Time to renew!

LMN–NE has been one of the best things about 2018 for me. I have learned a lot and had great fun at every meeting and workshop. Several of our workshop leaders have commented to me how much they appreciated our intense interest and thoughtful questions. Folks, we are a pleasure to teach!

Just as important, we all share freely whatever knowledge and skill each of us has. As a teacher myself, I truly appreciate the value of groups who enter fully into teaching and learning from each other.

Of course, I wish we had done more: More workshops, more fun hikes, more service projects. I hope you will come to our December meeting with ideas for next year and a willingness to jump in and help make it happen!

And now it is time to renew our memberships for another year. Dues have not changed. Everything on the Membership tab of this website has been updated. Like last year, you have two main options: Paying via PayPal online, or submitting cash, check or money order.

To renew your membership online via PayPal, just click the “Buy Now” button associated with the appropriate membership category. You will see that the buttons now specify “2019,” and the receipt PayPal generates for you will indicate 2019 membership dues.

Please note also that you can use any credit card to pay via PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account. And if you pay via PayPal, I will email you a brief form to complete and send back, as PayPal does not give us quite all the info we need for our member records (e.g., your phone & and mailing address).

If you don’t like paying online, no problem. Click on the Membership Form, print and complete it, and mail it to me along with your personal check or money order made payable to LMN–NE. My address is on the bottom of the form. Alternatively, you can hand it to me at our December meeting, along with a check, M.O. or cash.

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Watershed Dynamics: The white blur in front of our instructor, Bill Patterson, is the casting net he has just flung. Kalem Dartez stands to his right, ready to collect what comes up in the net. Bette Kauffman is behind Patterson, pulling dragonfly and damselfly naiads out from under the vegetation with a long-handled dip net. Terri Maness is poking around for critters in the rocks on the opposite bank.     (photo by Charles Paxton)

 

3rd Quarter Meeting

Coming right up! Tuesday, August 28, 6 p.m., at the Union Parish Library, 202 West Jackson St., Farmerville.

Our focus will be wildlife rehabilitation. Leslie Albritton of Downsville and Micha Petty of Shreveport will be our guest speakers. Both are Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries trained wildlife rehabbers.

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Leslie Albritton

Leslie rehabilitates furry critters. Check her out on Facebook and you will find photos of baby possums, skunks, raccoons and more.

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Micha Petty

Micha rehabilitates herps. You can find him on Facebook as well. I hope Micha will show you a short video of his recent release of a big alligator snapper back into the wild.

Here’s the plan for the evening: At 6 p.m. Stephanie Herrmann and the Union Parish Library will kick off their anti-littering campaign. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. Leslie and Micha will each have about 20 minutes to talk about what drew them to wildlife rehab, their view of the LDWF program and their favorite critter rehab stories. That will leave up to 20 minutes for our questions.

I will provide a handout about the next wildlife rehab training scheduled by LDWF this fall.

At 7:30 p.m. we will have a business meeting. Among the items on our agenda: a treasurer’s report, membership renewal, need for one more board member, some terrific t-shirt design ideas from Kim Paxton, additional certification workshop plans, etc.

And to you patient folks from the east side of our service area: I promise we will come your way for the 4th Quarter Meeting. I’m thinking a Sunday afternoon at Poverty Point.

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Restoration Park, West Monroe, La.

Photo of the Week

I love red buckeye early in the year, even before it sends up stalks of firecracker blooms. This is the new photo of the week, made at the ULM Biological Station, Charles Allen Nature Preserve in February, 2017.

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Red Buckeye (Aesculus pavia)                                           Photo by Bette Kauffman

 

Please note that I have changed the “Photo of the Week” widget to a slideshow. And, because the caption will not accommodate enough text to give both common names and Latin names, I have settled on Latin names. Seems appropriate to me for budding Master Naturalists!

 

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We had a very successful visit with Friends of Black Bayou last week. FOBB offered to be our fiscal agent until we get our own 501(c)(3) status. This is hugely helpful! It means that as soon as we get the details worked out, LMN-NE memberships and donations will be tax deductible.

Thank you, FOBB, for what promises to be a great partnership.

We also formed a committee to develop our Master Naturalists curriculum. Our next meeting is scheduled (see sidebar). I will get the curriculum committee together so that we can make a report at that meeting.