Due to safety concerns associated with the risk of COVID-19 contagion at public meetings, the LMNA Board of Directors at an impromptu meeting held on March 17th, voted unanimously to postpone our Rendezvous 2020 meeting to April 9th-11th 2021.
As near as possible the event will simply roll-over to next year. Members who have already paid for their rooms can maintain their reservations if they wish, or if they wish a refund, they may email Janie to arrange that. Be advised that those of us who have reserved rooms and apply for a refund may not necessarily be able to get the same rooms next year.
In case of a price increase, any price difference can be made up on the door next year.
We are sorry for any disappointment that this announcement may cause among our membership and wish you all a safe period of social distancing until the threat passes.
Please follow the recommendations of Louisiana Governor vis a vis mitigating the risk of contracting and communicating the virus.
Best wishes to you all and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Plant lovers among us in Louisiana may be interested in this. Thank you, Dr. Allen for this info about Crosby Arboretum’s SPRING PROGRAM SCHEDULE. Their Round Robin says:
"We are offering four pages jam-packed with programs and events this season! Come pay us a visit soon and see what’s in bloom (currently the pink honeysuckle azaleas).
Please join us this weekend for a nature sketching program and gallery opening by Robin Veerkamp:
INTRODUCTION TO NATURE SKETCHING
Saturday, March 7, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of nature sketching and how to get started in a fun and rewarding pastime in this introductory class with artist Robin Veerkamp. Members free, non-members $5. Call 601-799-2311. Gallery opening follows.
SPRING GALLERY EXHIBIT OPENING: DRAWINGS BY ROBIN VEERKAMP
Saturday, March 7, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. On Display June 8 - August 31
Picayune fine artist Robin Veerkamp works in colored pencils and chalk pastels, and specializes in drawing architecture, plants, animals and landscapes from original photography. Much of her work has been inspired by the beauty of the Crosby Arboretum, where she worked for over a decade. Robin teaches nature sketching throughout the year at the Arboretum. The opening event is free to all. Light refreshments will be served.
Patricia R. Drackett
Director, The Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University
Assistant Extension Professor of Landscape Architecture
The Crosby Arboretum/MSU Extension Service
P.O. Box 1639, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune, MS 39466
Ph. (601) 799-2311 Ext. 102 Fax (601) 799-2372"
"Extending Knowledge. Changing lives."
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We recently learned that prison inmates in the US spend more time outdoors than most school kids! Nature Deficit Disorder can be avoided with a little planning. Here is a shareable PDF of my wife, Kimmie Paxton's research project for certification in our Louisiana Master Naturalist Northeast group. The pamphlet was based upon her tri-fold display that is currently in service at the Black Bayou Lake Visitors' Center to show people how they can benefit from getting out into the fresh air and how being out in the wild can help us feel better whether we are going to the park, deeper woods or to the beach.
Different environments have different qualities. I was most surprised to learn about the forest phytoncides that can help boost our immune response. I'd seen people jogging determinedly aound West Monroe's Restoration Park, but had no idea that they (and I) were being sprinkled by a confetti of beneficial phyto-pharmaceuticals in the process!
Apparently it's best to spend a couple of days 'forest bathing' to get a good dose! Spring camping, here we come!