Gathering will focus on Copper River Delta wetlands

An interdisciplinary examination of the region and identifying future research needs are on the agenda for the 14th Copper River Delta Science Symposium, at the Cordova Center March 27-29, to which all researchers of the delta are invited to participate.

Alaska Sea Grant officials say presentations will focus on the delta as a system covering topics from hydrology and geomorphology to avian nesting ecology and human dimensions.

Thirteen delta research conferences, organized by the U.S. Forest Service and Cordova Ranger District, have been conducted since the early 1970s, with support from the Pacific Northwest Research Station, Ecotrust, Prince William Sound Science Center and Alaska Sea Grant.

The program is still in the planning stages and the keynote speaker has not yet been announced. The $75 registration fee covers continental breakfast, lunch, the opening reception on the evening of March 27, and refreshments.

Sponsors of the 2018 event include the Alaska Sea Grant College Program, Copper River Watershed Project, the U.S. Forest Service Cordova District, and Pacific Northwest Research Station, and the Prince William Sound Science Center.

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