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.


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

1st Day Hike

As promised! Lake D’Arbonne State Park is hosting a 1st Day Hike and Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast is invited. In fact, we’re kind of co-hosts, as yours truly will be a volunteer guide for the hike.

As the flyer below indicates, we will meet at the Visitor’s Center in the Park at 10 a.m. and hike for about 2 miles. Park staff member Penny Wainwright tells me the trail is a bit hilly but not difficult, and although it might be a bit muddy, we should not encounter standing water.

1st Day Hike Flyer

Please be sure to bring your own water and snacks if you need them. Penny also said we are welcome to gather in the Visitor Center to “debrief” and snack or eat lunch at the end of the hike.

I will have some of our LMN-NE brochures and will take this opportunity to do a little recruiting for us. That will be all the more effective if some of YOU are along to share the good times we’ve been having.

Now here’s a little treat: My best photo from the Christmas Bird Count last Saturday, taken in the D’Arbonne NWR.

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White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) feeding on Poison Ivy berries (Toxicodendron radicans).     (photo by Bette J. Kauffman)

Agenda, etc.

Y’all! Hope you haven’t forgotten our 3rd Quarter Meeting this coming Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Poverty Point World Heritage Site. I hope I’ve provided an accurate map this time!

I will be hightailing it to PP from Grace Episcopal in Monroe, but should get there by about 1 p.m. If anyone can’t make it by 1:30, don’t worry. Come. We’ll be on the premises somewhere and you can join us. Our meeting will not begin until about 4 or 4:15 p.m.

Here–in somewhat random order–is what’s on our agenda:

1. The usual organizational business: brief reports from treasurer and membership chair. If you haven’t already renewed for next year, you can do so at the meeting.

2. T-shirts: Hope you’ve looked at Kim Paxton’s designs and considered the questions I put forth below. We need to make a decision that will enable our t-shirt committee to proceed. I want an LMN-NE t-shirt! Yesterday!

3. Certification: A brief review of what I posted below, plus a little discussion of our interpretive project requirement.

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4. Camp Hardtner project: The news is good, but brief.

5. 1st Day Hike: I want to do this but none, NONE, are offered in the State of Louisiana. What can/should we do about this?

6. Plans for next year: Besides finishing our first certification round, what do you want to do? And what do you want to do to help make it happen?

See you Sunday. Don’t forget to bring you own water and snacks, and dress to walk. Remember that we need to leave PP by 5 p.m. sharp.

T-shirt Time

T-shirts! They are on our agenda for the December 9 meeting at Poverty Point. By the time t-shirt weather rolls around once again, I hope we will have t-shirts of our very own.

Kim Paxton has been busy generating designs, while Suzanne Laird and I have egged her on with ideas. Here are the four best results of her labors:



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So… I’m not going to say much about these. I do have a fave, but I think they are all really great. The group needs to decide which one(s) to use and how. Here are some options I think we have:

  • Keep our current logo of the Anhinga inside our name that was provided to us by the statewide Association, print it small on the front of a t-shirt, and choose one these designs to print large on the back.
  • Toss the logo provided by the state, choose one of these, and make it our new logo for everything. Print it large on the back of a t-shirt and small on the front or leave the front blank.
  • Keep the state-provided logo for the website and make a series of t-shirts, using two or more of the designs – and, over time, a few more! In fact, the Arkansas Native Plant Society has a whole bunch of great t-shirt designs. They are a larger organization than we are, but, hey, we’re growing. We could add to the series. I’m sure all of you could suggest some additions.
  • Make this our logo, put it on the front of a t-shirt, and go for something completely different, perhaps that doesn’t include our name, for the back of a t-shirt.

Please be thinking about these options and your preferences, and come Dec. 9 prepared to discuss.

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