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Eunice Man Arrested for Crawfish Theft

Release Date: 04/25/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents along with Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) deputies arrested a man for alleged theft of crawfish on April 22.

LDWF agents and EPSO deputies arrested Kenneth J. Douget Jr., 25, of Eunice, for theft of crawfish from a farmer and booked him into the Evangeline Parish Jail.

An LDWF agent received a complaint from a crawfish farmer that an unknown suspect stole 16 sacks of crawfish out of the back of his truck in the Mamou area.

Agents then received a call from a local crawfish dealer that the suspect was at his plant attempting to sell the stolen 16 sacks of crawfish.

An LDWF agent along with the EPSO responded to the crawfish dealer and made contact with the suspect.  During the interview, Douget Jr. admitted to stealing the 16 sacks of crawfish valued at $1,071.

Theft of crawfish in the amount of $1,000 to $5,000 brings up to five years in jail and $3,000 in fines.

Agents seized the 16 sacks of crawfish and returned them to the crawfish farmer.

Plaquemines Parish Man Arrested for Commercial Fishing Violations and Flight from Officer

Release Date: 04/23/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Port Sulphur man for alleged commercial fishing violations and flight from an officer on April 15 in Plaquemines Parish.

Agents arrested James A. Phillips, 66, for taking oysters from a polluted area, taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms, intentional concealment of wildlife, reckless operation of a vessel, and flight from an officer.

An agent was on patrol on April 4 in Grand Bayou when he observed a vessel actively dredging for oysters in a closed polluted area on unleased state water bottoms.  The agent attempted to stop the vessel, but Phillips quickly pulled up his dredges and led the agent on a vessel pursuit through the marsh.

While in pursuit of Phillips, the agent observed other men on board dumping oysters into the water.  The agent chased the vessel into Sicola Canal #2 where Phillips and the other three occupants abandoned the vessel and ran down the levee.

The agent found white oyster tags with Phillips’ harvester ID on the vessel indicating the oysters were going to hit the market intended for raw consumption.  The GPS coordinates of where these oysters were harvested were inside the polluted area that was closed by the Department of Health and Hospitals.

LDWF agents obtained an arrest warrant on April 15 and set up an arrangement for Phillips to turn himself into authorities.  Phillips was subsequently booked into the Plaquemines Parish Jail.

Taking oysters from a polluted area, taking oysters from unleased state water bottoms and intentional concealment of wildlife each carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.  Reckless operation of a vessel brings up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail.  Flight from an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.

Phillips also faces having his oyster harvester license revoked and not be present on a vessel harvesting or processing oysters for up to three years if convicted.  He can also be sentenced to perform no less than 90 hours of community service.

The investigation is still ongoing to apprehend the three other occupants that accompanied Phillips on the vessel.

LEEC eNews: Happy Earth Week from the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission!

LEEC News

Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program

There are still a few spaces available for the LEEC's Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program. The program, sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, includes a series of four 2-day workshops that will be held this summer. Each workshop will focus on a different aspect of the challenges facing Louisiana's coast. Those include coastal restoration, marine debris, water quality and invasive species.

The program is open to teachers of grades 7-12 in the Greater New Orleans area*.

Selected fellows will attend all four workshops and develop phenomena based on Louisiana Student Standards for Science for use in the classroom and to be shared on a database available to all Louisiana teachers.

Fellows will receive:

  • Stipend totaling $1500 and distributed according to the following schedule:
    • $250 upon completion of workshops
    • $1250 upon completion of all deliverables
  • Water quality testing equipment valued at approximately $300
  • Lodging and meals at workshops
  • 64 hours of professional development/CLUs

Please visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-coastal-fellowship-program for more information and to register.

*The Greater New Orleans area includes Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington parishes.

Environmental News

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Urges Public to Report Marine Mammal Strandings

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) urges the public to report marine mammal strandings as soon as possible. Anyone observing a stranding, dead or alive, should take a picture of the animal and record the time the animal was observed and location (GPS position) of the animal.
 
The NOAA Southeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network has a mobile phone app to report strandings. To download the app, go to https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/protected_resources/outreach_and_education/mm_apps/ . The public can also report strandings to the NOAA Southeast Region Marine Mammal Stranding Network Hotline at 1-877-433-8299.
 
