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Two Men Sentenced In Intentional Concealment Case In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/29/2012

Nov. 29, 2012 -- On Nov. 29, 2012 two men pleaded guilty to commercial fishing violations in the 25th Judicial District of Plaquemines Parish.

Rick Nguyen, 37, of Buras, and Hung Anh Tiet, 29, of Dallas, Texas, both pleaded guilty to the intentional concealment of illegal fish.

Judge Kevin Conner ordered both men to pay a fine of $950 plus courts costs.  In addition, both Nguyen and Tiet had there set line licenses and state shark permits revoked for life.  Both men are also forbidden to involve themselves in any way in the shark industry for a period of two years.

This conviction was a result of a joint enforcement patrol with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Law Enforcement on April 8, 2012.

LDWF agents made contact with Nguyen and Tiet while responding to an anonymous complaint from offshore recreational fishermen of over the commercial daily limit of sharks.  Agents stopped the vessel “Lady Lyanna” in Tiger Pass located in Venice.

Upon immediate inspection of the vessel, agents found whole sharks located on the deck.  After further investigation, agents found a hidden compartment in the bow of the vessel that contained 12 large sacks of shark fins.  The bodies of the sharks belonging to the fins were not on the vessel.

Shark “finning” is an illegal practice of removing the shark’s fins, which are the most profitable part of the shark, and then discarding the rest of the shark’s body overboard.

The two men were in possession of 2,073 individual shark fins and 11 whole sharks. The 2,073 individual fins represent a total of 518 sharks bringing the total number of sharks possessed to 529.  The daily commercial limit for sharks in Louisiana is 33 per vessel placing the two men 496 sharks over their daily limit.

Federal prosecution is still pending by the NOAA General Counsel Office for the over limit and shark finning allegations.

Assistant District Attorney Jerry Lobrano prosecuted the case.

Agents participating in the case and prosecution were Sgt. Adam Young and Senior Agent Villere Reggio.

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

Two New Orleans Men Cited For Red Drum Violations In Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 11/29/2012

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agent cited two New Orleans men for alleged red drum fishing violations on Nov. 24 in Plaquemines Parish.

Sgt. Adam Young cited Charles H. Stafford III, 22, and Percy I. Morgan Jr., 25, for taking over double the daily limit and undersized red drum after being found in possession of 50 red drum on the Shell Pipeline Canal located near Port Sulphur. 

All of the red drum were under the legal size limit of 16 inches except for one.  The daily limit on red drum is five fish per person, which put the men 40 red drum over the limit.

Possessing over the double the daily limit of red drum carries up to a $950 fine or up to 120 days in jail.  Taking undersized red drum brings up to a $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.  Additionally, the men will be accessed $1,323.50 in restitution for the illegally taken fish.

Sgt. Young seized the red drum and donated them to a local charity.

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

Black Bear Found Dead in Avoyelles Parish

Release Date: 11/28/2012

Nov. 28, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) officials are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found in the Avoyelles Parish.

The Service just announced adding $5,000 to the reward to the $1,000 from the state for a total of $6,000.

A hunter alerted authorities on Nov. 27 about a dead black bear laying on an all-terrain vehicle trail on Avoyelles Parish School Board property located 20 miles northwest of Marksville.

LDWF and USFWS officials arrived on scene and found a male black bear approximately two years old and weighing about 100 pounds dead from an apparent gunshot wound.

LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot and killed earlier in the day on Nov. 27.

Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple App Store free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Cash rewards up to $1,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals involved in this crime.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

"We have solved cases like this in the past with the public's help and we are again asking for any leads that might assist us in this investigation," said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division."

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $25,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray and know a few simple rules.  If possible, a hunter encountering a bear should back away and proceed in another direction.  If a bear approaches, you should raise your arms over your head to appear larger and speak in a normal tone of voice to let the bear know you are there.  If the bear continues to approach, wave your arms and yell at the bear.  At this point a hunter could use bear spray to deter the bear's approach.

Hunters should also be aware that baiting deer with corn artificially concentrates bears near deer stands.  It is recommended that hunters either refrain from using corn for bait or use soybeans to reduce bear feeding activity.  Bear encounters can be reported to 1-800-442-2511.

