Midwest Region
Conserving the Nature of America

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge Through A Biologist's Eye

October 11, 2011

Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge was established for the protection of migratory birds. It is located along the Mississippi River Flyway, one of the major routes for migrating waterfowl. Key goals of the refuge are to conserve and enhance the quality and diversity of fish and wildlife and their habitats; and to restore floodplain functions in the river corridor.

Jessica Bolser arrived at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in August 2010 upon completing her graduate work at the University of Rhode Island, where she worked on a project aimed at understanding how migrating songbirds use coastal island habitat.

Jessica is excited about her position as refuge biologist and about getting to know the area. During the previous two summers, she worked at the Illinois River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge Complex in Havana, Ill. Originally from Central Illinois, Jessica received her bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and has worked as a seasonal field biologist in a variety of positions throughout the country.

Alex Galt has been a Wildlife Biologist at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge since January 2011 where he coordinates the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in southeastern Iowa and western Illinois.

He received his master's degree in December 2010 from Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kan. and spent two summers conducting his graduate research through a joint effort between FHSU and the USFWS at the Minnesota Private Lands Office in Waite Park, Minn.

This research focused on the effects of various sediment removal and management techniques on bird communities in small restored wetlands in western Minnesota.

Alex grew up in central North Dakota and worked several seasonal wildlife positions prior to receiving his bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Learn more about Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/portlouisa/

View photos at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmidwest/sets/72157627642694813/

Common buckeye butterflies are abundant this year on the Refuge Photo by Jessica Bolser /USFWS.
Common buckeye butterflies are abundant this year on the Refuge
Photo by Jessica Bolser /USFWS.

Last updated: February 12, 2013