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Aaron Wagoner won second place at the North Carolina Academy of Sciences meeting for his poster on the wetlands biodiversity monitoring

At NCAS, he presented the preliminary data that he collected on bats, frogs, and mammals, prior to the wetlands installation on the UNCG campus.  Wetlands are one of the most productive ecosystems in the world and rival rainforest in productivity. Over the past few centuries, many wetlands have been drained and converted into land for other usage. However, many different species rely on the habitat that wetlands provide. Amphibians such as frogs use wetlands for breeding and foraging. Bats utilize the wetlands for the abundance of food sources available, as well as a potential water source for drinking. It is important to monitor wetlands because they provide a unique habitat for various species such as bats and amphibians which are declining due to disease and habitat loss.