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Science research at National Lakeshore to be presented to public at May 3 event

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Learn about research being conducted at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore by talking with the scientists themselves and joining them for a short time in the field, during the “Indiana Dunes, Science, and You!” event at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center.

The program will feature scientists with Indiana University, the U.S. Geological Survey, Valparaiso University, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, presenting their research and then leading field trips in the National Lakeshore.

Research topics include the impacts of climate change on the endangered Karner blue butterfly, restoration and research on Mt. Baldy and coastal dune systems, and the impacts of logjam modification along the Little Calumet River. Research and restoration of park wetlands will also be highlighted.

One project will showcase the work of students from Valparaiso University, who are studying the effectiveness of different techniques to revegetate unofficial trails in the park. According to Wendy Smith, education coordinator at the Great Lakes Research and Education Center, “This is exciting. These students are not only learning about a resource management issue, they are also learning how to conduct research that will help solve a very real problem that threatens the natural ecosystem in the dunes. Their findings will allow park managers to utilize the most effective technique in the future, not only helping to restore the sand dunes, but also potentially saving the park both time and money.”

The indoor portion of this program will meet at the Visitor Center at 1215 N. Ind. 49.

For a detailed schedule of presentations and field trip locations, contact Wendy Smith at (219) 395-1987 or by e-mail at wendy_w_smith@nps.gov

 

 

Posted 4/18/2014