The registration link for the Bugs workshop this coming Saturday is now live on the Certification tab of this website. Yes, I’m kinda running late, so get registered now!

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Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) – I am thrilled to have gotten this good a photo in spite of the thick cover the pair were in.       (©Bette J. Kauffman)

As usual, if you want to pay on site, email me please. Here’s the Workshop 1 Flyer.

Dr. Natalie Clay is our workshop leader. We will convene on the Tech campus, very likely the same room we have used before, but she has been on the road and will reserve a space for us Monday. I will convey that via email by mid-week.

Our classroom time will include an intro to entomology, major orders of insects, identification, and methods of collecting and preserving.

We will go to the Louisiana Tech Arboretum for our field work. Wear footwear and pants you don’t mind getting wet and muddy! Bring the usual field gear and protection from the sun just in case.

Ahh, the weather! At this time, scattered thunderstorms are predicted for Saturday, with a high of 70 degrees. I plan to bring a rain jacket and will only stay indoors if it is pouring.

But Natalie says if we can’t go outdoors, we will sift through leaf litter indoors, look at Tech’s specimens, etc. Expect to see bugs!

Speaking of rain and bugs.. We had a great 1st Quarter Meeting today at Black Bayou Lake NWR. We saw dragonflies, heard Dr. Doug Clarke’s excellent presentation on Odonates, and got wet over a pair of prothonotary warblers! Then there was this little guy on the path as we hurried back to the Visitor Center in the rain. Perfect afternoon, if you ask me. More about it later.

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Broad-banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata confluens)     (©Bette J. Kauffman)

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