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

Father and Son Arrested for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 11/28/2012

Nov. 28, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a father and son for alleged deer hunting violations on Nov. 20 in Avoyelles Parish.

Agents arrested Gregory S. Gautreaux, 44, of Turkey Creek, and his son Gregory R. Gautreaux, 21, also of Turkey Creek and booked them into the Avoyelles Parish Jail. 

Gregory S. Gautreaux was cited for selling deer meat, possession of an illegally taken deer, failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, hunting without resident hunting or big game licenses, careless operation of a vehicle and driving under a suspended license.  Gregory R. Gautreaux was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, failing to wear hunters orange, hunting on a wildlife management area (WMA) without a WMA hunting permit, hunting with a gun in a bow hunting area, illegal access of an WMA and no WMA self-clearing permit.

Agents were alerted on Nov. 20, 2012 by a tip from the public about a small red car parked on the Acadian Conservation Corridor WMA.  When agents responded they spotted an individual standing on the WMA holding a gun in a bow hunting only area.  When the subject observed the agents truck he went back into the woods.

At the same time agents observed the red car they got a description of earlier perform a U-turn on Interstate 49 and cut through the median to pick up the hunter on the WMA.  Agents stopped the car for the traffic infraction and identified Gregory S. Gautreaux as the driver.  After a few minutes, agents were able to apprehend Gregory R. Gautreaux in the woods.

Agents also located a loaded 12-gauge shotgun with buckshot near where they apprehended Gregory R. Gautreaux.  During the investigation agents learned that a six-point buck was sold by Gregory S. Gautreaux to Bryan K. Fontenot, 41, of Ville Platte for $80.  Agents were able to recover the deer meat and the rack.

Agents charged Fontenot for buying deer meat and possession of an illegally taken deer.

Selling deer meat brings a $500 to $750 fine and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Possession of illegally taken deer carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations, hunting without a WMA permit, hunting with a gun in a bow hunting area, illegal access of a WMA and hunting on a WMA without a self-clearing permit brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail for each offense.  Hunting without resident hunting and big game licenses, and hunting without wearing hunter’s orange brings a $50 fine for each offense

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.  Careless operation brings up to a $180 fine and up to 30 days in jail.  Driving under a suspended license carries up to a $500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Agents participating in the case are Sgts. Travis Huval, Scott Fontenot, and Gabe Guidry, and Senior Agents Ryan Faul, Jay Callegari, Steve Vidrine, Danon Maricle, and Brandon Fontenot.

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

Special Announcement: Deadline Approaching - Call for Presenters…Call for Exhibitors!

Call for Presenters…Call for Exhibitors!

On February 22-23, 2013, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 16th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This year we are placing emphasis on the concept of sustainability – understanding,  key practices, implementation, and more. The theme for this upcoming conference, therefore, is “Build a Sustainable Future”!

Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, business and industry representatives, non-profit organizations, state and local officials, and non-formal educators. Postmark deadline for exhibitor registrations is November 30, 2012. Please see attached registration form and informational flyer below.

Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with other educators? Particularly one that incorporates the concept of sustainability?! Consider presenting at the upcoming 2013 Louisiana EE Symposium! Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons! Also, teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to ultimately reach a larger audience of students! Postmark deadline for presenter proposals is November 30, 2012. Please see attached proposal form and informational flyer below.

For more information:
Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator - 337-948-0255 or vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, EE Assistant Coordinator - 225-765-0124 or jraffray@wlf.la.gov
 

WEEKLY eNEWS: Contests, Fellowships, Grants, Resources, Volunteer Opportunities, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts 2013 Calendars Are In!
Get FREE copies of the 2013 calendar “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” featuring winning entries from our 2012 Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation. To request a calendar or to learn more about the contest contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov. Information about the 2013 contest can also be found on our website: www.wlf.la.gov/eec

 