“It is important for the public to notify us about a marine mammal stranding or an out of habitat animal as soon as possible,’’ said LDWF biologist Mandy Tumlin, the Louisiana Marine Mammal Stranding and Rescue Program Coordinator. “We simply cannot be everywhere at all times and the public greatly assists us with these observations and reporting. Each and every stranding is important for obtaining valuable information about these protected animals. The sooner we know about the stranding, the quicker we can gather vital information and obtain more diagnostic samples.’’
 
To report marine mammal violations, such as people feeding, attempting to feed, or harassing marine mammals in the wild, please contact the national NOAA Fisheries Enforcement Hotline at 1-800-853-1964 or LDWF’s Operation Game Thief at 1-800-442-2511. Information may be left anonymously. It is illegal to harass or interact with marine mammals whether they are dead or alive.
 
Dos and Don’ts For Encountering Marine Mammals
  • Do immediately report all dead marine mammals, even if they are decomposed. Call the Southeast Region Stranding Network 24-hour hotline: 1-877-942-5343 to be connected to Louisiana’s marine mammal stranding network. The stranding network will send out trained responders who will get to the scene quickly with appropriate equipment.
  • Don’t push the animal back out to sea. Stranded marine mammals may be sick or injured. Returning animals to sea delays examination and treatment and often results in the animal re-stranding in worse condition.
  • If the animal returns to the water on its own, don’t attempt to interact with it (swim with, ride, etc.).
  • Do put human safety above animal safety. If conditions are dangerous, do not attempt to approach the animal.
  • Do stay with the animal until rescuers arrive but use caution. Marine mammals can be dangerous and/or carry disease. Keep a safe distance from the head and tail. Also, minimize contact with the animal (use gloves if necessary) and avoid inhaling the animal’s expired air.
  • If the animal is alive do keep its skin moist and cool by splashing water over its body. Use wet towels to help keep the skin moist and prevent sunburn.
  • If the animal is alive don’t cover or obstruct the blowhole. Try to keep sand and water away from the blowhole.
  • Do keep crowds away and noise levels down to avoid causing further stress to the animal.
  • Do keep dogs/pets away from the live or dead marine mammal.
  • Don’t feed, attempt to feed, or harass wild dolphins.  It is illegal and harmful and is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
  • Do observe wild dolphins from a recommended distance of 50 yards.
  • Don’t collect any parts (tissues, teeth, bones, or gear, etc.) from dead animals. It is illegal and a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Step Outside Day

The 15th annual Step Outside Day, an outdoor education program hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, will be held Saturday, April 27 at Sherburne Wildlife Management Area in Lottie on the northern end of the Atchafalaya Basin from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
  
Some of the events planned for Step Outside Day include pontoon boat rides, canoeing, target and trap shooting, fishing, archery and other outdoor activities. Children can take part in blue bird box building, turkey and duck calling and other learning events. All equipment will be provided and all activities are free.
 
For more information, call 337-262-2080.
 

Professional Development

WETSHOP

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is pleased to announce WETSHOP 2019, a coastal awareness workshop for science, history and social studies teachers.  The workshop is scheduled for July 7 – 12, 2019 at the LDWF Grand Isle Research Lab.
 
The focus of this 6-day workshop is to provide teachers with an in-depth look at issues related to wetland ecology and coastal land loss in Louisiana.  Participating teachers will accrue 55 hours of instruction covering a wide variety of topics including wetland ecology, fisheries management, and coastal restoration.  Teachers will also spend a portion of each day in the field learning about maritime forests, barrier island beach ecology, coastal restoration projects, bird life, marsh and swamp habitats and marine organisms.  Workshop experiences provide ideas to incorporate Louisiana phenomena based science in classrooms at all grade levels.
 
All participating teachers will receive standards-based correlated wetland lessons and many other educational resources from numerous sponsoring agencies and organizations.  Lodging and meals are provided once participants reach the workshop site.  Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a $250.00 stipend.  An additional stipend is available during the academic year upon completion of a wetland stewardship project.
 
For more information, visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wetshop.
 

SuSTEMable Agriculture:  Integrating Concepts from Sustainable Agriculture into Environmental, Life, and Physical Science Classes

SuSTEMable Agriculture:  Integrating Concepts from Sustainable Agriculture into Environmental, Life, and Physical Science Classes, a week-long professional development program for middle- and high-school science teachers, will be offered from June 10-14 at LSU. The goals of the program are to enable and encourage teachers who are not part of established agriscience programs to integrate concepts from sustainable agriculture into their classes.  Dr. Maud Walsh and Jennifer Irving of the LSU School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences are the workshop leaders. 
 
