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2nd Quarter 2006 Barred Owl Newsletters Baton Rouge Audubon Society

2nd Quarter 2006 Barred Owl Newsletters Baton Rouge Audubon Society

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Newsletter of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society 
VolumeXXXIII,Number22ndQuarter,2006
The 
byCathyCoates
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hetheronthepoliticalfron
,theenvironmentalfront,orinanynumberofways,manyofusseeeventsunfoldingandfeelhelplesstomakeadifferenceintheoutcome.Wemayadmirevocalactivists,butfeelnodesiretodothesame.Wouldyouliketobemoreinvolved,butquietlyandnotleadingthecharge?Weallhavethoseissueswhichareimportanttous.Itmightbeconservation,coastalrestoration,rebuildingNewOrleansandtheGulfCoast,na- tionalsecurity,Iraq,terrorism,ANWR,alternativeformsofenergy,LNG,
globalwarming,taxpolicy,foreignpolicy,whichcongresspersonismostreligious,ormostpatriotic,corruptioninourgovernment,theseparationofchurchandstate,intelligentdesign,abortion,education,trade,balancingthebudget,healthcare,socialsecurity,campaignreform,lobbyingreform,leveeboardreform.notnecessarilyinthisorder.Eachofushasaninternallistprioritizingthedebateswhichwefeelmoststronglyabout.Eventsanddecisionshappendailyonalocal,stateandfederallevelwhichimpactthem.Ifyoudon'twanttorunforofficeorleadmarches,herearesomesuggestionsthatareeasy,quickandwithinthegraspofeverycitizen.1/Contactyourelectedofficialsandletthemknowhowyoufeel.Theyareanemail,afax,oraphonecallaway.Eloquenceisnotrequired.Mostofthemhavepolitestaffmemberswhoreadilyacceptcallsandwritedownyourmessage.Mostrespondtofaxesandletters,andsometimesemails.Allcontactinformationcanbefoundatwww.senate.gov,www.house.gov,www.la.gov.orwww.brgov.com.Keeptheinformationhandy.Contactthembeforeimportantvotesorcontactthemwheneventsareinthenewswhichmakeadifferencetoyou.2/Whensomeonesendsyouanemailaboutatopicthatyouagreewithandwhichincludesalinktoanautomatedlettertodecisionmakers,followthelink.Ifanemailaddressisre- quiredontheformandyoudon'twanttogiveit,createafree2ndaddressonyahooorhotmail.Youcanevensignuptoreceivenewsalertsaboutcurrenteventsoncertaintopics.TheAudubonAdvisoryofferssubscribersnewsonconservationtopicsfromtheU.S.Congress(www.audubon.org-clickIssuesandAction-clickHomeorTakeAction).TheNationalWildlifeFederationoffersasimilarservice(www.nwf.org).3/Joinaclubwhichsupportsyourviews,suchas,perhaps,BatonRougeAudubon.AuduboniseffectivebecauseitsnationalorganizationhasanofficeinWashington,DCwhosepurposeistomakeourfeelingsknown.Therearemanysuchgroupsandtheyareasstrongasthenumberoftheirmembers.Electedofficialslistentolargegroupsofpeoplewhoelectthem.Youmightnotagreewithalloftheorganization'spolicydecisions,butdotheyworkinaccordancewithyourviewsmostofthetime?4/Last,butnotleast.votetheissues!Askyourselfwhatareyourhottopics.Onthosetopics,didtheguysintherenowdotherightthing?Maybetheydidonsome,butnotonall.It'sneveraboutasingleissue.Whichsubjectsaremostimportanttoyou,howhavetheybeenhandledinthepast,andhowdoyouwantthemhandledgoingforward?Itsoundsobvious,right?But,howmanyofuswroteourcongresspeoplelastyear?Itonlytakesaminuteanditmakesadifference.
 
BatonRougeAudubonSociety
BRAS Directory
Officers
President 
ChrisCarlton225/578-0425
Vice-President
HarriettPooler225/291-0077
Secretary
HarriettPooler225/291-0077
Treasurer
JayGuillory225/927-2794
Committee Chairs
Conservation
CathyCoates225/767-9074
Education
DonnaLaFleur225/892-4492
FieldTrips/Activities
RobertMcLaughlin225/926-2223
Membership
DorothyProwell225/923-1070
Sanctuaries
VictoriaM.Bayless225/757-1769
Newsletter
CathyCoates225/767-9074
Programs
CharlesFryling225/766-3120
RobBrumfield225/202-8892HelaineMoyse225/343-3617
 The Barred Owl
ispublishedquarterlybytheBatonRougechapteroftheNAS.SubmissionsshouldbemadetoCathyCoatesbyemailatccbr32@yahoo.com.Changesofaddressandotherofficialcorrespondenceshouldbesentto:
 
