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Search and Rescue Personnel Locate Missing Hunter

Release Date: 11/06/2012

Nov. 6, 2012 -- Search and rescue authorities found a missing hunter alive on the Sabine Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) shortly after Midnight on Nov. 6.

Authorities found Virgil Conway, 74, of Vinton, at 12:15 a.m. this morning on the WMA after he became disoriented and could not find his way back to his boat.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents were notified at 6:45 p.m. on Nov. 5 about an overdue hunter on the WMA.  LDWF agents immediately coordinated a search effort with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office, Ward 7 Fire Department and public volunteers who knew Conway and where he usually hunted.

Conway left to go hunting at 5 a.m. on Nov. 5, which was his last contact with family.  He launched his aluminum flat bottom boat to go to one of his familiar hunting spots on the Sabine Island WMA.  After hunting, Conway could not find his way back to his boat and was lost.  His family then contacted authorities when he did not arrive home at his usual time.

Authorities located his boat at 7:30 p.m. and almost five hours later found Conway at least a mile away from where his boat was found.  After Conway could not find his way back to his boat, he found an area that he could stay until help arrived.  He only had three shotgun shells and shot two of them into the air after dark in an effort to alert searchers of his location.

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

Special Announcement: EPA Region 6 School Sustainability Grant Awards Announcement

EPA Region 6 School Sustainability Grant Awards Announcement

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission would like to sincerely thank all who applied for our 2012-2013 School Sustainability Grants Program. Your creative talents and willingness to incorporate sustainability initiatives in your schools was very evident! We would also like to thank EPA Region 6 for providing the funding for this project.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Project Leader

School

State

Award Amount

Project Title

Nancy Baird

Archbishop Hannan High School

LA

$ 5,000.00

Schoolyard Habitat

George "Brad" Beatty

Oakland Heights Elementary

AR

$5,000.00

Sustainability in the Air

Paul Conover

Ridge Elementary School

LA

$2,000.00

Sustainable Student Garden

Lynn Danjean

Creekside Junior High

LA

$4,496.00

Growing in the 21st Century

Jeanell Sullivan

St. Scholastica Academy

LA

$5,000.00

Sustainable Vegetable Garden

Jennifer Thomas

Bale Elementary

AR

$2,486.00

Climate Change: Breathe Better, Live Better, Look Better

We will be offering another grant round very similar to this one in January 2013 for implementation in the 2013-2014 school year.

WEEKLY eNEWS: Conferences, Contests, Events, Grants, Resources, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONFERENCES

National Marine Educators Association Conference 2013
Spring Hill College Campus, Mobile, AL
EXHIBITOR INVITATION July 22 – July 24, 2013
Classroom and informal educators, researchers, resource managers, marine scientists and ocean enthusiasts from across the nation and around the world gather each summer at the NMEA conference. The conference is a place for attendees to make professional connections, share innovative ideas, and learn about new resources, tools and technologies for use in classrooms, laboratories, and education programs. Accepting applications from January 7, 2013 to March 15, 2013! The fee for an accepted exhibitor is $250 plus one full conference registration. Exhibit space is limited, so act fast! Application forms must be received by March 15, 2013. To register as an exhibitor for the NMEA 2013 Conference, submit the Exhibitor Application Form. It can be found online at www.nmeaweb.org. Return forms to sserra@disl.org, by fax Attn: Stephanie Serra (251) 861-4646, or by mail: Stephanie Serra NMEA Exhibits, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, 101 Bienville Blvd, Dauphin Island, AL 36695.

Register for the Bays and Bayous Symposium
This year’s theme is “Finding a Common Currency: Natural Resource Economics, Ecology and Culture.” More than 120 oral presentation and 60 poster presentations are scheduled for the symposium. Presenters and their topics can be previewed on the agenda link at http://masgc.org/bb2012. Click on concurrent sessions or poster presentations to see details. Come and see what’s new in the Gulf and network with others who are interested in coastal issues. Register here: http://masgc.org/page.asp?id=773.

 

CONTESTS

Shell Science Lab Challenge (Deadline: November 12)
The Shell Science Lab Challenge gives science lab teachers an opportunity to share exemplary approach for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000; over $93,000 in lab makeover prizes to be awarded this year to 18 schools. Learn more.

