on the SWS YouTube channel! Now, SWS supporters around the world can watch the webinars with subtitles in their native language.

Watch webinars with subtitles

To view the webinars with subtitles, click the “CC” button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the video. You can change the language of the subtitles by clicking on the settings button in the bottom, right-hand corner and going to subtitles/CC > auto-translate > and choosing the language of your choice.

Here's what our members are saying...

"Thank you presenters and thank you SWS for hosting this. It is a great SWS membership benefit." - Kurt Kowalski, Ann Arbor, MI

"Excellent coverage of fascinating topics for wetland scientists!" - Ellen Hartig, New York, NY

Upcoming SWS Webinars

April 19, 2018
1:00 p.m. EDT

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Joanna Lemly
Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Peatlands, Parks, and Playas: a Tour of Colorado’s Diverse Wetlands

Colorado is known for its high mountain peaks and river valleys, but its geography is far more diverse than its reputation suggests. The eighth largest state in the country, Colorado covers over 100,000 square miles (270,000 km2) stretched across three main ecoregions: high plains to the east, peaks and valleys of the Rocky Mountains through central Colorado, and canyons of the Colorado Plateau to the west. Colorado’s elevation range spans more than 10,000 feet, from just over 3,300 ft (2,070 m) along the eastern border with Kansas to 14,440 ft (4400 m) at the top of Mount Elbert, and its geology includes diverse metamorphic, volcanic, and sedimentary formations. The canvas of Colorado’s geography creates a rich and diverse array of wetlands, though the semi-arid climate limits the extent of wetlands to less than 2% of the state’s land area.

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) at Colorado State University has been cataloguing, classifying, and assessing the condition of Colorado wetlands for over 20 years. This presentation will introduce listeners to the major wetland types of Colorado and how they fit into the complex landforms of the state. Three major wetland types will be highlighted to tell the story of Colorado wetlands and their origins, the functions they provide, and how they are influenced by past and present land and water use. The first will be groundwater-fed peatlands, or fens, which occur almost exclusively above 8,000 ft and provide habitat for a host of state and globally rare plant species. The second will be expansive wet meadows within the state’s mountain valleys, locally referred to as parks. Today’s wet meadows are closely connected to the intricate water supply and irrigation network that makes life in the high desert possible. The final wetland type will be ephemeral playas and other wetland types of the eastern plains, which are critical for the seasonal migration of millions of birds. Information in the presentation will draw on a variety of studies conducted by CNHP and partner organizations over the years. Get ready for the upcoming SWS Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, by learning about wetlands in this diverse and fascinating state!

Joanna Lemly is a Wetland Ecologist at the Colorado Natural Heritage Program (CNHP) at Colorado State University, where she oversees CNHP’s work on wetland assessment and mapping. Under Joanna’s leadership, CNHP is working with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to assess the condition and habitat quality of Colorado’s wetlands, one river basin at a time. The assessments employ field protocols developed by CNHP and CPW to assess both general condition and the quality of habitat available to priority wetland-dependent wildlife species. Since 2008, Joanna and colleagues at CNHP have worked closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wetlands Inventory to create a statewide digital map of wetlands. Their most recent effort is to add functional attributes to wetland mapping in order to summarize and analyze the functions provided by wetlands on a watershed basis. CNHP has also developed an online mapper to view wetlands data and CNHP is currently working on a more interactive mapping tool to aid with watershed planning. Additionally, Joanna has been heavily involved in the development of both online and printed educational resources for wetlands, including the Field Guide to Colorado’s Wetland Plants and the Colorado Wetland Information Center (www.cnhp.colostate.edu/cwic). Joanna has worked in various aspects of plant ecology for over 15 years, with a particular emphasis on wetland ecology. She holds an M.S. in Ecology from Colorado State University, a Certificate in Wetland Science and Management from the University of Washington, and a B.A in Environmental Science from the Colorado College.

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May 17, 2018
1:00 p.m. EDT

Roy Messaros
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Wetlands of Distinction - What is it and how to apply?

 ASWM Webinars

Interested in viewing more webinars? Visit the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) webinar's page to access free webinars. These webinars focus on various topics, mostly relating to a specific project or work group. To learn more please click here.