Wetland Coffee Break

The Wetland Coffee Break series helps keep our community of wetland lovers connected and learning about wetlands throughout the year, from anywhere! Bring your coffee and learn about wetlands, the plants and animals that call them home, and the many natural benefits they provide to our communities. Sessions are held on Zoom and feature time for audience Q&A.

See below for a list of upcoming presentations and to register. Once you register, you’ll receive an automatic email including the URL link and password you’ll need to access the meeting. We record and post each presentation so you can watch any that you missed live. You’ll find links to these recordings below, and you can also find them on our Facebook page.

We are grateful to all of the presenters for sharing their knowledge and expertise and to everyone interested in learning more about wetlands! If you are interested in giving a Wetland Coffee Break presentation, or if you have a wetland topic you’d like to see covered, please contact Katie.Beilfuss@wisconsinwetlands.org.

Register for a Wetland Coffee Break

Northern pike life history along Green Bay’s west shore

Tammie Paoli, WDNR
Friday, September 9, 2022
10:30 am
WDNR Fish Biologist Tammie Paoli will provide an overview of the unique life history of northern pike along Green Bay’s west shore. Pike are a self-sustaining, native top predator in Green Bay that provide recreational fishing opportunities. Learn about challenges to pike populations such as wetland habitat loss, invasive species including Phragmites, and land-use practices that may impact pike spawning habitat.
Tammie Paoli has been a fisheries biologist with WDNR for 15 years out of the Peshtigo DNR office. Her primary area of responsibility is Green Bay and the west shore tributaries where her species of focus is yellow perch, northern pike, and brown trout. She also covers the southern half of inland Oconto county including the prized trout fishery of the South Branch Oconto River.

The role and application of prescribed fire in Wisconsin wetlands

Hannah Spaul, The Nature Conservancy
Friday, September 23, 2022
10:30 am
Many wetlands in Wisconsin burned frequently as part of the historical fire regime, often lit by the indigenous peoples of the area. Join Hannah Spaul, Director of Land Management for The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin, to learn about the historic role of fire in the state’s wetlands. She’ll also talk about how today’s managers apply prescribed fire as a critical management tool to promote native species, control invasive ones, and manage for woody brush encroachment. Tune in to hear more about the opportunities, challenges, and successes of the use of fire in wetlands in Wisconsin.
Hannah Spaul has been managing lands, including many wetlands, in Wisconsin with prescribed fire for more than 20 years for The Nature Conservancy. She is a founding member of the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council, a Co-PI on the Joint Fire Science Program Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savana Fire Consortia, and an avid pyro-tourist (one who travels for fun to visit fire-dependent and fire-managed areas).

It’s the little things that run the world: the importance of aquatic invertebrates

Mike Miller, WDNR
Friday, October 7, 2022
10:30 am
Join stream ecologist Mike Miller to learn about the variety of invertebrates found in Wisconsin’s flowing waters and connected wetlands, including information on species diversity, biological fun facts, their role in the functioning of streams, and their use as indicators of ecosystem health.
Mike Miller is a stream ecologist working for Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources’ Water Quality Bureau out of Madison. Much of his work is focused on stream monitoring and assessment, and current projects include monitoring the concentrations of pesticides found in Wisconsin’s flowing waters and assessing their environmental impacts as well as exploring the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for natural resources assessment. Mike is a co-author of Field Guide to Wisconsin Streams and teaches a stream ecology and watershed management course in UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute. When not thinking, writing, or teaching about streams, he can be found getting out-witted by animals with pea-sized brains when flyfishing for trout in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area.

Watch previous presentations

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