PASCO STEM Educator Award (Deadline: November 30)
Teachers can win $2000.00 in PASCO products, a $1000.00 stipend, and a trip to the NSTA National conference in April 2013. http://www.pasco.com/resources/pasco-stem-educator-awards/index.cfm.

River of Words Art and Poetry Contest (Deadline: December 1)
River of Words is an international environmental poetry and art project open to youth ages 5-19, designed to nurture respect and understanding of the natural world. The deadline for entries from the U.S. is December 1, 2012; for international entries, February 1, 2013. http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/center-for-environmental-literacy/art-poetry-contest

P3 Design Competition (Deadline: December 12)
The EPA is seeking applications proposing to research, develop, and design solutions to real world challenges involving the overall sustainability of human society. The P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet competition highlights the use of scientific principles in creating innovative projects focused on sustainability. http://epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2013/2013_p3.html

 

EVENTS

Louisiana Envirothon: Save the Date – March 9, 2013
The Louisiana Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6-12.  Teams train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management.  The competition focuses on five natural resource areas:  soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue.  Please see the attached flyer for more information on the 2013 Louisiana Envirothon. More information can also be found at: www.deq.louisiana.gov/Envirothon.
 

GRANTS

Captain Planet Foundation Grants (Deadline: January 15)
The Captain Planet Foundation funds and supports hands-on environmental projects for children and youths ages 6–18.  Its objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,500. Please visit: http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/

SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund (Deadline: December 1)
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund supports projects in species research, habitat protection, animal rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education. http://www.swbg-conservationfund.org/grantInfoA.htm

Walmart Store and Sam's Club Local Giving Programs (Deadline: December 1)
The Walmart Foundation supports charitable organizations through its Walmart Store and Sam’s Club Giving Programs. Eligible organizations include K-12 public schools/districts, charter schools, community/junior colleges, and others. http://foundation.walmart.com/apply-for-grants/local-giving

 

RESOURCES

Earth Science Searchable Online Classroom Activities
Ever wish you could go online to search for a classroom activity tailor-made to match the Earth Visit the Earth Science Week Classroom Activities page for more than 120 free learning activities. Activities now are organized and searchable by various criteria, including specific Earth science topics. To find the perfect activity for your lesson, just click on “Search Classroom Activities?” You can search by grade level and science education standard. Maybe most useful, you also can search among 24 categories of Earth science topics, from energy and environmental impacts to plate tectonics and weathering. This updated, database-driven resource is ideal not only for supplementing a prepared curriculum, but also for generating activities that address in-the-news events such as fossil discoveries and volcanic eruptions. See the Classroom Activities page at http://www.earthsciweek.org/forteachers/classroomactivities.html.

Many Strong Voices
The goal of Many Strong Voices is to promote the well-being, security, and sustainability of coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States by bringing these regions together to take action on climate change mitigation and adaptation, and to tell their stories to the world. Check out the resources pages with links to podcasts, video, and more; read portraits of resilience; and access the free peer-reviewed journal articles, including Ecosystem-Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Caribbean Small Island Developing States: Integrating Local and External Knowledge. http://www.manystrongvoices.org/

Marine Biology Coloring Book
The Marine Biology Coloring Book can serve as a useful resource and guide through hand-drawn illustrations and updated text. The process of coloring can focus attention and leave a visual imprint on memory. The latest edition includes ocean currents and global weather, the deep-sea realm, and more. Those interested can preview pages from the book before purchase. http://www.harpercollins.com/browseinside/index.aspx?isbn13=9780062737182

Marine Science Graduate Research Blog
Students with an interest in marine science and research should check out the Northeastern University Marine Science Center's graduate student blog. It's easy to scroll through and offers a look into the lives of grad students in the field and lab. http://cosresearch.wordpress.com/

Evolution Video
This is a great comprehensive explanation of scientific theory and evolution only 10 minutes in length.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdddbYILel0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

New Watershed Curriculum Available for the Pascagoula River
A new online curriculum entitled “Connecting Students to the Pascagoula River” developed by the grant partnership composed of representatives from NOAA, The MDMR Grand Bay NERR, The Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain, Bayou Town Productions, The University of Southern Mississippi, The MDEQ and The Pascagoula River Audubon Center, is designed to provide place-based watershed information to teachers throughout our region who teach upper elementary and middle school students. The curriculum can be found online at: http://www.ltmcp.org/teacher-resources/pascagoula-river-watershed/and www.grandbaynerr.org

