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

Photo Essay on Brazilian Wildlife
Presenter: Donna Bush
Date: Tuesday, April 21
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.

Donna Bush is a local nature photographer living in Pearl River, LA. She became interested in nature photography in the early 1990’s while working as a Telecommunications Specialist for the USDA-National Finance Center. Photography provided a break from computers and gave her alone time in the outdoors with wildlife, nature and her camera. Donna has pursued her passions of photography, nature and writing and is a contributing writer and photographer for “Slidell Magazine.” Donna is also a certified yoga instructor helping many friends and students to explore their own inner passions. She is a recent winner of the South Eastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA) Excellence in Craft (EIC) photography award.

On April 21st, Donna will provide a presentation on her recent trip to Brazil, including the North and South Pantanal, highlighting her search for jaguars, giant anteaters, giant river otters, jabiru storks, red and green macaws, hyacinth macaws, caiman, capybara, and ringed kingfishers to name a few.

Birding Field Trips and Festivals

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

Date: Saturday, April 11
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: New Orleans City Park
Meet at Gernon Brown Recreation Center at 9:30 a.m.

Date: Saturday, May 2
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location:Jean Lafitte National Park Coquille Trail
Meet at the trail head in the parking lot, found by following Barataria Blvd., all the way into the park, or take the complimentary shuttle departing from Behrman Recreational Center at 9:00 a.m.

NORDC and Orleans Audubon Society are working together to create a group for youth 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 hot spots. For further details, visit http://www.nola.gov/nordc/outdoor-programs/#birders or contact Wendy Rihner at wrihner@gmail.com

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

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
Dates: April 17-18
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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