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Two Franklin Parish Men Cited for Shocking Fish

Release Date: 07/19/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged fishing violations on July 2 on the Boeuf River.

Agents cited Tyler Gilmore, 22, of Fort Necessity, and Derek Guillot, 30, of Winnsboro, for taking game fish using illegal methods after they were found with a shocking device.

LDWF Sgt. Albert Tarver discovered Guillot and Gilmore in Boeuf River with a shocking device and 13 catfish.  The catfish were allegedly taken with the shocking device.

When Sgt. Tarver approached Gilmore and Guillot, he ordered them to not to throw the shocking device.  Guillot then threw the shocking device into the river and was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Taking game fish with illegal methods brings a fine between $400 and $950 and up to 120 days in jail.  Obstruction of justice carries up to a $10,000 fine and up to five years in jail.

Agents participating in the case included Sgt. Albert Tarver, Sgt. Larry May and Senior Agent Leya Grover.

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

Winnsboro Woman Convicted of Migratory Game Bird Violations

Release Date: 07/19/2012

A joint investigation by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) led to a Winnsboro woman being found guilty of migratory game bird violations on July 16 in Federal Court in Monroe.

U.S. Magistrate Karen Hayes sentenced Donna J. Remides, 51, to a fine of $2,035, suspended her hunting rights for two years and placed her on supervised probation for two years.

Remides was cited on Sept. 4, 2010 on the opening day of dove season for placing bait to take migratory game birds (doves) and aiding and abetting others in taking migratory game birds illegally.

LDWF and USFWS agents observed Remides bait a field and then allow the field to be hunted for doves.

LDWF agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Watson, Sgt. Joe Chandler, Sgt. Lee Tarver and Senior Agent John Hendrix.  USFWS Officers involved in the case were Refuge Officers John Tarver, Chris Hoag and Special Agent Kash Schreifer.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Workshops/Webinars, Contest, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

EPA’s Clean Water Act 40th Anniversary Video Project Deadline: September 14)
As a part of EPA's CWA 40th Anniversary celebration, the Agency is hosting a video project asking Americans everywhere to send in a 15-second video clip explaining the important role that water plays in their lives. EPA will feature selected video clips on its website and "Water Is Worth It" Facebook page as part of its anniversary celebration. For more information, please go to http://water.epa.gov/action/cleanwater40c/video-project.cfm.

World Rabies Day (September 28, 2012)
Bats are beneficial but they are not to play with. For more information about bats in schools – visit our website at http://agrilife.org/batsinschools/ or check out our Bat Control in Schools Publication in English and Spanish https://agrilifebookstore.org/publications_search.cfm. Thank you to Illinois Department of Health for passing this information on.  
“Never Touch a Bat” poster – http://worldrabiesday.org/eb/download/get/221
CDC Bats and Rabies URL – http://www.cdc.gov/rabies/bats/index.html
World Rabies Day URL - http://www.worldrabiesday.org/

6th National Conference & Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration (October 20-25, 2012)
Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities
Tampa Convention Center-Tampa, Florida
Registration: Early Bird (through 9/7): $395, after 9/7: $550, On-site: $575, One-Day: $250, Student Rate: $250
Must Register On-Line: https://www.cmpinc.net/rae; registration questions: registrar@cmpinc.net
Draft Conference Program Released! Program questions: ssimon@estuaries.org


WORKSHOPS/WEBINARS

Teacher Workshops
Two teacher workshops are available at Red River National Wildlife Refuge (555 Sunflower Road, Bossier City, LA) in July. Please bring a bag lunch for both workshops.
          Project Learning Tree® (July 17, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.): PLT is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT helps students learn how to think, not what to think, about the environment. For more information: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov  Register: Ricky Kilpatrick at 318-965-2326, rkilpatrick@agcenter.lsu.edu
          The Private Eye (July 19, 2012, 9:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.): Magnify your lessons with a jeweler’s loupe! Help your students to think like a scientist, observe like an artist and write like a poet. For more information or to register: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219, terri_jacobson@fws.gov
See attached for more information on these workshops.

North American CE Strategy Webinar Series: Outdoor Investigations (July 25 at 2 pm EDT)
Finding out what is going on in nature takes skills - and the AFWA CE Strategy provides the resources to develop those skills. Using the Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills and the Field Investigation: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes will help you teach the skills needed to observe nature, ask questions about the natural world and investigate the answers to those questions. Instructors Tabbi Kinion, Education Outreach Coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and Justin Marschall, Information/Education Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, will give you a brief overview of the resources and exercise your outdoor observation and questioning skills while sitting at your computer. Space is limited so be sure to register today.  

