Upcoming Webinars

MWA is happy to host various webinars throughout the year on wetland science, management and protection, policy, and other wetland-related topics. We hope you’ll join us at an upcoming webinar.

MWA 2023 Member Webinar Series: USDA-NRCS Food Security Act Wetland Compliance

Date: November 9, 2023
Time: 10:00 to 11:00 AM ET
Online via ZOOM (Registrants will receive a Zoom link before the webinar)
Free for MWA members

Register Here!

Daniel Zay will give an overview of the United States Department of Agriculture – Natural

Resources Conservation Service’s (USDA-NRCS) oversite of the conservation compliance provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985 (1985 Farm Bill).

Daniel Zay is the Michigan NRCS, State Resource Conservationist. He works in the Ecological Sciences Department managing a section of technical staff providing technical support to NRCS field offices. His main activities include providing leadership for technical aspects of conservation practices and supporting implementation of the Farm Bill – Highly Erodible Land/Wetland Compliance Program (HELWC).

Dan has a wealth of professional experience most recently as the State Biologist for the Michigan NRCS. Prior work includes Project Manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 404 Regulatory Program, Louisville District, where he provided wetland permit review and enforcement throughout Indiana. Graduating from Purdue University, Dan began his career as the Roadside Coordinator for the Indiana Department of Transportation, and then worked as a Regional Ecologist for the Indiana DNR, Division of Nature Preserves. In 1994 he entered the private sector as a consultant leading wetland permitting and mitigation projects, biological studies, and conducted NEPA clearance efforts for transportation and airport projects throughout the Midwest.

Dan has a deep interest in native grassland restoration and he developed the first native plant nursery in Indiana. Because of his interest in prairie, Dan has become skilled in the practice of prescription burning and previously developed contract prescription burn services in Indiana and Michigan with the IDNR, MiANG and MDOT as clients.

Past Webinars

MWA 2023 Member Webinar Series: An Overview of Coordinated Marsh Bird Surveys and Research in the Upper Midwest

Date: October 26, 2023
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM ET
Online via ZOOM 


Dr. Michael Monfils provides an overview of efforts to coordinate secretive marsh bird surveys in the Upper Midwest over the last 10 to 15 years. He discusses the standardization of survey methods in North America and the development of regional monitoring goals and research needs; examples of how regional marsh bird data have been used in studies; challenges associated with long-term marsh bird surveys; and future directions for regional survey efforts.

MWA/EGLE Webinar: Addressing Violations of Michigan’s Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Laws

Date: October 18, 2023
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 PM ET
Online via ZOOM 


Helena Nelson discusses general compliance and enforcement process pertaining to Part 301 and Part 303 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 of 1994, as amended, including how to report violations to EGLE, responding to Violation Notices issued by EGLE’s Water Resources Division, and the potential avenues for resolving violations.

MWA 2023 Member Webinar Series: Common Plant Families of Michigan: A beginner’s guide to identification

Part 1: Morphology, Ferns, Gymnosperms and Monocots
Date: May 22, 2023
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 PM ET
Online via ZOOM 


Part 2: Dicots and Graminoids
Date: May 24, 2023
Time: 3:00 to 4:30 PM ET
Online via ZOOM 


Dr. Bob Hollister will introduce common plant families of Michigan and provide tips for quick plant identification in the field. This presentation will be a brief overview of the most common and easy-to-recognize plant families occurring in wetlands in West Michigan. Bob is a professor at Grand Valley State University in the Biology Department where he specializes in environmental studies and plant identification. His area of expertise is monitoring vegetation change in the Arctic. He has taught plant identification courses since being a teaching assistant at Michigan State in the mid-1990s.

MWA 2023 Member Webinar Series: Listed Bat Ecology, Endangered Species Act Compliance, & Conservation Recommendations

Date: May 10, 2023
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET
Virtual via Zoom



Jenny Wong will give an overview of Michigan’s federally listed bats and other bats of conservation concern and will provide Endangered Species Act updates, guidance, and conservation recommendations for bats. Jenny is a Fish and Wildlife Biologist for the USFWS and has been with the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office for the past 9 years. She serves as the Field Office lead for federally listed bats and the Midwest Coastal Program lead for the Saginaw Bay and Western Lake Erie focus areas.

MWA/EGLE Webinar: Stream Identification
Date: April 26, 2023
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET
Virtual via Zoom


In a collaborative effort between MWA and EGLE, EGLE staff member Bethany Matousek presents on stream identification under Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams, and Part 303, Wetlands Protection, of the NREPA. Bethany works in the Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams Unit of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

MWA 2023 Member Webinar Series: Wetland Invasives and the Natives You Might Confuse Them With


Date: March 1, 2023
Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm ET
Virtual via Zoom

Many conservation workers and natural area stewards spend a lot of time finding and removing invasive species—but when you are focused on quickly removing invasive species, it can be easy to mistakenly cut or pull similar-looking native species. Jacqueline Courteau will review common invasive species of wetlands, and compare and contrast them with native species that can grow in similar settings. After this webinar, you should be able to distinguish between invasives and similar-looking natives.

