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MEMORANDUM

From: Susan Horton
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 23 2007

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USGS National Wetlands Research Center director Greg Smith and USGS scientist Carroll Cordes discussed a joint pre-hurricane planning meeting on April 19 when they attended a stakeholders meeting hosted by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Clear Lake Ecological Services Field Office in Webster, Texas. (Greg Smith, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8501)

USGS Celebrates Earth Day in Louisiana: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) participated in the Baton Rouge Earth Day (www.earthdaybr.org) on April 22. USGS along with other federal, state, and private agencies had an exhibit and interactive hands-on activities under the Wetlands Tent to engage visitors in learning about wetlands—the functions, values, issues, concerns and how citizens can help. NWRC has been a part of this Earth Day celebration for over 10 years. It is one of the south’s largest environmental festivals reaching 40,000 to 50,000 people. This year’s theme is “Working together for our environment—Louisiana Strong.” (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

USGS Celebrates Birds and Bears in Louisiana: On April 12 in celebration of Acadiana Migratory Bird Day , the USGS National Wetlands Research Center hosted two seminars and tours of the Doppler radar laboratory for both the scientific community and interested public, highlighting the 2007 International Migratory Bird Day theme of “Birds in a Changing Climate.” Invited USGS scientist Charles van Riper III (Sonoran Desert Research Center, Arizona) gave two seminars and USGS scientists Wylie Barrow, Lori Randall, and Chad Case demonstrated the use of Doppler radar including a portable unit for the field. On April 21, the Louisiana black bear was the featured critter at the Bayou Teche Bear Festival in Franklin, LA. USGS along with other federal, state, and local groups had interactive exhibits and presentations to help visitors to learn about the importance of Louisiana’s wetland habitats for this threatened species. (Susan Horton, Lafayette, LA, 337-266-8655)

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