Two February events to get on your calendar, both at the Union Parish Museum of History and Art, in conjunction with their “WILD!” exhibit featuring the work of nine regional wildlife artists, including our own Charles Paxton:

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Kelby Ouchley

Kelby Ouchley, noted local wildlife biologist, author and radio personality, will talk about American alligators Thursday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m. at the Museum. Ouchley wrote a book on the subject titled American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World. He draws upon more than 30 years of experience with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and he was instrumental in the establishment of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge.

I’m sure many of you have also heard Kelby on KEDM Public Radio with his “Bayou Diversity” show. These essays have also been collected into the book Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country.

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American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) & Eastern Amberwing (Perithemis tenera)     (photo by Bette Kauffman)

The second event to put on your calendar features “yours truly.” I will speak at the museum February 17 at 1 p.m. about Louisiana Master Naturalists. Thanks to Stephanie Herrmann, our LMN-NE Treasurer, for suggesting this. I’ll make another post about this event in a couple of weeks.

Union (Parish) Museum of History and Art is located at 116 N. Main Street, Farmerville, in the Union Chamber of Commerce building. For more information, call 318-348-2005.

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