Workshops

The SWS 2019 Annual Meeting offers unique workshops for participants to dive into current topics and may be applicable towards the Professional Certification Program. The variety of workshops will allow you to dig deeper into your specialization, learn and apply new methodologies, and discover ideas that pique your curiosity during your time in Baltimore. Registration for all workhops is limited. 

 

Streamlining Watershed Restoration and Preservation: Hands-On Watershed Resources Registry (WRR) Training

The Watershed Resources Registry (WRR) is an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS)-based screening tool created through a collaborative multi-agency process. The tool is designed to streamline permit processes, prioritize watershed needs, and increase stakeholder engagement. Using a watershed approach, this web-based tool creates an opportunity to improve resource planning and mitigation decision-making while integrating regulatory and non-regulatory programs. In this hands-on workshop you will learn the basic functions of the WRR web mapping tool. Using example projects, you will assess impacts to environmental resources, locate potential restoration sites, and generate reports of site characteristics. You will also learn about how the WRR was developed and how this process can be transferred to any state to create a customized tool for resource preservation and restoration while building relationships within the resource management community.

This workshop will be presented by Ralph Spagnolo and Mike Herzberger.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Registration fee: $50
Capacity: 40


Demystifying the Challenging World of Grasses

Looking to demystify the challenging world of grasses? Then this workshop is for you! Join Sarah Chamberlain, Botanist and Curator of the Penn State Herbarium to learn skills necessary to identify this unique group of plants. The workshop will focus on basic grass morphology, the characteristics of common groups, and identification of plant specimens using Chamberlain’s recently published Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic. A slide presentation, handouts, herbarium and freshly collected field specimens will be used to illustrate plant characters, especially those that may prove an obstacle to keying. It is recommended, but not required, that students purchase the Field Guide to Grasses of the Mid-Atlantic. The instructor will have extra copies on hand to use during the workshop for those who do not wish to purchase the guide, as well as copies for sale the day of the workshop ($20/book personal; $25/book companies). Please bring a 10x hand lens. Microscopes will be provided.

This workshop will be presented by Sarah Chamberlain.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Registration fee: $50
Capacity: 20


Simple App Development for Wetland Ecologists

Wetland scientists and ecologists typically have a wide range of interactive technology available to them in the form of smart phones and tablets. However, this technology is not often used as a tool in wetland science and rare is the ecologist who develops applications for use in the field and/or outreach and education. The 8-hour workshop is divided into two sessions:

The morning session is an introduction to app development using MIT App Inventor. Participants will learn about Android app development and how their skills can be used to create iPhone apps. Attendees will complete basic app tutorials and build several ecology apps.

The afternoon session will focus on expanding app development skills and creating more field-focused apps. By the end of the workshop, participants will know how to build basic apps using MIT App Inventor, know how to build their skills using available online resources, and will have created multiple Android apps.

To learn more, click here: http://swsappworkshop.strikingly.com/

This workshop will be presented by Jere Boudell.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration fee: $75
Capacity: 50


Wild Edible Field Walk

Wild edibles offer a variety of health benefits to you and add unique flavors and textures to your meals. Join Nick Spero for a walk to learn about wild edibles available in the spring. He’ll show you the plants you can pick and nibble along the way, as well as those that you need to bring home to prepare for a meal. You will also learn how to forage in a safe and sustainable manner.

This workshop will be presented by Nick Spero.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Registration fee: $100
Capacity: 20


Tidal Wetland Permitting in Maryland

To discuss the general requirements of the Critical Area Law and how development is regulated to manage impacts to habitat and water quality. Particular focus will center on how the Commission is currently incorporating coastal resiliency practices into development for state agencies and into a local jurisdiction’s Critical Area Programs, including the discussion of available resources to help make such evaluations. Discussion will also focus on measures to promote the use of living shorelines as well as on the coordination between state agencies when reviewing shore erosion control projects.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Registration fee: $50
Capacity: 50


Hydric or Not? - Interpreting soils for wetland delineation in difficult situations

A practical hands on approach to identifying problematic wetland (hydric) soils. A blend of years of practical field experience along with the use of recent advances in the science of hydric soils will be used to inform wetland field scientists. Case studies of actual hydric soil delineation issues from throughout the U.S. will be presented.  Soil science “tricks of the trade” will enable students to better address sandy soils, red soils, Spodosols, etc. University pedologists will present recent scientific advances and practical interpretations of soils for wetland delineation, function and restoration.

The afternoon field trip will reinforce the AM sessions looking at problematic soil landscapes and use of some of the new soil delineation and description technology.

Date: Tuesday, May 28
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Registration fee: $100
Capacity: 35


Incorporating Coastal Resiliency within Maryland’s Critical Area

To discuss the general requirements of the Critical Area Law and how development is regulated to manage impacts to habitat and water quality. Particular focus will center on how the Commission is currently incorporating coastal resiliency practices into development for state agencies and into a local jurisdiction’s Critical Area Programs, including the discussion of available resources to help make such evaluations. Discussion will also focus on measures to promote the use of living shorelines as well as on the coordination between state agencies when reviewing shore erosion control projects.

Date: Wednesday, May 29
Time: 11:35am - 1:00pm
Registration fee: $75