Graduation!

Woohoo! The big day is next Sunday. We will graduate six Master Naturalists: Kalem Dartez, Susan Hoover, Bette Kauffman, Suzanne Laird-Dartez, Charles Paxton, Kim Paxton.

Betsy and Sonny Trammell are coming up from the CENLA Chapter to hand us our certificates. Sonny has been on the statewide board longer than I have. When I mentioned at our statewide face-to-face board meeting in September that we would love it if someone who is already a Master Naturalist would come and do this for us, they volunteered immediately and enthusiastically. Thank you, Sonny and Betsy!

We’ll begin in the Visitor Center at Black Bayou Lake NWR at 2:30 p.m. Our graduation ceremony will be short. Please bring finger foods to share. We will have a short business meeting, but will end in time to show off our beautiful Refuge to Betsy and Sonny.

This would be a great time to invite folks who might be interested in Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast.

Kim and Suzanne, please bring t-shirts. Christmas is coming and our t-shirts would make great gifts.

 

Reminders

Trash hurts wildlife. Thanks to Charles Paxton for putting together this reminder image.

Our 1st Quarter meeting is this coming Sunday, 2 p.m., at Black Bayou Lake NWR. We’ll walk the trails spotting dragonflies and damselflies for awhile first, then hear Dr. Doug Clarke’s presentation on same in the Visitor Center, followed by our business meeting.

Our next workshop is Saturday the 13th. Working on details NOW! Will get registration up before the weekend.

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1st Quarter: Dragonflies!

You all know I can’t resist dragonflies and damselflies, right? Imagine my dismay when Arthur Liles posted on our Facebook page about a dragonfly lecture he was going to in Mississippi–Vicksburg? I think so. In any case, I couldn’t go. Bummer.

Common Sanddragon (Progomphus obscurus) (male)
Common Sanddragon (Progomphus obscurus) (male) at Allen Acres in southwest Louisiana.        (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

So what’s even better? Getting the speaker to come here!

Our 1st Quarter meeting is actually scheduled the first Sunday of the 2nd Quarter, specifically April 7. We will convene at the Visitor Center at Black Bayou Lake NWR at 2 p.m. to walk the trails and boardwalk looking for Odonates. Of course, we will be distracted by all the other wonderful biota of BBLNWR!

Dr. Doug Clarke will join us there. After about an hour of trail-walking, we will reconvene in the Visitor Center, say about 3:15 p.m., no later than 3:30, for Dr. Clarke’s presentation and Q&A.

At 4:30, we will have our usual 30- to 40-minute business meeting. Remember that all are welcome to our quarterly meetings, including kids and grandkids old enough to enjoy the experience. Non-members are free to leave when we convene for business, or stay and observe if they are curious about us.

Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita)
Fragile Forktail (Ischnura posita) at Black Bayou Lake NWR.        (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

 

Rendezvous Events

Rendezvous 2019 is just around the corner and you still have time to register. However, registration has now topped 100, so you need to do it soon. The Board has not set a cap, but we know that Fountainbleau will not accommodate an unlimited number of people.

So this is going to be a post of docs for you to look at. Here’s the speaker list:

Rendezvous Speaker List/Schedule

Please note that our local expert and workshop leader John Carr is among them! So is Micha Petty, who shared his experiences as a wildlife rehabber at one of our quarterly meetings.

Our own Charles Paxton is heading up the photo contest. Here’s his flyer:

Rendezvous 2019 Photo Contest Flier

Please note that you do not have to attend to enter the photo contest. Charles or I will be happy to transport your best shot to Rendezvous, but you must prepare it according to the rules provided in the flyer.

And, finally, yours truly is co-chairing the silent auction once again. Here’s our flyer:

Silent Auction Flyer

We do need quality items for the silent auction. This year we have set the minimum bid at $5. Please think about what you have that you’re willing to part with. Another option is to approach merchants you patronize and ask them to donate something. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit the conservation and education activities of Louisiana Master Naturalists.

Again, I am going and I know the Paxtons are going, so please let us know if you have items that need to be transported.

 

 

Rendezvous 2019

It’s just around the corner. Rendezvous 2019 is March 15-17 at Fountainebleau State Park on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain near Mandeville, La.

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Rendezvous is our annual statewide Master Naturalist meeting. This year is our 4th and the third I will attend, and I predict it will be bigger and better than ever. Education will be our focus as always, and Fountainebleau offers excellent, diverse natural areas to explore.

Rendezvous begins at dinner time Friday night and will end with lunch Sunday. However, it is also quite acceptable to come and go as you are able. We will do a continuous BioBlitz from the time we arrive Friday until the last people depart Sunday.

The registration fee is a modest $80; it includes food and lodging, if you’re willing to stay in a dorm-type cabin in the state park (one for men and one for women). Numerous hotels are available in Mandeville and the surrounding area, if you prefer. You can register online via the LMN Association website.

Here are several documents that will tell you most anything you want to know. I and Kim Paxton are on the statewide board and have been part of all the planning discussions, so don’t hesitate to ask one of us if you still have questions.

Rendezvous Announcement 2019

Fontainebleau Information and Color Map

Fontainebleau Park Map 2