Wetlands Ecology Class - Amazing Resource

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  1. nick b

    nick b Senior Refuge Member

    May 17, 2015
    Hi, all - I want to share a resource that I have been listening to lately. Dr. Matthew Gray at Univ. of Tennessee - Knoxville recorded his lectures for a Wetlands Ecology/Management class and it is available to listen to as a podcast. Here is the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/advanced-wetland-ecology/id452253018?mt=2

    Additionally, the course syllabus contains a true gold mine of wetland and moist soil management handbooks and primary sources: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/wfs560/560home.htm

    I hope to be a part-time duck farmer someday in the future and the insights provided have been invaluable, and I have learned a lot about waterfowl behavior and characteristics of wetlands that will benefit me in the immediate future.
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  2. Clayton

    Clayton Moderator Moderator

    Mar 11, 2000
    west, Tennessee
    Good post to start a Sticky of Management Resources.
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  3. nick b

    nick b Senior Refuge Member

    May 17, 2015
    9/5/18: In case the link ever goes down or gets broken, here is the page copied and pasted. I am lightly editing the content to remove some of the grading information, the personal contact information of the professors and small details that aren't important to forum users.

    Instructors: Dr. Matthew J. Gray and Dr. Heath Hagy

    Course Goal: To develop an understanding of wetland delineation and classification, wetland communities and processes, human impacts on wetlands, wetland restoration and construction, and the management of wildlife communities in wetlands.

    Required Text: Wetlands, 2000, 3rd edition, Wiley (www.wiley.com, ISBN 047129232X) or

    Wetlands, 2007, 4th edition, Wiley (ISBN 0471699675)

    William J. Mitsch and James C. Gosselink

    Optional Text: Rivers under Siege, UT Press (http://utpress.org/, ISBN 1572334908) Jim W. Johnson

    Wetland Management Assignment

    Wetland Mapping Assignment

    (Data Sheets for Wetland Mapping Assignment)

    Full Syllabus

    Teaching Resources:


    EXAM #1: After Here!
    •Wetland Values Chap 16 (571–591)
    •What are Wetlands? Chap 2, Chap 6 (155–164, Hydric Soils), Chap 21 (754–758)

    NRCS Keys to Soil Taxonomy (Chaps 1 – 2)
    •Wetland Regulations Chap 18

    USACE Wetland Delineation Manual (1–34)

    Regulatory Guidance Letter 90-7 (Normal Circumstances)

    SWANCC Decision (Geographically isolated wetlands)

    Rapanos Decision (Non-navigable Tributaries, Guidance Memo)

    Significant Nexus (Leibowitz et al. 2008)

    Clean Water Restoration Act of 2007 (Bills H.R. 2421 and S. 1870)

    •Wetland Classification Chap 21 (737–744)

    USFWS (Cowardin) Classification System (9–44)

    •Wetland Mapping National Wetlands Inventory Strategic Plan (Draft Plan: 2011 – 2015)

    Cowardin Mapping Codes

    Wetlands Mapper

    •HGM Classification USACE Hydrogeomorphic Classification (Brinson 1993, Chaps 1-3)

    •Wetland Bioassessment Comparison of Rapid Assessment Methods for Wetlands (Fennessy et al. 2007)

    EXAM #2: After Here!

    •Wetland Hydrology Chap 5

    Snow Goose Herbivory (Example of Biotic Feedback)

    •Shorebird Biology Shorebird Management Manual (Helmers 1992)

    Required: Chapters 1 and 2

    •Wood duck Biology Population Status (Davis 2005)

    Wood Duck Brood Ecology (Davis et al. 2002)

    New Nest Boxes (Stephens et al. 1998)
    •Moist-soil Management Chap 17 (625–638)

    NWRC Waterfowl Habitat Management Handbook 13.4.6

    NWRC Waterfowl Habitat Management Handbook 13.2.1

    Waterfowl Habitat Management Handbook for the Lower MS River Valley

    Manipulating Wetlands in Autumn (Gray et al. 1999a)

    Hemi-marsh Concept on the Wintering Grounds (Smith et al. 2004)

    Food Preference Paradigm (Callicutt et al. 2011)

    •Agriculture Management Body Mass and Agricultural Grains (Loesch and Kaminski 1989)

    Waste Rice for Waterfowl (Stafford et al. 2005)

    Available Food in Tennessee Croplands (Foster et al. 2010)

    Waste Corn for Waterfowl and Sandhill Cranes (Sherfy et al. 2011)

    •GTR Management Greentree Reservoir Handbook (Fredrickson and Batema 1992)

    Required: Chapters 1,2,5,6, and 8

    GTR Flooding and Seedling Survival (Gray and Kaminski 2005)

    GTR Flooding and Tree Composition (Young et al. 1993)

    Acorn Selection by Wood Ducks (Barras et al. 1996)

    Bottomland Duck Microhabitats (Kaminski et al. 1993)

    •Duck energy-days North American Waterfowl Management Plan (read website)

    Current DEDs for LMAV (Reinecke and Kaminski 2005)

    TME for Acorns & Other Foods (Kaminski et al. 2003)

    New Method to Predict Seed Yield (Gray et al. 1999b)

    Scanning Technologies to Predict Seed Yield (Gray et al. 2009)

    EXAM #3: After Here!

    •Wetland Loss & Impacts Chap 4 (71–89), Chap 13 (419–430), Chap 17 (611–625)

    Global Warming and Prairie Wetlands (Johnson et al. 2005)

    •TN Wetland Degradation Rivers Under Siege: Chaps 1, 2 and 4 (Book available in library and bookstore)

    Hatchie River Shoals and Valley Plugs (Diehl 2000)

    •Nutrient Cycling Chap 6 (165–187)

    •Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM)

    Five videos:

    (1) Why AHM?

