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

HONDURAS: UNKNOWN, UNDERRATED, MISUNDERSTOOD, AND DAT'S UNDERSTATED!
Presenter: Nicole Breaux Hymel and Todd Hymel
Date: February 24, 2015
Time: Social at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis Dr., New Orleans, LA 70124.

Join us for an exploration of this Mesoamerican country that has an unique connection to the Crescent City. Houinduras! After a brief introduction of the lay of the land, we will profile what we call the 3 “R”s...reef, ruins, and rainforest. And of course, the birds will be the star of the show! Add to that, lagnaippe in the form of soaring mountains, lush cloud forests, stunning alpine lakes, charming colonial towns, and pristine mangrove swamps, you are sure to have the recipe for an enjoyable evening of dreaming about your next trip to this amazing Central American country.
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Birds Nesting in the Honey Island Swamp
Presenters: Dr. Donata Henry and Walter Clifton
Date: January 31st
Time: 10:00 A.M.
Location: Abita Springs public library in St Tammany Parish, 71683 Leveson St. Abita Springs 70420.
Tulane Professor, Donata Henry, and wildlife photographer, Walter Clifton, present photos of birds nesting in the Honey Island Swamp.

Birding Field Trips and Festivals

Louisiana Ornithological Society Winter Meeting, New Orleans
Dates: January, 23–25
Check the LOS website at http://www.losbird.org for details or contact Joelle Finley at (504) 715-2647 or joelle_finley@bellsouth.net

Winter Birding in Couturie Forest, City Park
Date: Saturday, February 7
Time: 8:00 a.m. (half-day trip)
Meet in the Couturie Forest parking lot on Harrison Ave. in City Park.
Leader: Tommy Harold (504) 222-6035

YOUNG BIRDERS ASSOCIATION Birding Walk
Date: Saturday, February 14
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: New Orleans City Park

NORDC and Orleans Audubon Society are working together to create a group for teens interested in birds and birdwatching. On the second Saturday of each month, the group will take a field trip to one of New Orleans' birding hotspots. For dates, locations and further details, visit http://www.nola.gov/nordc/outdoor-programs/#birders or contact Wendy Rihner at wrihner@gmail.com

Birding Diamond
Date: Saturday, February 21
Time: 7:30 a.m. (half-day trip)
Meet in the parking lot of Balestra’s IGA Foodliner (Town View Cafe), 7902 Hwy 23 (Belle Chasse Hwy.), 4.6 miles south of the West Bank Expressway. Take CCC to West Bank, exit Lafayette St.(Hwy 23), and proceed south towards the town of Belle Chasse.
Leader: Ed Wallace-504-343-1433

Birding Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
Date: Saturday, March 7
Time: 7:30 a.m. (half-day trip)
Meet at the Bayou Ridge Trail entrance located on the left side of U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway). Take the I-510 Exit off of I-10, turn left on Chef Hwy and proceed about 4 miles.
Leader: Phillip Wallace (504) 628-0146

Birding Jean Lafitte National Park
Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 7:30 a.m. (half-day trip)
Meet at the Visitors’ Center Parking Lot in the Barataria Unit of the park located on Hwy. 45. Follow signs off of the West Bank Exp. for the National Park.
Leader: Wendy Rihner (330) 348-3810

Great Louisiana BirdFest-Northlake Nature Center-Mandeville
Dates: April 10-12
P.O. Box 8511, Mandeville, LA 70470
http://www.northlakenature.org/

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
Dates: April 17-18
http://www.grandisle.btnep.org/
For more information call: Grand Isle Port Commission 985-787-2229 or BTNEP 1-800-259-0869 or email: jlandry@TNC.ORG or sandra@btnep.org

Waders in Working Wetlands: Shorebird Extravaganza
Dates:April 29 through May 3, 2015
Location: Jennings, LA, at The Hampton Inn and Suites
Festival Coordinator: Avian Events Support Team
Birders, farmers, and conservation organizations will gather in in SW Louisiana to experience the spectacle of spring shorebird migration.

Festival events include shorebird field trips, shorebird ID workshops-fieldtrips, a tour of a crayfish farm and processing facility, and evening get-togethers: a crawfish boil with Cajun music, and an evening of entertainment at the local Strand Theatre with R. Bruce Richardson (birder-entertainer). Although shorebirds will be the focus of the festival, there will also be field trips to target Louisiana’s breeding/migrant species in longleaf pineywoods, bottomland hardwoods, and along the Cameron Gulf coast.
For more information visit: http://www.snowyegretenterprises.com/Snowy_Egret_Enterprises/Shorebird_E...

Louisiana Ornithological Society Spring Meeting, Cameron
Dates: April 24-26
Check the LOS website at http://www.losbird.org for details or contact Joelle Finley at (504) 715-2647 or Judith O’Neale at (337) 981-1011.

Birding Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge
Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 8:00 a.m. (half-day trip)
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.
Leader: Ed Wallace (504) 343-1433

Birding Bonnet Carre Spillway
Date: Saturday, May 9
Time: 7:00 a.m. (half-day trip)
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 Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge and Honey Island
Date: Saturday, May 23
Time: 7:00 a.m. (half-day trip)
Meet at the entrance to 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.

To bird in a Louisiana 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). Resident of Louisiana 60 years old and older are exempt. These stamps are sold at WalMart, sporting goods, stores, LDWF offices, or online: http://www.wlf.state.la.us
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

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