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.

The Photography of Walter Clifton
Speaker: Dr. Donata Henry
Date: Tuesday, April 16
Times: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Church Unitarian Universalist

In a fitting tribute to Walter Clifton, Tulane Professor Donata Henry will present Walter’s spectacular bird and nature photographs. Many of Walter’s photographs capture secretive birds nesting in the Honey Island Swamp, birds Donata knows intimately from the bird banding station she runs there.

Walter started birding and photographing birds in 1981, using a Canon Lands End 2E body coupled with a high quality 35 to 350 mm lens. He explained that he used “a $1400 lens on a $300 camera body,” because the lens is what’s important. The quality of his pictures comes not only from his technical skills but also from the patience and hard work that went into taking each photograph. Walter was an active of the Orleans Audubon Society and a founding member of the Northshore Bird Club. He passed away on April 3, 2018. Join us in celebrating and appreciating his wonderful talents.



OAS and Crescent Bird Club Spring Banquet
Cuba-Birds, People, Cars and Cigars
Speakers: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris
Date: Tuesday, May 21
Times: Cash bar 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:00 p.m. and program at 8:00 p.m.
Location: Augie’s Restaurant, 6005 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, LA 70123
Cost:Reservations required. Banquet reservations must be RECEIVED by May 15th. Cost is $25/person on or before May 13th or $30/person from May 14 to May 15th. No reservations after May 15th. Mail check payable to Orleans Audubon Society to: Mary Joe Krieger, 3623 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125; Phone: (504) 866-3396; maryjkrieger@gmail.com
Include the names of people attending the Banquet and specify your choice of Entrée: #1 Catfish Pecan; #2 Veal Parmesan; #3 Chicken St. John; #4Catfish Lafitte (crawfish sauce). All come with salad, bread pudding and iced tea.

Join Ken and Joelle on their latest adventure to a land so very close but yet so far. Old Havana is so reminiscent of our own French Quarter that you feel right at home. We will visit the Bay of Pigs in search of Cuba’s 26 endemic species including the famous Bee Hummingbird, the Cuban Tody and the bird that inspired the colors of the Cuban flag, the Cuban Trogon.

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.

Grand Isle
Date: Saturday, March 30
Time: 8:00 a.m., all-day trip
Meet at Moran's grocery/gas station on the corner of Hwy. 1 and Hwy 3090 (Fourchon Rd.) right where you come off of the new bridge. Note: The new bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway is a toll bridge. You can pay your toll at the toll booth at the bridge.
Leader: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge
Date: Saturday, May 4
Time: 8:00 a.m., half-day trip
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: TBA

Bonnet Carré Spillway
Date: Saturday, May 11
Time: 7:30 a.m., half-day trip
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. You may need rubber boots.
Leader: Chris Brantley (985) 237-5399

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge and Honey Island
Date: Saturday, May 18
Time: 7:30 a.m., half-day trip
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
NOTE: To bird in a Louisiana Wildlife Management Area (WMA), including the Pearl River WMA, 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). If you are a resident of Louisiana and are at least 60 years old, you are exempt. These stamps are sold at WalMart, Puglia’s Sporting goods, 1925 Veterans Blvd., 504-837-0291 or LDWF offices, or on-line.

BIRDING FESTIVALS

Great Louisiana BirdFest
Dates: April 5-8
Northlake Nature Center-Mandeville
P.O. Box 8511, Mandeville, Louisiana 70470
http://www.northlakenature.org/

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
Dates: April 12-14
http://www.grandisle.btnep.org/
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

Louisiana Ornithological Society Spring Meeting
Dates: April 26-27
Location: Hackberry in Cameron Parish
Check the LOS website at http://www.losbird.org for details or contact Joelle Finley at 504-715-2647, jjf1946@gmail.com

St. Bernard Bird Festival
Dates: May 3-4.
Location: The Historic Beauregard Courthouse and grounds at 1201 Bayou Road, St. Bernard, LA, 70085. (Near the Islenos Complex on Bayou Road).

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