National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education Webinar Series
Over the last three months the Project has presented six webinars. The first one provided an overview of the National Project for Excellence in EE. Each of the other webinars focused on one of five sets of guidelines:
           • Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (k-12)
           • Guidelines for the Preparation and Professional Development of Environmental Educators
           • Nonformal EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
           • Early Childhood EE Programs: Guidelines for Excellence
If you missed one, all were recorded and can be accessed by going to: eelinked.net/n/guidelines
If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact Bora Simmons: borasimmons@gmail.com.

OneNOAA Science Seminars
JULY 2012

Climate Change and Potential Ecosystem Change in Alaska, The Yukon, and The Northwest Territories
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time (14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone)
Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska
Speaker(s): Nancy Fresco, Michael Lindgren, Falk Heuttmann (University of Alaska Fairbanks); Karen Murphy (National Park Service)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization
July 24, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
Modeling Effects of Climate Change on Fisheries: Future Survival of Larval Cod
July 25, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Trond Kristiansen (Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway and Visiting Scientist, NOAA Climate Program and NOAA Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD)
Effective Engagement with Partners
July 25, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Janet Burke (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: XML Basics
July 31, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov  (NCDDC)
AUGUST 2012
New Elevation Inventory for the Nation
August 01, 2012, 14:00-15:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA Coastal Services Center (remote access only) Speaker(s): Lindy Betzhold (NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Toxic Algae and Dead Zones: Resurgence of Old Problems in Lake Erie
August 02, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 9153 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Don Scavia (Graham Family Professor of Environmental Sustainability, University of Michigan)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics
August 07, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
How NCCOS Provided Public Access to Their Technical Reports via E-Readers
August 08, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone
Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910).
Speaker(s): Shellie Jacobson (Intern, Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, CCMA) and Becky Wynne (Communications and Marketing specialist, CCMA)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Tool Overview
August 14, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: ISO Creation Methods
August 21, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)
ISO Metadata Training Series: Validation
August 28, 2012, 10:00-11:00 Central Time Zone; Webinar access only; ncddcmetadata@noaa.gov (NCDDC)

Bed Bugs Go To School Webinar (August 28)
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/722105169


CONTESTS

Ranger Rick Geocachers Can Win Big This Summer!   
Geocaching is a great way to use technology to get kids back outside and interacting with nature and Ranger Rick magazine is inviting all participating Ranger Rick's Geocache Trail hosts, old and new, to enter their trail now for a chance to win two great prizes:
1. Get a free trackable geocoin!
2. Enter for a chance to be featured in National Wildlife Magazine!
For entry details, visit: http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Geocaching-Hosts/Why-Host/Summer-Spring-Challenge.aspx

Announcing the Winners of the Youth Sustainability Challenge
Submitted videos were eligible for up to five awards reflecting innovation, contribution to sustainability, communication, and popular choice. After careful review by a panel of Administration officials, the winners are: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/06/21/announcing-winners-youth-sustainability-challenge


RESOURCES

New NASA Game Lets Players Build and Launch a Virtual Rocket
With NASA's Rocket Science 101, a new game designed for computers and iPad users, you don't have to be a rocket scientist to launch a spacecraft.
Rocket Science 101 is available for iPad users via iTunes at:  http://bit.ly/Mn1xLr
Rocket Science 101 is available online at: http://go.nasa.gov/Mn28Nt

Nutrient Pollution Educational Materials Online
To help raise awareness about nutrient pollution, which is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water, EPA has developed new educational materials, including:
           • Community Outreach Toolkit—designed to assist watershed groups, NGOs, states, and federal partners with messaging and outreach to the media about nutrient pollution.
           • Nutrient Pollution Video—aims to raise awareness about nutrient problem, the first step in addressing and reducing the problem.
           • Postcard/Poster—shows a before and after photo of Lake Erie to illustrate the impacts of nutrient pollution.
           • Future Farmers of America Curriculum—EPA worked with several other federal agencies on lesson plans for young farmers about source water protection and management practices that can help control runoff to protect surface and groundwater.
You can access the first three and other materials at http://water.epa.gov//polwaste/nutrientoutreach.cfm. Use the “share this” button under the postcard to share it on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. The curriculum can be directly found at https://www.ffa.org/FFAResources/ffalearn/sourcesofdrinkingwater/Pages/nosolicit.html

 

Find out about wetland outreach activities including symposiums, conferences, meetings, educational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and related support material at the Louisiana Unified Coastal Community Calendar at http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Special Announcement: Whooping Crane Workshop FULL

The Whooping Crane Workshop is now full.

