The Current Webinar 38: Wetland Values for Water Management focused on the varied issues surrounding wetland water, soil, and species across the North Central Region. Extension professionals and water science experts offered unique perspectives and research highlighting key areas of importance in wetland water management, specifically looking at the effects agriculture and invasive species have on these resources.
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Want more? Here are a few more details on our featured speakers and their presentations. You can also watch the full webinar recording on the Network’s YouTube Channel.
Larry Cihacek, Professor of Soil Science, North Dakota State University: Biogeochemical differences in disturbed and undisturbed wetlands of the Prairie Pothole Region
Larry Cihacek presented on the biogeochemical differences between disturbed and undisturbed wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota. Cihacek explained his team’s methods of sampling, which included taking six core samples from disturbed wetlands and six core samples from undisturbed wetlands. In each of the twelve wetlands, researchers took seven samples, five for analysis and two for the profile description. Cihacek also explained his analysis methods and data processing.
Dr. Jake Kerby, Associate Professor of Biology, University of South Dakota: Investigating the impacts of agricultural tile drainage systems on wetland flora and fauna
Dr. Kerby’s presentation offered a brief look at the effects agricultural tile drainage systems on wetland flora and fauna. Kerby explained how tile drainage systems work and how his research compares wetlands affected by tiled drainage to surface drained wetlands and reference wetlands using the South Dakota Wetland Rapid Assessment Protocol (WRAP).
Michael Monfils, Conservation Scientist, Michigan State University: Ongoing Research to Inform the Conservation of Wetland Birds in the Great Lakes Region
Michael Monfils’ presentation showcased the plethora of research being conducted to help bridge the knowledge gap on marsh birds, who are one of the most under-studied bird species. These studies include:
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