For those of you seeking certificate and those of you needing continuing ed credit, our own Dr. Terri Maness will teach us and lead our field work Saturday, January 15, 9 a.m. until about 3 p.m.

Dr. Terri Maness

Here’s the plan: We’ll convene at the Conservation Learning Center at Black Bayou Lake NWR at 9:00 a.m. (I will be there at 8:30 for anyone who wants to pay on site, but please let me know your intentions.) The cost for this workshop is $25 as usual.

After a short introduction to the field of ornithology, Terri will focus our classroom work on local bird populations and what we can do to help conserve them. We will take a lunch break at about 11:30, then at 12:15, we’ll reconvene in the BBL visitor center parking lot to caravan to the Mollicy Unit for field work.

It will be important to exchange phone #s and travel together because the Mollicy Unit is a bit hard to find. You have to know where you’re going, as the route is not marked. Terri will lead us.

The Ouachita River is visible from the observation tower at the Mollicy Unit. This area is likely to be holding water Saturday the 15th, but we hope not so much water that we can’t get to the tower.

Covid protocols: Physical distancing and masks indoors are required and either double masks or an N95 strongly suggested. Masks outdoors are perfectly acceptable and physical distancing will be maintained. Car pooling from BBL to the Mollicy Unit would be good but masks and no more than two per vehicle is highly recommended.

The link to register for the workshop is live. Click on the Certification tab of this website. A flyer is also available at the flyer link on the same tab.

This workshop is limited to 10 participants due to the necessity of physical distancing inside the learning center. I have already registered, but I had Terri’s workshop before. I’m looking forward to it again, but.. if a person who is not yet certified needs my seat to get into the class, I will turn it over to you and hang out in the refuge while y’all do the classroom work,

Also, if any of our already certified folks and/or experienced birders want to sign up for the field work portion only, let me know. You can pay $10 and join us at the appropriate time.

Finally, if for any reason going to the Mollicy Unit is not practical (flooding, extreme weather, etc.), we will do our field work right there at BBLNWR. Hope to see you there!

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  1. Betty. David and I would love to participate but we do not want to take the spot of someone who needs certification we’re willing to wait outside until the class is over

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