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

Louisiana Natural Heritage Program: Working to Conserve our Natural Heritage
Speaker: Michael Seymour, Ornithologist, Louisiana Natural Heritage Program, LDWF
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Times: Social starts at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis (Lakeview)

The Louisiana Natural Heritage Program (LNHP) of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is responsible for the conservation and management of Louisiana’s rare, threatened, and endangered species, at-risk habitats, and all nongame birds. To better address this mission, LNHP conducts, funds, or directs research and monitoring of these elements, coordinates with landowners to promote appropriate management of their properties, and catalogs element occurrences in a georeferenced database. These data are used to determine and minimize or mitigate potential adverse impacts to the environment from construction activities as well as to inform local and regional conservation efforts. Michael Seymour, a Louisiana birder since age 11 (>26 years), has been the LNHP Nongame Ornithologist since 2007. Michael’s presentation will discuss LNHP’s four main sections (Botany/Community Ecology, Zoology, State Wildlife Grants, and Database), and he will further focus upon recent and future nongame bird work by the state and its partners.

Real Money for Restoring Our Coast: Over $7 Billion from the BP Settlement
Speaker: David Muth, Director of the Gulf Restoration Program, National Wildlife Foundation
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Times: Social starts at 6:30 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis (Lakeview)

David Muth is a New Orleans native who has spent a lifetime in the Mississippi River delta and on the Gulf coast, studying its geology, ecology, plants, wildlife, history and culture. After receiving a degree in History from the University of New Orleans, he became professionally interested in the connection between culture and environment in the context of the delta. He worked for 30 years with the National Park Service at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, eventually managing its natural and cultural resource programs. In 2011, David joined the National Wildlife Federation as Director of the Gulf Restoration Program. He will tell us about how the BP settlement money will fund coastal restoration projects, what to expect, and what are the current projects slated for restoration.

Orleans Audubon Monthly Birding Trips

Winter Hummingbird Garden
Date: Saturday, February 13
Time: 9 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Visit Lizette Wroten’s beautiful hummingbird garden, 27 Colonial Lane, Harahan off of Jefferson Hwy. Park in parking lot before Lizette’s home on Club Drive and walk to Lizette’s home.
Self-guided: Lizette’s cell: (504) 214-7440

Winter in Couturie Forest, New Orleans City Park (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, February 20
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Meet in the Couturie Forest parking lot on Harrison Ave. in City Park.
Leader: Tommy Harold (504) 222-6035

Birding Diamond (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 7:30 a.m.
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.
Leaders: Ed Wallace (504) 343-1433; Mary Joe Krieger (504) 866-3396 (H), (504) 258-3396 (C)

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, March 12
Time: 7:30 a.m.
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: Ed Wallace (504) 343-1433

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, March 19
Time: 7:30 a.m.
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

Birding Festivals

Great Louisiana BirdFest
Dates: April 15-16
Northlake Nature Center-Mandeville, P.O. Box 8511, Mandeville, Louisiana 70470

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
Dates: April 15-16
For more information call: Grand Isle Port Commission 985-787-2229 or BTNEP 1-800-259-0869 Email: jlandry@TNC.ORG or sandra@btnep.org

St. Bernard Parish Bird Festival
Dates:April 29-30
Location:Islenos Museum Complex, located at 1345 Bayou Road, St. Bernard, LA 70085

Louisiana Ornithological Society Spring Meeting, Cameron
Dates: April 22-24
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.


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