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North Central Chapter Events

NCC members have the opportunity to participate in many different local, state, regional and national meetings.

Upcoming Events

World Wetlands Day Facebook Photo Contest

Celebrate World Wetlands Day by participating in the NCC photo contest on Facebook! Here's how to enter:

  • (1) "Like" the NCC Facebook page
    (2) Post a picture on our Facebook page of you wearing your best wetlands field gear and/or wetlands-related t-shirt. Make sure to use hashtag #worldwetlandsday when uploading your photo
    (3) Vote for your favorite photos by "liking" them.

The photo that receives the most "likes" by February 12, 2018, will receive a gift card! Creativity is strongly encouraged! Please post as many pictures as you would like, and encourage your colleagues to post and "like" photos too. Since the winner will be determined by the number of "likes" a photo receives, posting early will give you a better chance of winning. Questions? Contact Jessica Ackerman.

Past Events

2017 North Central Chapter Annual Meeting - Fargo, ND 

The Annual Meeting of the North Central Chapter – SWS will be held October 12–14, 2017 at the Radisson hotel in downtown Fargo. The Radisson provides easy access to all that downtown Fargo has to offer. The meeting will begin on Thursday with a half-day workshop. The workshop will focus on 1) what it takes to obtain your PWS certification and what it means, 2) aspects of wetland delineation and determination, and 3) policy and law considerations. This workshop will be a great opportunity to further your career as a Professional Wetlands Scientist. Thursday will conclude with a catered dinner with two guest speakers at the Radisson.

Day 2, Friday, will be a day filled with research presentations and a poster session. This is your chance to present the results of your work to both students and professionals from across the North Central region. Lunch and breaks will be provided at the Radisson, but for dinner we will all be on our own to explore the many eating opportunities available within easy walking distance of the hotel.

Native American Arts Initiative 
We will celebrate the interaction between Arts and Science, and the intrinsic connections between Native American culture, water and wetlands, by sponsoring a Native American art exhibit. The NCC recognizes the traditional, cultural and spiritual importance of water and wetlands to people around the world, and wishes to better celebrate those connections. We'll kick off the exhibit on October 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor (916 Main Ave, Fargo, North Dakota, ND 58103). The works will be exhibited from Oct 12-31. Learn more.

On Saturday, October 14, we will conclude our meeting with an all-day field trip into Minnesota, where we will explore the beach ridges of Glacial Lake Agassiz, visit the headwaters of the Mississippi at Itasca State Park, and search for carnivorous wetland plants near Bemidji, all at the perfect time of the year to experience the Fall colors of Minnesota on full display. What more could one ask to see or do in a single day?

More information about this event, including abstract submission instructions workshop details, and featured presenters, can be found in the Chapter's 2017 Summer Newsletter. Having a good attendance at this meeting is key to its success, and also to our Chapter’s plans to continue holding these meetings each year, thereby providing our members with unique opportunities to meet, explore new areas and form new contacts with other SWS members throughout the ten-state region, represented by the North Central Chapter.

Register for the NCC Annual Meeting

Meeting Agenda

Thursday, October 12

12:00 – 1:00 Registration

1:00 – 5:00 Wetland Delineation Workshop

  • 1:00 – 1:45 Wetland Law – Federal Perspective (Patricia McQueary)
  • 1:45 – 2:15 Wetland Law – State Perspective (Dr. Christina Hargiss)
  • 2:15 – 2:45 Break with Questions and Discussion (refreshments served)
  • 2:45 – 3:30 Introduction to Wetland Identification and Delineation – [Corp of Engineers Manual – Wetland Hydrology and Wetland Plants] (Dr. Shawn DeKeyser)
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Introduction to Wetland Identification and Delineation – [Field Indicators of Hydric Soils in the United States – Wetland Soils] (Dr. Shawn DeKeyser)
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Professional Wetland Scientist [Why become a Professional Wetland Scientist? The What, How, and Why of the Professional Certification Program] (Dr. Donna Jacob)
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Break with Questions and Discussion

6:00 – 8:00 Welcome Dinner with key-note presentations by Dr. Arnold van der Valk, current President of the Society of Wetland Scientists; and Patricia McQueary, North Dakota State Program Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer

Friday, October 13

8:00 – 8:30     Registration

8:30 – 9:40     NCC Business Meeting

9:40 – 10:00   Break (refreshments served)

