Upcoming Events

Orleans Audubon Monthly Programs

OAS-Crescent Bird Club Joint Fall Banquet
Date: Tuesday, October 18
Location: ANDREA’S RESTAURANT, 3100 19th Street, Metairie, LA 70002
Times: 6:30 Cash Bar, 7:00 p.m. Dinner, 8:00 p.m. Program
Cost: $30.00 per person, reservations required
Speaker: Erik I. Johnson, PhD
Topic: “Prothonotary Warblers: A Swamp Canary in the Coal Mine”

The swamp-dwelling Prothonotary Warbler has been facing 50 years of decline, and to learn why, Erik and an international team of partners have set out to map the migratory routes of this species. Erik will describe his research on tracking Prothonotary Warbler movements using geolocaters. Let’s find out how many warblers he can re-capture to retrieve their geolocators after they return from their winter haunts. Erik is the Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon Louisiana.

Menu: Andrea’s Green Garden Salad Served with Creamy Italian Dressing Choice of Eggplant Parmigiana OR Lasagna Regina- fresh pasta, layered with spinach, ground meat, tomato, mozzarella and parmesan cheese, Chocolate Mousse

Reservations: Mail check for $30.00 per person payable to "Orleans Audubon Society" to: Mary Joe Krieger, OAS Treasurer, 3623 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125 Phone: (504) 866-3396 maryjkrieger@gmail.com

Orleans Audubon Monthly Birding Trips

Birding Jean Lafitte National Park (Half-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: 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: David M. Fox, 504-382-9640

Birding Grand Isle (All-day Trip)
Date: Saturday, October 15
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the grocery/gas station on the corner of Hwy. 1 and Hwy 3090 (Fourchon Rd.) right where you come off of the new bridge. Note: The new bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway is now a toll bridge. You can pay your toll at the toll booth at the bridge.
Leader: Grand Isle’s own Casey Wright (504) 343-6225

Birding Festivals and Meetings

2016 Louisiana Ornithological Society FALL MEETING
Dates: Friday and Saturday, October 28-29
Location: Cameron, Louisiana

Friday Evening: First Baptist Church in Cameron, 110 School Street off of
Marshall Street (the main street)
6 P.M.-7 P.M. Registration: Light snacks will be provided by the Cameron Parish Tourist Commission.
7 P.M.-8 P.M. Meeting and Evening Program

Friday Program: Monitoring Piping Plovers at the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Projects
Speaker: Delaina LeBlanc

Delaina serves the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program(BTNEP) as the Migratory Birds Coordinator. Delaina has worked with the program since 2007 conducting coastal birdresearch that serves in the protection of habitat for migratory and residentbirds. Her duties include coordination of bird surveys, management of data promotion of bird conservation and outreach. Delaina is also an artist whose work features subject matter that calls attention to coastal land loss and bird preservation issues. She earned her MFA from Florida State University.

Since August of 2012, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) has been conducting surveys for Piping Plover and other shorebird species before, during and after construction on the Caminada Headland beach. Delaina will introduce you to individually banded birds and share how these sightings provide insight into how operations of an active coastal restoration project influence the distribution of these birds along the beach.

Saturday
7:00 A.M. Field Trip Meet in the parking lot of the Cameron Motel. Ed Wallace, Marty Floyd, Donna Dittmann and Steve Cardiff will lead field trips to the Cameron Parish hot spots. Bring lunch, drinks, bug spray and walkie talkies if you have them.

Saturday Evening: First Baptist Church in Cameron, 110 School Street off of Marshall Street (the main street)

6:00 P.M.-6:30 P.M. Registration
6:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. Dinner: Choice of 1. chicken/sausage gumbo, 2.fried
catfish with potato salad or 3. vegetarian pasta alfredo. All served with
bread, dessert, and tea
7:30 P.M. Meeting and Evening Program

Saturday Program: Discovering unknown migrations of birds of the Western Hemisphere
Speaker: Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Ph.D.

Autumn-Lynn Harrison is a Research Ecologist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Program Manager of the Migratory Connectivity Project. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from University of California, Santa Cruz, a M.S. in Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science, from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, and undergraduate degrees in Wildlife Science and Environmental Science from Virginia Tech. Autumn-Lynn is a marine ecologist by training with a decade of experience studying the migration of large marine vertebrates, including seabirds and seals. She has lived and worked in Australia, Kenya, South Africa, and the U.S. Prior to joining the Migratory Bird Center in 2014, Autumn-Lynn worked for the Society for Conservation Biology for 11 years, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Institute for Parks at Clemson University. At Clemson, she studied Bahamanian seabird migration and developed a "big-data" digital humanities project with historical archives of the U.S. National
Park Service. She is also a trained park naturalist and graphic designer and has developed and led training workshops in interpretation and graphic design for the Tanzania National Parks Authority and the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellows.

Migration is one of the most engaging phenomena of the animal world. Understanding and tracking animal movements are crucial components for conserving habitats that are essential to species survival. Unfortunately, our knowledge about why, how, when and where most of earth’s bird species migrate during their lifecycle is rudimentary, at best. Join Autumn-Lynn Harrison as she takes us on a journey to discover the unknown migrations of the birds of the Western Hemisphere.

Cameron Accommodations:
The phone number for the Cameron Motel is 337-775-5442. The Cameron Motel also has sites available for RV campers. Several lunch places are open in Cameron and Johnson Bayou and gas is available. Bring your own breakfast food. Other accommodations can be found in Sulphur or Lake Charles. East Jetty also has camper spaces with hook-ups.

Participants must pre-register by October 14th.
For more information contact Joelle Finley at: joellefinley@bellsouth.net

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