Upcoming Events

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.

Wine & Cheese Party
Date: Tuesday, September 17
Times: 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist
Reservations: Please R.S.V.P. to Mary Joe Krieger, 504–866-3396, maryjkrieger@gmail.com before September 12th. This really helps us with planning.

Mingle with birders, ornithologists, hummingbird and wildlife garden experts, master naturalists, and outdoor enthusiasts. Get to know the fun folks who make up the Orleans Audubon Society and the Crescent Bird Club.


Bee Hummingbird photo by Joelle Finley

OAS and Crescent Bird Club Fall Banquet
Date: Tuesday, October 15
Times: Cash bar 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:00 p.m., program 8:00 p.m.
Location: Augie’s Restaurant, 6005 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, LA 70123
Menu: Catfish Lafitte-Fried Catfish topped with a Creamy Crawfish Sauce, served with Potatoes and a Vegetable Medley; Veal Parmesan-Panned Baby Veal, topped with Melted Mozzarella Cheese, served with Angel Hair Pasta and Marinara Sauce; Chicken St. Charles-Baked Boneless Chicken Breast topped with a Creamy Shrimp Sauce, served with Potatoes and a Vegetable Medley; or Grilled Vegetables for vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc. All come with salad, bread pudding and iced tea.

Banquet Program:
Recreating Eden in Costa Rica: Gardeners in a Birding Paradise: Skutch, Wilson, and Some Exemplary Austrians
Speaker: Wendy Rihner

What would you do if you had a few acres on the southern edge of Costa Rica? Alexander Skutch, Robert Wilson, and Michael Schnitzler knew what they would do, and many people remain ever thankful. When we think of botanical gardens, we do not often think of them being located in the tropics, especially in rural or agricultural areas. But because of their foresight, Skutch, Wilson, and Schnitzler provided birders and botanists alike three of the world’s most glorious tropical gardens in which to study the relationships between birds and plants. Rihner will take us on a tour of these garden paradises through photography and the written word, highlighting birds like the Yellow-billed Cotinga, the Fiery-billed Aracari, the Speckled Tanager and the plants they require, while also sharing with us Skutch’s descriptive and often quite lyrical discussions of these birds.

Reservations: Banquet reservations must be RECEIVED by October 12th.
$25/person on or before October 5th
$30/person October 6th-October 12th. No reservations after October 12th.
Mail check payable to Orleans Audubon Society to: Mary Joe Krieger, 3623 Nashville Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125; (504) 866-3396, maryjkrieger@gmail.com
Please include the names of people attending and their choice of entrée:
Entrée Choices: #1 Catfish Lafitte, #2 Veal Parmesan, #3 Chicken St.Charles, #4 Grilled vegetables

BIRDING EVENTS

Feliciana Hummingbird Festival
Date: Saturday, September 14th
Location: 15736 Tunica Trace, Tunica, LA, on Highway 66
Time: 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Free admission.

Hummingbirds are miraculous creatures. They are swift, colorful, can dart about and can even fly backwards. They also beat their tiny wings some 50 times per second! Visitors will have the opportunity to see the birds up close and personal by coming to the land where Audubon taught and did much of his work. Each year, National WildBird Refuge hosts this hummingbird celebration at their 400-acre site in the heart of the beautiful Tunica Hills near beautiful St. Francisville.

Master hummingbird bander, Erik Johnson of Audubon Louisiana, will set special traps to catch and band the birds while visitors look on. Many get the opportunity to hold the little jewels in their hand and release them back to the wild.

BIRDING FIELD 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.

Grand Isle
Date: Saturday, October 19
Time: 8:00 a.m. (Full Day Trip)
Location: Meet at Moran's grocery/gas station on the corner of Hwy. 1 and Hwy 3090 (Fourchon Rd.) right where you come off of the new bridge. Note: The new bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway is a toll bridge. You can pay your toll at the toll booth at the bridge.
Leader: Grand Isle’s own Casey Wright (504) 343-6225

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
Date: SUNDAY, November 3
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet at the Bayou Ridge Trail entrance located on US 90 (Chef Menteur Highway) across from Recovery Road in New Orleans East. Exit I-510; go left on Hwy 90, about 4 miles to parking area on the left.
Leader: Peter Yaukey (504) 400-3286

Diamond/Venice
Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 8:00 a.m., Full Day Trip
Location: Cross the Crescent City Connection, On Westbank Exp. exit Hwy 23 (Lafayette St/Bell Chase Hwy), drive 5 miles and meet in Balestra’s Associated Grocery parking lot, on the right just past the Intersection with Hwy 406 (Woodland Hwy)
Leaders: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

St. Bernard
Date: Saturday, November 16
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet at Walgreen’s on the corner of Paris Rd. and Judge Perez in Chalmette.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

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