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Discovering Biodiversity Workshop

Discovering Biodiversity

Educator Workshop
June 25, 2015 — 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prien Lake Elementary School, Lake Charles, LA
 
 
Participants in this exciting, dynamic workshop will receive hands-on instruction from experienced educators and biologists, get updates on Louisiana threatened and endangered species management initiatives, and go home with strategies and materials for including biodiversity instruction in their class curriculum.
Breakfast and lunch are provided. Attendees will receive a $50 stipend, up to 7 professional contact hours, a selection of related lessons, plus a book, DVD and poster.
 
Mail completed form and check for $25 (to be returned upon completion of the workshop) to: 
 
Venise Ortego
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
 
 

Student Art and Language Arts Contest

Dear Superintendent,

Please share the following information with your science, language arts and visual arts teachers.

The Louisiana Department and Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission invite your students to participate our annual Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest. This annual event provides an opportunity for science, language arts and visual arts teachers to incorporate environmental studies into their regular classroom curriculm, and provide students with cash awards and community-wide recognition for their painting, drawing or story.

This year's theme is "Biodiversity in Our World."

Louisiana students ages 5-18 are invited to submit visual or written work centered around the theme. Entries will be judged; winners will receive a cash prize and be featured in our 2016 calendar.

The categories for each entry type are:

  • Group 1: Contestants ages 5-7

  • Group 2: Contestants ages 8-10

  • Group 3: Contestants ages 11-13

  • Group 4: Contestants ages 14-18

We have extended the contest deadline to May 2, 2015 to allow more teachers and students to participate. Winners only will be notified by email no later than Friday, May 15, 2015. The list of winners for all categories will be posted on the LEEC website.

Prizes awarded to winners in each category:

  • First Place: $200

  • Second Place: $100

  • Third Place: $75

First place winners in each category will also have their artwork appear on a billboard in their community or have their story published in their local newspaper.

Find more information and contest rules at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisianas-environmental-awareness-student-art-language-arts-contest.

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LDWF Agents Cite Two Men for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on April 15.

Agents patrolling in Lucien Bay spotted the vessel and crewmembers harvesting oysters from a private lease without the owner’s permission.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited Jessie Dardar, 68, from Houma, and Brian Walling, 48, from Montegut, for unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failing to have written permission.

The agents seized the dredge and returned 15 sacks of oysters to the water.  Agents also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have written permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agents participating in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

LEEC Special eNews Bulletin: 2015 LEEC Grants Announcement

We are pleased to announce the finalists for our 2015-2016 Grants Program!

2015 EDUCATOR GRANT FINALISTS

 

Project Leader 

Team Teacher
(if applicable)

School/ Organization

Project Title

Amount

John Dupuis

Jonathan Himel

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Cafeteria Composting

$1965

Michelle Grantham

Dianna Hammond

Villa del Rey

Science and the Great Outdoors

$1942

Paul LeBlanc

Windy Mobley

L. W. Higgins High School

Wind Variation

$1998

Mary Legoria

Pam Fry

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet

Getting Our Feet Wet in the Wetlands

$2000

Adams Lintz

 

Green Park Elementary

Butterfly Investigations

$898

Helen Umstead

 

Scott Middle School

Modeling Environmental Leadership

$1000

SUBTOTAL

$9803

2015 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT FINALIST

 

Project Leader 

Agency Affiliation

Project Name

Amount

Stephanie Krouse

Academic Distinction Fund

Pre-K Private Eyes - Exploring Our Small, Small World

$2500

SUBTOTAL

$2500

2015 UNIVERSITY GRANT FINALISTS

 

Project Leader 

School

Project Title

Amount

Warwick Allen

Louisiana State University

The role of fungi, nutrient availability and competition in wetland plant invasions

$1200

Alexander Ameen

Tulane University

Spatial and temporal trends in a freshwater wetland seed bank

$1162

John Anjier

Southeastern Louisiana University

Assessing the impact of flooding and nutrients on three wetland plant species found along the Louisiana Gulf Coast

$1200

Andrew Flick

Louisiana State University

The effects of predation on disease transmission in soybean loopers (Pseudoplusia includens)

$1200

Sarah Giltz

Tulane University

Effects of ocean acidification on intermolt duration and growth of the juvenile blue crab in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

$1200

Rachel Harman

Louisiana State University

Different forms of density dependent dispersal and their effects on population dynamics

$1200

Michael Henson

Louisiana State University

Assessment of wetlands on the Louisiana coast using baseline microbial community structure and developing microbial indices

