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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org