About

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. Download the brochure here: Swallow-tailed Kite CONSERVATION 2020 WEB.

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.

Help us conserve Louisiana’s birds, other wildlife, and wild places. Become a member, volunteer, follow us on Facebook, sign up for free email announcements or make a donation.

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.

Officers

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

Board Members

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, Native Plants, Publicity Chair

Michael J. Tifft, Legal Chair, Conservation Committee

Andrew C. Wilson, Conservation Chair, Legal Committee

Peter Yaukey, Sanctuary Committee, Purple Martin Roost Monitoring

Past Presidents

Michael L. Crago