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.


Bee Hummingbird photo by Joelle Finley

Story of Caroline Dorman, “Louisiana Pioneer Woman”
Speaker: Linda Auld
Date: Tuesday, March 17
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis (Lakeview).

Linda Auld’s presentation focuses on an amazing Louisiana pioneer woman, Caroline Dormon. Discover who she was, what she accomplished, her wonderful books, and her beloved home Briarwood in Saline, Louisiana. The first woman hired by the United States Forestry Service (1921), Dorman was instrumental in establishing the Kisatchie National Forest (1930). Linda also hopes to promote awareness about the tornado that hit Briarwood last spring. The Briarwood Nature Preserve desperately needs volunteers and donations to help with restoration efforts. Learn about Caroline Dorman’s fascination with Louisiana’s forests and native plants and how you can help restore a part of her legacy.

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.

Diamond
Date: Saturday, February 29
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet in the parking lot of Balestra’s Associated Grocery (Town View Cafe), 7902 Hwy 23 (Belle Chasse Hwy.), 4.6 miles south of the West Bank Expressway. Take CCC to West Bank, exit Lafayette St. (Hwy 23), and proceed south towards the town of Belle Chasse.
Leaders: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
Date: NOTE: Sunday, March 8
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet at the Bayou Ridge Trail entrance located on the left side of U.S. 90 (Chef Menteur Highway). Take the I-510 Exit off of I-10, turn left on Chef Hwy and proceed about 4 miles.
Leader: Peter Yaukey (504) 400-3286

St. Bernard
Date: Saturday, March 21
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet in the back parking lot of the Walgreens at the corner of Paris Road and Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284

Grand Isle
Date: Saturday, April 11, All Day Trip
Time: 8:00 a.m.
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: Casey Wright (504) 343-6225

Big Branch National Wildlife Refuge
Date: Saturday, May 9, Half-day Trip
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: Meet at Boy Scout Road parking lot. Take Hwy 190 2.7 miles east of Lacombe to Transmitter Rd; turn toward Lake Pontchartrain and drive to T-junction; turn right and go to the second parking lot on the left.
Leader: Holly Morales (985) 264-4406

Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge and Honey Island
Date: Saturday, May 16, Half-day Trip
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: Meet at the entrance to Honey Island Wildlife Management Area, Exit 5b (Honey Island Swamp) off of I-59. Good chance to see Swallow-tailed Kite and 10 species of breeding warblers including Swainson’s.
Leader: Glenn Ousset (504) 495-4284
NOTE: To bird on the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area you will need a valid hunting or fishing license, or a Wild Louisiana Annual Stamp ($5.00), or a Wild Louisiana One Day Stamp ($2.00). Louisiana residents 60 years old and older are exempt. Stamps are sold online and at WalMart, Puglia’s Sporting goods, 1925 Veterans Blvd., 504-837-0291 or LDWF offices (http://www.wlf.state.la.us)

BIRDING FESTIVALS and MEETINGS

Great Louisiana BirdFest
Dates: April 3-5
Location: Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville
http://www.northlakenature.org/

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
Dates: April 17-18
http://www.grandisle.btnep.org/
For more information call: Grand Isle Port Commission 985-787-2229 or BTNEP 1-800-259-0869, Email: jlandry@TNC.ORG or sandra@btnep.org

Louisiana Ornithological Society Spring Meeting, Cameron
Dates: April 24-25
Check the LOS website at http://www.losbird.org for details or contact Joelle Finley: (504) 715-2647, jjf1946@gmail.com