Armstrong is running an exemplary project in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy Louisiana to preserve a vanishing Louisiana ecosystem and restore the indigenous plants and animals.
This is important because America is losing its precious biodiversity from habitat destruction; both the variety and the quantity of living things are being diminished. A rich biodiversity is more resilient to adverse changes and is the basis of our life support system. Therefore, this event is relevant for all who own or manage land in NELA.
We're very grateful to Johnny for his valuable project and outreach, and also to Library Director, Stephanie Antley Hermmann for opening this wonderful venue to us. Yet again she's proving Louisiana public libraries' essential contribution to our NELA community.
There'll be an opportunity for Q&A and book signing and an appeal to join the Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast group.
Links and background information
For more info about Johnny's book please see:
More info about The Louisiana Master Naturalists:
The Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast's mission is to develop a corps of well-informed citizen naturalists who promote, through education and service, stewardship of Louisiana’s natural resources within their communities.
More info about the Union Parish Library here:
The Union Parish Library is located in central Farmerville, Louisiana. It regularly holds events and is a valuable community hub
4/29/2023 0 Comments
By Dr. Robert A. Thomas PhD. Professor of Environmental Communication, Loyola University, LMNA Past President and Chair of The Dormon Award Committee.
The Louisiana Master Naturalist Association, a statewide organization dedicated to educating citizens about the natural history of our state and its importance to their well-being, is proud to announce that the 2023 recipient of its Caroline Dormon Outstanding Louisiana Naturalist award is Dr. Malcolm F. Vidrine, professor emeritus of biology at Louisiana State University Eunice. He received the award April 22 at LMNA’s annual Rendezvous held in Hackberry, Louisiana, and hosted by the Southwest Louisiana Master Naturalists.
2/6/2023 0 Comments
Who do you feel deserves the Caroline Dormon Outstanding Louisiana Naturalist Award 2023?
9/5/2022 0 Comments
Check out this excellent radio interview with The Louisiana Master Naturalists. Join Red River Radio's Rebecca Triche in a superb Conserving Earth chat program with LMNA President Bette Kauffman, Katherine Gividen LMNA Vice President, and Janell Simpson, Greater New Orleans MN President. The discussion covers all aspects of becoming and being a Master Naturalist in Louisiana, why it is so worthwhile and the sort of activities that we do in a lively and informative dialogue!
This is recommended listening for anyone interested in the Louisiana Master Naturalists!
Earth Day means different things to different people. How did you celebrate it this year? What does Earth Day mean to you?
Click here for some uplifting writing Earth Day’s Promise – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
Yesterday Saturday May 7th, at a public Weather and Climate event in Monroe, Louisiana where Meteorologist Tom Pearson taught me much more about weather and climate than I thought I knew (Thanks, Tom), Dr. Anne Fazer, LMNA member, told me "Earth Day is every day now for me."
I had to agree, it really has to be, for us all, don't you think?
My thanks to Anne for the following material and Kimmie Paxton for the photos.
What do you think happened in her experiment?
First the baking soda degassed CO2, and the bag bulged with the extra gas, then the water absorbed some of the gas, the bag deflated and the water turned purple and acidic.
This replicates the acidification of our lakes, rivers and seas. Acid conditions don't suit many marine organisms from corals to diatoms and thus the current marine food web is threatened.
Regarding the distribution of CO2 released from the burning of fossil fuels, according to "The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change, 2nd edition" by Robert Henson. Over the period 2007-2016, land-based ecosystems took up about 30%, Oceans absorbed about 24%, leaving about 46% remaining in the atmosphere. [This book was published by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 2019.
Some links for follow-up!
1. www.earthday.org ,
2. https://clcouncil.org/economists-statement/ . This links to the "Economists' Statement on Carbon Dividends"
3. www.congress.gov : Enter "h.r.2307" into the search box at the top of the page (it's possible you need to specify the 117th Congress), then click the link for the bill "H.R..2307 - 117th Congress (2021-2022)." This takes you to the 'Summary'. Summaries are authored by the CRS (Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress).
Earth Day was celebrated as a Herp day in Monroe, Louisiana, in 2022. The Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast and Friends of Black Bayou organized a joint events schedule that focused on our cold-blooded friends, the reptiles and amphibians. With 1 in 5 reptiles now threatened with extinction according to a study published in Nature (Source BBC News) there has never been a greater need to focus on these creatures.
The day kicked off at 10:00 with a guided walk to look for frogs, turtles and crocodilians. It was blustery around the lake so the alligators kept their heads down as did the turtles. In the swamp by the boardwalks it was a different story. We saw some turtles, frogs, many Broad-banded Watersnakes, a Rough Green Snake, and lizards.
Please see Herp Success! – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
Swamp Night – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
The local TV station (KNOE) turned out to interview two of the organizers and film the walkers setting off front detailed account please see LMNE blog. In the evening there was a presentation on frogs and their calls before we set out and what's the boardwalks again. It was a very different place at night. We heard a riot of frog calls and everyone was excited to see a medium sized alligator near the boardwalk in the lake. For me probably the star of the show was a big old bullfrog that was just sitting on the bottom of the lake with huge eardrums, placid, immobile, solid, with ancient lineage.
A team of 8 people prepared for the events remotely using digital remote collaboration tools, Zoom and Mural.
Earth Day’s Promise – Louisiana Master Naturalists – Northeast (louisianamasternaturalistsnortheast.com)
Please find below the Ppt presentation on Frogs and their calls made by K.Paxton and J. Wright with media sourced from Loyola University New Orleans Dept. of Environmental Communications and The Frog Log that we used to mark species observations.
Click here to download the 121MB Ppt file.
,Our thanks to all who submitted their fine images to our 2022 LMNA Photo Contest. As last year, there were five categories with a sub-division of professional and amateur class in each category. Rendezvous members could vote for their favorites on our Facebook page.
There were 27 entries altogether, 17 amateur and 10 professional. It was another fantastic offering for the Master Naturalists' image bank. Thank you!
Delahoussaye's Scientific Publications include the following:
JIM AS ZOOARCHAEOLOGIST: EXPLORING, COLLECTING, ANALYZING
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