Fantastic news that the LMNA's Marty Floyd has scooped the Louisiana Wildlife Federation's Lifetime Achievement Award!
According to LWF, their judges for the 58th Conservation Achievement Awards met Saturday, February 17th, and have selected the following winners in each category:
Conservationist of the Year for 2023 – Alexander Kolker, PhD.
Professional Conservationist of the Year for 2023 – Corey Miller
Volunteer Conservationist of the Year for 2023 – Jim Kolinski
Conservation Educators of the Year for 2023 – Amanda Clark & Pam Pearce
Elected Official Conservationist of the Year for 2023 – Joseph Orgeron, PhD.
Conservation Communicator of the Year for 2023 – Don Shoopman
Conservation Organization of the Year for 2023 – AJ & Nona Trigg Hodges Foundation
2023 Lifetime Achievement – Marty Floyd
The LWF awards program recognizes "individuals, organizations, and businesses that have made a significant and outstanding contribution toward the protection and wise use of Louisiana’s natural resources in the previous year. Each honoree will receive a handsome wildlife statuette. The recipients will be honored at a celebratory banquet at Boudreaux's held in Baton Rouge on April 12, 2024.
It's worth noting some of Marty's many and formidable achievements and qualifications for winning this award, though quiet and very modest, he has been a leading light in Louisiana environmental conservation. Marty has a proven track record of tangible and positive impact on wildlife conservation in Louisiana for 25 years!
His service includes Presidency of LOS and LWF, Louisiana Master Naturalist State board membership and regional board membership for Acadiana Chapter (Lafayette Region) as a prime mover there and in the CenLA region. He has consistently exhibited leadership and been an active environmental volunteer and advocate. He has steered group policy and contributed his knowledge to a great many excursions and workshops.
I was very impressed by his owl calls at our Fontainebleau Rendezvous! He privately published and has widely disseminated two delightful bird books written by his father: All About Cardinals and All about Bluebirds. His Bird Counts have contributed to regional biodiversity mapping.
His conservation work as Program Manager for the LDWF program to study the impact on habitat damaged by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill has had lasting impact.
As Ducks Unlimited liaison he enrolled landowners in the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) Migratory Bird Habitat Improvement Program for EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) to make alternate habitats for birds displaced due to the oil spill.
In 2003 Marty helped locate and monitor Sandhill Cranes with the Loose Alliance of Casual and/or Keen Bird Watchers of Central LA.
Marty Floyd was a contributor to the 2005 Louisiana Wildlife Action Plan and was recognized at the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’s Coastal Stewardship Awards Banquet for his 25 years working with the coastal marshes! Marty has thus unquestionably made a lasting and sustainable impact on wildlife and their coastal habitats, ensuring a positive legacy for future generations!
Along with these qualifications, his contributions to environmental education and community outreach firmly align him with this great award.
Working with the NWF, Rapides Wildlife Association, LWF and Tunica Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Marty has co-created a wonderful coloring book that has both the English and Native American Tunica-Biloxi names of many of Louisiana's wild creatures. Marty provided the original images for coloring. This book is available online and is used by individuals with their families and educators. It has been shared widely and is an exemplar of educational material that constitutes an important cross-cultural bridge!
LMNA President Bette Kauffman speaks for us all in congratulating him on a very well-deserved award!
"Marty Floyd is a consummate conservationist. His lifetime of commitment and work to preserve the natural heritage of this state has left us all richer. We are delighted to celebrate with him LWF's 2023 Lifetime Achievement.award. Congratulations, Marty! We are proud of you."
When asked how he feels about it, Marty said "So honored to be chosen for this award. I don't plan on stopping in whatever way I can to promote wildlife and the habitat they depend upon. Thanks for all the support I have been given."
To which we respond, thank you, Marty, for your long years of excellent work in, about and for the environment in Louisiana and for being such a fine Master Naturalist exemplar! Kudos to you, sir!
A good volunteer effort for master naturalists would be monitoring tall buildings during migration to find dead birds as part of LIGHTS OUT program.
Volunteers would need to look in early morning hours using birdcast and bad weather reports when birds are pushed down as result of poor visibility and collide with lighted buildings.
Bird cast is a free app (https://birdcast.info) with live data March 1 to June 15 and Aug 1 to Nov 15. Go to: Louisiana, then to the parish
Combine this with bad weather reports.
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?
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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!
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