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Orleans Audubon Monthly 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.

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Orleans Audubon Monthly Programs

Casting a Net for Bird Movements: Louisiana’s SPDOR VHF Network for Wildlife Tracking
Speaker: Michael Seymour, Nongame Ornithologist, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Date: Tuesday, January 16
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist

Michael Seymour will tell us about the relatively new, and ever-expanding, Motus Wildlife Tracking System and how it is being used in bird research and conservation. In 2012, Bird Studies Canada helped launch the Motus Wildlife Tracking System, a network of VHF receiver stations that are able to detect and log codes from tiny, radio tags (nanotags) attached to birds and other organisms. Recognizing a significant coverage gap on the Northern Gulf of Mexico coastline, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation partnered in 2016 to construct and maintain fifteen VHF receiver stations along the Louisiana coast. In 2017, the project obtained a grant from ConocoPhillips that will allow the capacity of Louisiana’s VHF receiver station (SPDOR) network to more than double, effectively creating a digital fence of detection along our coast.

Michael will discuss the latest technology that has made this major advance possible, the state of our current network and its projected footprint for 2018, and the most up-to-date detections from the Louisiana stations.

Why are wood thrushes and other migratory birds declining, and what can we do about it?
Speaker: Caz Taylor
Date: Tuesday, February 20
Times: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: 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.

Caz Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Tulane. She has been trying to understand the ecology and population changes in migratory animals, especially birds, for more than a decade and has worked on shorebirds and songbirds; including Western Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Tree Swallows, and Wood Thrushes. Every species is a new adventure.

Orleans Audubon Monthly 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.

Audubon Park (half day)
Date: Saturday, January 13
Time: 8:00 a.m.
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)

Ornithological Meetings and Birding Festivals

Louisiana Ornithological Society Winter Meeting
Dates: Friday, January 26th and Saturday, January 27th
Location: Baymont Inn Convention Center, 2301 N. MacArthur Drive, Alexandria

This will be a joint meeting of the Louisiana Ornithological Society and the Loose Alliance of Keen and/or Casusal Birders of Central Louisiana. On Friday evening there will be a presentation entitled “A Canary in the Fracking Fields: An Obligate Ri-parian Songbird Provides Evidence of Surface Water Contamination", by Dr. Leesia C. Marshall, an assistant professor and vertebrate ecol-ogist at Louisiana State University-Alexandria, specializing in avian behavioral ecology and stream ecology. On Saturday evening, there will be a home-style country buffet dinner, followed by a program entitled “Development of a Gulf-wide Avian Monitoring Network” by Dr. Mark S. Woodrey. Dr. Mark S. Woodrey is an Assistant Research Professor and Avian Ecologist at the Mis-sissippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. He also serves as the Research Coordinator at the NOAA/Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Moss Point, Mississippi.

On Saturday morning, field trips will leave from the Baymont Inn and Suites parking lot at staggered times (bring lunch, drinks, bug spray, walkie-talkies and please sign up Friday night– carpooling advised). Field trips are scheduled for the pineywoods of Kisatchie National Forest, Evangeline Unit, for Red-cockaded and other pineywoods specialty species, the Cheneyville Area, Lake Kincaid Dam (both morn-ing and afternoon trips, walking involved), and Catahoula NWR, working Duck Lake and adjacent woods/fields. For more details go to the LOS website or newsletter http://losbird.org/news/1712_243_news.pdf

13th Annual Eagle Expo and More
Dates: February 22-24, 2018
Location: Morgan City, LA 70380

There will boat tours to view the Bald Eagles, a birds of prey program, presentations on wildlife, a walking/hiking trail and a photography workshop. Visit the website: https://www.cajuncoast.com/13th-annual-eagle-expo-more

See also Birding Workshops and Courses

Raptor Identification Workshop | http://www.jjaudubon.net/node/2233

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