Audubon Louisiana’s Plants for Birds Webinar Series:

Jane Patterson will present the first of Audubon Louisiana’s Plants for Birds webinar series:

Inviting Birds to Your Yard with Plants

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CT

Join your fellow bird-lovers and learn how to use native plants to turn your yard into a haven for birds! In this webinar, Jane Patterson, President of Baton Rouge Audubon Society, will teach ways to attract birds to your yard with plants, with an emphasis on plants that are native to our area. She will also cover resources that will help you to transform your yard, including sources for native plants in south Louisiana.

Registration required. Register here:



Presenter: Dr. Donata Henry

Summary: The Monarch’s Egg and Everyday Wonders of Louisiana’s Butterflies 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 RECORDING of The Monarch’s Egg and Other Everyday Wonders of Louisiana’s Butterflies


Presenters: Jennifer and Tom Coulson

Summary: 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 RECORDING of the Raptor Identification Workshop


Presenter: Wendy Rihner

Summary: 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.

Click HERE to watch the RECORDING of Native Plants for Birds



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.