CONTESTS

Ocean Pals Contest (December 22)
The Ocean Pals contest from Beneath the Sea is part of an environmental education-through-art program designed to encourage young people to become aware of and share their concerns for the marine environment through poster art. This year's poster theme is Save Our Sharks, while digital images should reflect the Wonderful World of Water. http://www.beneaththesea.org/ocean-pals/44617

President's Environmental Youth Awards (Regional Deadline: December 31)
Sponsored by the EPA, the President's Environmental Youth Awards program recognizes young people for projects which demonstrate their commitment to the environment. The program is available to K-12 individuals, classes, and youth groups. Awards are presented in each of the EPA regions, and one project from each region is presented with a national award. http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/peya/index.html

From the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Essay Contest (Deadline June 15, 2013)
The goal of this contest is to challenge high school students to think critically about challenges facing the ocean, with a focus on the biodiversity and species interdependence in the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. This year's contest theme is Sea Animals Big and Small. The contest is an educational complement to From the Bow Seat, a documentary on environmental issues impacting the Gulf of Maine which can be downloaded directly from the website. http://www.fromthebowseat.org/contest/index.php

 

FELLOWSHIPS

Einstein Educator Fellowship Program (Deadline: December 5)
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program provides a unique professional development opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend eleven months working in a Federal agency or in a U.S. Congressional office, bringing their extensive knowledge and experience in the classroom to education program and/or education policy efforts. http://science.energy.gov/wdts/einstein/

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching (Deadline: December 15)
Under the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program, highly accomplished U.S. primary and secondary level teachers of all subjects, guidance counsellors, curriculum specialists, curriculum heads, Talented and Gifted coordinators, Special Education coordinators and media specialists/librarians may apply for this professional development program to carry out a course of study for three to six months abroad. For more details and to apply, visit:
http://www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org/distinguished-fulbright-awards-in-teaching-program/application

 

GRANTS

Disney Hands-on Environmental Projects
Disney Hands-On Environmental Projects will be funding hands-on environmental projects across the United States for 3rd to 8th grade classrooms. Since 2009, Disney has brought to life 1,693 classroom projects focusing on saving the environment. Disney will be matching $300,000 of donations through this Double Your Impact offer.

USEPA School Bus Replacement Funding Opportunity (Pilot)
EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is accepting applications for a new rebate program. An important change in the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) reauthorization was to allow EPA to award rebates. This first year of rebates will be a pilot program focusing on the replacement of older school buses in both public and private fleets. The total funding for this opportunity will be approximately $2 million. Applicants must be the owners of the school buses. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility and selection process, please visit http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate.htm. EPA will collect rebate applications from November 13 to December 14, 2012. Applicants may submit only one application for up to five buses, and applications may be downloaded from http://www.epa.gov/cleandiesel/dera-rebate.htm. Completed application packages should be emailed to cleandieselrebate@epa.govwith the subject line "DERA School Bus Rebate Application." A full informational guide about the rebate program and application process is available online at http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/documents/420r12029.pdf Questions about the rebate program should be sent to cleandieselrebate@epa.gov.

 

RESOURCES

NOAA Explorer Education Material, Volume 2: How Do We Explore? Available Online
NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research has recently completed Volume 2 of the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection - How Do We Explore? This volume complements Volume 1: Why Do We Explore?, and targets the exploration strategy of the Okeanos Explorer and the technology used in modern ocean exploration, including: telepresence, multibeam sonar, water column investigations and underwater robots. Each lesson in this volume is aligned with the vision of A Framework for K-12 Science Education in preparation for the Next Generation Science Standards, and also with the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. For the complete package of lessons: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/edu/collection/hdwe.html To find an onsite How Do We Explore? professional development offering in your area: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/edu/development/onsite_development.html

Dive Below the Water’s Surface - Virtually
Google’s new addition to Street View provides “street” view access to six of the world’s most beautiful underwater landscapes. The project—made possible through a partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey—gives Google users a chance to swim around the Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii’s Molokini Crater, its Hanauma Bay and the Apo Islands in the Philippines. The 50,000 stitched-together images come from a special underwater camera—the SVII—that divers bring eight meters below the water’s surface. They take shots every four seconds, which can then be fed into Street View.  http://maps.google.com/help/maps/streetview/gallery.html?

