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About This Micro-Credential

Intermediate Egret or Plumed Egret in wetlands Thale Noi, one of the country's largest wetlands covering

Wetlands are a critical part of our ecosystem, abating flooding and regulating waterways. The Wetlands Management micro-credential will teach students how to identify wetland plants, as well as ways to delineate wetlands thorough investigation of critical areas. This micro-credential is a specific effort of the NKU Research and Education Field Station (REFS).

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Skills You Will Gain

Wetlands Management

Environmental Management


Wetland Surveying


GPS Measurement





Environmental Permits and Authorizations

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn species identification from live and preserved specimens.
  • Learn field techniques in flagging, mapping, and establishing wetlands boundaries; survey techniques using a Trimble® differential GPS; and how to identify hydrology and hydric soil indicators.
  • Learn standard site survey and habitat quality evaluations (elective option).
  • Learn both long-term trap station and rapid assessment methods of monitoring amphibians; amphibian species identification from live and preserved specimens and from anuran vocalization; anuran species reproductive phenology assessment using a Kaleidoscope audiospectrogram program with digital sound files (elective option).
  • Learn to field-identify invasive species and how to properly control and eradicate invasive species for habitat management (elective option).
  • Learn mitigation planning and design, aquatic and wetlands permitting, and field techniques in habitat restoration (elective option).

Required Courses

  • Wetland Plant Identification
  • Wetland Delineation
  • One elective

Offered in face-to-face format at the NKU Research and Education Field Station (REFS). Visit the REFS website to learn more about the required courses and the instructors. Registration for these courses is through the REFS site.


Dr. Richard Durtsche
Dr. Richard Durtsche
Wetlands Management, First semester offered: Spring 2019


Northern Kentucky University
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