If you have already submitted a registration form, you will receive notification on your acceptance status within the next week.

Please continue to watch for information on future "Give A Whoop!" workshops to be scheduled in the near future.

If you should have any questions, please contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

Thank you for your interest in this important program!

-The Whooping Crane Workshop Team

Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Committee Meeting and Board Meeting canceled.

Release Date: 07/10/2012

July 10, 2012 - The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Finance and Marketing Committee Meeting and Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 11 have been canceled.

The rescheduled meeting date will be announced when it becomes available.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information please contact Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com or (504) 286-8735.
 

Shrimping in Portions of the Pontchartrain Basin to Close Saturday, July 14

Release Date: 07/10/2012

Spring Closure Map

(July 10, 2012) – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Saturday, July 14 in the remainder of state inside waters east of the Mississippi River except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

Effective with this closure, all state inside waters are closed to shrimping except for the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds.  All state outside waters also remain open to shrimping; however, certain areas are still closed to commercial fishing and certain recreational fishing activities due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas that remain closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted to the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-2396 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Shrimp Season to Close Monday July 9 in Additional Portions of Inside Waters

Release Date: 07/02/2012

LA. Spring Shrimp Season Closures 7/9/12

July 2, 2012  – Today, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced the 2012 spring inshore shrimp season will close at 6 a.m. on Monday, July 9 in portions of the Pontchartrain Basin and all of the Mississippi River, Barataria and Mermentau River basins.

This shrimp season closure includes:

State inside waters from the western shore of Freshwater Bayou Canal westward to the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel, and

State inside waters from the Mississippi/Louisiana state line westward to the eastern shore of Bayou Lafourche except for the following waters:

  • Lake Pontchartrain
  • Rigolets Pass
  • Chef Menteur Pass
  • Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO)
  • The part of Lake Borgne seaward of a line extending one-half mile from the shoreline
  • The portion of Mississippi Sound beginning at a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 09 minutes 39.6 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence due south to a point at 30 degrees 05 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 30 minutes 00.0 seconds west longitude; thence southeasterly to a point on the western shore of Three-Mile Pass at 30 degrees 03 minutes 00.0 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 22 minutes 23.0 seconds west longitude; thence northeasterly to a point on Isle Au Pitre at 30 degrees 09 minutes 20.5 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 11 minutes 15.5 seconds west longitude, which is a point on the double–rig line as described in R.S. 56:495.1(A)2; thence northerly along the double–rig line to a point on the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary at 30 degrees 12 minutes 37.9056 seconds north latitude and 89 degrees 10 minutes 57.9725 seconds west longitude; thence westerly along the Louisiana-Mississippi Lateral Boundary to the point of beginning
  • The open waters of Breton and Chandeleur Sounds as described by the double-rig line.

Data collected in recent weeks by LDWF biologists indicates increased quantity, distribution and percentage of small, juvenile white shrimp within these waters. The decision to close these areas was made in an effort to protect these developing shrimp and provide opportunity for growth to larger and more marketable sizes.

In addition to Lake Pontchartrain, Chef and Rigolets Passes, Lake Borgne, MRGO and Mississippi, Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, the inshore shrimp season will remain open until further notice in the following areas:

  • State inside waters from the eastern shore of the Calcasieu Ship Channel westward to the Louisiana/Texas state line
  • All State outside waters

Certain areas are still closed to recreational and commercial fishing due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Maps of the areas still closed to recreational and commercial fishing are posted on the LDWF website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information, contact Martin Bourgeois at (985) 594-4130 or mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov. For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-0489 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

LWFC Approves Changes to Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permits

Release Date: 07/02/2012

July 2, 2012 – Today, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved several rule changes concerning Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permits as required by Act 541 of the 2012 Louisiana Legislative Session. 

The changes include the removal of the limitation on the number of permits the Louisiana Department of Wildlife Fisheries (LDWF) can issue at any one time.  In addition, the qualifications for obtaining a permit are now the same for all permit applicants, which include holding current and valid commercial fisherman oyster harvester licenses.

The permit remains free of charge and is a requirement for anyone seeking to commercially harvest oysters in Calcasieu Lake.  Permits will now be issued on a calendar year basis and will be valid for one year.  Initial application for a permit must be made at the LDWF point of sale windows in Baton Rouge.

