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2016 Workshops and Field Trips

All workshops and field trips take place on Thursday, April 28. 

Morning Workshops 

Aquatic Plant Identification

This half-day workshop is on the identification of aquatic plants of Michigan lakes. We will cover the basics of identification, including terminology, tools, and how to use identification keys. Invasive aquatic plants will be featured, along with a wide variety of native species. The majority of the workshop time will be dedicated to hands-on practice using keys to identify pressed and fresh aquatic plant specimens, with one-on-one assistance from the instructors, who lead the statewide volunteer plant monitoring programs for Michigan and Wisconsin. Techniques for creating a plant collection for your lake will also be discussed. Participation in this workshop will be required for anyone enrolling in the Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program’s Aquatic Plant Identification and Mapping volunteer monitoring program for 2016. Presenters: Dr. Jo Latimore, Aquatic Ecologist and Outreach Specialist, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Paul Skawinski, Citizen Lake Monitoring Network Educator, University of Wisconsin Extension, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Presentation: Aquatic Plant Identification - Jo Latimore and Paul Skawinski

Fish Ecology and Management

Fisheries management in inland lakes is a collaborative effort between anglers, lakefront property owners, government and tribal officials, researchers, and various non-governmental organizations. Thus, this workshop is applicable to anyone interested in lakes and is intended to provide an introduction to the basic principles of fish ecology and management. Workshop topics include identification, life history strategies, and habitat requirements for the major game fish species in inland lakes. Since 2002, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Fisheries Division has been conducting standardized assessments of fish communities, water quality, and nearshore fish habitat in lakes throughout the state as part of the Status and Trends Program. Data from these surveys will be used to show correlations between the abundance and growth of game fish and key habitat variables. The workshop will conclude with a review of management options for enhancing fishing opportunities. This discussion will include information on the why, what, when, and how of state and private fish stocking, as well as methods for improving nearshore fish habitat and the pros and cons of adding fish cover structures. Presenters: Brian Gunderman, Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Fisheries Division, Plainwell, MI, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); Dr. Kevin Wehrly, Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Fisheries Division, Ann Arbor, MI, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); and Neal Godby, Michigan Department of Natural Resources – Fisheries Division, Gaylord, MI .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Presentations:

Game Fish ID and General Ecology - Brian Gunderman
Fish - Habitat Relationships - Kevin Wehrly
Fish Management Options - Neal Godby

Afternoon Workshops

Copper Toxicity and Lakes

This workshop from the  Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration Foundation will address issues associated with copper in aquatic systems. This includes toxicity issues, aquatic plants, eco-toxicity, and the effects on fish spawning. Speakers: Bernalyn McGaughey, Compliance Services International, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Dr. John Rodgers, Clemson University, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Presentations:

Lake Health, Copper, and Your Health - Bernalyn McGaughey
Copper Fate and Effects: Use of Copper Formulations as Algaecides and Herbicides in Aquatic Systems - John Rodgers

Basics of Photography

We will discuss basic principles of photography and the many functions and settings available on digital cameras. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the common settings of digital cameras, and how to utilize them to create better images. Presenter: Paul Skawinski, Coordinator, Wisconsin’s Citizen Lake Monitoring Network, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Presentation: Basics of Photography - Paul Skawinski

Field Trip: Amphibians and Reptiles

This field trip will focus on amphibian and reptile species of northwest Michigan, led by professional herpetologist David Mifsud and staff from Herpetological Resource and Management. Participants will learn how to distinguish various species based on call or visual characteristics as well as learn about their habitat requirements and the ecological role herpetofauna play. Management considerations and other interesting facts about Michigan’s herpetofauna will also be discussed. Recommended Supplies/Gear: water, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, long pants, long-sleeved shirt, knee high boots or waterproof shoes. Presenter: David Mifsud and Maegan Stapleton, Herpetological Resource and Management, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Mahnoomin (Wild Rice):Its Historic, Cultural, and Ecological Role

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to learn about Mahnoomin (wild rice), the ways you can connect to this important natural resource and a taste of a traditional wild rice dish.  Mahnoomin is a native Michigan aquatic grass which grows in shallow lakes and along slow moving rivers and wetlands.  Mahnoomin beds, once abundant in the Great Lakes region, provided food, cover, and spawning habitat for a variety of wildlife species and were also an important food source for tribal communities.  Whether you are concerned about the impacts this species has on your enjoyment of a lake, interested in restoring Mahnoomin to the area, or simply want to learn how this specie fits into your world, then you should join us!  This workshop is supported in part by USDA. Presenter: Lee Sprague, Instructor, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Full Day Workshops

Protecting Michigan’s Inland Lakes: Lake and Wetland Protection Tools for Local Governments

Michigan: land of 11,000 lakes with 1,240 townships and 83 counties, who all share a role in keeping our inland lakes clean for future generations. This workshop will help local officials and concerned citizens understand the benefits of inland lakes to communities, the regulations that govern them, and the opportunities for enhancing protection at the local level. This workshop is sponsored by Michigan Lake and Stream Associations in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality - Water Resources Devision and the Van Buren Conservation District. Speakers: Erin Fuller, Van Buren Conservation District, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address);  Amy Lounds, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); and Marcy Colclough, Southwest Michigan Regional Planning Commission, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Presentations:

Workshop Introduction - Erin Fuller
Michigan’s Wetland, Lakes and Streams Regulatory Program - Amy Berry and Bethany Matousek
Importance of Master Planning - Marcy (Colclough) Hamilton
Local Wetland Ordinances - Amy Berry
More Options for Inland Lake and Wetland Protection at the Local Level - Erin Fuller
How to Get Started in Your Community - Erin Fuller
Melrose Twp., Walloon Lake Shoreline Protection Overlay District - Randy Frykberg

Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) Volunteer Training

The Cooperative Lakes Monitoring Program (CLMP) is Michigan’s volunteer lake monitoring program. Volunteers from over 220 lakes participated in the program in 2015. This full day session, open to all interested participants, will provide the necessary training volunteers need to participate in the following CLMP programs: Secchi Depth (water clarity), Total Phosphorus, Chlorophyll-a, Dissolved Oxygen and Temperature, Score the Shore, and Exotic Aquatic Plant Watch. Refer to this detailed training agenda for more details. Individuals planning to attend this training MUST REGISTER on the CLMP Training registration page.  Presenters: Dr. Paul Steen, Watershed Ecologist, Huron River Watershed Council, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); Dr. Jo Latimore, Aquatic Ecologist and Outreach Specialist, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); Marcy Knoll Wilmes, Aquatic Ecologist, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); and Angela DePalma-Dow, Lake Outreach Specialist, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Presentations: Visit the MiCorps Lake Training page to view the latest training presentations.