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

Native Plants for Creating Bird Habitat
Speaker: Tammany Baumgarten
Date: Tuesday, November 19
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis (Lakeview).

Tammany Baumgarten is a Master Gardener and owner/operator of BaumGardens Landscape and Design. She is an avid proponent of native and wildlife gardening, weaving that into landscape design and public discourse whenever possible. She hosts Outdoor Classroom events at Beechnut Nature Retreat in Mississippi to teach about native flora and fauna. She is the President of the Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving native plantings in our urban settings.

Pot Luck Holiday Party
Hosted by: Kathleen Crago
Date: Tuesday, December 10
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Clubroom, DeLimon Place, 801 Rue Dauphine, Metairie, LA 70005 (Old Metairie)
Directions and Parking: Enter at 801 Metairie Road, across from PJ’S. This street is Rue St. Ann--stay on Rue St. Ann until you come to the second stop sign. Park in front of the office on St. Ann or at the corners of the condos. The entrance is 801 Rue Dauphine.

Bring your favorite dish or spirits to share, and join us for some holiday cheer!

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.

St. Bernard
Date: Saturday, November 16
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet at Walgreen’s on the corner of Paris Rd. and Judge Perez in Chalmette.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

Bonnet Carré Spillway
Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: 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 (985) 237-5399

Fontainebleau State Park
Date: Saturday, December 14
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Fontainebleau State Park is east of Mandeville on Hwy 190. Meet at the large parking lot closest to the lake. $2.00 entrance fee required.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

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
The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of citizen science involvement. Christmas Bird Counts will happen across Louisiana from mid-December through the first week of January. Each count takes place in an established 15-mile wide diameter circle, and is organized by a count compiler. Count volunteers follow specified routes through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle, counting every bird they see or hear all day. It's not just a species tally--all birds are counted all day, giving an indication of the total number of birds in the circle that day.

Beginning birders will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birder. If you live within the boundaries of a CBC circle, you can report the birds that visit your feeder on count day. CBCs begin at dawn and conclude at dusk. Contact the Count Circle compiler to participate in a CBC.

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

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