Big Whoop, Indeed: Whooping Cranes in Louisiana!

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For the first time in 75 years, a pair has successfully nested in Louisiana , producing not one but two fuzzy, wild-born chicks. Louisiana’s last wild Whoopers disappeared just after World War II. In 2011, a collaborative effort among state and federal wildlife agencies teamed up with Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to begin releasing captive-bred birds into the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area. Photo by Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Fight against fracking continues in Louisiana

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The former head of the Hurricane Katrina Joint Task Force Hurricane Katrina who commanded the military response to the devastating 2005 hurricane is now a major environmental activist in Louisiana - and those who love clean air and water are happy to have him. "He

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Louisiana’s Captive Animals Need Your Help Now


Show your support for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries'' proposed rule that will protect wild animals to make sure it passes. Read More The post Louisiana’s Captive Animals Need Your Help Now appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News

Louisiana Waterthrush Photo Gallery

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One of the earliest wood-warblers to arrive each spring here in the northeast is the Louisiana Waterthrush ( Parkesia motacilla ). And though Louisiana Waterthrush prefer habitat with clear, rushing streams next to which to nest, while they are on migration they are much less picky and can be found in a variety of wet habitats. I don’t know what this Louisiana Waterthrush is eating but I know that I am glad that I am not eating it.

Louisiana's "Bermuda Triangle”


What is the Bermuda Triangle? The Bermuda Triangle is an area of ocean in the North Atlantic reported to swallow everything from ships to shoes.

What the Northwest Can Learn from Louisiana

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I returned from a recent visit to the southern tip of Louisiana with a new found appreciation for how important it is to prevent coal exports in the Northwest. The Louisiana lawsuit is not, ultimately, a story about the health of the Mississippi.

Marine Restoration Week: Tales from the Cab — Risk & Restoration in SE Louisiana

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I was blown away by Emmanuel’s perspectives on the role wetlands used to play in southeast Louisiana; his enthusiasm for restoring them (using funds from the RESTORE Act and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill fines); and his deep first-hand knowledge of insurance and federal policy regarding flooding.

Clean Energy Activists Fight Back in Louisiana

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Earlier this year, the Louisiana Public Service Commission abandoned new energy efficiency rules in a bid to roll back progress on clean energy and efficiency. "Louisiana has the best solar tax credits program in the country," said Jordan Macha, Sierra Club Louisiana Representative. "The

Grassroots Activists Mobilize Against Proposed Louisiana Coal Export Terminal

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" The "RAM" coal export terminal being rammed through Louisiana's permitting process by coal companies has aroused the ire of communities that would rather keep the state's natural places from being trampled by dirty fuels.

The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

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PIAZZA: South-central Louisiana, where the Atchafalaya River starts at the confluence of the Red River and the Mississippi River. Science Atchafalaya Basin Bryan Piazza Louisiana Atchafalaya bald cypresses.

Momentum builds in Louisiana, the latest front in the fight against coal exports

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In recent weeks, something amazing has been happening in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana – communities have been standing up and casting votes to ring the alarm about proposed coal export projects. Case in point - the small town of Gretna, Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish.

‘True Blood’ Star Fights To Free Captive Tiger In Louisiana


Tony the tiger (not the cereal mascot), has been living at a truck stop in Grosse Tete, Louisiana for the past decade as a “tourist attraction.&# Bauer ended by saying, “My character, the vampire Pam on True Blood , fends for herself just fine in her unlikely Louisiana home.

The After Effects of the Louisiana Oil Spill

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The recent Louisiana oil spill may be the most tragic one is American history. waters until the Louisiana spill can be looked over more closely. The circumference of the oil spill is 600 miles, and it’s 20 miles away from Louisiana.

Taking a stand against a proposed coal export terminal in Louisiana

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"From there, we will work to engage the entire Parish of Jefferson, the most populous parish in Louisiana, to do the same to stop this new coal export terminal that puts so much at risk for so many in one of the most vulnerable regions of the world for climate change and sea level rise."

Relief for Louisiana Oil Spill: How Can You Help?

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In addition to negatively affecting the ocean, it has also reached the Louisiana shoreline, and it’s predicted to move into Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. The month of May didn’t start well for the environment.

Favorite Nature: Bryan Piazza on Coming to the Atchafalaya

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In a way, I came to Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Delta via Canada. But all these years later, I’m still part of a tight group of coastal wetlands ecologists in Louisiana – some of my buddies now are friends I made that first season in the Delta and up on river. Bryan Piazza at work.

Birding New Orleans

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Trips Bird louisiana New OrleansNew Orleans. The Big Easy. There’s no doubt that it is one of the most famous cities in the south, and I spent 24 hours there over the weekend! While I did not go NOLA to bird specifically, I always keep my eyes out. The Garden District.

