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 Meetings

OAS/CBC Spring Banquet
Program: Bird Banding in Louisiana and Beyond! An Introduction to the Louisiana Bird Observatory

Speaker: Jared Wolfe
Date: Tuesday, May 20
Time:Cash bar 6:30 p.m., buffet 7:00 p.m., program at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Imperial Room of Five Happiness Restaurant

Louisiana’s rich natural resources support thriving industry and diverse bird communities. Yet, despite years of urban and industrial growth, we still know very little about the effects of development on sensitive bird species. Based on this realization, volunteers founded the Louisiana Bird Observatory (LABO) to monitor the health of local bird communities in close proximity to continued development. Since 2010, LABO has partnered with governmental, academic and private organizations to measure demography and blood contaminants in birds at Bluebonnet Swamp in Baton Rouge. More recently, LABO has partnered with Louisiana State Parks and Woodlands Conservancy to expand operations to Abbeville, Belle Chasse and Delacroix; some 4,000 banded birds later LABO has published a slew of scholarly papers, educated hundreds of local children about conservation, formed multiple domestic and international partnerships to help us better understand and conserve our feathered neighbors. In this presentation, LABO co-director Jared Wolfe, will share some of the project’s successes, findings, interesting captures, and future plans in addition to some breath-taking photos.

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, fried rice, dessert cookies, tea and soft drinks.

Reservations required. Cost: $28.00 per person. Mail check payable to “Orleans Audubon Society” to Michael Crago, OAS Treasurer, 801 Rue Dauphine, Ste. 304, Metairie, LA 70005. Please mail banquet reservation form and check before May 14th.

Birding Field Trips and Festivals

Birding Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge
Date: Saturday, May 3
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 10
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

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