4/29/2023 0 Comments
Dr. Malcolm F. Vidrine is The Caroline Dormon Outstanding Louisiana Naturalist of The Year for 2023!
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
LMNA Seeks Your Nominations For Outstanding Louisiana Naturalist 2023 - The Caroline Dormon Award.
Who do you feel deserves the Caroline Dormon Outstanding Louisiana Naturalist Award 2023?
9/5/2022 0 Comments
Find out about fireflies, frogs, 'gators, hurricanes and lot's more besides from The Southern Naturalist Podcast Series.
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!
5/8/2022 0 Comments
The Promise of Earth Day
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).
5/5/2022 0 Comments
A FROG BLOG & LOG
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.
4/17/2022 0 Comments
LMNA Photo Contest 2022
,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
Is there someone in your community, or beyond, that you would like to nominate for the Louisiana Master Naturalists' most prestigious award?
Who Do You Feel Deserves the Caroline Dormon Outstanding Louisiana Naturalist Award 2022 ?
The Louisiana Master Naturalists formed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to provide education, outreach and service dedicated to the beneficial management of the natural resources within our communities in the state of Louisiana, USA.
Our association serves seven distinct groups:
Greater New Orleans Chapter Web & Facebook
Acadiana Chapter (Lafayette area) Web & Facebook
Southwest Chapter (Lake Charles area) Web & Facebook
Greater Baton Rouge Chapter Web & Facebook
CenLa Chapter (Alexandria area) Facebook
Northeast Chapter (Monroe area) Web & Facebook
Northwest Chapter (Shreveport/Bossier area) Web & Facebook
Acadiana Chapter (Lafayette area) Web & Facebook
Every year we honor an exemplary naturalist
Our highest award for a Louisiana Naturalist is named after Dr. Caroline Dormon, eminent and accomplished Louisiana naturalist, environmental educator, horticulturist, ornithologist, historian, archaeologist, preservationist, conservationist, and author. Amongst other achievements she was the first female in the US Forestry Service and founded Louisiana’s wonderful Kisatchie National Forest, the Louisiana State Arboretum in Ville Platte, and the Briarwood Nature Retreat.
See more information with photos at
We appreciate your help. All nominations must be received by February 28, 2022.
Please don't hesitate to contact Raymond or myself if you have any questions or concerns and we'll be happy to help.
Board Member in Charge of Caroline Dormon Awards Committee
6675 North Park Circle, Shreveport, LA 71107.
Questions can be directed to Larry at 318-347-3134.
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