The Orleans Audubon Society is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of wildlife and wild places of the southeastern U.S. and to fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature. We are a 100% volunteer organization, and run grassroots environmental advocacy and education campaigns, promoting coastal restoration and the environmental health of the Pearl River Basin.
OAS has two intensive raptor conservation projects focused on the breeding success and survival of Swallow-tailed Kites and Bald Eagles. We monitor nests, roosts and other centers of activity, and both projects rely heavily on citizen science. Recently, we developed a Swallow-tailed Kite management recommendations brochure for landowners and the general public in partnership with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks’ Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Avian Research and Conservation Institute. Download the brochure from the MMNS website
We are working with Entergy and the New Orleans City Council to promote avian friendly power that protects Bald Eagles and other birds from electrocution. OAS also developed a guide for native fruiting plants that attract birds, based on Bill Fontenot’s avian frugivory research.
Environmental education programs include: birding courses and seminars for beginners, advanced birding workshops, birding field trips, outreach programs, and lecture programs. We also hold several socials where birders, wildlife gardeners, naturalists and other outdoor and nature enthusiasts can mingle. The Ibis, the quarterly newsletter of the OAS, provides articles on current conservation and environmental issues as well as program and field trip announcements. Environmental education programming is focused on a variety of topics from coastal restoration, climate change, and wildlife gardening using native plants.
The Orleans Audubon Society is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1949 and incorporated in the State of Louisiana on November 17, 1970.
We are a Chapter of the National Audubon Society, 1,028 members strong, servicing the following parishes: Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. John the Baptist, Orleans, Terrebonne, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Lafourche Parishes.
Jennifer O. Coulson, President, Conservation Committee, Swallow-tailed Kite Research and Monitoring
Joelle Finley, Vice-President, Program Chair, Field Trip Chair
Mary Joe Krieger, Treasurer
Sherry A. DeFrancesch, Secretary, Editor of The Ibis
Byron Almquist, Field Trip Committee, Public Lands
Joan Garvey, Membership Chair
S. Chieko Hunter, Conservation Committee
Todd Hymel, Conservation Committee
Ariel Kay, Environmental Education Committee
David P. Muth, Sanctuary Chair, Conservation Committee
Glenn Ousset, Citizen Science Chair
Charlie Pfeifer, Louisiana Wildlife Federation Delegate, Conservation Committee
R. Dan Purrington, Conservation Committee
Wendy Rihner, Environmental Education Chair, Publicity Chair
Michael J. Tifft, Legal Chair, Conservation Committee
Andrew C. Wilson, Conservation Chair, Legal Committee
Peter Yaukey, Sanctuary Committee, Purple Martin Roost Monitoring
Michael L. Crago