We have completed seven of our first cycle of nine certification workshops. Numbers 8 and 9 are right around the corner, but I am already working on the next cycle and have dates for you to reserve. Here’s the low down:

>>No. 8 Mammals Workshop – This one is scheduled February 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. I just email workshop leader Dr. Kim Tolson for information for the flyer. You might recall that I have been rooting for Tensas NWR for field work, but we might need to go elsewhere due to the federal shut-down. Kim will decide.

bear head shot
Louisiana Black Bear (Ursus americanus luteolus)      (photo by Bette J. Kauffman taken on the edge of Tensas NWR)

>>No. 9 Geology Workshop – Gerry Click will be our workshop leader. It’s scheduled March 2, 9 am – 3 pm. No other details at this moment.

Bugs?? Workshop – I have invited Dr. Natalie Clay of LaTech to do a bugs workshop for us April 13. This one is tentative, but hold the date and I’ll let you know asap. BTW, this is the first of our second cycle of workshops.

>>Plants Workshop – Dr. Charles Allen will repeat his popular Plants of Louisiana workshop. This one is scheduled May 4, 9 am – 3 pm. We are hoping again for the ULM Biological Station, Charles Allen Nature Preserve to be the site. I will be monitoring water levels near Columbia and keep you posted. If it floods again, we will have Plans B and C like we did last year. If you missed last year’s, you won’t want to miss again.

Wild Lettuce (Lactuca ludoviciana)
Dr. Charles Allen with wild lettuce on a roadside near Bundick Late.     (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

The committee and I also chose June 8 for a workshop, but I have not yet approached a workshop leader. Nevertheless, pencil it in on your calendar.

In case you are wondering: LMN-NE members may repeat workshops, but not for credit toward certification. You must have 7 workshops on completely different topics for certification. I will give space priority to people who need a workshop for certification.

And, in case you are wondering… Bette Kauffman, Kim Paxton and Charles Paxton have completed 7 workshops and are working on interpretive projects. The committee also discussed standards for interpretive projects, and I’ll do the next blog post about that.

For the following people, No. 8 Mammals is your 7th workshop: Kalem Dartez, Suzanne Laird-Dartez, David Hoover, Susan Hoover, Francis Rogers. That means a) you do not pay for this workshop, but you must let me know you if you are coming, and b) you are one workshop away from certifiable! 🙂

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