Events

OAS Zoom Meetings

40 Years in Borneo: Hacking Through the Jungle in Search of Birds

Presented by Dr. Fred Sheldon

Tuesday, March 16, 7:00 PM, CST

Fred has two fundamental areas of research interest: the evolution and systematics of birds, and the natural history of the birds of the Malay Archipelago. His work in S.E. Asia is concentrated mainly in Borneo, where he is conducting a variety of studies with students and collaborators. Borneo, a giant, rugged island in Southeast Asia’s Malay Archipelago, is shared by the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak, Indonesian Kalimantan and the tiny nation of Brunei. It’s known for its beaches and ancient, biodiverse rainforest, home to wildlife including orangutans and clouded leopards. In Sabah is 4,095 meter-tall Mount Kinabalu, the island’s highest peak, and, offshore, the famed dive site Sipadan Island.
Free. Participants must register in advance. To register, send an email request to: OrleansAudubon@aol.com with “Borneo” as the subject line and include your full name in the body of the email message. If participating by phone, also include your phone number. Please register as soon as possible and at least two hours prior to the start of the meeting.

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My Big Year – Birding for a Cause

Presented by Dr. Joe Blanda

Joe Blanda is an orthopedic surgeon from Akron, Ohio who did a “big year” of birding in 2016 to raise money for cancer research after the death of his son to brain cancer. A big year is either a personal challenge or a friendly competition among birders who strive to observe as many bird species as possible within a calendar year and within a particular geographic area. Joe is a long-time nature photographer who will share some of his exciting bird sightings both with photographs and some captivating stories. You will learn how he used his passion for nature and birding not only to heal from his loss but also to discover a new desire to help others.

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Madagascar: A Place Like No Other

Presenters: Ken Harris and Joelle Finley

The fourth largest island on Earth hosts 6 endemic families of birds with over 110 endemic bird species. Ninety percent of its forest species and all of its native land mammals are unique, among them the many species of lemurs, a primate group now largely confined to Madagascar. Two-thirds of all chameleons occur on Madagascar along with 7 species of Baobab trees (Africa has only 1 species). 80% of the forest is gone from Madagascar due to a huge over-population problem and is sadly being replaced by Eucalyptus.

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Bird Louisiana!

Presenter: Joan Garvey

Louisiana currently boasts a count upwards of 470 species of birds. Of that number about 25% comprise rare migratory birds from the far north, west and tropical Americas. It is a state full of refuges, pinewoods, barrier islands and wetlands, all in the path of breeding, migratory and wintering birds. With our mild climate it is possible to bird here year-round. In our current situation of dealing with a pandemic, birding locally can still be very fulfilling. Travel may also be limited due to other factors, family obligations, work constraints or monetary limits. Most of the birds depicted in this presentation were seen on day trips.

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Carolina Dormon, Louisiana Pioneer Woman

Presenter: Linda Auld

Linda Auld “BugLady”

Join Linda Auld in celebrating the life of Caroline Dormon, an intriguing and powerful woman born in the little town of Acadia back in 1888. She is famous for being an artist, teacher, conservationist, and the first woman spokesperson in the U.S. Forestry Service. Learn about her fascinating life, her phenomenal accomplishments, her beautiful Briarwood Nature Retreat, and her fantastic, inspiring books.

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Backyard Birds and More

Black-crowned Night Heron

Instructor: Joelle Finley

We’ll take a quick trip through the seasons looking at the common birds found in our New Orleans area, listening to their calls and discussing some of their migratory patterns. We’ll learn who is here, when they are here and a little something about enhancing our yards to attract them.

Joelle Finley is the OAS Vice-president, Program Chair and Field Trip Coordinator. She has been birding since the 1970s and spends as much time birding outside the U.S. as possible, which has been zero for the past 6 months.

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Bay-breasted Warbler by Joan Garvey

Confusing Fall Warblers

Instructor: Wendy Rihner

Ask even the best of birders, and they will admit that warblers in the fall can be a real test of their identification skills. While many birders prefer spring migration because many warblers are decked out in their colorful breeding plumage, identifying those once-brightly colored warblers in the fall presents a real challenge for beginning birders.

Wendy Rihner, OAS Education Chair, hosts a webinar for new birders on how to identify those confusing fall warblers. The webinar covers field identification techniques, plumage differences between spring and fall, and behavioral differences in these wonderful and beautiful species.

Click HERE to watch Confusing Fall Warblers

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The Monarch’s Egg and Everyday Wonders of Louisiana’s Butterflies

Presenter: Dr. Donata Henry

This presentation showcases the unique wildlife photography of Walter Clifton, an avid outdoorsman dedicated to documenting the natural history of birds and butterflies of Louisiana. He hand reared and photographed over a dozen different species of butterflies, allowing us to marvel at and appreciate life stages we rarely, if ever, get to see. Notably, he did not use a digital camera. He and Dr. Donata Henry, a Senior Professor of Practice in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University, explored the Honey Island Swamp together nest searching and waiting in hot, buggy blinds for warblers to reveal their secrets. Join us for a glimpse into the weird and wonderful biodiversity in your own backyard.”

Click HERE to watch The Monarch’s Egg and Other Everyday Wonders of Louisiana’s Butterflies

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Raptor Identification

Presenters: Jennifer and Tom Coulson

Raptor biologists Jennifer and Tom Coulson share their basic approach to raptor identification, a strategy which differs from that of most field guides. They will provide a number of novel tips for identifying our native diurnal birds of prey. The Coulsons are true “raptorophiles” who have spent much of their lives studying and working with birds of prey.

Click HERE to watch the Raptor Identification Workshop

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Native Plants for Birds

Presenter: Wendy Rihner

Rihner discusses the great potential for gardeners in the Greater New Orleans area to build bird-friendly communities. She will highlight WHAT native plants are, WHERE native plants can be purchased locally, WHY native plants are more important for birds and pollinators than tropicals/exotics, HOW we can help create bird-friendly communities one yard at a time. Wendy Rihner, recently retired from teaching English at Delgado Community College, now has even more time to learn about the relationship native plants play in the lives of birds. Rihner serves on the Board of Directors for the Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans, as well as the executive boards of both the Orleans Audubon Society and Audubon Louisiana.

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BIRDING FIELD TRIPS ARE CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC. FIELD TRIPS WILL HOPEFULLY RESUME SOMETIME IN 2021.