There's plenty to look forward to this coming year. My thanks to Dr. Charles Allen for circulating his Louisiana Nature events list for 2020. To this list I'll add other events as I hear about them, so please check this page periodically, and if your event is pertinent and isn't listed, then please let us know about it.
January is Museum Month in the Twin Cities! Visit Monroe's local museums, including Black Bayou Lake NWR's visitor center, and ULM's Natural History Museum get your passport stamped at each, and be eligible for prize drawings! (Passports are available at all the museums. Visit them in any order.) https://www.monroe-westmonroe.org/monroemuseums
Jan 11 West Calcasieu Parish Field Trip by David Booth and Gulf Coast Bird Club (Saturday). *Meet at 8:00 AM at Love’s Truck Stop in Vinton. We will bird GED Lake, Vinton Sewage Pond, Carl Nabors Farm, Deep Woods Cemetery, and Ellis Moss Road. Target species are diving ducks, sparrows, and open country birds. Bring drinks and snacks. Group will do a fast food lunch in Vinton or a late sit down lunch in Sulphur on return. Limit 12 participants. http://losbird.org/fieldtrips.htm
Jan 18 the Arbor Day Celebration and Friends of The Louisiana State Arboretum meeting north of Ville Platte. See the Friends' Newsletter below.
Jan 24-26 LA Ornithological Society meeting in Shreveport http://losbird.org/ Jan 25 The New Orleans Botanical Garden and the Native Plant Initiative of GNO are pleased to present: Morning Lecture with Thomas Rainer, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World 9 am - 11am $25 Learn how to create beautiful, lush, ecologically functional plantings for green infrastructure, public plantings, and residential gardens based on native plant communities. This lecture will focus on rebuilding biodiversity in New Orleans urban landscapes and gardens. Landscape architect Thomas Rainer will address the topic of Rebuilding Abundance in Urban Landscapes. The talk will discuss real world strategies for designing multi-layered, colorful, and resilient urban plantings. Learn tips about how to select plants for urban conditions, how to prepare soil, and how to reduce weed pressure. Both practical and inspiring, the talk will focus on an expanded vision of nature in the city. https://www.npi-gno.org/events/ Jan 25 Baton Rouge Hilltop Arboretum's Gardening Symposium Featuring Doug Tallamy, Linda (Buglady) Auld and Bill Fontenot. https://www.lsu.edu/hilltop/programs/adult/symposium.php Feb 7-9 LNPS annual meeting Woodworthhttps://85ca4306-f6e4-4fbd-b4a6-62798a3773c3.filesusr.com/ugd/38d545_0c8293fec4b9499cba757eeb1a1ce479.pdf March 24 thru May 28Plant identification classes at Allen Acres. Classes will be Tues-Wed and Thurs and cost $300 for the complete class (3 days) or two day ($200) or one day ($100). Lunch is included and there's a choice of lodging, to be booked independently. Please see the form below.
April 3-5 Annual BBBBBogs, Birds, Butterflies, Baygalls toursplus a 50 year anniversary and a 75 year birthday celebration at Allen Acres, Pitkin (details soon)
April 17-19 Louisiana Master Naturalist Association Annual Rendezvous at Camp Hardtner, near Pollock , Louisiana. All members are welcome to join this three day event of environmental education, fellowship and service (see our dedicated Rendezvous Page) Places need to be booked in advance.
April 24-26LA Ornithological Society Spring meeting in Shreveport http://losbird.org/ May 14-17 and May 21-24 National Bug-guide Gathering Spring Edition, Allen Acres. See attached info below.