OAS Zoom Meetings

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

Presented by Dr. Fred Sheldon, LSU Museum of Natural Science

When: Oct 20, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time

Fred studies the evolution and systematics of birds and the natural history of the birds of the Malay Archipelago. His work in southeast Asia is concentrated mainly in Borneo. 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.

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Madagascar: A Place Like No Other

Presented by Ken Harris and Joelle Finley

This event will be rescheduled! Date TBA.

The fourth largest island on Earth hosts 6 endemic families of birds with over 110 endemic bird species. Madagascar is one of the major zoogeographic regions of Earth. 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. It is one of the poorest nations in the world with no free education for children. Madagascar was once a colony of France who left behind their language and wonderful French Bread!

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Beginning Birding – Part I – 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 Orleans Audubon Society 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.

Click HERE to watch the RECORDING of Beginning Birding: Part I – Backyard Birds and More


Bay-breasted Warbler by Joan Garvey

Beginning Birding – Part II – Confusing Fall Warblers

Instructor: Wendy Rihner
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7:00 PM, Central Time

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, Education Chair of the Orleans Audubon Society, will host a webinar for new birders on how to identify those confusing fall warblers. The webinar will cover field identification techniques, plumage differences between spring and fall, and even some behavioral differences in these wonderful and beautiful species. For good measure, Rihner will throw in some information on fall native plants to attract birds in your gardens!

Click HERE to watch the RECORDING of Beginning Birding: Part II – Confusing Fall Warblers


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

Presenter: Dr. Donata Henry

Summary:  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


Raptor Identification

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 Raptor Identification Workshop


Native Plants for Birds

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.

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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.