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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, August 5, 2010  

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  • 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. NWRC continues to provide on-site geospatial support to the Venice Operational Center. Work is continuing on delineated high-resolution land/water information for LA SCAT team / La Oil Spill Office. (Clint Jeske; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8652)

    Other oil spill-related activity:

    • Researchers continue to work with NRDA trustees on different protocols and work plans. A proposal for mapping seagrass beds in the Gulf is being developed through the aerial imagery work group. The aerial imagery working group is soliciting imagery needs from other working groups to consolidate flights for imagery acquisition.

    • The Shoreline Working Group's call was a follow-up for rapid mapping protocols for Louisiana marshes. Chris Wells provided suggestions of using videography from an airboat combined with site sampling. Wells is working to develop a protocol and demonstration of methodology for the working group. Wells also participated in a discussion with NOAA personnel interested in mapping shoreline vegetation changes pre- and post-spill. They have imagery from prior to the oil spill and are collecting imagery currently to document changes.

    • Data analysis of the secretive marsh bird call-back surveys is being initiated. The helicopter survey task of the Secretive Marsh Bird Work Plan is awaiting final signatures and fund transfers. Plans are to initiate surveys within 10 days with Clint Jeske being an observer.

    • Clint Jeske participated in a conference call with Louisiana Trustees to comment on bird work plans being developed and to start identifying Tier II studies, discussed aspects of the raptor work plan with FWS personnel, and started development of SOP's for the helicopter surveys of secretive marsh birds. BP provided a draft Secretive Marsh Bird Density Stipulation based upon densities reported in the literature.

    • Clint Jeske will be the local lead for shorebird surveying teams being hired by Manomet Bird Observatory to survey migrating shorebirds. Jeske will assist with identifying initial sampling sites and with coordinating logistics for sampling teams. Jeske will serve as an observer on the aerial shorebird surveys.

  • NWRC Scientist Presents Research and Seminars in Indonesia and Singapore: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Ken Krauss recently attended the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation meeting in Bali, Indonesia, where he was invited to present his research on the susceptibility of Pacific island mangroves to sea level rise. The following week, he presented two seminars at the National University of Singapore on mangroves and tidal freshwater forested wetlands, and spent the remainder of the week working with professors and post-docs on mangrove research plans for expansion to Asia, specifically Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. (Ken W. Krauss; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8882)

  • Lafayette Students To Visit NWRC: Approximately 40 10 – 17 year olds from Maison de Mere, the Children’s Shelter, and the Acadiana Shelter for Girls in Lafayette, La., will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on August 6, 2010. The children will view a presentation on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and tour the center to learn about NWRC science. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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