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LEEC Short Course Spotlight: Cross-curricular Instruction with Animals in the Classroom (Monroe Region) Workshop and Tour

LEEC's 2019 Regional Short Course event is fast approaching. With it, we're looking to bring environmental education professional development to communities all around the state. Classroom teachers and non-formal educators have a host of choices available at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2019-leec-regional-short-courses for the February 16 event. Today, we're spotlighting: Cross-curricular Instruction with Animals in the Classroom.
 
Using the Louisiana Student Standards for Science, Language Arts, and Math,we will provide K-5 teachers of Northeast Louisiana a comprehensive workshop that includes hands-on activities which highlight environmental stewardship.Students at the K-5 level are extremely impressionable and it is never too soon to spark their interests in environmental conservation, research, and protection. 
 
The workshop will include the opportunity to learn how to create habitats using earthworms, mealworms, and butterflies, which will cover all elements that teachers need to replicate and implement the habitat in their own classrooms. Building these habitats will teach students how to engage in language arts through keeping journals, and science and math skills through building and maintaining the habitats. 
 
The workshop will also include a tour through Monroe’s Chennault Park where teachers will be exposed to our local resources for scientific education. During the tour, the LEEC, Black Bayou and ULM will work collectively on a water sampling event at the pond. First 30 classroom teachers registered receive a USB microscope! The microscopes will be used after to examine the water for show and tell. Ryan Daniel, an Inland Wildlife Biologist, and Nova Clarke, Black Bayou Education Specialist, will participate in the water sampling by discussing the aquatic habitat and ecosystem of the pond.
 
Photos: Situated adjacent to Monroe's Chennault Park, the Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum boasts important cultural exhibits along with space for the community to gather and learn.
 
Location: Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum, 1051 Chennault Park Drive, Monroe, LA 71203
Grade Level: K-5th
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Orleans Parish Man Pleads Guilty To Illegal Disposal of Waste Tires

Release Date: 01/24/2019

Orleans Parish resident Bryant Joseph Ballard pleaded guilty Friday, Jan. 18, in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court for illegal disposal of waste tires and unauthorized use of a movable.

In Feb. 2018, Ballard, 57, was arrested by New Orleans Police Department officers for theft of a U-Haul truck and an outstanding Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) warrant for illegal disposal of waste tires in New Orleans East.  As the result of an extensive investigation, agents concluded that Ballard was using rented U-Haul trucks to collect and illegally dispose of waste tires in New Orleans East.  After conducting numerous hours of covert surveillance, investigators with the LDEQ Criminal Investigation Section obtained an arrest warrant for Ballard on Dec. 1, 2017.

The LDEQ warrant outlined four counts of illegal disposal of waste tires in New Orleans and New Orleans East.  The investigation was handled by a task force comprising of agents from LDEQ, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), the Louisiana State Police, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Law Enforcement and NOPD.

On Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, Ballard pleaded guilty to all charges. The Honorable Judge Keva Landrum-Johnson sentenced Ballard to the statutory maximum of two years in prison for unauthorized use of a movable and to the statutory maximum of one year for illegal disposal of waste tires. Judge Landrum-Johnson ordered Ballard to serve the two sentences consecutively for a total of three years.

“Cases like this send the message that this department will not go easy on waste tire disposal violators,” LDEQ Secretary Dr. Chuck Carr Brown said. “Our CIS personnel put in many hours of time and effort to stop these perpetrators and send our message to others: If you break the law, we’re coming after you.”

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet said, “I applaud everyone that helped make this case. The horrible practice of dumping tires is devastating to our fishing, hunting and recreational areas that our residents and visitors want to enjoy.”

The prosecution was handled by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office, District Attorney Leon A. Cannizzaro and Assistant District Attorney Darius Greene.

Opelousas Man Cited For Illegal Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/23/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement agents cited an Opelousas man for alleged deer night hunting violations on Jan. 13.

Agents cited Marcus Ortego, 41, for taking deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, taking deer from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, and discharging a firearm from a public road.

Agents were on patrol in the Lawtell area and responded to call from a Louisiana State Police trooper about possible deer hunting violations.  The trooper made a traffic stop and found a dead doe in the bed of a pickup truck.

Agents responded to the call from Louisiana State Police and during questioning determined that Ortego harvested the doe at night with a 20 gauge shotgun from a public road near the intersection of Hwy. 29 and Interstate 49 in Evangeline Parish.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road and taking deer from a moving vehicle each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings up to a $50 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Illegal spotlighting from a public road brings up to a $175 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

Ortego may also face civil restitution totaling up to $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LEEC eNews: Present at KLB's Conference, Apply for LEEC Grants, and More!

LEEC News

Spaces are Filling Up for the 2019 Regional Short Course Event

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission has planned short course events in every corner of the state for February 16, 2016. Teachers and non-formal educators: Choose a workshop near you or opt to discover a new area of our state! Earn CLUs; receive lessons, activities, supplies and other goodies! Registration is $20, which includes lunch. Classroom teachers completing the course will receive a $30 stipend from the Louisiana Environmental Education Association. Whether you want to kayak on Indian Bayou or plant marsh grasses at Big Branch, learn how to raise insects in your classroom or discover the benefits of citizen science, we've got the right short course for you!
 
Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2019-leec-regional-short-courses to access full course descriptions and to register.
 

LEEC Grants Program

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) is now accepting proposals for their 2019-2020 Grants Program. The submission deadline for each of these grants is February 22, 2019. Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
 
Visit http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/grant-opportunities for category descriptions, guidelines and applications.
 

Educator Opportunities

North American Association for Environmental Education Seeks Competition Judges

NAAEE is seeking desk reviewers to judge applicants to the 2019 UL Innovative Education Award (ULIEA). Judges will review applications submitted by non-profit programs across the US and Canada, using a rubric to identify the strongest and most innovative candidates.
 
The ULIEA team will provide the judging materials and applications to review on Friday, March 22, with a deadline of turning in your scores by 5pm ET on Thursday, April 4.
 
Each judge will receive up to (10) applications to review and we expect the review process to take no more than (4) hours. Judges will receive an honorarium of $100 in the form of a AMEX gift card for their contribution to this process.  
 
If you are interested in participating as a Desk Reviewer, please register here by Friday, February 9, 2019. We will advise you by no later than Friday, March 1 as to whether you have been selected to participate as a Desk Reviewer. 
 
For questions, please contact Christiane Maertens at Christiane@naaee.org.
 

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Opens Call for Presenters for its Sept. 25-26 Conference

Keep Louisiana Beautiful is seeking dynamic presentations for its 2019 annual state conference. The state conference is an opportunity for community leaders, elected officials, businesses, and non-profit organizations to come together and learn how we can create a greener, cleaner Louisiana. 
 
Each year, KLB's conference educates attendees about how they can improve their local communities through volunteer engagement and retention, innovative strategies to reduce and prevent litter, and new research that sheds light on current environmental issues. Share your knowledge and experiences - apply by February 16, 2019.
 
 

Webinar

GOMA Offers Beneficial Use of Dredge Materials Webinar

In this webinar, Karin Olsen and Wendell Mears, of Anchor QEA, will share the story of a novel cross-state collaboration. They will discuss the methods associated with dredged sediment from the Port of Gulfport to restore marshes in coastal Louisiana. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Central Time.  
 
Access the webinar through Adobe Connect: https://meet51615459.adobeconnect.com/goma_webinar/  
 
For questions, contact Christina Mohrman, GOMA Program Coordinator at Christina.Mohrman@gomxa.org.     
 

Lagniappe

Audubon Nature Institute Career Fair

The Audubon Nature Institute is seeking candidates for full-time, part-time, and volunteer positions. A career fair will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Audubon Tea Room, 6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans.
 
Visit https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/careers for more information.
 

Audubon Zoo Offers Free Admission to Orleans Residents

Beginning this month, Audubon Zoo will be hosting Orleans Parish Appreciation Day each Wednesday in 2019.  Residents with a government issued identification card that indicates they are residents of Orleans Parish will receive “free admission with up to four guests to Audubon attractions, rotating each week from the zoo, aquarium, butterfly garden and insectarium and the planetarium at the Louisiana Nature Center.”  Orleans Parish residents who receive SNAP benefits will also be eligible to receive free admission with up to four guest at the “zoo and the other Audubon properties.”   
 
 

Melville Father and Son Arrested For Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/18/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Melville men on Jan. 12 for alleged deer hunting violations in St. Landry Parish.

Agents arrested Virgil Duvall, 58, and Kendell Duvall, 38, for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a public road, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, illegal spotlighting from a public road, discharging a firearm from a public road and intentional littering.

Agents were on patrol in the Palmetto area when they observed the subjects actively hunting from their vehicle using spotlights while traveling down a public roadway.  Agents then witnessed the subjects shoot a .22 caliber rifle at a deer from the public roadway.

After making contact with the men, agents also found out that they tossed an aluminum can onto the shoulder of the road to mark their location.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road and taking deer from a moving vehicle each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Discharging a firearm from a public road brings up to a $50 fine and 30 days in jail. Illegal spotlighting from a public road brings up to a $175 fine and 30 days in jail.  Intentional Littering brings up to a $500 fine and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program.

Mississippi Men Cited for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/18/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two Mississippi men for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 14 in Madison Parish.

Agents cited Brennen Parham, 20, and Jeremy Richter, 22, both of Vicksburk, Miss., for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting deer from a moving vehicle, and hunting deer from a public road.

Agents were on patrol near the Mississippi River Levee around 8 p.m. when they observed a vehicle traveling on the levee and shinning a spotlight from both the passenger and driver’s side windows.

Agents witnessed the men spotlight a doe and shoot it from the passenger side of the vehicle.  Agents approached the vehicle and made contact Richter, who was in the driver’s seat, and Parham, who was dragging the doe back to the vehicle.

