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.
Is lead making mockingbirds sing the blues? Effects of an environmental contaminant on our urban birds
Speaker: Dr. Renata Ribeiro
Date: Tuesday, January 17
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist (address above)
Lead is a pervasive contaminant in most large cities in the world, and New Orleans is no exception. We know well about the negative neurological effects chronic lead contamination can have on humans, especially children, but what about the effects on urban birds? We essayed Northern mockingbirds (Mimus polyglottus) for lead on different New Orleans neighborhoods that vary widely in their levels of environmental lead, and correlated physiological lead levels to variables pertaining to song quality, aggressiveness, and body condition. Our results indicate that lead is a problem not only for humans dwelling in cities, but also for urban wildlife.
Dr. Renata Ribeiro is a professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Tulane University. She holds a Masters degree from Brazil, where she was born, and a PhD degree from University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she studied manakin birds in the Ecuadorian Amazon under Dr. Bette Loiselle. She has been in New Orleans for 7 years, a city that she came to love deeply and that she enjoys exploring with her husband, Dr. Jordan Karubian (also from the EEB Department at Tulane), her kids Olivia and Joaquin, and her standard poodle, Zuma.
Audubon Climate Report: The Future for North American Birds
Speaker: Douglas J. Meffert, Vice President, Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway
Date: Tuesday, February 21
Times: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: 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.
In the next 50 years, 314 of North American Bird Species will be threatened due to climate change. Doug Meffert will present the findings of the National Audubon Society’s analysis of decades of Christmas Bird Count data and the analysis of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.
Doug is a vice president of the National Audubon Society and leads the strategic development and implementation of Audubon’s initiatives on the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Flyway. Prior to this post, he was executive director of Audubon Louisiana where he lead Audubon Louisiana’s programming including large scale coastal restoration, state coastal master plan implementation, climate change adaptation, bottomland hardwood conservation in central and northern Louisiana, urban bird-friendly community programming, and chapter engagement.
Louisiana Ornithological Society Winter Meeting in Baton Rouge
Dates: Jan. 27-29
Check the LOS Website http://www.losbird.org for details or
contact Joelle Finley at 504-715-2647
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.
Winter Hummingbird Garden (self-guided)
Date: Saturday, February 4
Time: 9:00 a.m.-11:00
Location: Visit Lizette Wroten’s beautiful hummingbird garden, 27 Colonial Club Drive, Harahan off of Jefferson Hwy. Park in parking lot before Lizette’s home on Club Drive and walk to Lizette’s home.
Lizette’s cell: (504) 214-7440
Winter Birding in Couturie Forest, City Park (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet in the Couturie Forest parking lot on Harrison Avenue in City Park.
Leaders: Mark Meunier (504) 486-8135 and Joan Garvey (504) 858-6840
Birding Diamond (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, March 4
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet in the parking lot of Balestra’s Associated Grocery (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 (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: 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: Tommy Harold (504) 222-6035
Birding Jean Lafitte Historical Park and Preserve (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, March 25
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Bayou Coquille trail head 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
See also Birding Workshops and Courses