The following can be attributed to Dr. Joseph Savoie, University of Louisiana at Lafayette president.
An exhibit featuring materials from the USGS National Wetlands Research Center is currently on display on the first floor of UL Lafayette’s Dupré Library.
In addition to science, the exhibit covers ecotourism, recreation, careers, art, and education. One case highlights the tools and processes used to create maps. It begins with the survey equipment used in the field, includes photos that are taken, shows the stereoscope used while drawing the maps, the blue-line drawing, and finally, the computer-generated full-color prints.
Another case highlights educational materials. These include lesson plans, posters, CDs, videos, and coloring books that can be used by both informal and formal environmental educators and students.
“ I tried to incorporate as many facets as space would allow so that people would realize that there may be more to wetlands than they originally thought,” exhibit coordinator Linda Broussard said. “I wanted to demonstrate that students from almost every college in the university can qualify for jobs involving wetlands.”
Wetlands Research Center staff who assisted with the exhibit include Cassie Thibodeaux, John Breaux, Heidi Hitter, Susan Horton, Chris Wells, Kelly Mouton, and Judith Haydel.
The wetlands exhibit is free and open to the public. It will run through the end of August.
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