    (2) Benefits of AHM

    (3) Making Sense of the Black Box

    (4) Hunters’ Role in AHM

    (5) Future of Waterfowl Management

    •Treatment Wetlands Wetland Nutrient Removal (Fisher and Acreman 2004)

    Wildlife Use of Treatment Wetlands (Knight 1997
    Supplemental Resources

    USACE Wetland Delineation Form

    USACE ENG Form 4345 (Application for Section 404 Permit)

    USACE Notes on EF-4345 Drawings (Necessary Maps for Application)

    Nationwide Permits (wildlife management)

    TDEC Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (Application for State Section 401 Permit)

    TN Hydric Soils List

    NRCS Field Indicators of Hydric Soils

    USFWS National Hydrophyte List (1996)

    USFWS Wetland Status and Trends (2006)

    Management of Seasonally Flooded Impoundments (Fredrickson and Taylor 1982)

    USFWS Moist-soil Management Guidelines (Strader and Stinson 2005)

    Bottomland Hardwood Guidebook: GTRs (King and Fredrickson 1998)

    North American Waterfowl Management Plan (2004 Update)


    EXAM #1:

    Wetland Values” (PDF)

    What is a Jurisdictional Wetland?” (PDF)

    USFWS Wetland Classification” (PDF)

    Identification of Common Hydrophytes in the Southeast” (PDF)

    Wetland Mapping” (PDF)

    Hydrogeomorphic Classification of Wetlands” (PDF, Dr. Heath Hagy)

    Wetland Bioassessment” (PDF, Dr. Bill Sutton, UT)

    EXAM #2:

    Wetland Hydrology” (PDF, Dr. Carol Harden, UT)

    Tennessee Shorebird Identification” (PDF, Katie Percy)

    Waterfowl Identification” (PDF, Dr. Heath Hagy)

    Anatinae Wing Identification” (PDF, Dr. Heath Hagy)

    Waterfowl and Wing ID” (PDF, Dr. Heath Hagy, version delivered in class)

    Shorebird Management” (PDF, John Laux, Nebraska Game and Parks, podcast)

    Moist-soil Management” (PDF, Drs. Matt Gray and Heath Hagy)

    Wetland Management Assignment” (PDF, Matt Gray)

    Duck energy-days” (PDF, Dr. Matt Gray)

    Green-tree Reservoir Management” (PDF, Dr. Matt Gray, podcast)

    Bottomland Management” (PDF, Dr. Heath Hagy)

    Vernal Pool Ecology” (PDF, Dr. Katie Edwards, UT)

    EXAM #3:

    Wetland Losses and Human Impacts” (PDF, Dr. Matt Gray, podcast)

    Western Tennessee Wetland Degradation” (PDF, Sonja Oswalt, USFS)

    Federal Wetland Conservation Programs” (PDF, Mike Zeman, NRCS)

    Waterfowl Hunting and Regulations” (PDF, Tim White, TWRA)

    Chemical Transformations” (PDF, Dr. Matt Gray, podcast)

    “Wetland Restoration I” (PDF, Tom Biebighauser, USFS)

    “Wetland Restoration II” (PDF, Tom Biebighauser, USFS)

    Treatment Wetlands” (PDF, Dr. Andrea Ludwig, UT)


    1. iTunes Instructions: (you must first download iTunes to Listen to Podcasts)

    1) Go to http://itunesu.utk.edu

    2) Click on "Download iTunes & Quick Time"

    3) Click on “Download iTunes Free”

    4) Save iTunes to your hard drive and install.

    2. Link to iTunes to Listen to Podcasts: Launch Podcast in iTunes U


    Sites Referenced in Class

    USFWS Hydrophyte List (hydrophyte classification of plants)

    NRCS National Climate Center (growing season duration)

    USACE Regulations and Permitting (Nashville District)

    Overturn of the Tulloch Rule (incidental fallback)

    USFWS National Wetlands Inventory

    USFWS and USGS Wetlands Mapper (digital wetlands data)

    USDA Web Soil Survey (digital soils maps)

    TDEC Division of Water Pollution Control (state wetland permitting)

    USGS Wetland Hydrology Site

    USGS Surface and Groundwater Data (stream gage data)

    USGS National Wetland Research Center

    Louisiana Coastal Wetland Loss

    Hurricanes Katrina & Rita

    TDEC Scenic Rivers Program

    TNC Hatchie River Conservation

    NWRC Waterfowl Management Site

    Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants

    North American Waterfowl Management Plan

    Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM)

    U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan

    Division of Migratory Bird Management

    Adaptive Harvest Management (USFWS)

    Adaptive Harvest Management (videos)

    Wetland Conservation Programs

    Wetland Reserve Program WRP Brochure Tennessee WRP Website

    Tennessee Partners Project TPP Brochure

    Conservation Reserve Program (CP22: Forested Riparian Buffer Practice) Iowa Brochure

    Wetland Conservation and Professionals

    Society of Wetland Scientists

    RAMSAR Convention on Wetlands

    Ducks Unlimited

    Field Resources:


    Vascular Plant Identification and Taxonomy: http://tenn.bio.utk.edu/vascular/vascular.html

    USDA Plant National Database: http://plants.usda.gov/wetland.html

    Waterfowl Identification: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/tools/duckdist/duckdist.htm

    Waterfowl Wing Identification: http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/duckplum/index.htm

    Previous Course Websites:

    2005: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/wfs560/560home2005.htm

    2007: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/mgray/wfs560/560home2007.htm
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2018
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  4. Clayton

    Clayton Moderator Moderator

    Mar 11, 2000
    west, Tennessee
    Thank you for taking the time to add all of those great links.

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