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.
Avian Frugivory in Louisiana: Fruiting Plants that Attract Birds
Speaker: William R. Fontenot
Date: Tuesday, April 18
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.
Bill Fontenot has dedicated his life to restoring ecological integrity in lands, from the smallest urban gardens to the largest wildlife management areas. He received his M.S. in freshwater fish ecology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and studied Biogeography at the University of Alabama. His career with Lafayette Parish Consolidated Government, included working as Curator of Natural Sciences as the Lafayette Natural History Museum, then as manager of the Acadiana Park Nature Station.
Since 1987 he has also operated his own wildlife management, “wildscape” design, and ecological restoration consulting business, specializing in ecological assessment, biological inventory, land-use planning, and wildlife-friendly native plant-oriented landscape planning. His consulting work has taken him to hundreds of sites throughout the midwestern and eastern U.S., serving governmental and private wildlife management and conservation agencies, landscape designers, community planners, ecotourism interests, and private landowners.
After contributing a weekly nature column in the Lafayette, LA Sunday Advertiser newspaper for 22 years, he now produces a nature blog at https://www.facebook.com/thenaturedude
To the Philippines and Back!
Speakers: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris
Date: Tuesday, May 16
Times: Cash bar 6:30 p.m., buffet 7:00 and program at 8:00
Location: Andrea's Restaurant, 3100 19th St., Metairie 70002
The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands. Joelle and Ken just returned from a 3 week birding trip visiting 3 of those islands, Luzon, Palawan and Mindanao. The Philippine archipelago is home to over 170 endemic species of birds including the monkey eating Philippine Eagle. Join us to see how they made out and what birds they saw and photographed.
Dinner Menu: Andrea’s Green Garden Salad Served with Creamy Italian Dressing Eggplant Parmigiana OR Cannelloni Andrea, Chocolate Mousse
Cost: $30.00 per person; mail with check payable to Orleans Audubon Society, c/o Mary Joe Krieger, OAS Treasurer, 3623 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125, 504-866-3396. Include your entree selection.
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.
Birding Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: 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 (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, May 13
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the Norco Boat Launch. Take I-10 west, exit onto I-310 then 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 (985) 237-5399
Birding Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge and Honey Island (half-day trip)
Date: Saturday, May 20
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at the entrance to the 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.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284
Great Louisiana BirdFest
Dates: April 7-9
Northlake Nature Center-Mandeville, P.O. Box 8511, Mandeville, Louisiana 70470
St. Bernard Bird Festival
Dates: Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6
Location: Los Islenos Museum Complex, 1201 Bayou Road, St. Bernard, LA
See also Birding Workshops and Courses