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

Green Strides Webinar Series Sessions by USDA, NOAA, DOI and NASA Geared Toward Educators
Session presenters are eager to connect schools with their many existing free resources and programs. Upcoming sessions focus on environmental education/STEM topics for educators as well as several facilities and health topics, which may appeal more to administrators and facilities managers at state, district, and school levels.
Nov. 7, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Integrated School Health Tools for Districts (EPA)
Nov. 14, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Train Like an Astronaut (NASA)
Nov. 28, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Hands on the Land (DOI)


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/

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov

Oyster Season To Close in Small Portion of Public Grounds

Release Date: 10/31/2012

 

Oct. 31, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced oyster season will close this Saturday, November 3, at one-half hour after sunset in the Lake Chien and Lake Felicity Public Oyster Seed Grounds in Terrebonne Parish.  In addition, the harvest of seed oysters for bedding purposes will close in the Hackberry Bay Public Oyster Seed Reservation (POSR), located in Jefferson and Lafourche parishes, at one half hour after sunset on Saturday, November 3.  Hackberry Bay remains open for sacking purposes.

These small public oyster seed grounds historically hold a very limited oyster supply and harvest pressure during the 2012 oyster season depleted the resource.  Protection of the remaining oyster resource is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in these public seed grounds.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

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.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623

MEDIA ADVISORY: State and Saints to Announce Partnership Making Louisiana Seafood Official Seafood of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome

Release Date: 10/31/2012

 

Oct. 31, 2012 – Prior to the big Monday Night Football game on November 5, where the New Orleans Saints will take on the Philadelphia Eagles, the Saints will announce a partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB).

WHEN:  Monday, November 5, 4:30 p.m.

WHAT:  Announcement of state partnership

WHERE:  Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bienville Room A

WHO:  Saints Representative, LDWF Assistant Secretary Randy Pausina, LSPMB Executive Director Ewell Smith, LSPMB Chairman Harlon Pierce, Chef Tenney Flynn of GW Fins, Seafood Industry Representatives

The state will also showcase and discuss the new Louisiana Seafood Certification Program, making Louisiana the ONLY Gulf State that can guarantee the origin of its seafood is the Gulf of Mexico.

The Saints and the state will also announce the partnership they have formed with the Saints to make the superdome the first football arena in the nation to carry only domestic Louisiana seafood.

In order to attend this press conference you MUST RSVP to this email, so that your name can be included on the appropriate lists.

RSVP to Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or Ashley Roth at Ashley@louisianaseafood.com.

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.la.gov, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb, or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

Former Chauvin Resident Arrested for Outstanding Warrants and Possession of Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Release Date: 10/30/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a man for allegedly possessing a firearm by a convicted felon and migratory game bird violations on Oct. 27 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents arrested Christopher Verdin, 35, of Georgia who recently moved from Chauvin, for possessing a 12 gauge shotgun by a convicted felon.  Verdin was convicted of distributing cocaine in 2006. 

Agents received a complaint from the public about Verdin duck hunting in the Chauvin area.  Agents arrived on the scene at 7 a.m. on Oct. 27 and observed Verdin hunting ducks.  At 8:30 a.m. agents made contact with Verdin and found him in possession of one mottled duck, one teal and four ibis.

Agents cited Verdin for hunting ducks during a closed season, taking ibis for which there is no season, violating the non-toxic shot requirement, field possession of migratory game birds (MGBs), harvesting MGBs during a closed season, hunting MGBs without the required harvest information program (HIP) certification, hunting MGBs with an unplugged shotgun, hunting without a basic hunting license and hunting MGBs without state and federal duck stamps.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Hunting without a basic license brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.  For the remaining eight charges, Verdin faces a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail for each charge. 

During the background check, agents learned that Verdin had three outstanding warrants in Terrebonne Parish for back child support and traffic violations.  Agents booked him into the Terrebonne Parish jail.

Agents participating in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Louis Burnett.

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

Successful Search and Rescue Mission Results in Finding Two Overdue Boaters

Release Date: 10/27/2012

Search and rescue authorities found two missing boaters alive on Grand Lake this morning, Oct. 27 after a 12 hour search.

