Recycling Day!

Is your household running over with plastics, tin cans, cardboard, and such? Mine is!

This Saturday is the day to get rid of it all. Ouachita Green is conducting its Fall Recycling Day at the Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Expressway, Monroe, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Click here for details: Recycle Day Flyer 2017

The list of recyclables that will be accepted is long; in addition to those items mentioned above, this is also an opportunity to get rid of outdated electronics–everything from that worthless old cell phone to the monster TV that’s been sitting in a corner of the garage for years! Even tires (up to 5 per househole) and household appliances will be accepted.

A few things won’t be: glass, styrofoam, plastic bags. Hazardous household chemicals will not be accepted this time, but keep an eye open for Ouachita Green’s spring collection of such items.

Businesses, sorry, but this day is not for you. This is a collection day for households only.

Keep your trash off our streets and highways and out of our landfills and waterways! Bring it to the Civic Center in Monroe this Saturday.

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Bring you tires to the Monroe Civic Center Saturday and no one will have to fish them out of the river later!  (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)




LMNA Board Report

Stuart and I attended the Louisiana Master Naturalists Association statewide Board of Directors meeting in Baton Rouge last Friday. We were hosted by the beautiful Hilltop Arboretum, well worth a visit if you’re in the area.

Water Lily (Nymphaea alba) & Watermeal (Wolffia globosa)
Water Lily (Nymphaea alba) & Watermeal (Wolffia globosa)

Statewide president Dr. Bob Thomas introduced us to “watermeal,” which covered the small pond on the Arboretum grounds. It is in the Duckweed family and the smallest flowering plant. I could see the individual plants with a field loupe, but not the flowers!

The Board spent a significant portion of its time together planning and setting policy for the statewide annual gathering of Master Naturalists called “Rendezvous.” Rendezvous is two and a half days packed with interesting lectures, workshops and field trips, and socializing with other Master Naturalists.

If you are still wondering if you should invest in becoming a Master Naturalist, it might help you to know that attendance at Rendezvous is limited to Certified Master Naturalists and people actually enrolled in a Master Naturalist certification curriculum.

The 2018 Rendezvous is scheduled in April at Camp Hardtner near Pollock, La. We hope to have begun our certification curriculum by then so that some of you can be enrolled and thereby be qualified to attend!

The other item on the agenda of great interest to us was statewide policy regarding certification curricula. The Board is currently creating a policy and procedure manual and it will contain general guidelines.

One policy that already exists: Everyone who wants to be a Certified Master Naturalist, must complete a Master Naturalist Certification curriculum in a local chapter. Even people who might teach one of the workshops in a curriculum must take the other workshops in the curriculum if they wish to become a Certified Master Naturalist. No exceptions.

The LMNA Board meets face to face twice a year, once at the annual Rendezvous in March or April and once in October, and via telephone conference call the other months.

Great Day at Black Bayou

Friends of Black Bayou’s 20th Anniversary Fall Celebration was a great success. The weather was beautiful, the food delicious and lots of folks came out for a good time

Fall Celeb w FOBB

Roselie Overby and I staffed a table for Louisiana Master Naturalists. We had great fun and generated a lot of interest talking with folks. A number were delighted to hear that we finally have a chapter in the Northeast corner of the state. A couple of people put down their money and became members on the spot!

Quite a few others took membership forms and information. If you’re one of those folks, don’t forget to write that check and send it in! We are very close to having enough funds to apply for our 501(c)(3) status.

Many thanks to FOBB for inviting us to be part of their special day. We will be back next year.

BTW, this photo reminds me that we need a LMN-NE t-shirt! I’ll be working on that….


Fall Celebration @ Black Bayou

Family fun awaits you this Saturday at Black Bayou Lake!

A variety of family friendly activities are scheduled 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., including: free fish fry, canoeing, butterfly release, nature hikes, animal exhibits, button making, face painting, GPS activities, birdhouse building… and much more. So come on out and bring the kids and grandkids.

New this year is the 5K Trail Run, which begins at the Lake at 8:30 a.m. You can find out all about it and pre-reigster online here. Please know that this run is open to all ages and abilities, so don’t hesitate to sign up. Your $30 fee includes a t-shirt and other race bling.

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Oh, cypress tree!                                                             Photo by Bette J. Kauffman

Louisiana Master Naturalists will have a table at Fall Celebration, so come on out and learn more about us. It’s a beautiful time of year at Black Bayou!

Fall Celebration is an annual event sponsored by Friends of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

Lecture at La Tech

Upland hardwood forest at Wafer Creek Ranch.

Dr. Johnny Armstrong and his family own Wafer Creek Ranch, designated by the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program as a Registered Natural Area. Dr. Armstrong is working with The Nature Conservancy to restore the shortleaf pine community (nearly extinct in Louisiana) on the property.

The Nature Conservancy speaks of Wafer Creek Ranch as “a great example of private landowner restoration.” LaTech faculty and students have worked with Dr. Armstrong documenting birds on the property, beginning a plant inventory, conducting a soil lab, and more.

Dr. Armstrong will speak at 5:30 p.m. at the dedication and naming of Lomax Hall Auditorium on the LaTech campus this Thursday, Oct. 5. Dr. Terri Maness, a member of Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast and a biology faculty member at La Tech, made sure we got invited. I plan to be there, and hope some of you can be there, too.

The photo above comes from “Road Tripping in Louisiana,” a slideshow on The Nature Conservancy website.