BatonRougeAudubonSocietyP.O.Box82525BatonRouge,LA70884-2525
Desktoppublishing:dtp2web@yahoo.com
BRAS ACTIVITY SCHEDULE
Saturday,May20
JoinHarriettPoolertowalk/drivedownWhiskeyRoadlookingfornestingbirds.SpeciesseenmightincludeYellow-breastedChat,KentuckyWarbler,ProthonotaryWarbler,Swainson'sWarbler,PaintedBuntingandSwallow-tailedKite.WewillmeetatCoffeeCallat6amcarpooltothebirdingsite.Returnaroundnoon.Bringwaterandahat.Participationislimitedto15people.Pleasepre-registerbycallingRobertMcLaughlinduringbusinesshoursat926.2223orbye-mailatrmclaughlin@sterneagee.com.
Saturday,June3
FelicianaPreserve.JoinDorothyProwellandMarkSkinnerat7amforawalkthroughthehillsofTunica.FelicianaPreserveisaprivatenaturalareanearStarHillabout40minutesnorthofBR.We'llwalkonamoderatelyhillytrailthatskirtsThompson'sCreekforabout3miles.WecouldseeseveralspeciesofwarblersincludingWorm-eating,Hooded,Kentucky,Prothonotary,andPrairie.ReturntoBRby1pm.Pre-registrationdeadlineisJune1stviaphonecalltoDorothy387-0867orbyemailatdprowe@lsu.edu.
Saturday,June10
MeetMartyGuidryat6amatCoffeeCallonCollegeDr.foratriptothericefieldsintheKaplanandCrowleyareaforshorebirds.Ifpossible,wewillstopnearRamahtoseeWoodStorksandshorebirdsontheeastsideoftheAtchafalaya.WeplantobebackatCoffeeCallnolaterthan4pm.Wewillstopatalocalplaceforfacilitiesandfood.Bringwaterandahat.Pleasepre-registerbycallingRobertduringbusinesshoursat926.2223orbye-mailatrmclaughlin@sterneageecom.
Coming Attractions:
TentativelyscheduledforOctober21-JamesBeckofBroussardwillleadafallmigrationbirdingtriptotheBasin.December2-KarenFayewillleadatriptotheLacassineNWR.TargetbirdswillincludeSnow,GreaterWhite-frontedandRoss'Geese;CrestedCaracara,VermillionFlycatcher,FulvousandpossiblyBlackbelliedWhistlingDucks,Canvasbacks,PintailsandAmericanBittern.Also,therehavebeenGoldenEaglestherearoundthistimeofyear.
W
 
ereportedinthelastissue
oftheBarredOwlthatwenowhaveanIBACoordinatorforNationalAudubonlocatedinBatonRouge.FundsforthepositionareprovidedbytheUSStateWildlifeGrantsProgramandawardedthroughthestatefishandwildlifeagencies.Itisa3yearprogramwiththepossibilityofanextensionto5years.Theyprovide75%ofthecostswhilethelocalchapters(BRASandOrleansAudubon)mustmakeupthedifference.Itiswiththisgoalthatthetwoorganizationswillshortlysendourfirstjointfundraisingletter.Wewillcontinuetoraisemoneyforthenextthreeyears.ThedecisiontofundraisetogetherwasmadeasaresultofthemajorupheavalOrleansAudubonhasexperiencedduetoHurricaneKatrina.Inaddition,anyshortfallinoneclub'sIBAdueswouldhavetobemadeupbytheother.TheIBApositionisanimportantonewhichwillhopefullyleadtoalongoverdue,largerAudubonpresenceinourstateandmoreattentiontobirdconservationissues.Wehopeyouwillcontribute!
BRAS, OA Plan Joint FundraiserTo fund IBA Coordinator
 
