Upcoming Events


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

Investigating impacts of the protozoan parasite, Ophryocystis elektroscirrha, on populations of the monarch butterfly along the northern Gulf Coast
Speaker: Christen Steele
Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis (Lakeview).

A pollinator and major food source for dozens of insectivorous bird and insect species, the monarch butterfly is famous for its annual long-distance migration from southern Canada to Michoacán, Mexico, where the species over-winters in reproductive diapause. In roughly the last decade, a small percentage of monarchs along the Gulf Coast have been found to be “dropping-out” of migration in favor of breeding over-winter on the non-native milkweed, Asclepias curassavica, which is often planted in urban environments and remains in bloom after native milkweed has senesced. Work by Satterfield et al. 2015 has also shown that the protozoan parasite Ophryocystis elektroscirrha (OE), to be up to nine times more abundant in these non-migratory populations than in migratory populations. Currently at Tulane University, a team of researchers have been working to track the population dynamics and disease status of non-migratory monarch butterflies in New Orleans. Join us for a presentation by graduate student Christen Steele as she discusses the latest results of our research.

A Migratory Songbird Connects Forested Wetlands Across Continents
Speaker: Katie Percy, Avian Biologist, Audubon Louisiana, State Office of National Audubon Society
Date: Tuesday, February 11
Time: 6:30 p.m. social, 7:00 p.m. program
Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist, 6690 Fleur de Lis (Lakeview).

Katie Percy, Avian Biologist with Audubon Louisiana, will present the most recent results from a study of migratory connectivity in the Prothonotary Warbler. This research was initiated by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society and the Louisiana Bird Observatory, and has grown to include collaborators from across the species breeding range. Such large-scale collaboration has resulted in remarkable insights into migratory routes, stopover locations and duration, and the location of overwintering grounds.

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 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.

New Orleans East-Joe Brown Park and the LA Nature Center
Date: Saturday, January 18
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet just inside Joe Brown Park. Exit I-10 at Read Blvd. and turn right on Read. Turn left into Joe Brown Park at the stop light past Lake Forest Blvd. Do not pass the fire station!
Leaders: Joelle Finley and Ken Harris (504) 715-2647

In Search of the Henslow’s Sparrow
Date: Sat., Feb. 1
Time: 9:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Horse Branch Trail at the Lake Ramsay Nature Reserve
Directions: Drive north through Covington on Hwy 190 from the Causeway. Turn west on Highway 190 at the intersection with Highway 25. Go west for 2 miles to Penn Mill Road (1/2 mile west of Covington High School) and turn north (right). Go 2 miles to the Horse Branch Creek Trailhead parking lot. Might need rubber boots!
Leader: Donata Henry (504) 432-6650

Winter in City Park-Couturie Forest
Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 8:00 a.m., Half-day Trip
Location: Meet in the Couturie Forest shell parking lot on Harrison Avenue between Marconi and the traffic circle in the park.
Leader: Claire Thomas (985) 630-3793

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


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