Hands-On Wetland Restoration Workshop for Professionals

June 23 & 24, 2015
spadefoot toad in wetland
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Who Should Attend

Biologists, city planners, land managers, foresters, hydrologists, engineers, educators, professional wetland scientists, non-profit and environmental organization professionals and technicians. You do not need wetland restoration experience to attend.

Cost

$225 ($168 for non-profits), which includes:

  • Lunches on both days
  • Hand-out materials
  • Signed copy of the book Wetland Restoration and Construction - A Technical Guide by Thomas Biebighauser, and more! Tom Biebighauser’s book, Wetland Drainage, Restoration, and Repair will be available for sale from the author at $39.99/copy, signed.

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Location

Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, Barnstable, MA


About the Workshop

Isolated wetlands provide vital habitat to many species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Unfortunately, a majority of these ecosystems have been lost or degraded due to draining and filling throughout New England. These landscape modifications are now affecting recovery efforts for endangered species, reducing water quality, increasing flooding, and reducing ground water supplies. Fortunately, it’s now possible to restore these altered and degraded wetlands, re-establishing the hydro-periods, aquatic vegetation, and animal life that once existed.

This hands-on workshop is designed for individuals interested in learning how to use practical, low cost techniques for restoring naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. Participants will see how wetland projects can be planned in land trust properties, private conserved lands, public land, and even on school grounds to benefit plants, animals, and people.

Through field exercises and direct participation in an actual wetland restoration project at Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary in Falmouth, attendees will discover how to:

  • Identify degraded wetlands
  • Test soils
  • Choose construction techniques
  • Work with heavy equipment operators
  • And establish native plants

Participants will learn about active wetland restoration projects involving rare wetland species including Mass Audubon’s Eastern Spadefoot Toad Restoration Project on Cape Cod.

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See the complete agenda for the two day workshop


More Information

Contact Ian Ives
508-362-7475

Download the brochure for more information including lodging suggestions and registration form. 

This Workshop is part of the Spadefoot Toad Restoration Project and is hosted by Mass Audubon - in collaboration with:

  • Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration
  • Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy (ARC)
  • Grassroots Wildlife Conservation