Tyler Smith, 24, of Iota, and Gus Atkinson, 28, of Gueydan, were found by search and rescue personnel at 9 a.m. this morning at Cypress Island in the northern section of Grand Lake.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents were notified at 9 p.m. on Oct. 26 about two overdue boaters in the Grand Lake and Lake Arthur areas.  LDWF agents immediately coordinated a search effort throughout the night with the U.S. Coast Guard, Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Smith and Atkinson launched their 14 foot aluminum flat bottom boat from the Hwy. 14 boat launch on Lake Arthur.  By 1:30 p.m. they were fishing at the “Catfish Locks” on Grand Lake.  At 5 p.m. family members notified the two fishermen of a storm kicking up in the area. 

The men started to make their way back to the Hwy. 14 launch, but ran into heavy winds and waves that swamped their boat.  They were able to walk their boat to the shore area and bail out the water and get back underway.  However, shortly thereafter the 25 horsepower motor quit working and they were unable to get it started again.  The men lost communications and decided to drag the boat to the shore area at Cypress Island and wait until help arrived.  Family members notified authorities at 9 p.m. who searched until they found them this morning at 9 a.m.

“These men did a lot of right things to survive this ordeal.  The most important thing they did was that they had a float plan by notifying family beforehand where they would be fishing and the family knew about what time they should be back,” said Capt. Robert Buatt, who coordinated the search.  “This float plan allowed the family to make a decision early on that they were missing and needed help.  The men also were able to get the boat to an area that was less turbulent and safe once they knew they were not going to make it back to the launch.”

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency for this boating incident.

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

Additional Public Oyster Areas Set to Open October 29

Release Date: 10/25/2012

Oyster Area 10/29/12

Oct. 25, 2012 - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) reminds the public the 2012/2013 oyster season on the majority of public oyster seed grounds is set to begin Monday, October 29, 2012.  The opening date of the oyster season was determined by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its August 2012 meeting.   

Two public oyster areas, the Little Lake Public Oyster Seed Grounds and the Vermilion/East and West Cote Blanche/Atchafalaya Bay Public Oyster Seed Grounds, were previously opened on September 5, 2012 and commercial oyster harvest continues to be documented from those areas. 

The area of the public grounds east of the Mississippi River and south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, are a “sacking only” area for the 2012/2013 season and no seed oyster harvest is allowed.

The oyster season in the west cove portion of the Calcasieu Lake Public Oyster Area (DHH harvest area 30) shall open at one-half hour before sunrise on Thursday, November 1, 2012.  The sack limit during this time period is set at 10 sacks per person, per vessel, per day.

The areas remaining closed for the 2012/2013 oyster season include the Public Oyster Seed Reservations in Bay Gardene and Sister Lake, the 2011 cultch plants in Mississippi Sound and California Bay within the coordinates listed below, and the 2012 cultch plants in Hackberry Bay, South Black Bay (Bay Crab), and Lake Fortuna within the coordinates listed below. 

 

Mississippi Sound (2011) – St. Bernard Parish

A.  30 degrees 07 minutes 17.56 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 52.39 seconds W

B.  30 degrees 07 minutes 26.94 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 36.20 seconds W

C.  30 degrees 07 minutes 07.11 seconds N

       89 degrees 26 minutes 45.48 seconds W

D.  30 degrees 06 minutes 40.93 seconds N

      89 degrees 27 minutes 14.09 seconds W

 

California Bay (2011) – Plaquemines Parish

A.  29 degrees 30 minutes 40.42 seconds N

      89 degrees 34 minutes 03.19 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 30 minutes 27.18 seconds N

      89 degrees 33 minutes 21.85 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 29 minutes 54.99 seconds N

      89 degrees 33 minutes 20.24 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 30 minutes 02.74 seconds N

      89 degrees 34 minutes 03.93 seconds W

 

Hackberry Bay (2012) – Lafourche Parish

A.  29 degrees 25 minutes 21.16 seconds N

      90 degrees 02 minutes 59.53 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 24 minutes 58.30 seconds N

      90 degrees 02 minutes 51.34 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 24 minutes 29.25 seconds N

      90 degrees 03 minutes 24.92 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 24 minutes 45.37 seconds N

      90 degrees 03 minutes 35.33 seconds W

 

Lake Fortuna (2012) – St. Bernard Parish

A.  29 degrees 39 minutes 08.04 seconds N

      89 degrees 30 minutes 28.93 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 38 minutes 33.31 seconds N

      89 degrees 29 minutes 15.45 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 38 minutes 10.57 seconds N

      89 degrees 29 minutes 40.71 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 39 minutes 04.41 seconds N

      89 degrees 30 minutes 32.61 seconds W

 

South Black Bay (2012) – Plaquemines Parish

A.  29 degrees 34 minutes 41.72 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 22.86 seconds W

B.  29 degrees 34 minutes 31.45 seconds N

      89 degrees 35 minutes 48.68 seconds W

C.  29 degrees 34 minutes 08.12 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 07.94 seconds W

D.  29 degrees 34 minutes 23.03 seconds N

      89 degrees 36 minutes 43.20 seconds W

 

In addition, the east side of Calcasieu Lake (Department of Health and Hospitals’ harvest area 29) and the Sabine Lake Public Oyster Area shall remain closed for the entire 2012/2013 oyster season.