 3
BatonRougeAudubonSociety
byRobertMcLaughlin
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nacoldandwet
Saturdaymorn- inginFebruary,WinstonCaillouetledagroupofeighttoRichfieldRiversiltinsearchofSparrows.PresentonthetripwereBobandKarenPierson,MiltonNall,SybilMcDonald,LindaNight,DeeChilds,JanePatterson,Winstonandmyself.WesawnumerousSparrowssuchasSavannah'sandVesper's,butnoWhite-throatedSparrow.ThehighlightofthedaywasaLeConte'sSparrowwhichallowedthegrouptogetwithinaboutfifteenfeet.Weallgotagreat,prolongedviewofthebird.Janegotevencloserandwasabletoshootagreatvideoofthebird.ManythankstoWinstonforleadingthetripandsharinghisknowledgeofSparrows.
I
 
nMarch 
,ourfieldtripwasajointeffortbetweenBRASandtheLSUBirdClub.RichardGibbons,JustinandDevinBosler,alloftheLSUBirdClub,ledagroupof18birderstoTickfawStatePark.Attheparkwesplitupinto3groupsandspentthemorningbirdingthedifferenttrailsatthepark.Atotalof55specieswereseenbythegroupandmanyofushadbirdsthatwecouldaddtoourlifelist,forwhichRichardsaidweowedhim,astheleader,abeerforeach!!SomeofthebirdsthatwereseenincludeWildTurkeys,PileatedWoodpecker,NorthernParulaandYellow-throatedWarbler.WehadagreattimebirdingwiththeLSUgroupandlookforwardtoworkingwiththemonfuturefieldtrips.
 B
 
atonRougeAudubon 
isappreciativeofoneandallwhomakeitpossibleforustosendyouthispublication,maintainoursanctuaries,andtheotherprojectsweundertakeonbehalfofconservationandbirds.Wecan'tdoitwithoutyou!
February1– 
March31,2006
CeruleanWarbler($1000)
LionelHead,RiverRidge,LA;KermitandDorothyCummings,Huntsville,T
LouisianaWaterthrush($250)
Cathy
Coates,BatonRouge,LA 
Rose-breastedGrosbeak($100)
Mary
Benson,BatonRouge,LA;SusanEa- ton,BatonRouge,LA;JosephKleiman,BatonRouge,LA;AnneSimon,NewIberia,LA;G.Guynn,BatonRouge,LA
WoodThrush($50)
BethBaldridge,Prairieville,LA;AnnMcMahon,BatonRouge,LA;E.V.Moore,Alexandria,LA;TomandHopeNorman,Alexandria,LA;JamesRoche,Kenner,LA;HaroldRoscoe,BatonRouge,LA;MohamedandJoyceEl-Mogazi,LakeCharles,L
 
Thanks to Our 
 Members and Donors! 
What our friends are doing
Hilltop Arboretum
www.lsu.edu/hilltop
ThespringtourseriescontinuesonMay7withaneventcalled"GurusandTheirGardens"tofeature6gardensbytoplocallandscapedesignersincludingJonEmerson,WayneWomack,DanGill,PhilThompson,MichaelNeuman,DocReichandCarolVandeburgt.YoumayreceivethisBarredOwlbeforethen...youmaynot!Upcoming"ThroughTheGardenGate"programswillfocusonCrepeMyrtles,Hibiscus,andInvasivePlantsandTheirAlternatives.Seethewebsitefordates,timesandplaces.
Louisiana Hiking Society
www.hikelouisiana.org
TheLa 
.HikingCluboffershikingtripsthroughoutourstatetomembersoftheorganization.Manyofthehikesarenatureoutingswithemphasisonbirds,plants,andinsects.Oftentheoutingsareledbyprofessionalsintheirfields.Monthlyhikesandmembershipinformationcanbefoundontheirwebsite.
Feliciana Nature Society
www.audubonbirdfest.com
TheFelicianaHummingbirdCelebrationisscheduledforJuly28&29.ItisspecificallytopromotethebreedinghabitatandpopulationinWestFeliciana.Therewillbeatleasttwositeswherevisitorscanseebirdsastheyarebanded,plusopportunitiesforshoppingforplants,feedersandmore.
Louisiana Native Plant Society
Seewww.lnps.orgforinformationonactivitiesandmembership,ortojointheiremailgroup.
BRAS Trip Reports
byHarrietPooler
T
 
heBatonRougeAudubonSociety
doesn'tpayguidestoleadfieldtrips.Wedependonourmembersandvolunteerstobeleaders,andtosharetheirknowledgewithothers.BRAShasasitsmissionthepreservationofbirdsaswellasotherbiologicaltreasuresofLouisiana,includingtrees,plants,butterflies,reptiles,amphibiansandinsects.Pleasestepforwardandoffertoleadatripinyourareaofinterest.Diversityoffieldtripsisthekeytokeepingourmembersinterestedandstayingconnectedtoourmission.ContactRobertatRMLaughlin@sterneagee.comtovolunteer.Wepromisetomakeitpainfree!Youwillsurelyenjoyitandhavetheopportunitytolearnfromparticipantswhojointhetrips.Thanksinadvanc
.
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