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From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, July 12, 2012  

Departmental/Bureau News – Current

  • ULL Architecture Students Visit NWRC: Students from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette School of Architecture and Design (SOAD) visited the USGS National Wetlands Research Center and the adjacent Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center on July 6, to study the buildings’ architectural design. Professor Hector LaSala accompanied the students on a tour of the facilities led by NWRC Sr. Librarian Linda Broussard. Both buildings were designed by the same architectural firm and are located in ULL's research park. SOAD is actively involved in developing relationships with the community and faculty and students are frequent visitors to the science center. (Linda Broussard; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8692)

  • Coastal Louisiana Avian Research: On July 12, USGS NWRC Director Phil Turnipseed participated in a conference call with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) State Biologist Director Mike Carloss to discuss 2012-13 collaborative efforts in avian research. The NWRC, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the LDWF are initiating a monitoring survey of piping plover, a threatened and endangered species. Scientists will survey piping plover population response to the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force beach nourishment work on Whiskey Island. Barrier islands along the Louisiana coast are part of the critical wintering habitat of several shorebirds of conservation concern. (D. Phil Turnipseed; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8501)

  • Math/Science Partnership Program: Forty 3rd and 4th grade teachers from Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, participating in the Calcasieu Math/Science Partnership Program will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on July 13. The teachers will view a presentation on Louisiana’s coastal wetlands and tour the facilities to learn about research being conducted at the science center. Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

  • Brownie Troop Visits NWRC: Members of Brownie Troop #400 of Lafayette, Louisiana, will visit the USGS National Wetlands Research Center on July 16. The girls will learn about invasive species, such as nutria, and receive a tour of the center. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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