Oyster harvesters are also reminded that in addition to normal licenses required for the harvest of oysters, special permits are also required to fish specific public oyster areas.  In Calcasieu Lake, all harvesters are required to hold a valid Calcasieu Lake Oyster Harvester Permit.  The Calcasieu Lake permit is free of charge and is available from the Baton Rouge office of LDWF.  Harvesters fishing all other public oyster areas are required to fish only from a commercial vessel which holds a valid Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit.  The application deadline for the Public Oyster Seed Ground Vessel Permit is December 31, 2012.

 

Delay on a Portion Public Seed Ground East of the Mississippi River to Protect Developing Oysters

While a majority of the public seed grounds are set to open, oyster season is delayed until further notice in a portion of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River in an effort to protect recently-settled young oysters, called spat.  The oyster season was originally scheduled to open in this area on October 29, 2012.  The delay includes that area of the public oyster seed grounds east of the Mississippi River, south of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, and north of a line of latitude at 29 degrees 34 minutes 48.0 seconds north. 

The decision was made that the protection of the oyster spat is in the long-term best interest of oyster conservation in this area of the public oyster seed grounds as they represent the future oyster resource in an area where oyster stocks are at historic lows.

Public notice of any opening, delay, or closure of a season will be provided at least 72 hours prior to such action, unless such closure is ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals for public health concerns.

See attached map detailing these opening, closures and delays. 

For more information please contact lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623

WEEKLY eNEWS: Contests, Events, Grants, Resources, Volunteer Opportunity, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONTESTS

Lexus Eco Challenge
The Lexus Eco Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12. Students submit an action plan on a specific environmental issue within a listed topic that affects their local community. The deadline for submission for the Land/Water Challenge is October 29, 2012; Air/Climate runs November 5-December 17, 2012; and the Final Challenge runs January 8-February 20, 2013. The website offers lesson plans, research links, and complete details. http://lexus.scholastic.com/

Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants (Deadline: November 1)
NOAA's Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Grants Program support locally-driven, community-based marine debris prevention and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife, including migratory fish. http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/marinedebris.html

No Bird Left Behind (Deadline: November 1)
For the No Bird Left Behind Challenge, show how people can create habitat for birds or how birds find what they need even in the most unlikely places. Take a photo, create a 5 sculpture or other artwork, shoot video, or write a story or a poem about birds enjoying their habitat. http://www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration/challenge/no-bird-left-behind

IGES Art Contest (Deadline: November 5)
The World’s a Place of Living Things is the 17th annual art contest held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. The contest is open to students in grades 2-4, who investigate biodiversity and draw a picture showing what they learned. http://strategies.org/education/student-contests/art-contest/2012-the-worlds-a-place-living-things/

National Public Lands Day Photo Contest (Deadline: November 10)
Submit your photos depicting volunteers participating at a National Public Lands Day site to the Volunteers in Action Photo Contest. http://www.publiclandsday.org/resources/contest/photo-contest

Environmental Education Regional Grants (Deadline: November 21)
The purpose of the EPA's Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. http://epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2012.htm

FFA Contest: Help your community and your chapter!
Are you an FFA advisor that would like to earn money for your chapter and provide a meaningful education opportunity at the same time? Click here to learn more.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

LPBF Lighthouse Site Manager Position Opening (Deadline: November 12)
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has a full time position for Lighthouse Site Manager currently open. Details can be found at: http://saveourlake.org/PDF-documents/Temporary/Lighthouse-Manager.pdf. We have also placed the link on our homepage www.saveourlake.orgunder "Whats Happening". The deadline for applications is November 12th.

