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MEMORANDUM

From: Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin
Subject: Weekly Highlights, USGS National Wetlands Research Center, April 10, 2014

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Seminar on the Influences Affecting Nesting Success of Reintroduced Whooping Cranes: The USGS National Wetlands Research Center arranged for International Crane Foundation Director of Field Ecology Jeb Barzen to present a seminar titled, “Influences on nest success in a reintroduced population of whooping cranes” on April 14 at the NOAA Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center. Barzen discussed the background of the reintroduction program as well as his research on the influences affecting nesting success. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

Invited Talks and Field Techniques Workshop on Ecosystem Management, Dumlupinar University, Turkey: USGS National Wetlands Research Center scientist Beth Middleton gave lectures and field demonstrations on ecosystem management techniques as part of a European Union Erasmus Programme (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) which took place April 14 – 18 at Dumlupinar University in Kutahya, Turkey. As part of a larger group of lecturers, she demonstrated Surface Elevation Table (SET) technology techniques in field sites, and delivered lectures on the study of elevation change, hydrograph construction, and decomposition for ecosystem research. (Beth Middleton; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8618)

2014 Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Management Board Spring Meeting: USGS National Wetlands Research Center Director Phil Turnipseed will participate in a meeting of the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture Management Board on May 14 – 16 in the Caddo Lake Region of Northwest Louisiana and Northeast Texas. Turnipseed has been a board member since 2011. The Board will discuss the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) 2014 grant funds. The group will shape $1M in NAWCA monies for wetland conservation in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley associated with the management of avian species. Most of the restoration projects in the LMV involve a combination of reforestation to bottomland hardwoods and water control capabilities that permit precise water level management for wintering waterfowl. Once projects are completed, specific management plans are developed to maintain wetland management units at maximum production. Program personnel work extensively with regional biologists and specialists in implementing and evaluating wetland management practices in Wildlife Management Areas. The NAWCA of 1989 provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. (Gabrielle Boudreaux Bodin; Lafayette, La.; 337-266-8655)

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