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AMWS is fully committed to the professional development of our members. As a result, we offer a variety of workshops on wetland science and regulatory updates. Non-members are welcome to attend. However, membership is encouraged through reduced workshop rates and other benefits.

AMWS workshops are recognized for their value: nowhere else will you find top working wetland scientists "giving back" to the profession at such affordable rates. As a result, AMWS members only are offered the limited number of seats during the first two weeks of posting an event.

As an added value of AMWS membership, we also offer social networking opportunities with other environmental professionals. These events generally take place in central Massachusetts, and may include appetizers and drinks, as well as a speaker.

                                                                                                                                                                                                     (Updated 2/21/17)



Left Photo: Courtesy Brent Baeslack (Haverhill ConCom) - Instructors Dwight Dunk (CDM) and Chad Sumner (SumCo Eco-Contracting) discuss the riprap foot of the restored slope at low tide during the field portion of the 9/30/11 AMWS Riverbank Stabilization Techniques Workshop in Haverhill, Mass. Of note, the tree stump in the water is secured by cables, and was added to aid stability and provide fish habitat.

Right Photo: Courtesy of Patrick Garner (Patrick Garner Co.) - Instructor Art Allen (EcoTec) at a deep hole featured at the AMWS Advanced Soil Identification Workshop, held June 22nd & 23rd, 2010, in Grafton, Mass.




Above Photo: Courtesy of Briscoe Lang (Pare Corporation). The field portion of the AMWS workshop, Classic River Morphology, was held 9/26/14

on the West Branch of the Swift River in Belchertown. Here instructors Heidi Davis (MassDEP), Paul Beaulieu (Tighe & Bond) and Patrick Garner

(Patrick Garner Co.) explain bankfull.




Additional workshop photo, courtesy Heidi Davis (DEP).   4/17/16 Interdunal Swales walk in Ipswich, courtesy Lana Spillman (Topsfield ConCom).



Most of us work independently or by ourselves in the field. AMWS workshops are a chance to get collegial feedback.



2017 AMWS WORKSHOPS AND NETWORKING EVENT NOW BEING ORGANIZED                                            

Dates are still being determined, but you can expect topics to include Vernal Pools, Expert Witness, Erosion Control, Sedges and Grasses--others as needed!




April 7, 2017

Ecology and Assessment of Massachusetts Vernal Pools

Town Hall and Nearby Area

Acton, Massachusetts

9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Back by popular demand, this vernal pool workshop is in a new locale and will explore a new set of vernal pools. It is generously offered by Oxbow Associates, the leader in wetlands and rare/endangered species services throughout New England. Learn how to approach vernal pool certification from the experts. Gain rare insights into the methodical and thorough scientific approach they recommend.


This workshop will be a combination of classroom and field investigation introducing participants to both the well-known species and vernal pool attributes, as well as less frequently examined aspects of the ecotype. You will look at the ecological attributes of different categories of vernal pools, their component species, and the significance of different assemblages found in different, sometimes adjacent pools – and the functional interplay between pool inhabitants and the surrounding landscape.


Methods and equipment employed to assess and document vernal pools will be covered, as well as functional characterization of vernal pools – all pools are not the same. Participants are encouraged to bring waders or hip boots, Wellies or your rottenest pair of sneakers, a notebook and camera. Coffee will be provided. Bring your own lunch. All participants receive a Certificates of Attendance.


Instructors: Brian Butler (a past AMWS President and President of Oxbow Associates) and Scott Smyers (current AMWS Vice President and Senior Scientist at Oxbow Associates).


Cost: AMWS Member: $100 ($95 if payment received by March 1st) Non-Member: $150. To pay by credit card, please contact  


The workshop is limited to 15 participants and is expected to sell out quickly. To register, click Workshops button above, then Registration Forms.


Questions? Comments? Contact:  










"For Fun" FREE Nature Walks:


February 26, 2017 (Sunday)

Salisbury Beach State Park Campground

Salisbury, Mass.

6:00 a.m.

Join wetland scientist and early riser John Dick (retired from Hancock Associates) to see eagles and owls, followed by breakfast at a nearby diner and more winter waterfowl and seal sightings at Deer Island. No CEUs, but a fun guided tour of resources that may be new to you! As John says, "I am willing to guarantee dark followed by sunrise!"


John will be there at 6:00 a.m., scanning the marsh for snowy owls, great horned, screech, saw whet and short-eared owls. Around 8:00 a.m., you'll go to Connie's Wagon Wheel (95 Elm Street, Salisbury) for breakfast, followed by a drive over to Deer Island to look at eagles. 


Directions to Campground: Meet at 6:00 a.m. at the campground entrance on State Beach Road, right off Route 1a in Salisbury. (There's a ranger station built into the entrance road, with a rotary turnout.)


Directions from Connie's restaurant to Deer Island (nearby Amesbury): Go east on Route 110 and turn left (south) onto Merrill Street (a.k.a. Spofford Street or Deer Island Road, depending on the map). If using GPS to navigate, enter "Chain Bridge, Newburyport" and turn into the parking lot in the middle of the river.


