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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, February 3, 2011  

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

  • NWRC Librarian Participates in SWAP Coordinators Meeting:  USGS National Wetlands Research Center Librarian Cassie Thibodeaux represented the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) at the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) Coordinators Meeting in New Orleans January 26 – 28, 2011, hosted by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Thibodeaux demonstrated a database developed by the NBII that allows state coordinators to review and compare Species of Greatest Conservation Need identified in the congressionally-mandated SWAPs. Data compiled by the NBII is being used in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's prototype tool, Wildlife TRACS (Tracking and Reporting Actions for Conservation of Species) system.  Among other objectives, Wildlife TRACS is designed to foster landscape-level collaborative conservation efforts. The NBII species database is of value to the USFWS because its platform allows integration of content and leverages interagency resources. (Cassie Thibodeaux; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8505)

  • NWRC Meets with Program Manager and Acting Chairman of the Delta Alliance: On January 31, 2011, Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director), Thomas Doyle (NWRC Wetlands and Forest Ecosystems Branch Chief)  and Scott Wilson (NWRC Spatial Analysis Branch Chief) hosted Kees Slingerland (Acting Chairman, Delta Alliance), Wim van Driel (Program Manager, Delta Alliance) and Robert Twilley (University of Louisiana Vice-President for Research and Gulf Alliance Representative for the Mississippi River Delta Wing) to discuss NWRC collaborative opportunities between the Gulf Alliance and DRAGON in studying ecosystems throughout the world. The NWRC has tentatively agreed to write a letter in support of the Gulf Alliance and will work to construct a USGS presence at the Gulf-Alliance Conference in Jakarta planned for November 2011. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Attends Caddo Lake Institute "World Wetlands Day in Jefferson, Tex.": Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director), Larry Allain (USGS NWRC Botanist) and Dr. Thomas Doyle (NWRC Wetlands Ecology Branch Chief) attended the Caddo Lake Institute "World Wetlands Day" in Jefferson, Tex., on February 2, 2011. Several stakeholders were in attendance including representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Caddo Lake Initiative, the USGS Texas Water Science Center, and many others. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • NWRC Hosts Job Shadowers on World Wetlands Day: Two eighth grade job shadowers from Edgar Martin Elementary and Milton Middle School spent the day learning about a variety of science projects at the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on February 2, 2011. They learned about geographic information systems with Dayna Price and Adrienne Garber; bird habitat remote sensing with Mark Parr and Nicholas Enwright; carbon dynamics in tidal forests with Camille Stagg; laboratory analysis with John McCoy; the salamander tagging experiment with Brad Glorioso; and the greenhouses and dendrology lab with Richard Day. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • NWRC Participates in GOMA Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Spatial Analysis Branch Chief Scott Wilson and contractor Kathryn Spear will participate in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Ecosystems Integration and Assessment Priority Issue Team meeting February 2 – 4, 2011, in New Orleans, La. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is a partnership of state, federal, and local partners intent on significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico. (Scott Wilson; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8644)

  • NWRC Meets with Management Staff of the USFWS Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge:  On February 3, 2011, Phil Turnipseed (USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director), Larry Allain (USGS NWRC Botanist),  and Tom Doyle (NWRC Wetlands Ecology Branch Chief) will meet with Mark Williams, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manager of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, and his staff to discuss an upcoming Floral Taxonomy project being led by NWRC Botanist Larry Allain. (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8601)

  • NWRC to undergo Information Technology Assessment: David McCormack (USGS South Central Area IT Liaison) will travel to the USGS National Wetlands Research Center from February 8 – 10, 2011, to perform an Information Technology assessment of the NWRC.  The assessment will include interviewing NWRC IT staff and management, assessing current IT services, and utilization of resources and budgeting.  This assessment will help the NWRC meet IT needs in the future.  (Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

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

  • Conserving Louisiana’s wetlands vital to state’s future (The Eunice News; Eunice, La.; January 29, 2011) “Louisiana is losing an average of 34 square miles per year, Gabrielle Bodin of the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette told Eunice Rotarians last month.” (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • USGS National Wetlands Research Center Research Wildlife Biologist Wylie Barrow was contacted in January by freelance writer Wendee Holtcamp about his radar ornithology project for an article she is writing for the new science magazine, Miller-McCune.

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