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Living With Water - A Solutions Focused Panel Discussion
This video could be of interest to anyone whose community environment includes this vital but mercurial element!
By Aimée K. Thomas, Ph.D. Director of Environment Program Department of Biological Sciences & Environment Program Loyola University New Orleans.
Hosted October 6th, 2021, by Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater Baton Rouge, this episode of LMNGBR Nature Notes brings us a Zoom presentation by Emma Reid, award-winning film maker of "Finding Common Ground" (Telly Award) and "In The Blind"!
Emma studied Environmental Science at Loyola University, New Orleans, and trained as an intern at the Institute of Environmental Communication (IEC). Emma is the 2019 Louisiana Wildlife Federation Conservation Communicator of The Year and is a member of Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans. She is currently employed by Louisiana Public Broadcasting and serves as a swamp tour guide !
Emma talks about her video production / conservation education work and how she saw change coming through the film-making process. The discussion includes sediment diversion and the jetty break-waters, and of how Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) of indigenous Native Americans and the Shrimpers' local knowledge when coupled with technical quantifiable science resulted in great conservation synergy. Emma also talks about her film "In The Blind" and her learning about the duck hunting and waterfowl conservation connection. She went filming with Audubon ornithologists and Duck's Unlimited and hunters to bridge the understanding between non-hunters and hunters. While the song-birds populations seem to be sadly collapsing, there's better news about waterfowl. They have been doing better, thanks to the current conservation system. Emma also announces plans to be producing regular Naturalist podcasts called The Southern Naturalist!
Northeastern Louisiana is a Freshwater turtle biodiversity hotspot and West Monroe's Lazarre Park offers prime nesting conditions that are becoming exceedingly rare these days along The Ouachita River. Some of the Louisiana Master Naturalists, Park managers and interested members of the public joined Professor John Carr and his students from the ULM Biology Department at West Monroe's beautiful Lazarre Park on September 20th, 2021.
It was hazy and bright, perfect conditions for release of three freshwater turtle species back into their Ouachita river home. The Smooth Softshells (Apalone mutica) and the endemic Ouachita Map Turtles (Graptemys ouachitensis) are species of conservation concern. The Mississippi Map Turtles (Graptemys pseudogeographica kohni) are more widespread but nonetheless suffer from increasing predation and so their conservation is also important.
Professor Carr raised these hatchlings from eggs that he and his students had formerly collected at Lazarre. Raising the hatchlings in incubators protects them from possible predation by foxes and raccoons. He is going to deliver a report of this project to the authorities and LDWF about this important habitat. For more information about Dr. Carr see https://webservices.ulm.edu/facultyac... and https://www.ulm.edu/~carr/
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