Harvest vessels in Calcasieu Lake are required to have the permit onboard the vessel at all times while commercially harvesting oysters. 

Public comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until August 20, 2012.  Comments may be submitted to Patrick Banks, Office of Fisheries, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000 or via email to pbanks@wlf.la.gov.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant resources.  For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF. 

 

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at awethey@wlf.la.govor (225) 721-0489.

L.W.F.C. Sets 2012-2013 Early Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

Release Date: 07/02/2012

July 2, 2012 -- The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission set the dates for the 2012-2013 early migratory bird hunting seasons at their July 2 meeting. These dates, recommended by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, are tentative pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval.

The proposed dove season is broken down into a north and south zone with each zone having three segments and includes mourning, white-winged, Eurasian collared and ringed-turtle doves. The dove season in the south zone would go from Sept. 1-9, Oct. 13 - Nov. 25 and Dec. 22 - Jan. 7. The north zone would be from Sept. 1-16, Oct. 6 - Nov. 4 and Dec. 15 - Jan. 7. The daily bag limit for mourning, white-winged and fully dressed Eurasian collared-doves and ringed-turtle doves would be 15 in aggregate and possession of 30 in aggregate. However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared-doves or ringed turtle-doves provided that a fully feathered wing and head remain attached to the carcass of the bird. Fully dressed Eurasian-collared doves and ringed turtle-doves (those without a fully feathered wing and head naturally attached to the carcass) shall be included in the aggregate bag.

The following boundary divides the dove season zones: Beginning at the Texas-Louisiana border on La. Hwy. 12; thence east along La. Hwy. 12 to its intersection with U.S. Hwy. 190; thence east along U.S. Hwy. 190 to its intersection with Interstate 12; thence east along I-12 to its intersection with Interstate 10; then east along I-10 to the Mississippi state line.

Blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal season would last from Sept. 15 - 30 with a daily bag limit of four (4) and a possession limit of eight (8). Federal and state waterfowl stamps are required to harvest teal.

Rail and gallinule seasons are proposed to last 70 days. The first segment would be open from Sept. 15 - 30. The other segment will be set in August with the regular waterfowl seasons. King and clapper rails would have a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit of 30. Sora and Virginia rails would have a daily and possession limit totaling 25. Common and purple gallinules would have a daily bag limit of 15 and possession limit totaling 30.

Under the proposal, woodcock season would last 45 days from Dec. 18 - Jan. 31, statewide. A three-bird daily bag limit and a six-bird possession limit would be allowed.

Snipe season will be set in August.

Shooting and hawking hours for dove, woodcock, rail, teal and gallinules are tentatively set for half an hour before sunrise to sunset, except for a 12 noon start time on the first day of dove season on Sept. 1, 2012.

Extended falconry mourning dove season would open from Sept. 17 - Oct. 3. Extended falconry woodcock season would open from Oct. 28 - Dec. 17 and will reopen from Feb. 1-11. The falconry daily bag limit would be three and possession limit of six birds for all permitted migratory game birds during the extended falconry and regular hunting seasons. Extended falconry seasons for ducks, rails and gallinules will be set in August with the waterfowl regulations.

Hunters are reminded that they must have a HIP permit to hunt migratory birds.  HIP permits are free and are available wherever hunting licenses are sold.

For more information, contact Jeff Duguay at 225-765-2353 or jduguay@wlf.la.gov.

Missing Boater’s Body Found in Lake Maurepas

Release Date: 06/26/2012

 

The deceased body of a missing boater was found on Lake Maurepas on Monday, June 25 around 8 p.m.

A passing boater found the body of Daniel Mitchell, 51, of Springfield, about 2 miles south on Lake Maurepas in Tangipahoa Parish from where his unmanned vessel was found.  The boater notified officials who then recovered Mitchell’s body.

Search crews from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office, Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard and the Killian Dive Team have been searching for Mitchell since Saturday, June 23 around 5:30 p.m.

Officials responded to a report of an unmanned 18-foot lake skiff circling near the mouth of the Tickfaw River on Lake Maurepas.  After boarding the circling vessel, LDWF agents were able to match the boater’s registration to Mitchell.  A search of the area was immediately started.

Mitchell’s body was transferred to the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.  Mitchell was not wearing a personal flotation device.  It is unknown at this time how Mitchell was ejected from the vessel.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-354-9517 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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