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

OAS/CBC Banquet at the Imperial Room of Five Happiness Restaurant
Date: Tuesday, October 20
Times: 6:30 p.m. cash bar social, 7:00 p.m. buffet, and program at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Imperial Room of Five Happiness Restaurant, 3511 S Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125

Program: Costa Rica Offers the “Pura Vida” for Birders
Speakers: Jennifer and Tom Coulson

Blue-crowned Motmot in Monteverde

The Coulsons kicked back to enjoy the “pura vida” (Tico saying meaning pure or good life) on their birding vacation to Costa Rica this past August. Arguably the most user-friendly birding destination in Latin America, Costa Rica is a nation of breathtakingly gorgeous wilderness reserves, and warm, friendly people who know how to enjoy life.

The Coulsons’ travel log begins in Monteverde during the height of bellbird season. Other area highlights included quetzals, motmots, a variety of ant-following birds, and an abundance of Long-tailed Manakins and Black-faced Solitares as well as large families of coatis. Jennifer also had a close encounter with a Gray-throated Leaftosser. After birding in Monteverde’s cloud and rain forests, the Coulsons ended their trip in Carara National Park in a unique habitat where the Pacific dry forest meets the rain forest. This jungle was home to jacamars, tinamous, howler monkeys, and poison dart frogs. The nearby Tarcoles River abounded with wildlife, hosting raucous flocks of scarlet macaws, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Boat-billed Herons, Rufous-browed Peppershrikes and many, many crocodiles. Along the way they encountered Costa Rican endemics from hummingbirds to ant-following birds to trogons.

Menu: The buffet menu will include egg roll and chicken wing appetizers, entrees of Mandarin chicken, shrimp with pecans, general’s chicken, beef with mushrooms, snow peas and bamboo shoots, triple dragon in hot garlic sauce, vegetarian dish, fried rice, dessert cookies, tea and soft drinks.

Cost: $28.00 per person. Mail with check payable to Orleans Audubon Society to: Mary Joe Krieger, OAS Treasurer, 3623 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125 Phone: 504-866-3396 mkrieger@uno.edu

Birding Field Trips

Birding Grand Isle (all day trip)
Date: Saturday, October 10
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

Louisiana Ornithological Society Fall Meeting in Cameron, LA
Dates: October 23–24
Check the LOS Website http://www.losbird.org for details or contact Joelle at (504) 715-2647

Birding Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, November 7
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.
Leader: Phillip Wallace (504) 628-0146

Birding Diamond and Venice (all day trip)
Date: Saturday November 14
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Cross the Crescent City Connection, On Westbank Exp. 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)
Leader: Ed Wallace (504) 343-1433

Birding St. Bernard (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Hoefer’s gas station on the corner of Paris Rd. and Judge Perez in Chalmette.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

Birding Fontainebleau State Park, east of Mandeville on Hwy 190 (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, December 5
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the large parking lot closest to the lake. $1.00 entrance fee required.
Leader: Tom Trenchard-884-2009

Birding the Bonnet Carré Spillway (half day trip)
Date: Saturday, December 12
Time: 8:00 a.m.
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 -234-4560

Birding Festivals

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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