Field Notes

February 17, 2021

12 Lake & Stream Recommended Webinars

These lake and stream webinars are worth your time! They’ll help you understand local waterways on a deeper level and give you actionable ways to improve their health. Whether you want to expand your knowledge of a particular subject (like shorelines or pollution) or learn about something entirely new (like limnology in space) there’s a webinar for you!

Note: Asterisks denote webinars that have advanced material. All others are entry-level.

Beautify & Care for Your Stream or Lakeside Property

Date: March 16, 2021
Time: 1 pm EST | Register

Curious about what it takes to return your stream, lake or wetland property to its more natural state? Want to learn ways you can support wildlife, enhance your property’s aesthetic, and reduce maintenance needs? Don’t miss this FREE 1-hour webinar for homeowners living along the water. Learn from restoration experts about managing your yard to support both the environment and your own needs.


  • Minimizing pollution runoff on your property
  • Controlling invasive weeds
  • Utilizing native plants for wildlife habitat and erosion control
  • Adding value and beauty to your yard naturally

Questions? Contact Nikki Wolf at or (425) 773-1868.

Department of Natural Resources: Free Virtual Webinar to Discuss Lake Preservation Act and Permits*

Date: February 25, 2021
Time: 10 am EST

Indiana’s Public Freshwater Lakes are a valuable resource. Join the Indiana Department of Natural Resources officials to discuss the Lake Preservation Act and outline what activities require a permit from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water.

This one-hour webinar will be presented virtually as a team meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. ET. There is no fee for the webinar, and registration is not required.

Officials will go over typical shoreline projects that the Division of Water reviews. These include seawalls, underwater beaches, piers, and more. If you are a lake property owner or do landscape or other work along the shoreline of public freshwater lakes, this presentation is for you.

Click here to join at the time of the presentation.

The Lilly Center: Pollution Reporting Webinar

Date: March 9, 2021
Time: 1 pm EST

This event is hosted by Ryan Workman, MS4 Coordinator for the Warsaw Stormwater Utility and Dr. Nate Bosch of the Lilly Center.

The information presented in this webinar is designed to equip residents to be an active part of protecting our lakes from pollution. You will learn what constitutes pollution and what does not. You will also learn how to minimize the chances of pollution running off your property!

In the event that a spill or pollution runoff does occur, we will also walk you through how to alert the proper authorities so that the issue can be resolved as quickly as possible with minimal damage.

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership: Social/community acceptance of natural shorelines: Lessons from 20 years of promoting soft shorelines*

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 10 am EST

Presentation by John Hartig from Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor.

The New Wave of Thinking virtual conference is co-hosted with the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership. Register for the whole conference to attend webinars at their scheduled times.

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership: How Waves Work

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 1 pm EST

Presentation by Brian Majka, Restoration Ecologist, from GEI Consultants.

The New Wave of Thinking virtual conference is co-hosted with the Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership. Register for the whole conference to attend webinars at their scheduled times.

North American Lakes Management Society: Shoreline and Shallows Conference: A New Wave of Thinking*

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 10 am / 3 pm EST

Join us to learn: Some of the “secrets” of promoting healthy shorelines and making lasting change. How waves work, why understanding them is important to keeping erosion of your shoreline away and some of the concepts being used in natural shoreline design in high energy situations.

Who Should Come? ​Contractors, state and local governments, educators, non-profit organizations, lake suppliers, native plant growers, landscape designers, and lakefront property owners who are interested.

Ecological Landscape Alliance: Class: Expanding Your Business with Green Infrastructure: Five Tools to Incorporate This Season*

Date: March 29, 2021
Time: Noon–2:30 pm EST

Dive into water and learn simple methods to capture and reuse storm water or slow stormwater runoff. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) can restore healthy waterways and revitalize urban communities but requires a multi-disciplinary design approach informed by ecology, community, and long-term maintenance.This class will introduce you to five GSI tools that you can use in your own landscape or design into client projects. Read more and register.

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership: Walleye habitat: considerations for successful natural reproduction and stocking*

Date: May 17, 2021
2 pm EST

Presentation by Dr. Joshua Raabe, Associate Professor from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.

North American Lakes Management Society: Empowering Citizens to Monitor and Assess Risks of Harmful Cyanobacteria

Date: June 2, 2021
Time: 4 – 5:00 pm EST | Register

The conspicuous prevalence of harmful cyanobacteria blooms or HCBs (formerly referred to as HABs) has raised public awareness and concern over possible health risks to humans and wildlife. This presentation will examine the potential health risks associated with toxic cyanobacteria and describe new information on the pathways of exposure, including air and water. The talk will also present recent advances in the development of tools and approaches to Citizen Science tracking of cyanobacteria, estimating levels of cyanobacteria toxins and predicting…

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership: Limnology in Space*

Date: June 22, 2021
Time: 2 pm EST

Presentation by Dr. Emily Stanley, Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership: The forgotten seasons: non-summer algal dynamics*

Date: September 7, 2021
Time: 2 pm EST | Register here

Presentation by Dr. Rebecca North, Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri.

Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership: Structured Decision Making for Lake Habitat Restoration*

Date: November 9, 2021
Time: 2 pm EST

Presentation by Dr. Jessica Collier, Fish & Wildlife Biologist from USFWS Green Bay Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office.