Our LMN-NE Events Committee invites all members to participate in a new nature-focused conversation salon called Wild Talk. It will be a zoom conversation, with focus topics provided along with the emailed zoom invitation.

The first topic is “Winter in Louisiana,” an interesting topic to be sure. The first edition of Wild Talk is scheduled this Thursday, January 13, from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The zoom invitation has already gone out, but if you’re a member and can’t find your email invitation, contact Charles Paxton.

This photo was made January 5, 2016 at Allen Acres in Vernon Parish. Can you identify the plant?

The sessions will begin with a short quiz–no grades issued, it’s strictly for fun! I will not be able to attend this first edition, but I already have some questions in mind that I will submit to Charles.

Participants in the conversation will share outdoor experiences of a seasonal nature, what kinds of wildlife and natural phenomena can be seen and where at this time of year, and so forth. If numbers warrant, the break-out room feature of zoom meetings will be utilized to make it easier for all to share in a small group setting.

The purposes of Wild Talk are to get to know each other better and continue our learning and sharing of information as naturalists. These sessions might well also spawn ideas for actual outdoor excursions.

As personal testimony, I can say that those of us who registered for 2021’s virtual statewide Rendezvous did two sessions like this and had a blast. I highly recommend it.

If you want to submit questions for the opening quiz, send them to Charles Paxton via email <lmnacoms@gmail.com> by Wednesday, January 12, for inclusion in Kimmie Paxton’s Power Point.

So… tell the truth now! Who knew the plant in the photo to be Summer Huckleberry (Vaccinium elliotti)?

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