The workshop will be on LSU's campus and will include field trips to LSU AgCenter research stations in or near Baton Rouge. Participants will have to provide their own transportation from LSU to the research stations.  A typical day in the SuSTEMable Agriculture program will involve a morning field trip, lecture or tour by a faculty member from the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences (SPESS), a break for lunch (on your own), time to practice a short, hands-on lab activity related to the morning topic, and a facilitated curriculum building and lesson planning session. Participants will receive a $1000 stipend for attending the 5 day program. 
 
Click here for more information and to register.
 

Employment

Sankofa Program Coordinator

The Sankofa Community Development Corporation in New Orleans is seeking a full-time Program Coordinator to handle and resolve all education inquiries presented by telephone calls, emails or walk-ins. Additional duties include fulfilling general information requests, coordinating the park programs calendar, and supporting essential functions of all Wetland Park Programs business operations. The Program Coordinator also assists the Director in coordinating and supervising volunteers for the wetland park and conducting education programs.
 
For more information about this opportunity, visit https://naaee.org/eepro/jobs/program-coordinator-28.
 

Lagniappe

National Geographic Educator Network

National Geographic invites you to join a community of educators committed to inspiring the next generation of planetary stewards;
learn from others, build your skills, and be inspired by new ways to bring the world into your classroom.
 

NEEF Greening STEM Hub

Registered users of the National Environmental Education Foundation's Greening STEM Hub gain access to resources and videos on how to use the natural environment and real-world challenges to engage learners and deliver high-quality STEM education. See more information and register  at https://www.neefusa.org/environmental-education-week.


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Three Men Arrested for Oyster Violations in St. Bernard Parish

Release Date: 04/15/2019

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Agent along with St. Bernard Deputies arrested three men for alleged commercial fishing violations on April 9 in St. Bernard Parish.

An LDWF agent, with assistance from the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office, arrested Raymond Nehlig Jr ,35, of Violet, Kenneth Marrero, 42, of St. Bernard, and Brandon Perez, 32, of Meraux, for unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failing to have written permission.  Nehlig Jr was also cited for operating a vessel while under license suspension and taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license.  Perez was also cited for resisting an officer and flight from an officer.

An LDWF agent was on patrol south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet channel when he observed a vessel actively dredging for oysters in Lake Coquille around 1 p.m. on April 9.  The agent made contact with the subjects on the vessel and determined they were dredging on a lease without permission.

As the agent was following the vessel back for arrest and booking purposes, Perez  jumped from the vessel and swam towards the marsh near Hopedale Bayou.  The agent with St. Bernard Parish deputies were able to apprehend Perez.

All three men were booked into the St. Bernard Parish Jail.

Unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failing to have written permission both carry up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to have a gear license brings up to a $500 and 90 days in jail.  Operating under license suspension carries up to a $950 fine and 120 days in jail.  Resisting an officer and flight from an officer each carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail for each offense.

The men could also face having their oyster harvester license revoked by LDWF for up to one year. Violators can be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only harvest oysters from a vessel equipped with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

Terrebonne Parish Man Cited for Oyster Violations in Sister Lake

Release Date: 04/15/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Houma man for alleged oyster fishing violations on April 15 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents cited Jonah Dehart, 39, for oyster fishing without a commercial fishing license, taking commercial fish without a gear license, taking oysters without an oyster harvester license, violating log book requirements, operating a vessel with improper running lights, taking oysters during a closed season on the Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation, harvesting oysters during illegal hours and using an illegal dredge.

Agents were patrolling the Sister Lake Seed Reservation when they observed Dehart activing dredging for oysters with no running lights around 4:15 a.m. on April 15.  Agents stopped the vessel and found Dehart in possession of five sacks of freshly taken oysters.

Agents also found that Dehart was fishing for oysters without the proper licenses and with an illegal dredge.

The Sister Lake Public Oyster Seed Reservation is closed for the entire 2018-19 oyster season.

The agents seized the dredge and returned the oysters to the seed ground.  Agents also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Taking oysters during a closed season brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Taking oysters during illegal hours and without an oyster harvester license each carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Not possessing a commercial fishing license and a commercial gear license each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Using an illegal dredge carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Operating a vessel at night without running lights brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

LEEC eNews: NAAE Conference Scholarship, Coastal Fellowship Program and More!