Science Music
Do you use music and songs with your students? If so, you will like the revised Science Music website at: http://www.resa.net/sciencemusic Sites include: Symphony of Music; Science Explosion; Worm Songs; Bill Nye Tunes; Science Song Collections; Science Songs for Teaching; Earth Science Songs and many more.

Classroom Earth Is Now K-12, Plus New Resources Available
Classroom Earth is now K-12 and their updated website offers a database of new resources searchable by grade level, topic and academic discipline, and includes a Nature Center Map where teachers can connect with nature nearby. Explore Classroom Earth today and create an account to customize your experience and interact with peers. Stay tuned for information on National Environmental Education Week's Greening STEM theme for 2013. Also, try out a new interactive infographic, featuring teaching resources available from the U.S. EPA. http://www.classroomearth.org/

NOAA Fisheries Service online Fish Watch Lessons and Activities
NOAA Fisheries Service, an office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), recently published online the Fish Watch Lessons and Activities. This set of 16 teacher tested, science standard correlated, lesson plans challenges high school students and their teachers to use the NOAA Fisheries Service's FishWatch website to locate, manipulate, and analyze data to make informed decisions about sustainable seafood consumption. Students examine catch data and correlate trends with fisheries management measures to understand overfished, overfishing, and the stock rebuilding process for various species. http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/10/10_12_12noaa_fisheries_lesson_plans.html

Avery Island, LA Duck Hunt, 1939 (Unclassified)
This historical archive film titled “Sky Game” was shot on Avery Island in 1939. It includes footage of E.A. McIlhenny banding birds and also footage of a duck hunt on the island: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zpk1wxBp9GE

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer Opportunities to help Restore Coastal Forests at Jean Lafitte National Park
CRCL will be returning to Jean Lafitte National Park in December to plant an additional 800 cypress trees to protect the coastal forest habitat from erosion help restore areas that were damaged during Hurricane Isaac. Please volunteer today and help play a vital role in the continued success of CRCL’s restoration programming!
Transporting Cypress Trees:Friday, November 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jean Lafitte NHP and Barataria Preserve Jones Point Boat Launch in Marrero, LA.
Planting Trees:Friday December 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Jean Lafitte NHP and Barataria Preserve Jones Point Boat Launch in Marrero, LA
All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. All volunteers must register with the Coalition to attend the event! Register online at or by calling (888) LACOAST

Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program
This month, EPA will release its Voluntary Guidelines for States: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program. The guidelines were mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and were developed in consultation with other federal agencies, states, school officials, and non-profit organizations. School environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Children spend 90% of their time indoors and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect children’s health, attendance, concentration, and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities. 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. The model program incorporates EPA’s unique school health programs such as Tools for Schools, ENERGY Star for K-12 Schools and others, to help schools and school districts begin or enhance a comprehensive school environmental health program. To learn more about the guidelines, please visit: www.epa.gov/schools. If you have questions or are interested in working with us to promote healthy schools, please contact Cyndy Merse at (202)566-2970 or merse.cynthia@epa.gov.

 

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.
Dec. 5, 2012, 2-3 p.m. President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Programs (PCFSN)
Dec. 12, 2012, 4-5 p.m. Solar Energy: Power for Earth, the ISS, and Exploring Other Worlds! (NASA)
Dec. 19, 2012, 4-6 p.m. Chipmunk Cheeks and Chicken Legs: Body Systems and Life in Space (NASA)

Preparing for the Next Generation Science Standards
Free web seminars are available for teachers to better understand the NGSS. Now through December, NSTA is presenting eight web seminars on the practices described in A Framework for K-12 Science Education – Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas. Register at http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/SeminarRegistration.aspx

AMS DataStreme Course Offerings for Spring 2013 – K-12 Educators
The American Meteorological Society’s DataStreme Project is an expenses-paid professional development program for in-service K-12 educators. Graduate-level courses in meteorology (http://bit.ly/PJujJu), oceanography (http://bit.ly/SfcjCr), and climate science (http://bit.ly/TWhQxu) are offered each fall and spring semester by Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country. Teachers construct a Plan of Action for educational peer-training following course completion. To register, please contact your nearest LIT leader by late fall 2012 (a list of LIT leaders is available through the links above). DataStreme receives support from NASA, NOAA, and NSF.

