We just held our Annual Meeting on March 19, 2015.  We had the largest attendance yet at over 225 people.  We are pleased that you enjoyed the current topics presented by our speakers.  Thank you to our vendors who presented their products and services!  Please email us a wetlands@ctwetlands.org if you have a topic that you would like us to include at our next meeting.

The presentations from our meeting will be available to be viewed from our Annual Meetings page starting during the week of March 30, 2015.

Congratulations to Noah Sokol from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and to Bent of the River Audubon Center.  They are the recipients of our Michael Lefor PhD Grant and our Les Mehrhoff Grant respectively.  Please visit our grant pages for more information.

CAWS is planning to offer several Professional Development Workshops this summer, including one on calcareous wetlands (focusing on both the soils and the plants that grow in them), and another on wildlife associated with wetlands and adjacent upland areas. These field workshops will have limited enrolment, and are open to CAWS members first. More information on these workshops will be sent out to members in upcoming emails and will be available on our Upcoming Events page.

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The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) Annual Meeting will be held on May 31 - June 4, at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

This year’s theme is “Changing Climate, Changing Wetlands: Climate Impacts to Wetlands and the Role of Wetlands in Climate Change Adaptation and Carbon Mitigation".

This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a SWS Annual Meeting in New England.

A number of field trips, both coastal and inland will be offered.

Meeting Registration and the Call for Abstracts open on December 17, 2014.

Link to the SWS 2015 Annual Meeting website: http://swsannualmeeting.org/

This ground-breaking conference will examine the role that wetlands play in the global carbon cycle, how wetlands provide climate adaptation services, and how wetlands are being impacted by our changing climate. Although wetlands occupy only approximately 7% of the planets’ land surface, they store approximately 30% of the world’s soil carbon. They provide a variety of ecosystem services that protect communities from the impacts of climate change, and yet are particularly vulnerable to some of the climate changes that are occurring. Over the course of 5 days, leading researchers from around the world will present research findings that represent our most current understanding of how wetlands function in the context of climate change.

Visit the meeting website http://swsannualmeeting.org/ to see the exciting lineup of plenary speakers, field trips, workshops and other details.

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Your Wetland Stories Are Being Requested

Two authors are looking for stories of people who study, explore, own, protect, restore or alter wetlands for their entertaining and informative new book.  They will be showing wetlands in a whole new way, and making an emotional connection with the creatures and currents within.  So, if you have a personal story, or a story of a specific wetland, or a fascinating wetland phenomenon you experienced that you would like to share, please click here for more information http://wetlandwaders.weebly.com/ If they use your story in the book, you will be cited as the source.