Certification Begins!

We are ready to roll! Our first certification workshop, Basic Field Skills, is scheduled March 10, 8:30 – 3, at Black Bayou Lake NWR. And I have just finished making website changes so you can register!

Click on the “Certification” tab at the top of this page and you will find a Workshop Agenda, a “Buy Now” button for paying through PayPal, and a Workshop Registration Form that can be printed and mailed with a check if you prefer.

To make sure that everyone has an optimal experience, our workshops are limited to 25 participants each. Therefore, please do not delay in reserving your seat in the workshop.

Even if you are already a member of Louisiana Master Naturalists–Northeast, you must reserve your seat in the workshop and pay the $25 fee. Non-members are welcome as long as we have space.

Please check out the agenda and note that you need to bring a few things with you, specifically a brown bag lunch, a small notebook and pen for journaling, and a camera (phone cameras are fine).

And please dress for a hike! Yes, of course we will go outdoors! It will not be a long, grueling hike, but we will spend about an hour putting our skills into practice.

I’ve already registered! See you there.

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Black Bayou Lake     (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

We’re real. Yay!

Of course, we were real before, but now we’re a real tax exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization! The letter was in the mail when I got home from a conference in Atlanta today.


That means from now on, membership dues are tax deductible as charitable contributions, as are additional contributions, bequests, and so forth. Please note that I have added “Donate” buttons to the Welcome, Blog and Membership pages.

Workshop fees will NOT be tax deductible since you will receive services in exchange for those funds.

Share with your like-minded friends and the businesses you patronize how they can support our work, too!

Household Hazardous Waste Event

Ouachita Green is conducting its next Household Hazardous Wast Event Saturday, March 17, at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center at 501 Mane St., West Monroe, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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This is your opportunity to get rid of paints, glues, motor oil and other standard household waste that cannot be put out with everyday trash. In addition to the kinds of items pictured above, obsolete and broken electronics will also be taken in for recycling.

I need to figure out how to get my worn out TV over there!

Please note that this collection is for households only. Ouachita Green cannot accept large quantities of hazardous wastes from business, farms or other commercial operations.

Please visit the website for details: Ouachita Green.



Look! Look! Look!

We have a video trailer!

Charles Paxton did the video magic using his own and Kimmie Paxton’s images and my voice over. Thanks, Charles. This is fantastic!

I will put this permanently on the landing page of our website and we will start our own YouTube channel. I also will share it at my talk Saturday at the Union (Parish) Museum of History and Art, which will be videotaped, and I’ll share it with the statewide Master Naturalists Board.

Charles has plans for a longer video, so if you have footage and/or images and/or ideas to contribute, let Charles know at <charles@thewebcat.biz>. We will tape the first certification workshop March 10 for the longer video.

We’re goin’ and growin’!


Birding with Roselie

Okay, so…. we have a lot going on! And a very talented Board!

LMN-NE Board member and membership chair Roselie Overby has been birding since she did a science project about birds in 7th grade. She has worked on Summer and Winter Bird Counts in northeast Louisiana for LSU and participates in the D’Arbonne Christmas Bird Count every year. Well, she missed once for a wedding!

She also participates in breeding surveys and feeder watches, gives talks to garden clubs and can teach you to identify birds by ear. So, when can you go birding with Roselie? Coming right up!

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens) at Black Bayou Lake     (photo by Bette Kauffman)

Roselie will lead “The Great Backyard Bird Count Hike” this coming Saturday, February 17. Adult birders of all abilities are invited to meet in front of the Black Bayou Lake Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Boots are recommend because, why stay on the board walk when the birds are over there?! Bring binoculars if you have them, or borrow from Black Bayou.

Now, let me point out that that is the same day I am speaking at the Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville. That means I won’t be able to go birding. You get to choose!

In addition, Roselies will lead a “Spring Bird Hike” April 14, 2018, at 9:30 am at Poverty Point World Heritage Site. Anyone interested in learning about birds is invited, and, again, bring binoculars if you have them or borrow some from Poverty Point.  After the hike, you can explore the wonders of the mounds at Poverty Point WHS.

Thanks, Roselie, for offering these great opportunities to get outdoors and learn!