Free Watershed Academy Webinar on “How’s My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps" (November 28)
Register for the free Watershed Academy webinar entitled “How’s My Waterway? and Other Water Quality Apps” on November 28, 2012 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST. These new apps have great potential to let users quickly learn about waterways anywhere. EPA recently 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 mobile device location or a user-entered zip code or city name to provide information about the quality of local water bodies. The webcast will also highlight the SwimGuide app which helps you find your closest beach and provides beach status information (see http://www.theswimguide.org/). Finally, the webcast will showcase the Riverview app which lets you share pictures of your favorite river and share information on its condition (http://belowthesurface.org/).To register for this webinar, please visit www.epa.gov/watershedwebcasts.

Esri's 5th annual T3G Institute (Deadline: November 30)
Esri's 5th annual T3G Institute is seeking 100 educators and education influencers, from all levels, who want to help other educators engage ArcGIS Online in their instruction. This week-long event will be held on the Esri campus in Redlands, California, June 16-21, 2013. For more info, see http://esriurl.com/funwithgis130 and http://esriurl.com/t3g. Through modeling, practice, and discussion, participants boost their skills in teaching with computers, in problem-based learning, in conducting professional development, and in using GIS. GIS is being used in ever more jobs (http://edcommunity.esri.com/careers), and therefore ever more classes and contexts, from grad school to grade school. More US states are establishing statewide licenses for K12 education (http://esriurl.com/funwithgis129). 

Free Flinn Lab Safety Course Begins Online January 1, 2013
Middle School: http://www.solutionwhere.com/misdtraining/cw/showcourse.asp?3923
High School: http://www.solutionwhere.com/misdtraining/cw/showcourse.asp?3924

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

Authorities Locate Missing Hunter

Release Date: 11/13/2012

Nov. 13, 2012 -- Search and rescue personnel located a missing hunter alive at 12:45 p.m. today, Nov. 13, on the bank of Grand Lake in St. Bernard Parish.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents, St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies and the U.S. Coast Guard found Daniel Madere, 25, of Metairie, after searching for him most of the morning.

According to Madere and his hunting partners, they were crossing Grand Lake on their way to their duck blinds at 5:15 a.m.  Madere’s duck blind partner noticed that Madere was not at the blind when he was supposed to be there and doubled back to see if he was having trouble.  After a brief search of the area, Madere’s duck blind partner called authorities to assist in the search.

Madere’s 16 foot flat bottom boat sank in Grand Lake in rough water.  Madere was wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) and was able to grab another PFD to hold as he made his way to the bank.

Search and rescue personnel were able to get dry clothes for Madere and transported him back to the launch near Delacroix where a medical staff was waiting to check his condition.

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

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: Environmental Education Symposium – Registration NOW OPEN!

Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium - REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

On February 22-23, 2013, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 16thAnnual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium “Our Environment…Our Future”at the Baton Rouge Marriott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The theme for this upcoming conference will be “Build a Sustainable Future”! After all, isn’t that what we are really about?!

Join us for exciting workshops, concurrent sessions, and exhibits for the environmental educator! If you are a K-12 teacher or informal educator, you will want to attend this fun, education-packed, professional development event! Go home Energized and Educated in the latest EE concepts!

Early Bird Registration closes on January 22, 2013.
Lodging assistance is available.
Brochure with registration form is attached. All forms and related information can also be found on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

Visit the LEEC table (#80) at the LATM/LSTA Conference, November 12-14!


SHORT COURSE INFORMATION
The following optional Short Course sessions are being offered on Friday, February 22, 2013,in conjunction with the 2013 conference. Short Course participants must also register for the Environmental Education Symposium and pay conference registration fees, in addition to a nominal Short Course fee. Workshops will be held in the immediate Baton Rouge area, to be announced.

Preregistration is required.                          Space is limited!               Participants will be notified via e-mail.