MWA 2023 Member Webinar Series: Designing Your Landscape with Native Plants


Date: February 7, 2023
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 pm ET
Virtual via Zoom

Martha Holzheuer will discuss how to get started with native plant landscaping. Learn how to create a landscape design for your yard utilizing native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Martha will discuss types of gardens such as butterfly, pollinator, and bird-friendly and the planning basics you’ll need to successfully landscape your yard with native species. Many of the plants discussed will be available at Nature Niche’s periodic native plant sales during the 2023 growing season.

MWA/EGLE Webinar: GIS Updates in EGLE’s Wetland Program


Date: January 25, 2023
Time: 3:30 to 4:30 pm ET
Virtual via Zoom

The Wetlands, Lakes, and Streams Unit (WLSU) within EGLE’s Water Resources Division has been working on exciting updates to the State’s hydrologic inventories, along with new and improved tools to view and analyze that data. Chad Fizzell will present an overview of statewide updates to the National Wetland Inventory (NWI) and National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and discuss WLSU’s coordination and collaboration of these two efforts. The webinar will also provide updates on EGLE’s use of Remote Sensing, including statewide LiDAR/Imagery via the MiSAIL program, as well as recent updates to Wetlands Map Viewer.

MWA 2022 Member Webinar Series: Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake: Biology, Habitat, Protections, and Best Management Practices


Wildlife Friendly Erosion Control Products (resource shared during the webinar)

Date: Thursday, December 8, 2022
Time: 2:00 to 2:45 PM ET
Virtual via Zoom

The eastern massasauga rattlesnake (EMR) was listed as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act in October 2016, primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation. Shaughn Galloway will provide an overview of the biology of EMR, review their distribution and habitat needs in Michigan, and discuss approaches for maintaining and improving EMR habitat.

MWA 2022 Member Webinar Series: Calculating and Understanding Antecedent Precipitation



Date: Monday, November 14, 2022

Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET
Virtual via Zoom

Jason DeMoss will discuss what antecedent precipitation is, the purpose of calculating it, how you can apply it in the field, how to calculate it manually, and how to use the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers automated Antecedent Precipitation Tool (APT).

MWA/EGLE Webinar: Evaluating Feasible and Prudent Alternatives


Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM ET
Virtual via Zoom

Please join us on October 18, 2022, for a jointly sponsored Michigan Wetlands Association and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) webinar on Evaluating Feasible and Prudent Alternatives. Anne Garwood, the Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Unit Supervisor at EGLE will discuss applicable statute and rule provisions, the necessary components of a feasible and prudent alternatives analysis, and examples scenarios.

Rare Wetland Communities of Michigan Webinar
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2022
Time: 9am – 12pm ET
Virtual via Zoom

Join Michael Kost to learn about Michigan’s Rare Wetland Communities at this training webinar for wetland professionals, land managers, land stewards, and others. This training will help you learn to identify, describe, and protect the diverse range of wetlands in Michigan. Topics covered will include natural community conservation ranks, landscape setting, soils, vegetation, natural processes, conservation strategies, and resources for additional information. It is free and open to the public. Learn more at the TSN Events Calendar HERE.

Webinar: The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Program (GLCWMP): Measuring Ecosystem Condition Basin-Wide

Date: July 22, 2022
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar
(MWA member registrants will receive a Zoom link before the webinar)
Time: 12 PM – 1 PM

  • Dr. Don Uzarski: Professor of Biology at Central Michigan University (CMU), Director of CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research, and Director of CMU’s Beaver Island Biological Field Station.
  • Dr. Matt Cooper: Research Assistant Professor at CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research and Instructor of Life Sciences at Muskegon Community College.
  • Todd Redder, PE: Senior Environmental and Water Resources Engineer at LimnoTech

Webinar: Jurisdictional Determination of Wetlands under Part 303


Date: April 20, 2022
Location: Virtual Zoom Webinar
(MWA member registrants will receive a Zoom link before the webinar)
Time: 10AM – 11:30AM
Instructors: Keto Gyekis, EGLE’s Wetland Identification Program

MWA Members Webinar Series – Ferns of Michigan

Third of the Members Only Webinar Series
September 10, 2021 – 3:30-5:00pm

MWA Members Webinar Series – Common Wetland Plants of Michigan


Second of the Members Only Webinar Series
July 13th and 20th (2 part series), 2021 9-10am

MWA Members Webinar Series – Ecohydrology of Interdunal Wetlands

First of the Members Only Webinar Series
May 13, 2021 12-1pm