Agents seized the deer and a .22 rifle.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle each carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling up to $1,624 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

LEEC Short Course Spotlight: Eagle Tour (New Orleans/Baton Rouge Regions) Boat Tour

LEEC's 2019 Regional Short Course event is just a month away. Our aim is to bring environmental education professional development to communities all around the state. Classroom teachers, non-formal educators and anyone seeking a better understanding of environmental projects in their communities have a host of choices available at  http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/2019-leec-regional-short-courses for the February 16 event. Today, we're spotlighting: Eagle Tour (New Orleans/Baton Rouge Regions).
 
The American Bald Eagle is a common visitor on the Cajun Coast. Join us to view these majestic birds perched in a tree, soaring overhead, tending their young or hunting for food. BTNEP in partnership with LDWF will provide a tour to see the eagles' nests and to discover the threats to our National bird.  BTNEP will provide information on Raptures, Sparrows, Hummingbirds and Warblers along with a K-12 Bird Curriculum.  The tours will be guided by ornithologists and wildlife biologists.  
 
Presenters Alma Robichaux, Richard DeMay and Delaina LeBlanc, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
Location: Meet at Gibson Boat Launch, Marina Drive, Gibson, LA 70356
Grade Level: General (K-12)
Time: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Providence Couple Cited with Illegal Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 01/15/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited a Lake Providence couple on Jan. 12 for alleged deer hunting violations.

Agents cited Dion Burrell, 35, and Jessica Burrell, 32, for hunting deer during illegal hours, hunting from a public road and hunting from a moving vehicle.

Agents were on patrol in East Carrol Parish at night when they found a parked vehicle.  Agents setup surveillance on the vehicle and shortly thereafter observed the passenger shoot at a deer from the vehicle.  Agents then made contact with the Burrell’s who were both inside the vehicle.

Agents found several rounds of ammunition on the floorboard of the vehicle and the rifle still in the fire position.  Agents seized the rifle.

Hunting deer during illegal hours brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail. Hunting deer from a public road and hunting deer from a moving vehicle each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.

Agents Cite Three Men for Deer Hunting Violations in St. Martin Parish

Release Date: 01/15/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited three Louisiana men for alleged deer hunting violations on Jan. 11 in St. Martin Parish.

Agents cited Fabian Cavalier Jr., 20, and Jared Blanchard, 20, both of Pierre Part, for hunting deer during illegal hours, taking illegal deer during an open season, hunting deer from a boat, intentional concealment of illegal wildlife, hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses, and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements.

Hunter Gros, 19, of Morgan City, was cited for allowing another person to use his hunting license.  Cavalier Jr. was additionally cited for using another person’s hunting license.

Agents received a tip that two people were hunting deer at night off the Belle River.  Agents were able to make contact with Cavalier Jr. and Blanchard on the morning of Jan. 11 at a residence where they found blood and deer hair in a vessel on the property.

During questioning, Cavalier Jr. and Blanchard admitted to harvesting two antlerless deer around 9 p.m. on Jan. 10.  Agents located the two antlerless deer hidden in a wooded area near the residence.

Agents also observed the heads of two freshly harvested antlered deer laying on the ground.  Cavalier admitted that he harvested the bucks two weeks prior.  Agents were able to confirm that neither Cavalier nor Blanchard possessed the required hunting licenses or tags to harvest the deer.  Gros and Cavalier admitted that Cavalier used Gros’ tags and hunting license when taking the two antlered deer.

Hunting deer during illegal hours and intentional concealment of wildlife each brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.  Taking illegal deer during an open season carries a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Allowing another person to use a hunting license and using another person’s hunting license each bring a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Hunting deer from a boat and failing to comply with deer tagging requirements each brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 30 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting without basic and big game hunting licenses each carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.

Cavalier Jr. may also face civil restitution totaling up to $5,691 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.  Blanchard may also face civil restitution totaling up to $1,624.

Two Coushatta Men Arrested for Deer Hunting Violations and Trespassing

Release Date: 01/11/2019

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested two Coushatta men for alleged deer hunting violations on Dec. 21 in Desoto Parish.

Agents arrested Phillip L. Morgan, 35, and Phillip M. Morgan, 60, for possession of an illegally taken deer, failure to wear hunter orange and criminal trespassing.

LDWF agents received multiple complaints of people criminal trespassing on the Dolet Hills Mining Company property in Red River and Desoto Parishes.  Agents setup surveillance on the property and came into contact with the subjects on Dec. 14.

Through the investigation, agents determined the men were deer hunting on the property without permission, not wearing hunter orange and in possession of an illegally taken nine-point deer.

Agents with the cooperation of the Dolet Hills Mining Company were able to obtain arrest warrants.  On Dec. 21, agents arrested the men, and booked them into the Desoto Parish Detention Center.

Possessesion of an illegally taken deer brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to wear hunter orange carries up to a $50 fine and 15 days in jail.  Criminal trespassing brings a $100 to $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

The men may also face civil restitution totaling up to $2,033 for the replacement value of the illegally taken deer.

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