1. “Give a Whoop!” Whooping Crane     WORKSHOP
Facilitators: Heather Egger, University of New Orleans 
                      Amy LeGaux, Audubon Nature Institute
                      Sue Ellen Lyons, Holy Cross High School
                      Sara Zimorski, LDWF Whooping Crane Biologist
                      Carrie Salyers, LDWF Endangered Species Education Outreach Biologist
Grade Level:  5-12                                       Time:  8:00 AM–3:30 PM
Fee:  $10; lunch provided
Participants will learnabout the complexities and challenges of the whooping crane reintroduction program, receive how-to demonstrations on classroom lesson activities, and engage in field work related to animal tracking using GPS units. Workshop participants will receive a $75 stipend, a handheld GPS unit for classroom use, a lesson series of tenengaging, GLE-aligned lessons covering topics such as taxonomy, bird reproduction, ecosystems, adaptation, and endangered species,and other related items. This workshop is sponsored by: CHEVRON and Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Foundation.

2. Innovative Designs & Practices Paving the Way to Sustainable Success Stores TOUR
Facilitators:  Edward Cazayoux, Ph.D., Architect specializing in climate responsive architecture
                       Charles Allen, Ph.D., Author of “Edible Plants of the Gulf South”
                       Katry Martin, Civil Engineer
                       Trish Ransom, Artist specializing in repurposing
Grade Level:  General                                                Time:  8:00 AM–4:30 PM
Fee:  $10; lunch & transportation provided
Travel to the St. Landry Parish Visitor Information Center, which serves as an introduction to sustainable architecture and living closer to the land. Completed in 2011, you’ll hear first hand from architects, artists, and native plant experts on the utilization of renewable energy sources, routing of rainwater, recycling, and demonstration of local ecosystems. Then you will also see how trash is literally being turned into treasure – bio compressed natural gas (CNG) to be exact, at the St. Landry Parish Landfill. This is one of only two such systems in the entire country! The resulting BioCNG is used to fuel vehicles operated by our Sheriff’s Department. Then enjoy a mini-workshop creating art out of debris!

3. Conservation Education Featuring WET, WILD, & Learning Tree WORKSHOP
Facilitator:  Wade Dubea, State Forester
                     Whitney Wallace, INE Program Director
Grade Level:  General                                Time:  8:00 AM–3:30 PM
Fee:  $10; lunch provided                                        
Here is an opportunity to participate in a single workshop and gain hands-on experience and resources from THREE exceptional programs. Workshop attendees will participate in selected activities from each program featuring water quality, wildlife and forestry. Activities are available for all grade levels, subject areas, and learning styles. Upon completion of the workshop, activity guides and resource materials will be provided to participants. Come share, learn, and experience nature as we promote teaching “how to think and not what to think” about our environment.

4. Rainwater Harvesting – Water Conservation and Water Quality WORKSHOP
Facilitator:  Dotty Woodson, Extension Program Specialist-Water Resources, Texas A&M AgriLife
Grade Level:  General                                Time:  8:00 AM–3:30 PM
Fee:  $10; lunch provided                                        
Come learn about the ins and outs of water conservation! And make your own rain barrel to take back to your classroom! Rainwater harvesting makes use of a valuable resource, provides a water source when groundwater or surface waters are unacceptable or unavailable, can augment existing water supplies, reduces the load into stormwater drains, reduces non-point source pollution, reduces the summer water peak demand, delays expansion of existing water treatment plants, and reduces water bills. A 2,000 square foot building can collect 1200 gallons in a 1 inch rain! Limited to 15 participants, each who will make a working rain barrel. Participants need to be able to transport their rain barrel back home!

5. Native, Exotic, Invasive…Oh My! WORKSHOP
Facilitator:  Dianne Lindstedt, Marine Education Coordinator, Louisiana Sea Grant
Grade Level:  5-8                                          Time:  8:00 AM–3:30 PM
Fee: $10; lunch provided
Engage your students in a real ecological problem through aquatic invasive species. Learn about their ecological and economic impacts, how they spread, and what makes them tick. Practice activities that can be used in your classroom and consider developing a stewardship project with your students.


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

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.

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