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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.

Birding Colombia
Date: Tuesday, November 15
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, in Lakeview
Times: 6:30 Social, 7:00 p.m. Program
Speakers: Ken Harris and Joelle Finley

Once feared as a destination because of drug cartels, Colombia is now a safe and secure place to visit. With almost 1700 birds on the country list including many of our wintering warblers, it is a mecca for birders. Last February we joined fellow birder Jose Ramirez from Maine on a 3 week journey to Cali and the Cauca Valley. In Colombia the Andes Mountains split into 3 ranges, the Eastern Andes, the Central Andes and the Western Andes each with its own bird endemics. The Cauca Valley is bounded by the Central Andes and the Western Andes.

We birded the valley floor (mostly cultivated with sugar cane) and both the Western and Central Andes for a total of 397 species! Join us in this spectacular country for a view of its beauty and birds.

Pictured above: Rufous-headed Pygmy-Tyrant

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.

Birding Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (Half-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Bayou Ridge Trail entrance located on US 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) across from Recovery Road in New Orleans East. Exit I-510; go left on Hwy 90, about 4 miles to parking area on the left.
Leader: Jennifer and Tom Coulson (504) 717-3544

Birding Diamond and Venice (All-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Cross the Crescent City Connection, On Westbank Exp. exit Hwy 23 (Lafayette St/Bell Chase Hwy), drive 5 miles and meet in Balestra’s Associated Grocery parking lot, on the right just past the Intersection with Hwy 406 (Woodland Hwy)
Leader: Ed Wallace (504) 343-1433

Birding St. Bernard (Half-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, November 19
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Hoefer’s gas station on the corner of Paris Rd. and Judge Perez in Chalmette
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

Birding Fontainebleau State Park (Half-day Trip)
Date:Saturday, December 3
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: The Park is east of Mandeville on Hwy 190. Meet at the large parking lot closest to the lake. $2.00 entrance fee required.
Leader: Tom Trenchard (504) 884-2009

Birding Bonnet Carre Spillway (Half-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, December 10
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Norco Boat Launch. Take Airline Hwy (US 61) west, turn right onto the east Spillway levee, and turn left down to the boat launch. May need rubber boots
Leader: Chris Brantley (504) 234-4560

Birding Audubon Park (Half-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, January 7
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet in the parking lot off Magazine St. (St. Charles side of Magazine) near the golf club house.
Leader: Mary Joe Krieger (504) 866-3396 (H), (504) 258-3396 (C)

Birding New Orleans East Canals and Lakes (Half-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, January 14
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet just inside Joe Brown Park. Exit I-10 at Read Blvd. and turn right on Read. Joe Brown Park will be on the left about ½ mile down Read.
Leader: Joelle Finley-504-715-2647

Birding Festivals

Gulf Coast Bird Festival - Celebrating 100 Years of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Audubon Zoo


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