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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.

Casting a Net for Bird Movements: Louisiana’s SPDOR VHF Network for Wildlife Tracking
Speaker: Michael Seymour, Nongame Ornithologist, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Date: Tuesday, November 13
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, in Lakeview

Michael Seymour will tell us about the relatively new, and ever-expanding, Motus Wildlife Tracking System and how it is being used in bird research and conservation. In 2012, Bird Studies Canada helped launch the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a network of VHF receiver stations that are able to detect and log codes from tiny, radio tags (nanotags) attached to birds and other organisms. Recognizing a significant coverage gap on the Northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation partnered in 2016 to construct and maintain fifteen VHF receiver stations along the Louisiana coast. In 2017, the project obtained a grant from ConocoPhillips that will allow the capacity of Louisiana’s VHF receiver station (SPDOR) network to more than double, effectively creating a digital fence of detection along our coast.

Michael will discuss the latest technology that has made this major advance possible, the state of our current network and its projected footprint for 2018, and the most up-to-date detections from the Louisiana stations.

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.

Grand Isle All Day Trip
Date: Saturday, October 20
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Moran's 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 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

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge Half-day Trip
Date: Saturday, November 3
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.
Leaders: Jennifer and Tom Coulson, (504) 717-3544

Diamond/Venice
Date: Saturday, November 10
Time: 8:00 a.m., all-day trip
Location: Cross the Crescent City Connection, on Westbank Expressway, 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)
Leaders: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

St. Bernard
Date: Saturday, November 17
Time: 8:00 a.m., half-day trip
Location: Meet at Walgreen’s on the corner of Paris Rd. and Judge Perez in Chalmette.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

Fontainebleau State Park
Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 8:00 a.m., half-day trip
Location: 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

Bonnet Carre Spillway
Date: Saturday, December 8
Time: 8:00 a.m., half-day trip
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 (985) 237-5399

New Orleans East Canals and Lakes
Date: Saturday, January 5
Time: 8:00 a.m., half-day trip
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. Do not pass the fire station!
Leaders: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

Audubon Park
Date: Saturday, January 12
Time: 8:00 a.m., half-day trip
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)

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