Prof. Young Choi’s Restoration Project Has Improved Habitats for Plants and Wildlife at Wolf Lake Shoreline

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In partnership with AWLI and the City of Hammond, Prof. Young Choi and his research team, Eric Bird, Jazmin Garcia, Samantha Kinsman, Rachel Shmagranoff, Emily Smith and Rebecca Tiemens, at Purdue University Calumet, recently completed a two year $6.9 million restoration of the Wolf Lake shoreline. Before the restoration, the land was dominated by exotic plants such as purple loosestrife, Kentucky bluegrass, white sweet clover and phragmites (European reed). Native species now dominate the land and shoreline, with little bluestem grass and three-square bulrush being the most numerous. Great bulrush and pond lily are also common. The number of birds spotted nearly doubled after the shoreline restoration. Among the most numerous birds identified in both the new and old studies were the red-winged blackbird, mallard duck, Canada goose, mute swan and ring-billed gull. The restored islands and shorelines attracted the spotted sandpiper and it became the 8th most numerous bird in the recent study. “In addition,” Choi said, “Wolf Lake appeared to be a stop-over habitat for migratory birds, as at lease 34 species were spotted only during the migration seasons.”

Diana Young, Biology Lab Operation Coordinator, Receives 2014 The Going The Extra Mile With A Smile Award

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Diana was nominated by Prof. W. T. Evert Ting, Prof. RadmilaSarac, and Prof. Feng-Song Wang for the 2014 The Going The Extra Mile With A Smile Award.  This award recognizes clerical, service and administrative professional support staff within Academic Affairs who have exhibited exemplary customer service and have gone beyond the expected to provide noteworthy…
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Indiana Wildlife Federation Scholarship

Charles Holt Scholarship offered by Indiana Wildlife Federation Endowment Applications   are being  accepted  through  July  15,2014, for the annual  Indiana  Wildlife  Federation Endowment   $1,000 scholarship.    Applicants  must be Indiana  residents,  and accepted  for study or already  enrolled  for the Fall 2014 semester  as a full-time undergraduate   as a sophomore  or above  in an accredited  college…
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