Upcoming Events

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.


Bee Hummingbird photo by Joelle Finley

Investigating impacts of the protozoan parasite, Ophryocystis elektroscirrha, on populations of the monarch butterfly along the northern Gulf Coast
Speaker: Christen Steele
Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis (Lakeview).

A pollinator and major food source for dozens of insectivorous bird and insect species, the monarch butterfly is famous for its annual long-distance migration from southern Canada to Michoacán, Mexico, where the species over-winters in reproductive diapause. In roughly the last decade, a small percentage of monarchs along the Gulf Coast have been found to be “dropping-out” of migration in favor of breeding over-winter on the non-native milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, which is often planted in urban environments and remains in bloom after native milkweed has senesced. Work by Satterfield et al. 2015 has also shown that the protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE), to be up to nine times more abundant in these non-migratory populations than in migratory populations. Currently at Tulane University, a team of researchers have been working to track the population dynamics and disease status of non-migratory monarch butterflies in New Orleans. Join us for a presentation by graduate student Christen Steele as she discusses the latest results of our research.

BIRDING FIELD 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.

Audubon Park
Date: Saturday, January 4
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet in the parking lot off Magazine St. (St. Charles side of Magazine) near the golf club house.
Leader: Mary Joe Krieger (504) 866-3396 (H), 504-258-3396 (C)

In Search of the Henslow’s Sparrow
Date: Saturday, January 11
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: North Shore, specific location TBA
Leader: Donata Henry (504) 432-6650

New Orleans East-Joe Brown Park and the LA Nature Center
Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet just inside Joe Brown Park. Exit I-10 at Read Blvd. and turn right on Read. Turn left into Joe Brown Park at the stop light past Lake Forest Blvd. Do not pass the fire station!
Leaders: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

BIRDING EVENTS

120th Christmas Bird Count
CBCs begin at dawn and conclude at dusk. Contact the Count Circle compiler to participate in a CBC.

Grand Isle CBC
Date: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019
Compiler: Chris Brantley, chrisbrantley@charter.net, (985) 237-5399

New Orleans CBC
Date: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019
Compiler: Glenn Ousset, gousset@bellsouth.net, (504) 495-4284

St. Tammany CBC
Date: Fri., Dec. 27
Compiler: Chris Brantley, (985) 237-5399

Venice CBC
Date: Fri., Dec. 27
Compiler: David Muth, dpmuth@cox.net

Northshore-Slidell CBC
Date: Sun., Dec. 29
Compiler: Wendy Rihner, wrihner@gmail.com

Baton Rouge CBC
Date: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020
Compiler: Katie Percy, email: Katie.Percy@aubudon.org

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