 

EVENTS

Screening of the Academy Award Nominated Documentary 'Sun Come Up'
Catholic Charities Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Nicholls State University, and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program are pleased to participate in an important national climate change education event.The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change (www.catholicclimatecovenant.org) is sponsoring a nationwide screening of the Academy Award-nominated film Sun Come Up. The film depicts some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. After the film, there will be a facilitated discussion about the film and action steps that viewers can take to respond to the unfolding climate perspective. This is a view of what we are seeing in South Louisiana with sea level rise, subsidence and erosion.
WHEN: November 1, 2012 6 pm
WHERE: Peltier Auditorium, Nicholls State University
CONTACT: Robert Gorman CCHT, 876-0490; Dr. Allyse Ferrara NSU, 448-4736; Kerry St. Pé BTNEP, 447-0868
 

GRANTS

American Honda Foundation Grants (Deadline: November 1)
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education, and programs pertaining to academic or curriculum development that emphasize innovative educational methods and techniques. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis, with the next deadline for application November 1, 2012. http://corporate.honda.com/america/philanthropy.aspx?id=ahf

Connecting Math to Other Subjects Grants for High School Teachers (Deadline: November 9)
This grant funds the creation of high school classroom materials or lessons connecting mathematics to other fields. See the website for eligibility and details. http://www.nctm.org/resources/content.aspx?id=1328

Earthzine Call for Papers (Deadline: December 1)
Earthzine.org is soliciting articles for its 2012 fourth quarterly theme on environmental awareness. Earthzine seeks contributions addressing theory and practices related to 3 creating and expanding awareness of the Earth’s environment. http://www.earthzine.org/2012/08/01/call-for-papers-environmental-awareness/

Environmental Education Regional Grants (Deadline: November 21)
The purpose of the EPA's Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. http://epa.gov/education/pdf/solNotice2012.htm

EPA Announces the FY 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Request for Applications
EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice has released a Request for Applications (RFA) announcing the availability of funds for the Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG) Program for fiscal year 2013 (FY13). The EJSG Program provides funding to eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and public health issues within affected communities. This year’s Small Grants Program solicitation will emphasize supporting the critical role of community-based and grassroots organizations in helping communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. For more information, visit EPA’s Environmental Justicewebpage. For additional questions, contact Sheritta Woodruffwoodruff.sheritta@epa.govor (202) 564-1771.

 

RESOURCES

Database of the Maritime Traffic in the Caribbean
The Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean has developed a GIS-based database of maritime traffic in the wider Caribbean Region. It provides a visualization of the aggregated routes and the traffic density, along with additional features. Note that the access to the tool is secure; see the website for details. http://www.cep.unep.org/news/rac-rempeitc-launches-its-new-gis-based-database-of-the-maritime-traffic

Digital Storytelling
The Digital Storytelling initiative at Ohio State University define digital storytelling as a short (3-5 minute) movie which uses images, voice, and music to tell a story. The website offers examples such as The Joy of Research, Outside the Glass, and more. The Resources area includes information for those who would like to create their own digital stories with links to copyright-free audio and video sources, along with low-cost or free images. http://digitalstory.osu.edu/stories/community/

Educationlist
This website is an environmental and conservation education catalog. Users can create profiles about programs, events, job postings, grant listings, and more. The website is meant to act as a catalog for EE and CE resources. It can be used to market services and programs to key audiences, and offers a networking and coordination platform. http://www.educationalist.net/content/catalog-ee-and-ce-resources

Exploring Paleoclimatology in the Classroom
This guide provides instructions for educators on how to access and use coral radioisotope data for classroom activities. The data from the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology cover a 271 year period. Educational topics include methods for reconstructing temperature records; the South Pacific Gyre and EL Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO); and the relevance of decadal variations in sea surface temperature. http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/datasheets/Paleoclimatology_Rarotonga.html

Seafloor Explorer
The public is invited to help identify objects they see in images of the seafloor through the interactive website, Seafloor Explorer. The website is a collaboration between oceanographers studying seafloor habitats, web programmers, and social scientists. Visitors are asked to describe if they note any organisms; provide basic measurements; and more. Check this out - identification can be harder than you think. http://www.seafloorexplorer.org/

Check Out Tox Town: A Great Resource for Educating Children About Chemicals
Interactive website called "Tox Town," created by the National Library of Medicine to introduce middle school, high school, and college students to toxic chemicals in their everyday environment. Tox Town helps students and teachers learn about environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals pictured in imaginary Cities, Farms, Towns, the US Border Regions, Ports, and the US Southwest. Read more about it here!