LEEC News

Louisiana Coastal Fellowship

The LEEC is seeking applicants for its 2019 Louisiana Coastal Fellowship program. This project, sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, begins with four 2-day workshops in the summer of 2019, followed by development and implementation of environmental science phenomena to be used in the classroom and shared with Louisiana teachers on a statewide database.

Apply at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/louisiana-coastal-fellowship-program.

Program Details

· Available for 20 7th - 12th grade teachers in the Greater New Orleans Area

· 4 coastal-themed workshops

· Participants develop environmental science phenomena for official LSSS database available to all Louisiana teachers

Workshops

· Coastal Restoration -  Baton Rouge, June 3-4

· Marine Debris - Grand Isle, June 18-19

· Water Quality - Cocodrie, July 1-2

· Invasive Species, New Orleans, July 18-19

Fellows Will Receive

· 64 hours of professional development

· Minimum of 20 hours in outdoor settings

· $1,500 stipend plus water testing supplies valued at $300

· Meals and lodging

· Support to develop and implement coastal and wetland phenomena in your classroom

This program is conducted by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission with cooperation from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Louisiana Department of Education, LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Ripple Effect, and the University of New Orleans.

Art and Language Arts Contest

There are still a week left before the April 19, 2019 deadline for the Student Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts contest. Students can win a cash prize of up to $200 and have their work featured in our annual calendar. Find out more at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/artcontest.

Conference Scholarship

NAAEE Conference Scholarship

To help ensure broad participation at its Annual Conference, NAAEE offers a limited number of Affordability Scholarships to professional environmental educators. Affordability scholarships support those with limited resources who may not be able to attend the conference without assistance. These scholarships are intended to help diversify participation in the conference and ensure inclusivity in our community.
 
Environmental education professionals, K–12 classroom teachers and administrators, and college/university faculty working full time in environmental education or a closely related field can apply. The scholarship provides a 50% discount on full or one-day conference and/or Research Symposium registration.
 
If needed, recipients must be willing to volunteer for one two-hour shift during the conference, assisting with such tasks as working at the registration or information desk, acting as a room monitor, or assisting with special events.
 
The deadline for scholarship applications is June 17, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by July 30. See https://naaee.org/conference/scholarships/affordability-scholarship.

Employment Opportunity

BREC Seeking Camp Counselors and Directors

Baton Rouge area educators can visit http://www.brec.org/index.cfm/page/Careers to see what opportunities are available for summer employment.

Among the jobs listed is the Director position for Nature Explorers Summer Camp. From BREC's recruitment site: "Nature Explorers is a hands-on engaging camp that introduces campers to local habitats, flora and fauna and sampling techniques.  This is not an overnight camp but we do take campers on field trips to parks and natural areas around Louisiana at least two days a week.  Knowledge of biology or basic ecology is prefferred."  

Lagniappe

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival

April 12-14 Visit https://www.townofgrandisle.com/events/grand-isle-migratory-bird-festival/ for more information.


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18 Subjects Cited for Turkey Hunting Violations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 04/09/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement agents cited 18 people for alleged turkey hunting violations during the opening weekend of the 2019 turkey hunting season.  Turkey season opened on April 6 in all three turkey hunting areas.

On April 6 agents cited:

Whitney C. Green, 33, of Benton, for hunting turkey over a baited area, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Bossier Parish.

Henry Robin Jr., 55, of Homer, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Claiborne Parish.

Jacob White, 24, of Minden, for failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Webster Parish.

Karson Randle, 19, of Minden, for taking over the limit of turkey and failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations in Webster Parish.

Billy J. Bass, 72, of Jonesville, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Catahoula Parish.

Harry M. Herman, 65, of Harrisonburg, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Catahoula Parish.

Cecil D. Gorman, 54, of West Monroe, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Ouachita Parish.

Thomas J. Freeman, 44, of West Monroe, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Caldwell Parish.

Trevor J. Freeman, 17, of West Monroe, for hunting turkey over a baited area and hunting turkey without a turkey hunting license in Caldwell Parish.

Jerry J. Poche, 70, of Ama, for hunting turkey over a baited area in St. Helena Parish.

Michael A. Buccola, of Ponchatoula, for hunting turkey over a baited area in St. Helena Parish.

Ryan Lemonte, 34, of Slaughter, for hunting turkey over a baited area and hunting with an unplugged gun in West Feliciana Parish.

John Keyes, 72, of St. Joseph, for hunting turkey over a baited area in West Feliciana Parish.

