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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 15, 2010  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Response to the BP Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: The staff of the USGS National Wetlands Research Center is assisting with response to the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The USGS Science Response Vehicle (SRV) has returned to Lafayette, La., from the Venice, La., Operations Center as geospatial support has moved into portable buildings. USGS still provides the equipment and staff to support the Venice Incident Command/Coast Guard. Work is continuing on delineated high-resolution land/water information for LA SCAT team / La Oil Spill Office. Final Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) marsh bird surveys were completed. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

    Other oil spill-related activity:

    • USGS researchers are re-visiting past marsh bird transects to sample for additional crab burrow densities. On July 14, they will sample at Marsh Island, La.  Later in the week they will sample on Sabine National Wildlife Refuge. Sampling is part of the NRDA effort.  (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • NWRC Participates in ULL Upward Bound Career Day: USGS National Wetlands Research Center contractor Gabrielle Bodin spoke to approximately 50 high school students participating in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Upward Bound Career Day about careers in communications on July 12, 2010. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Alice Boucher Elementary Teachers Visit NWRC: Approximately 50 teachers from Alice Boucher Elementary in Lafayette, La., toured the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on July 13, 2010, to learn about research being conducted and about educational opportunities available at the center. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Press Inquiries/Media - Newspapers/magazines/wires, etc.

  • Photographer Brad Kemp of the Daily Advertiser (Lafayette, La.) contacted USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Tommy Michot on July 2, 2010, requesting to accompany Michot on one of his research trips related to the oil spill. The request is under consideration. (Thomas Michot; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8664)

  • Reporter Cameron Strandberg of the Fitzhugh Newspaper (Jasper, Alberta, Canada) contacted USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Clint Jeske on July 9, 2010, to inquire about the effects of the oil spill on autumn migratory birds from the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Jeske is in the process of providing answers. (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

Press Inquiries/Media - Online

  • Black bears may escape Gulf oil contamination, experts hope (NatGeo News Watch; July 8, 2010) “A bear crossing a spoil bank. ‘These banks crisscross the coastal habitat and are important travel corridors for the bears,’ says Maria Davidson, Large Carnivore Program Manager, Louisiana Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries. Photo by Thomas C. Michot, USGS-National Wetlands Research Center, Lafayette, Louisiana, 1996” (Thomas Michot; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8664) Black bears may escape Gulf oil contamination, experts hope - NatGeo News Watch

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