$1138

Katherine Hovanes

Louisiana State University

Effect of spatial pattern of a dominant competitor on community assembly processes

$1200

Zhen Xu

Louisiana State University

Assessment of Stable Isotopes of Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon in Catahoula Lake

$1200

SUBTOTAL

$10,700

TOTAL AWARDED

$23,003

 

LEEC eNews Bulletin: 2015-2016 Green Schools Grants Program Announcement

2015-2016 Green Schools Grants Program Announcement
 
Open to accredited Pre-K-12 schools in Louisiana
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries' Environmental Education Commission (LEEC), in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), is now accepting proposals for the new 2015-2016 Green Schools Grants program. The LEEC/LDOE is offering this grant to encourage Green Ribbon Schools initiatives in accredited Louisiana schools. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/eligibility.html.
 
General Information:
·         Application deadline: May 11, 2015
·         Maximum award: $5000.00
·         Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
·         All applications will undergo an anonymous and competitive grant review process.
 
2015-2016 LEEC/LDOE Green Schools Grant Guidelines​
 
2015-2016 LEEC/LDOE Green Schools Grant Application
 
For more information about this grants program, please visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.
 
Or contact:
Venise Ortego
Environmental Education State Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
337-948-0255 / Fax: 337-948-0213
vortego@wlf.la.gov / http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec  

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Nine Subjects Cited for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/10/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited nine subjects in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on April 8.

Agents patrolling in Hell Hole Bayou spotted several vessels and crewmembers harvesting oysters in an unapproved area.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited Jolio C. Garcia, 30, Omar Ever Aviles Gomez, 28, Daniel M. Sanchez, 21, Francisco Arnulfo Ruiz Maradiaga, 34, all from Houma; Hermilo G. Luria, 25, Mario G. Lara, 37, Carlos T. Gonzaga, 30, Francisco A. Tenoria, 30, all from Gray; and Eduardo L. Alejo, 27, from Theriot, for harvesting oysters from an unapproved polluted area and unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease without written permission.

The agents seized the dredges and returned 115 sacks of oysters to the water.  Agents also seized the vessels on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters from an unapproved polluted area brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters from a private lease without permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The men could also have their oyster harvester licenses revoked by the department for up to one year.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agents participating in the case are Sgt. Bryan Marie and agent Richard Bean.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at aeinck@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2465.

Westwego Man Arrested for Crab Trap Theft

Release Date: 04/09/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Westwego man on April 8 for allegedly using stolen crab traps.

Agents received a tip in mid-March about a man stealing crab traps on Lake Salvador in Lafourche Parish.  On March 20, while patrolling the area LDWF agents observed Kurt Frickey, 29, utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps.

During the subsequent investigation, agents found Frickey utilizing 206 stolen crab traps that were stolen from 25 different crab fishermen.

Agents obtained an arrest warrant in Lafourche Parish and were able to apprehend Frickey and book him into the Lafourche Parish jail for felony theft.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Dean Aucoin.

Felony theft brings up to a $3,000 fine and up to five years in jail.  Utilizing stolen crab traps and possessing untagged crab traps each carries a $900 to $950 fine and up to six months in jail.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Agents Make Drug Cases in Jefferson Parish

Release Date: 04/08/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents made three drug related cases from April 2 to 4 in Jefferson Parish.

On April 2, agents observed a group of three men on Elmer's Island Refuge with glass bottles where they are prohibited.  Agents found Dylan W. Melancon, 18, and Brett M. Rodrigue, 19, both of Golden Meadow, in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  Agents also discovered Jhy M. Allison, 21, of Golden Meadow in illegal possession of drug paraphernalia and also cited him for having glass bottles.

On April 3, agents observed a vehicle on Hwy. 1 in Grand Isle swerve several times over the center line.  During the traffic stop, agents found the driver, Jeremy K. Buckner, 36, of Leesville, in possession of 24 packs of synthetic marijuana.  He was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The passenger, Michael L. Parrish, 39, of Leesville, was found to have an open alcoholic beverage.

On April 4, agents observed a man fishing on Elmer's Island Refuge.  Agents made contact with Andrew L. Smith, 28, of Avondale, and found him in illegal possession of marijuana.  Agents booked Smith into the Jefferson Parish Jail.

Illegal possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute is a felony and brings a 10 to 50 year jail sentence and up to $50,000 in fines.  Possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia each carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle carries a fine up to $100.  Having glass bottles on the Elmer’s Island Refuge brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the cases are Senior Agent Dale Wheat and Agent Lucas Hidalgo.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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