Charles J. Fairchild Jr., 68, of Gonzales, for hunting turkey over a baited area in West Feliciana Parish.

Dwight D. Busby, 61 of Lake Charles, for hunting turkey over a baited area in Beauregard Parish.

On April 7 agents cited:

Richard Hurst, 54, of Clinton, for hunting turkey over a baited area in East Feliciana Parish.

Richard Hurst Jr., 17, of Clinton, for hunting turkey over a baited area in East Feliciana Parish.

Garland Meredith, 69, of Eros, hunting turkey over a baited area in Caldwell Parish.

According to the 2019 Turkey Regulations, no person shall hunt or take turkeys by the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area.  Hunters are not allowed to place, expose, deposit or scatter corn, wheat or other grain, salt or other feed to lure turkeys to their hunting area.

Also, turkey hunters are required to possess Louisiana basic hunting and big game licenses, Louisiana wild turkey license and turkey tags.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area, hunting with an unplugged gun and taking over the limit of turkeys each brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with turkey tagging regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Not possessing a basic hunting license, big game license and wild turkey license each brings up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

LEEC eNews: LEEC Coastal Fellowship Program, Volunteer Opportunity in Baton Rouge, and More!

LEEC News

The Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program

The Louisiana Coastal Fellowship Program, open to 7th – 12th grade teachers from the Greater New Orleans Area*, will inform participants about Louisiana’s coastal and wetland issues and how to develop related science phenomena for the classroom. Participants will also learn how to perform field experiences and build-out phenomena into instructional sequences for students.
 
The fellowship includes four workshops during the summer of 2019 where teachers will be exposed to Louisiana’s unique coastal and wetlands issues utilizing current data and hands-on scientific techniques. Learning experiences will focus on investigating coastal land loss and restoration, marine debris and microplastics, water quality, and invasive species.
 
Teachers will use information and data gained in workshops to develop phenomena based on Louisiana Students Standards for Science for their classrooms. Phenomena development and classroom implementation will be supported through a mentoring and evaluation program that includes fellows along with pedagogical and content experts working together to ensure exemplary programming for your classroom. Finalized phenomena and resources will be published on the Louisiana Science Phenomena Website. The resources on the website will serve as a foundation for instructional sequences in coastal and wetland issues for all of Louisiana’s educators.
 
* The Greater New Orleans Area includes Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, and Washington parishes.
 
 
Workshop Details
1st Workshop, Baton Rouge – June 3rd – 4th. 
 
2nd Workshop, Grand Isle – June 18th – 19th
 
3rd Workshop, Cocodrie – July 1st - 2nd
 
4th Workshop, New Orleans – July 18th – 19th
 
For more information, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.
 

Environmental News

Queen Bess Island Restoration Project Greenlighted

Funding has been approved to restore Queen Bess Island, a major breeding ground for the state bird the brown pelican, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Coastal Protect and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced March 29.
 
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) approved funding for the project that will restore 30 acres of brown pelican and wading bird habitat and seven acres of nesting tern habitat to the 37-acre island near Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish.
 
The funding comes from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damages (NRD) settlement administered by the LA TIG. The project will begin in early fall 2019 and should be completed by the middle of February 2020.
 
Queen Bess is the third largest brown pelican rookery in Louisiana, producing 15-20 percent of the state’s nesting activity. It is also nesting habitat for about 10 species of nesting colonial water birds, such as tri-colored herons, great egrets and royal terns. The island, which is battling land loss from subsidence and erosion from over wash, currently has about only five acres of nesting habitat available.
 
 

Volunteer Opportunity

Baton Rouge Cleanup

If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity in the Baton Rouge area, The Walls Project's Reactivate Program is looking for help cleaning up the Winbourne Avenue and Plank Road area. Volunteers can meet at Howell Park any day from April 24-27 at 9 a.m. 
 

Lagniappe

Want to Reduce Stress During Standardized Tests?

The National Environmental Education Foundation's number one recommendation for reducing students' stress during test time is going outside!  "Arranging an outside lunch or a 10-minute walk for your classroom can make all the difference when it comes to dealing with test anxiety," says this article on the NEEF website. It continues, "Allowing students to spend more time outside can actually help boost test scores and help students perform better. If you don’t have access to the outdoors, displaying outdoor images on a TV or computer monitor serves as a good replacement."
 
