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 <>. 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!

. . . . LMNA needs you!

Next Saturday, February 17, at 1 p.m., I will give a PowerPoint presentation about Louisiana Master Naturalists at the Union (Parish) Museum of History and Art in Farmerville at 1 p.m. Although I will focus on us–the Northeast Chapter–I will give an overview of the statewide organization.


The image above illustrates how the state is divided into 7 chapter service areas. I will talk about our statewide mission and the state Board of Directors and Officers.

Up to this point, Stuart Hodnett and Bette Kauffman, as co-founders of the Northeast Chapter, have been our representatives to the state Board. Now that we are full members of the LMN Association, we are entitled to three representatives to the state Board.

So… who would like to become our third representative to the state Board? It can be any member in good standing. You do not need to be an officer or a chapter Board member.


The above excerpt from my PowerPoint lists the key statewide officers, and as you can see, the LMNA Board is currently without a secretary. Again. this person can be any member in good standing. Thus, YOU could become a representative of the Northeast Chapter AND the statewide Board Secretary in a heartbeat! Again, don’t be shy…!

One other point I will make is that in our relatively short time of existence, the Northeast Chapter has 23 members from 7 of the 12 parishes in our service area. Please note below the parishes from which we don’t have members and think about who you know in those parishes who share our values and vision. Let’s get all 12 parishes involved!


Finally, be reminded that my presentation is in conjunction with the “Wild!” exhibit at the Museum, which includes our own Charles Paxton as one of the featured artists. Can’t wait to see Charles’ work!

Earth Day!

Earth Day is coming and we will celebrate with two of our partner organizations. Ouachita Green and Black Bayou Lake NWR are hosting a free family fun day at Black Bayou.

Earth DayThe date is Saturday, April 21, and the hours 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast will have a table. If you can help staff the table, please let me know!

I think we can now afford to purchase a fun give-away with our name on it. If you have a suggested item, let me know that, too.

Here’s hoping we have spring weather that day, but Black Bayou is beautiful in any weather. Come on out and bring your family to celebrate all things green, natural and earthy!

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Just Before the Rain     (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)