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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, March 27, 2014

Departmental/Bureau News - Current

New Online Tracking Map Enables Researchers and the Public to Track Paddlefish: The USGS NWRC Advanced Applications Team has created an interactive online tracking map that will allow researchers, participating schools, and the public to track 22 of 47 American paddlefish which were released into the Caddo Lake watershed on March 5 by the Caddo Lake Institute (CLI) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Each paddlefish sports a surgically implanted radio transmitter with a unique signal that enables it to be “tracked.” CLI staff feed the FWS data into the web mapping interface which allows users to see the movements of the fish that are named by school children from participating schools. The multi-year, multi-partnership experiment is being led by the CLI. The American paddlefish has inhabited Caddo Lake and its watershed as well as other rivers and bayous of the Mississippi River Basin for over 300 million years, since before the time of dinosaurs. Paddlefish are now rarely found in any rivers in Texas. The project is one of many aspects of a larger effort to protect and enhance flows in the Caddo Lake watershed, and, thus, into Caddo Lake. Caddo Lake, located on the border of northeast Texas and northwest Louisiana, includes one of the best examples in the southern United States of a mature bald cypress forest. Caddo Lake was designated as “Wetlands of International Importance" under the Ramsar Convention, an international treaty created in 1971.  (Christina Hunnicutt; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8844)

Australian Agricultural Leaders Learn about NWRC Science: Agricultural leaders participating in a Vocational Training Team from Australia as part of a Rotary International exchange toured the USGS NWRC on March 24 to learn more about the center’s research. Visitors learned about wetland issues in Louisiana as well as research that relates to agricultural interests. They discussed apple snails with Ecologist Jacoby Carter and Five Rivers Services contractor Seth Claybaker, mapping with Geographer Jason Dugas, feral hog tracking with Steve Hartley, and land change in Louisiana with Information Specialist Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin. (Gabrielle Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Wetlands Exhibit on Display at LSU Hill Memorial Library: USGS NWRC staff and contractors have installed a traveling exhibit on behalf of the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections housed in the historic LSU Hill Memorial Library. The exhibition, “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance,” will be on display from March 31 to August 30 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The exhibition features oral histories, photographs, and original art depicting individuals who work, live, and play in Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Five Rivers Services contractors Cole Ruckstuhl and Susan Testroet-Bergeron and NWRC intern Josh Coen helped to deliver the exhibit. Five Rivers Services contractor Kathy Ladner, working with other CWPPRA outreach staff, developed an interactive kiosk to accompany the exhibit. (Susan Testroet-Bergeron; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8623)

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