If you'd like to read more, visit https://www.neefusa.org/eeweek/destressing-test-time
 

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Boating Education Lagniappe Day Slated for April 27

Release Date: 04/03/2019

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will be hosting the ninth annual "Boating Education Lagniappe Day" on April 27 at eight different locations across the state.

During Boating Education Lagniappe Day, LDWF will provide instructors for the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course, NASBLA boating education certification, food and drinks, giveaways and door prizes all free of charge to the public.

LDWF urges the public to register quickly as most places have limited spaces available and registration is on a first come first serve basis.  To register please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses and follow the links to register for one of the eight April 27 classes listed below.

Anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 must complete a NASBLA approved boating education course and carry proof of completion to operate a motorboat in excess of 10 horsepower.

The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment requirements.  The course also covers many navigation rules and charts, trailering, sailboats, canoeing, personal watercraft and more.  Completion of the course will result in the student being issued a vessel operators certification.

Below is the list of lagniappe class locations:

Webster Parish
LDWF Region 1 Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Sponsors include Coca-Cola of Minden, Red River Waterway Commission, Bass Pro Shop of Bossier City, and the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Ouachita Parish
Academy Sports and Outdoors
111 Constitution Dr.
West Monroe, LA 71292
Sponsors include Academy Sports and Outdoors and Johnny’s Pizza House.

Rapides Parish
Woodworth Education Center
661 Robinson Bridge Rd.
Woodworth, LA 71485
Sponsors include the Louisiana Wildlife Agent’s Association (LWAA)

Lafayette Parish
LDWF Lafayette Office
200 Dulles Rd.
Lafayette, LA 70506
Sponsors include Deano’s Pizza of Lafayette

Beauregard Parish
Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Center
412 Boliver Bishop Dr.
Deridder, LA 70634
Sponsors include Beauregard Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited and Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office

Lafourche Parish
St. John Volunteer Fire Department
2072 St. Mary St.
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Sponsors include Renovations Hardware of Galliano and LWAA

Tangipahoa Parish
Manchac Fire Department
30221 Hwy. 51
Akers, LA 70421
Sponsors include the Manchac Fire Department

St. Tammany Parish
St. Tammany Parish Recreation District #7
67835 Hwy. 41
Pearl River, LA 70452
Sponsors include the St. Tammany Parish Recreations District #7

LEEC eNews Bulletin: 2019 LEEC Grants Program Finalists Announced

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is pleased to announce the 2019 LEEC Grants Program finalists. We are looking forward to seeing the positive effects these worthy projects have in their schools and communities.
 
Thanks to all of our applicants and congratulations, finalists!
 
For questions, contact Thomas Gresham at tgresham@wlf.la.gov.
 

2019 LEEC Grants Program FINALISTS

First Name

Last Name

School / Organization

Project Title

Number Impacted

 Funding Potential

EDUCATOR GRANT

Dan

Duhon

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Climate Studies through Weather Monitoring

150

 $1,930.00

GREEN SCHOOLS GRANTS

Daimont

Staples

George Washington Carver High School

Xcycling

821

 $4,400.00

Jeanell

Sullivan

Lusher Charter School

Storm Water Reduction

90

 $5,000.00

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

Heather

Kleiner

Community Foundation of North Louisiana

Watershed to the Red Environmental Education Professional Development Workshop

12

 $2,499.00

Alma

Robichaux

Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation

Talking Trash to Teachers: Standard aligned, Inquiry Based Lesson Plans on Marine Debris

20

 $2,250.00

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH GRANTS

Kiah

Williams

Tulane University

The effects of parental investment & territory establishment on chick survival in Wilson's plovers

1

 $1,200.00

Michael

Cyrana

Tulane University

The effect of hypoxia duration & severity on overall & reproductive health of GOMEX groundfish

1

 $1,200.00

Herie

Lee

Louisiana State University

Restorationof Phragmites dieback in the lower Mississippi River Delta & the multifactorail causes

1

 $1,200.00

Rachel

Harman

Louisiana State University

Eco-evolutionary dispersal-competition-fecundity tradeoffs at the core & the edge of a shifting range

1

 $1,200.00

Carrie

Barker

Louisiana State University

Assembly of low-diversity plant communities within hyperdiverse longleaf pine savannas

1

 $1,200.00

William

Wilber

Tulane University

Adaptive Plasticity in Spartina alterniflora Reproductive Traits

1

 $1,186.00

Joanna

Griffiths

Louisiana State University

The capacity to adapt to changing salinity conditions in the eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica

1

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