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Monday-Friday throughout the month of May: Wetland Trivia

To celebrate American Wetlands Month, the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM) will be posting 'Wetland Trivia' to its Facebook page Monday-Friday throughout the month of May. Want to know which major cities were built on wetlands? How to organize a wetlands festival? What you can do to help protect wetlands?

To find out, you can join the ASWM Facebook page


Jeanne Christie (jeanne.christie@aswm.org)
Association of State Wetland Managers


Saturday, May 9, 2015: Migratory Bird Day

On May 9th, International Migratory Bird Day will celebrate its 23rd anniversary. International Migratory Bird Day events are hosted at hundreds of sites throughout the Western Hemisphere, reaching hundreds of thousands of youth and adults. As part of the 23rd anniversary celebrations, the theme, "Restore Habitat, Restore Birds" will focus on the importance of preserving existing habitat, the threats tohabitats, the elements of habitat on which birds depend, and how restoration ofhabitats benefits birds. ThinkWetlands! Visit http://www.birdday.org/ for more information.

Hosted by Environment for the Americas.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 2 - 4 pm EDT: Webinar: "The Ramsar Treaty/Convention on Wetlands"

Join us for a free webinar on the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance especially as Waterfowl Habitat, known as the Ramsar Convention after the name of the Iranian city where it was adopted. Ramsar is an intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Have you ever wondered what role a specific wetland plays in the international scheme of things? Does it have international significance? What can be done to protect and promote its unique contributions. This webinar will provide an overview of Ramsar, what it means to become a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, the process to apply for designation, and the benefits of becoming a designated Ramsar site in both the United States and Canada. Agencies will explain the roles their staff play to support U.S. implementation of the Ramsar Convention; site managers will share their experiences being a designated Wetland of International Importance; and education center staff will describe the range of activities that occur at their sites. Come join us to learn about the latest efforts to increase the number of Ramsar site designations and strengthen Ramsar implementation in the United States, Canada and abroad. The webinar will be co-hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Association of State Wetland Managers. Presenters will include representatives from the U.S. State Department, U.S. National Ramsar Committee, Ramsar Panels, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust UK, and both U.S. and Canadian Ramsar Site Managers. Register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/437813801716396801


Kathleen Kutschenreuter (Kutschenreuter.Kathleen@epa.gov)


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District of Columbia

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 6 - 8 pm EST: National Wetlands Awards Ceremony

National Wetlands Awards Ceremony
U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC

Since 1989, the National Wetlands Program has honored nearly 200 champions of wetlands conservation. On May 21st, the Environmental Law Institute, EPA, and other federal partners will, once again, honor a diverse group of individuals for their extraordinary commitment to conserving wetlands. RSVP or find more information at National Wetlands Awards.


Teresa Chan (wetlandsawards@eli.org)
National Wetlands Awards
Environmental Law Institute
Washington DC, 20036

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Sunday, May 3, 2015: Wetlands Awareness Day and 40th Anniversary at Huntley Meadows Park

Wetlands Awareness Day at Huntley Meadows Park
Norma Hoffman Visitor Center, Alexandria, VA

Celebrate wetland conservation and education at this rich, natural and historical island of over 1,500 acres in the suburban sea of Northern Virginia.


Kathleen Lowe (kathleen.lowe@fairfaxcounty.gov) or Meagan Keefe (meagan.keefe@fairfaxcounty.gov)
Fairfax County Park Authority
3701 Lockheed Blvd.
Alexandria, Virginia 22310


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