Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,
Please find the link below to the second quarterly newsletter for 2015. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.
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:
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.
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.
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.
· 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.
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.
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.