10:00 – 12:00 Morning Paper Session

10:10 – 10:30 Greenhouse gas flux and soil carbon in natural, restored and drained prairie-pothole wetlands (Sheel Bansal)

10:30 – 10:50 Comparing ecosystem metabolism of restored and natural prairie wetlands (Lauren E. Bortolotti)

10:50 – 11:10 Restoring a large, freshwater, coastal wetland on the prairies: common carp (Cyprinus carpio) exclusion at Delta Marsh, Manitoba (Dale Wrubleski)

11:10 – 11:30 Change over time at reference condition wetlands in North Dakota (Christina Hargiss)

11:30 – 11:50 Evidence for a climate-induced eco-hydrological state shift in the Prairie Pothole Region of North America (Owen P. McKenna)

12:00 – 1:30   Lunch Buffet with a presentation on publishing in WETLANDS, by WETLANDS Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Marinus Otte

1:30 – 3:00    Afternoon Paper Session #1

  • 1:30 – 1:50 Migration of fishes in a coastal Lake Erie wetland (Nathan D. Stott)
  • 1:50 – 2:10 Landscape genetics reveal possible drought refugia are driving population subdivision of the northern leopard frog in North Dakota (Justin M. Waraniak)
  • 2:10 – 2:30 Beavers: Boreal ecosystem engineers (Carol A. Johnston)
  • 2:30 – 2:50 Evaluation of hypothesized causal relationships linking spatial setting, climate, and biotic interactions to aquatic macroinvertebrate community structure in prairie-pothole wetlands (Kyle I. McLean)
  • 2:50 – 3:00 Break (refreshments served)

3:00 – 4:00   Afternoon Paper Session #2

  • 3:00 – 3:20 A historical analysis of the changes in connectivity and plant cover in Netley-Libau Marsh, Manitoba, Canada: untangling the effects of Lake Winnipeg hydrology and Red River connectivity (Paige Kowal)
  • 3:20 – 3:40 Estimates of water storage capacity and nutrient mitigation potential from newly restored and intact prairie pothole wetlands in western Manitoba, Canada (Bryan Page)
  • 3:40 – 4:00 An approach to valuing urban wetlands using economic, social, environmental, and political factors (Rosalind Russell)

4:00 – 4:55   Poster Session

  • Species composition patterns and soil properties of a fen in Eddy County, ND (Kristine M. Altrichter)
  • Methylmercury production response to wetland creation at Kelly’s Slough National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota (Mark Fisher)
  • Restoration of a former municipal waste site, Chesterton, Indiana (Joy Marburger)
  • Habitat and seasonal preferences of the Gulf Mud Fiddler Crab across Gulf Coast tidal marsh vegetation zones (Gwendolyn A. Murphy)
  • Mapping groundwater seepage in a North Dakota fen using thermal imaging (Ogochukwu Ozotta)
  • Nitrogen and phosphorus removal indicators among patches in a freshwater coastal wetland (Bree Richardson)
  • Ecosystem services of wetlands applied to improve urban green infrastructure in the Fargo Project (Jesse Riley)
  • Assessing the distribution and concentration of neonicotinoids across Minnesota’s prairie pothole region (Nate Williams)
  • Chemical connectivity of prairie-pothole wetlands – some early results (Yuxiang Yuan)

4:55 – 5:00  Presentation of Awards

5:30 – 6:30  Viewing of “Water and Wetlands” Native American Art Exhibit at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor

6:30 – ???    Dinner on own in Fargo

Saturday, October 14

8:00 – 4:00  Field Trip to Agassiz Beach Ridge, Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, and Itasca State Park, with lunch in Park Rapids at the Good Life Café (http://www.thegoodlifecafepr.com/)

End of Meeting.  HAVE A SAFE TRIP HOME!


Student Scholarships and Travel Awards
Looking for a forum to present your research to a friendly audience, gain experience, and build your resume? Our SWS-NCC annual meetings are the place where our members can share their work and focused on giving student members opportunities to become more comfortable with sharing their research.

More information on the workshop, submitting abstracts, registering for the meeting and field trip, room blocks at the hotel, etc., will be coming soon.  Having a good attendance at this meeting is key to its success, and also to our Chapter’s plans to continue holding these meetings each year, thereby providing our members with unique opportunities to meet, explore new areas, and form new contacts with other SWS members throughout the ten-state region represented by the North Central Chapter.

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