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Lake Conservation Webinar Series: Barrier Removal and Aquatic Organism Passage in Lake Systems
Aquatic species need to move, oftentimes migrating between different ecosystems and locations throughout their lives. Lakes provide crucial habitat for many species but sometimes the connections between lakes and other systems are blocked - either by a physical barrier like a dam or undersize road culvert, or by an abiotic barrier like unsuitable water temperatures or poor water quality. This webinar will introduce how different barriers impact aquatic organisms and how barrier removal reconnects critical pathways to support resilient and self-sustaining populations, often benefitting the human communities connected to these systems. Case studies from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership will be showcased to demonstrate success of barrier removal projects within lake systems and the response in aquatic organism passage.

Aug 10, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Jessica Collier
Fish & Wildlife Biologist @USFWS Green Bay Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office
Jessica works out of the USFWS Green Bay, WI field office in the Partnerships and Habitat branch to assist with species and habitat restoration and conservation across the Lake Michigan basin. She received her Master's degree in Conservation Biology from Central Michigan University focusing on coastal wetland refuge habitat for native freshwater mussels and a PhD from the University of Toledo where she created habitat suitability models to reintroduce lake sturgeon to the Maumee River (OH). Jessica is passionate about Great Lakes conservation and she is an avid gardener, runner, and stain glass artist.