Upcoming Events

Orleans Audubon Monthly Programs

The Orleans Audubon Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month from September through May. Meetings held at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist are free and open to the public. Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124, is located in Lakeview, on the southwest corner of Fleur de Lis Drive and 38th Street.

OAS-Crescent Bird Club Joint Spring Banquet

Program: Birding Adventures beyond Our Wildest Dreams
Speakers: Jennifer Coulson and David Muth
Date: Tuesday, May 15
Times: Cash bar 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:00 p.m. and program at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Augie’s, 6005 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, LA 70123

Harpy Eagle
Jennifer and David spin a yarn about their most recent birding adventure to Panama with Tom Coulson and Christie Riehl. Exploring the Darién Gap in a dugout canoe, they experienced the true meaning of rain forest in a 6 hour torrential downpour. Christie’s rubber boots came in handy for bailing water but were not much help when a canopy tree fell across the river blocking their return route. R.I.P. to Jennifer’s and David’s cameras. They still managed to see 309 species of birds, which included 5 species of puffbirds and the Gray-cheeked Nunlet, Capped and Cocoi Herons, Golden-headed Manakins, Black Oropendolas, Spot-breasted Woodpecker, Golden-green Woodpecker, Black Antshrike, Chocó Sirystes, Spectacled Parrotlet, Black-capped Donacobius and Slate-colored Grosbeak. In Altos del Maria they encountered an enormous, mixed species flock with a Spotted Barbtail, many Silver-throated Tanagers and a few Emerald Tanagers among them. It was an unprecedented trip for raptors—some highlights were glimpses of the extremely rare Crested Eagle, and great looks at Harpy Eagle, Black-and-white Hawk-Eagles, Red-throated Caracaras, and a Yellow-headed Caracara gleaning ticks from a cow.

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Cost: $25.00/person if received by May 10th or $30.00/person if by May 13th. No reservations accepted after May 13TH. Mail with check payable to Orleans Audubon Society to: Mary Joe Krieger, 3623 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125 Phone: 504-866-3396 maryjkrieger@gmail.com
Include names of people attending the Banquet; Entrée Choice #1 Catfish Pecan, #2 Veal Parmesan, or #3 Chicken St. John. All come with salad, bread pudding and iced tea.

Orleans Audubon Monthly Birding Trips

Birding trips are co-hosted by Orleans Audubon and the Crescent Bird Club. All are welcome. Bring binoculars and drinking water, wear hiking shoes or boots. A hat, sun screen, other protection from the elements and insect repellent are advisable. Call the trip leader if you have questions.

Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Boy Scout Road parking lot. Take Hwy 190 2.7 miles east of Lacombe to Transmitter Rd; turn toward Lake Pontchartrain and drive to T-junction; turn right and go to the second parking lot on the left.
Leaders: Holly Morales, cell: 985-264-4406

Bonnet Carre Spillway (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Norco Boat Launch. Take I-10 west, exit onto I-310 then Airline Hwy (US 61) west, turn right onto the east Spillway levee, and turn left down to the boat launch. You may need rubber boots.
Leader: Chris Brantley, cell: (985) 237-5399

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge and Honey Island (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, May 19
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the entrance to the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, Exit 5b (Honey Island Swamp) off of I-59. Good chance to see Swallow-tailed Kite and 10 species of breeding warblers including Swainson’s.
Leader: Glenn Ousset, cell: (504) 495-4284
Note: To bird in the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area you will need a hunting or fishing license, or a Wild Louisiana Annual Stamp ($5.00), or a Wild Louisiana One Day Stamp ($2.00). Louisiana residents 60 years old and older are exempt. Stamps are sold at WalMart, Puglia’s Sporting goods, 1925 Veterans Blvd., 504-837-0291 or purchase online from LDWF: https://la-web.s3licensing.com/

Birding Festivals

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
Dates: April 20-22
For more information call: Grand Isle Port Commission 985-787-2229 or
BTNEP 1-800-259-0869 Email: jlandry@TNC.ORG or sandra@btnep.org
or visit: https://www.townofgrandisle.com/grand-isle-migratory-bird-festival/

St. Bernard Bird Festival 2018
Dates: Friday, April 27, 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Los Islenos Museum Complex, 1205 Bayou Road, St. Bernard

Birding tours begin at the Islenos Museum Complex (Outdoor Pavilion) and last approximately one hour. For more information on the Bird Festival, contact the St. Bernard Office of Tourism, 504-278-4242.

Louisiana Ornithological Society Spring Meeting, Cameron
Dates: April 27-28
Check the LOS website at http://www.losbird.org for details or contact Joelle Finley at 504-715-2647, jjf1946@gmail.com

See also Birding Workshops and Courses

Raptor Identification Workshop | http://www.jjaudubon.net/node/2233

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