To sign up, contact:




April 23, 2017 (Sunday)

Crane's Beach

Ipswich, Mass.

9:00 a.m.

Join wetland scientist John Dick (retired from Hancock Associates) to explore the physical geography of interdunal swales. Save the date. More info to follow!



May 21, 2017 (Sunday)

Crane's Beach

Ipswich, Mass.

9:00 a.m.

Join wetland scientist John Dick (retired from Hancock Associates) to explore coastal vernal pool ecology, with an emphasis on spadefoot toad habitat. Save the date. More info to follow!




Not an AMWS member? See JOIN section on this website!


(1) Fees are due in advance of the workshop. Should you require reimbursement by your employer, an invoice will be provided upon request.

(2) In the unlikely event that we have insufficient registrations two (2) weeks before a workshop, we reserve the right to cancel it. Your fee will be returned in full.

(3) If you must cancel seven (7) days or more before a workshop, your fee will be returned, less $25. No refunds six (6) days or less before a workshop. Note: Substitutions are fine and may be made without charge, as long as the difference between member and non-member fees is paid, and there is no one on the Wait List. Please note that your substitute will not receive a Certificate of Attendance unless AMWS is notified before the workshop so the Wait List may be checked and availability confirmed.

**We regret the cancellation charge, but your absence may affect whether the workshop is held, and will affect the instructors, who key their presentation to participants. Additionally, your absence affects catering, the number of printed materials and AMWS itself--as we have fixed expenses.

(4) Registration is only guaranteed when you are given confirmation by email. Do not assume you are registered otherwise. Workshop participants often receive box lunches or supplies that are not ordered in excess. Additionally, the instructor/participant ratio must be maintained for optimal learning.
(5) Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. A Wait List will be maintained.
(6) CEUs are usually available from the certifying authority. All participants are given a Certificate of Attendance.



NOTE: As of 1/01/11, Continuing Ed units are no longer pre-approved by the N.H. Board. You still need continuing education, but it is now call Continuing Education Hours (versus units), w/ 1 hour = 1 CEH. It is the responsibility of the candidate to decide whether or not the course is relevant to the practice of Soil or Wetland Science. For more info, see




AMWS ALSO LISTS ENVIRONMENTAL WORKSHOPS, COURSES AND MEETINGS OFFERED BY OTHER GROUPS that may be of interest to our members. Mention of a particular conference, course, or company does not imply endorsement by AMWS.











March 28 & 29, 2017 (Tuesday & Wednesday)

2017 Conference of the International Erosion Control Association-Northeast Chapter

Sturbridge Host Hotel

Sturbridge, Mass.


The NE Chapter of IECA is holding their annual conference on March 28th and 29th at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge, Mass.  The agenda includes presentations on Erosion Control, Site Stabilization, Stormwater Management.  It also features an all day workshop on Low Impact Sustainable Development on Tuesday as well as an all day workshop on Erosion Control on Wednesday.  In addition, there will be vendors from companies offering innovative solutions to erosion & sediment control problems as well as stormwater management.   The following link provides the agenda and online registration:





February 24th (Friday)

SWCS Southern New England Chapter 2017 Winter Conference

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at Eversource Energy

Berlin, Connecticut

The program features 2 NRCS soil workshops and presentations about resiliency planning, urban issues and what's up-and-coming in the realm of natural resource conservation. Six (6) hours of professional development content will be delivered. Updates will be posted at

Member/Gov $50; Non-Member $65; Student $35. Register 3, Get 1 Free!! Sign up online using credit card, check or purchase order at


• Juliana Barrett |UConn Sea Grant |Keynote Address: Adapt CT - Outreach Efforts for Resilience and Adaptation
• Jon Budreski | Co-Founder and Director of Business Development, AirShark | Practical Applications for Drones in Environmental Data Collection
• Raymond Corvino | District Conservationist and Soil Health Specialist, USDA NRCS |Urban Soil Health and Permaculture/Agriculture in Urban Areas
• Chris Donnelly | Urban Forestry Coordinator, CT DEEP Forestry | Sustainability and Urban Forestry
• Chuck Eaton | Director of Municipal Services, CME Associates | Sustainable Stormwater BMPs from the Municipal Perspective
• Lisa Krall | Resource Soil Scientist, USDA NRCS | Getting to Know Soils in the Urban/Suburban Environment
• Katelyn Szura | graduate student, URI Moseman-Valtierra Laboratory | Bringing Wetlands to Market Project and Impact of Nitrogen Input on Carbon Cycling
• Joanna Wozniak-Brown | Planning Assistant, Northwest Hills Council of Governments | Municipal Resiliency: Local Problems, Local Action

For more info: -- registration:






March 4, 2017

Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions

Annual Environmental Conference

The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass. 



Society of Wetland Scientists-New England Chapter

2017 Student Research Grant Award Announcement

Contact Meredith Avery ( or Matt Schweisberg (






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