New App Lets Users Check Health of Waterways Anywhere in the U.S.
EPA has launched a new app and website to help people find information on the condition of thousands of lakes, rivers and streams across the United States from their smart phone, tablet or desktop computer. Available at http://www.epa.gov/mywaterway, the How's My Waterway app and website uses GPS technology or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The release of the app and website helps mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which Congress enacted on October 18, 1972, giving citizens a special role in caring for the nation's water resources. Forty years later, EPA is providing citizens with a technology-based tool to expand that stewardship. Click here for the press release.  Click here to read a blog from EPA scientist Doug Norton.

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Coastal Forest Restoration Project in Mandeville, LA
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the St. Tammany Parish Government are looking for volunteers to participate in a two day coastal forest tree restoration project on Thursday November 1 and Friday November 2,9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m., Tammany Hills Pond in Mandeville. Volunteers can register for one or both days. This project will create wildlife habitat, and provide a natural scenic area for the public by planting native trees and wetland vegetation in retention ponds as part of the St. Tammany Parish’s coastal forest reforestation efforts. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 500 cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers need to be prepared to get muddy. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. Please register online at www.crcl.orgor call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information. 

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

Fall Science Seminar: Marsh Dweller
Tuesday, October 30, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) invite you to attend their Fall Science Seminar. See attached flyer for more information.

HURRIPLAN: Hurricane Resilient Community Planning and Building Design
OCTOBER 25-26, 2012, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Mobile, Alabama
OCTOBER 31 - NOVEMBER 1, 2012, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, BILOXI, MS
• Introduction to Hurricane Science
• Design Strategies Against Wind, Water and Debris
• Infrastructure Failure
• Current and Suggested Zoning and Building Codes
• FEMA Guidelines, Best Practices and Lessons Learned
See attached flyers for more information.

EPA Announces the FY 2013 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program Request for Applications
EPA is pleased to announce the release of Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program. These voluntary guidelines recommend six steps states can take to build or enhance a school environmental health program. The guidelines also include a model K-12 school environmental health program as a resource that states can customize and share with schools and school districts to help them establish, or enhance an existing, school environmental health program. They can be found at http://www.epa.gov/schools/ehguidelines/index.html. To complement the guidelines release, OCHP will host a webinar in November 7, 2012, 2:00 PM–3:00 PM Eastern: Integrated School Health Tools for Districts

PicturePost Webinar (October 30)
Lifelines for High School Climate Change Education, a project for high school teachers, is holding a webinar that will cover PicturePost, October 30, 2012. PicturePost is a part of the Digital Earth Watch network that supports environmental monitoring by citizens, students, and community organizations through digital photography and satellite imagery. Learn how teachers and students can contribute using digital images in a growing archive aimed at measuring environmental change. While on the website, check out archived webinars from the Lifelines series. https://sites.google.com/a/globalsystemsscience.org/courses-lifelines/presentations-mtgs

Ocean Lecture and Educators’ Night – New Jersey and Online
Rutgers University's Institute of Marine & Coastal Sciences in New Brunswick, New Jersey will host an event every other month for teachers interested in teaching about ocean literacy and bringing current research into their classrooms. Each meeting will include a Rutgers University scientist presenting on their research along with a question-and-answer period. The final hour will be spent reviewing curriculum developed to align with both the research presented that evening and New Jersey Science Standards. Background materials, lesson plans, and the presentation will all be posted online. The event will be broadcast over the Internet for those unable to attend in person. Please register for each session. http://coseenow.net/mare/opportunities-resources/ocean-lecture-educators-night/

OneNOAA Science Seminars: November 2012
Tentative title: NOAA Data Management Activities
November 01, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Jeff de La Beaujardiere, PhD(NOAA Data Management Architect, NESDIS/OSD/TPIO)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

Going Beyond Jargon and Elevator Speeches: Strategies for Communicating Science to the Public
November 01, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions
Speaker(s): Dana Vukajlovich (Pacific Science Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

FishSET: A Spatial Economics Toolbox to Better Incorporate Fisher Behavior into Fisheries Management
November 07, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Alan Haynie(NOAA economist, Alaska Fisheries Science Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANODCand NOAA Fisheries Office of Science & Technology

