registration for our 2021 wednesday webinar series is now open

In light of the continuing health concerns about COVID-19, we will be hosting our Maine Lakes Conference speakers in another series of "Wednesday Webinars" running the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, from February through June.

This year’s theme, A Deep Dive Into the Lake Book, features many interesting and relevant topics that correspond with our soon-to-be published 4th edition of The Lake Book. While we are finalizing speakers for some of the webinars, we are happy to announce that registration is open for the following presentations. Registration is free and easy. Hope to see you there!

February 3
4 p.m.
Winter Lake Monitoring: Life and Limnology Under the Ice

Are lakes as quiet and lifeless when frozen over as they seem? Join Lakes Environmental Association Research Director Dr. Ben Peierls to find out how the traditional view of wintertime lake dormancy is being revised. He will talk about recent winter research, including work at LEA, that has given us a new perspective on annual lake cycles, even as climate warming threatens whether lakes ice over at all. Enjoy a multimedia look at life and water quality under the ice and how we go about measuring that. Click HERE to register.

February 14
4 p.m.
What Kind of Lake Is That? Putting Maine’s Lakes Into Categories for Better Water Quality Assessments and Protections

Maine has thousands of lakes, and all are unique. However, many lakes share traits that help lake managers, watershed organizations, and researchers compare and evaluate them. This is especially important for lake assessments, which often compare a lake’s condition to the condition of reference lakes from minimally-disturbed watersheds. By determining which natural attributes of lakes and their watersheds have the strongest influence on lake condition, we can place lakes into categories that define what the conditions of certain types of lakes should be. These categories will help managers place lake data in the proper context for better evaluation and planning. This talk will be about how lake types were developed for Maine lakes, and how these types may be applied to lake assessment and protection. Click HERE to register.

April 21
4 p.m.
The History and Evolution of the Courtesy Boat Inspection Program

For more than 20 years the Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) program has helped protect our lakes from the spread of invasive aquatic plants. Learn about the history of this program and how it has grown and evolved over time. We will also focus on the cost of the program and how vitally important it is to keep it going strong. New and current infestations, as well as at risk lakes, will be explored. Click HERE to register.

June 2
4 p.m.
Empowering Citizens to Monitor and Assess Risks of Harmful Cyanobacteria

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 the timing of cyanobacteria blooms. Clicke HERE to register.

Did you miss any of the presentations from our first Wedneday Webinar series in 2020. If so, you're in luck. Please click HERE to see the links to watch and read materials from that series.

Webinar Sponsors

Thank you to FB Environmental, The Breathable Home, Ecological Instincts, Hammond Lumber and CD3 Systems for their generous financial support that helps us bring this webinar series to you at no cost.

If your business would like to sponsor any of the upcoming webinars, please email info@lakes.me. Thank you!