Biologist Jason Hoeksema to discuss delta conservation for Hybrid Science Cafe – The Oxford Eagle

Conservation in the Mississippi Delta is the subject of a hybrid Oxford Science Cafe featuring a University of Mississippi biology professor who is investigating ways to balance the need for farmland with the benefits of maintaining the habitats of areas wet.

The program will be held in person on Tuesday, April 19 at Heartbreak Coffee, 265 North Lamar Ave., Suite G, and hosted on Zoom beginning at 6 p.m. Ole Miss Biologist Jason Hoeksema plans to discuss “Science and Conservation for Birds and Humans Working Lands in the Mississippi Delta.

“The Mississippi Delta was historically a vast wetland, covered in flooded forests, swamps and oxbow lakes,” Hoeksema said. “These wetland habitats have provided essential ecosystem services, including flood control and wildlife habitat.

“Today most of these wetlands have been drained or diverted for agriculture, which provides food and is a key economic base in our region.”

Questions to be addressed during Hoeksema’s 40-minute conference/webcast include whether we can conserve and restore wetland ecosystem services while maintaining sustainable agricultural production.

“Delta Wind Birds is an Oxford-based not-for-profit conservation association working to conserve existing wetlands and, in particular, to create temporary wetlands on private land in the Delta, including agricultural farms “, said Hoeksema. “Scientists from the University of Mississippi, USDA-ARS and Mississippi State University are partnering with DWB to study how these temporary wetlands can benefit migratory waterbirds, conserve soils , reduce downstream nutrient pollution and improve crop yields.”

To view the program online, visit https://olemiss.zoom.us/j/99989536748. A link to the recorded lecture will be posted later at https://www.phy.olemiss.edu/oxfordsciencecafe/.

For more information on the Oxford Science Cafe program, visit https://www.phy.olemiss.edu/oxfordsciencecafe/.

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