Planning for Restoration Using the Habitat Priority Planner and Spatial AnalysisWebinar
November 07, 2012, 15:00-16:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
Speaker(s): Lauren Long(Coastal Conservation Specialist, I.M. Systems Group at NOAA Coastal Services Center)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAACoastal Services Center, Digital Coast Webinar Series

Phytoplankton Communities in a Changing World: New Techniques to Quantify Functional Diversity from Metagenomes
November 08, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Robin Kodner (Western Washington University)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

CMIP5 Projections
November 13, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-312th Floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged.
Rym Msadek, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Paul Dirmeyer, Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies; Speaker(s): Kristopher Karnauskas, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAAOAR CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program monthly seminar series

North-American Land Data Assimilation System (NLDAS): How Well Can We Monitor U.S. Drought?
November 13, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction Conference Center (5830 University Research Court, College Park, MD 20740)
Speaker(s): Youlong Xia(NCEP/NWS/EMC)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANCEP/EMC

State of the Climate through October 2012Webinar
November 15, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 Eastern Time Zone (times may vary) [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
Speaker(s): NOAA climate and weather experts
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANCDC Monthly Climate Updates

Toxic Harmful Algal Blooms in a Warmer, More Acidic Future Ocean
November 15, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): David Hutchins (University of Southern California)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Mussel Attachment on Wave-Swept Shores: an Ecomaterials Perspective
November 29, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Emily Carrington (University of Washington)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

OneNOAA Science Seminars: December 2012
Tracking HAB Toxins: Advances in Underwater Robotic Sensors
December 05, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAASSMC-4Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. Gregory Doucette(NCCOS/Center for Coastal Environmental Health & Biomolecular Research)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAANOS Science Seminar Series and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

Building with Proteins: Nanotechnology the Way Nature Intended It
December 06, 2012, 11:00-12:00 Pacific Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science CenterAuditorium (2725 Montlake Blvd. E., Seattle, WA 98112-2097; Directions)
Speaker(s): Dr. François Baneyx (Chemical Engineering, University of Washington)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAA2012 Fall Quarter NWFSC Weekly Monster Seminar JAM series

Model Development and Analysis
December 11, 2012, 13:00 - 14:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-312th Floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged.
Speaker(s): Tom Hamill, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory; Shaoqing Zhang, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory; Joao Teixeira, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Ning Zeng, University of Maryland
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor: NOAAOAR CPO Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections program monthly seminar series

Tentative title: The Global Ocean Observing System
December 12, 2012, 12:00 - 13:00 Eastern Time Zone [Check U.S. Time clockfor your local time]
NOAA SSMC-34th Floor, Room 4817 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910)
Speaker(s): Dr. David Legler(Chief Climate Observation Division, NOAA Climate Program Office)
OneNOAA Science Seminar Sponsor:NOAANational Oceanographic Data Center

 

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/


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov

Migratory Game Bird Violations Lead to Five Guilty Pleas and Fines

Release Date: 10/24/2012

Oct. 24, 2012 -- Two Vermilion Parish men pled guilty in the U.S. Western District Court of Louisiana in Lafayette on Oct. 17 for migratory game bird violations.

Ryan Frederick, 23, of Kaplan, and Dustin Fontenot, 23, of Abbeville pled guilty to taking over the daily bag limit of white-fronted geese, hunting geese with an electronic calling device and for failing to maintain custody of their birds in the field.

Judge Patrick Hanna ordered Frederick and Fontenot to each pay a total of $2,155 in fines and fees and placed them on two years of probation, which includes no hunting of any migratory game birds.

In connection with this case, Zayne Greene, 23, Robert Russo, 21, and Drew Laborde, 21, all from Abbeville, pled guilty outside of court at an earlier date to hunting geese with an electronic calling device and failing to maintain custody of their birds in the field. These three men each paid $1,770 in fines and fees.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents observed Frederick and Fontenot on an afternoon hunt north of Kaplan on Jan. 12, 2012.  When agents attempted to make contact with Frederick and Fontenot, the two threw geese into a nearby canal to hide them.  Agents recovered 17 white-fronted geese and five snow geese from the canal and an electronic calling device used during the hunt after making contact with Frederick and Fontenot.

After further investigation, agents learned that Greene, Russo and Laborde participated in the hunt earlier in the afternoon in which the electronic calling device was used.  Greene, Russo and Laborde also left harvested birds in the field.

Senior Agents Justin Sonnier and Lonnie Campbell investigated this case, which was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brett L. Grayson.

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

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