Upcoming Events

OAS regular meetings are held at the Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124 (Lakeview). The social starts at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7:00 p.m.
Birding Field Trips are offered jointly with the Crescent Bird Club.

Orleans Audubon Monthly Programs

Monthly program meetings will resume in September.

Birding Field Trips and Festivals

Birding field trips will resume in September.

Atchafalaya Basin Wood Stork and Wading Bird Event

Date: Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Location:<?i>South Farm Unit of Sherburne Wildlife Management Area. The South Farm area is located in Iberville Parish and accessible via I-10 at Ramah, LA.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are hosting this seasonal event. Wood Storks and other wading and shore birds are readily visible at this time due to the management provided by Wildlife Division staff. A number of large moist soil impoundments are flooded in the fall to provide habitat for water birds, especially shorebirds and waterfowl. Aside from seed bearing herbaceous plants, the developed habitat contains an abundance of small fish and crawfish, ideal food sources for wading birds.

The South Farm impoundments are drawn down in mid-summer to enhance the growth of wetland plants for wintering waterfowl. The drawdown period is extended almost a month at times due to the size of the impoundments and the management strategy which is focused on providing mud flats and very shallow water with concentrated prey for shorebirds (sandpipers) and wading birds (egrets, herons, Roseate Spoonbills, storks and ibis).

The Wood Stork is the only stork native to North America. These large wading birds, which can grow to 4 feet tall with a 66-inch wingspan, are an indicator of the condition of our nation’s wetlands. As wetlands disappeared, wood stork numbers also diminished. Although many of these birds are from Mexico, the water management units at the South Farm are becoming more critical habitat for the species survival.

With only a few thousand of these birds left in the wild, this event provides an excellent opportunity for bird watchers, photographers and anyone who enjoys wildlife. The South Farm habitat also attracts alligators, white-tailed deer and many other species of birds. Individuals and professionals will be on hand to discuss the management of the area and provide wildlife identification assistance.

Directions to South Farm: Take I-10 to the Ramah exit (Exit 135); drive north to the first road on the left, then turn right by the market on Mimms Street; cross the bridge and turn right on the lower Atchafalaya Levee Road, a gravel road. Drive approximately one mile or until you see the “South Farm” sign, cross over the levee and enter the parking lot. Event coordinators will be there to provide additional information.

Arrive early for the best wood stork viewing opportunities. There are no fees associated with this program, but participants are reminded that anyone between the ages of 16 and 60 is required to have either a valid Louisiana Hunting or Fishing License, or a Wild Louisiana Stamp to visit an LDWF Wildlife Management Area. These can be purchased at any license vendor selling LDWF hunting or fishing licenses, on-line at http://www.wlf.la.gov or by phone at 1-888-765-2602. For more information about the South Farm birding event, call the LDWF Wildlife Division Opelousas Field Office at 337-948-0255.

2015 Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration

Date:Saturday, September 12, 2015
Time:> 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m
Location: St. Francisville

The Feliciana Nature Society will hold their annual Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The Feliciana Hummingbird Celebration promotes the unique breeding habitat found in the St. Francisville area. The event provides the opportunity to observe hummingbirds up close as they are banded at two private homes in the St. Francisville area. Hummingbird-friendly plants will also be available for sale.

The festival will be from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m, on Saturday, Sept. 12. Hummingbird biologists will capture and band birds at two private gardens in the St. Francisville area. Visitors will have the opportunity to observe hummingbirds up close as they are weighed and measured. In addition, vendors will be at both homes with hummingbird-attractive plants available for sale. The gardens include the home of Carlisle Rogillio at 15736 Tunica Trace (Hwy. 66) and Murrell Butler at 9485 Oak Hill Road.
For more information visit www.audubonbirdfest.com or call 1-800-488-6502.

Seventh Annual Yellow Rails and Rice Festival

Dates: 28 October - 1 November 2015.
Location: Thornwell, LA

A festival like no other...Yellow Rails and Rice Festival participants enjoy a unique opportunity to engage in agritourism, observing close-up rice harvesting operations, with the added benefit of seeing Yellow Rails and other rail species (Sora, Virginia, and King) that may be flushed by a combine while it is harvesting rice. Access to the fields being harvested is called - the Festival Field Pass. The Field Pass is only offered as a Festival Package, which includes that participants can ride on a combine or search fields on foot to watch for rails and other birds flushed by the combine, or simply sit on the sidelines and enjoy the show. Many additional bird species can be seen in the vicinity.

Each day, participants will meet at the Thornwell Warehouse Association building in Thornwell and from there, weather and field conditions permitting, caravan to rice fields. Participating farmers will open their property to festival participants during their rice harvest activities. Once on-site, participants can come and go at their leisure. Please be advised that personal transportation is required. Carpooling options may be possible, but are not guaranteed.

YRARF facilitators will be on-site to assist participants on and off combines, point out rails and other birds, and provide additional information. Other activities include bird banding workshops, birding and nature exhibits, a jambalaya dinner, and much more.
Registration opened on 1 July 2015 and space is limited.

For more information:
Visit the festival website:
Or call: Avian Events Support Team 225-642-5763


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