Lest we Forget – BP Oil Spill 2010

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Oil washes ashore at Venice, Louisiana. Oil begins to wash up on the beaches throughout May and June of 2010 May 6, 2010 Oil washes ashore on the Chandeleur Islands off the Louisiana coast, an important nesting and breeding area for many bird species.

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A Quick Comparison: Louisiana Oil Spill of 2010 vs. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill of 1989

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Although this tragedy that happened more than 20 years ago is one for the record books, the Louisiana oil spill may be the worst oil spill we have seen. Louisiana Oil Spill of 2010. Location Affected: Louisiana, possibly Alabama and Mississippi too.

Recovery: The Great Teddy Bear Rescue

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But the animal spared by TR was a Louisiana black bear, a subspecies larger than the other 15, with a narrower, flatter, longer skull. But the State of Louisiana was openly hostile to an ESA listing, and Nowak’s bosses kept brushing him off. Adult Louisiana black bear.

Got Oysters? We Have an App for That

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And in places like Louisiana, water could legally be sold from our rivers and transferred to other states to quench the cumulative thirst of growing populations. This version of OysterFlows works in the Sabine and Calcasieu River basins in Louisiana. How do you love your oysters?

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What It's Like When Big Oil Owns Your Politicians

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Last night the Louisiana House approved a bill that retroactively kills a lawsuit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies for the industry's pollution and damage to the state's wetlands. As Sierra Club environmental justice organizer Darryl Malek-Wiley put it, "this ends our latest effort to restore Louisiana's democracy and take down the Exxon flag flying from our Capitol building."

Prisons go vegetarian to save money, but why are there so many prisoners in the first place?


With these numbers in mind, Anderson and PETA are pushing the Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, to switch the entire state system onto a plant based diet. The state of Louisiana is facing a $940 million deficit, and money saved would go towards a hurting state economy.

Ian Somerhalder Supports Anti-Fracking Movement


Tammany in his native state of Louisiana. Somerhalder, who’s originally from Covington, Louisiana, attended attended Read More The post Ian Somerhalder Supports Anti-Fracking Movement appeared first on Ecorazzi.

The Most Birds

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It happened during a Christmas Bird Count in Louisiana in 1984. It seems unlikely, but, again, observers are striving to get within an order of magnitude when dealing with counts and if the number was 50 million or 76 million doesn’t matter so much as the fact that there was an insanely large number of cowbirds in Louisiana for that Christmas Bird Count. A recent comment thread on Facebook about absurdly high counts of some species in the eBird database got me curious.

The Brown and Peruvian Pelicans

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The Brown Pelican is Louisiana’s state bird. The Brown Pelican and the Peruvian Pelican are closely related and once were considered the same species. They are indeed very similar in all plumage stages, but the Peruvian Pelican is nearly twice as big as its northern counterpart. Both pelicans are still common, but their population have been negatively affected by strong El Niño fluctuations and by exercise use of pesticides. Brown Pelicans in non-breeding plumage.

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Stop the Madness: More Whooping Cranes Shot

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Another pair of Whoopers has been shot , this time in Louisiana. Image above by AP Photo/Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.). The pair was part of a project aimed at restoring the birds to Louisiana. As if the last month’s revelation of a pair of murdered Whooping Cranes wasn’t devastating enough, the bad news just keeps on coming. The female was killed but experts suggest the male will survive, although perhaps without the ability to fly.

The American Woodcock: Tribute to a Wonderful Wetland Bird

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By Brian Piazza, Director of Freshwater and Marine Science, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. In Louisiana, where I live, the woodcock’s arrival again brings me good news – cooling temperatures and crisp mornings in the Atchafalaya River Basin behind bird dogs.

Saving Pelican 895

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Now HBO Documentary Films presents Saving Pelican 895 , the story of the effort to save the 895th surviving oiled pelican in Louisiana, showing how conservationists, government agencies and wildlife activists joined forces to preserve this life and so many others. The April 2010 Gulf oil spill was obviously devastating to the region’s wildlife. However, oiled birds would have suffered even more were it not for the relief workers attending to as many as they could.

The U.S. Congress could pass pro Keystone XL bill today

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Landrieu is currently locked in an election battle as her Louisiana seat was too close to call at the midterms election and will face a runoff election against Republican Bill Cassidy on the 6th December who sponsored the pro Keystone XL bill.

Restoring Coastal Wetlands: Complex Problems Need Multiple Solutions

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Many of Louisiana’s coastal marshes in Louisiana are eroding away, like this one east of the Mississippi River. By Bryan Piazza, director of freshwater and marine science, The Nature Conservancy in Louisiana. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Dead Zone Redemption

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These “opportunity filters” helped us narrow our focus to five states — Iowa (Iowa, Des Moines, Skunk rivers), Illinois (Illinois, Rock rivers ), Indiana (Wabash River), and Ohio (statewide), and Louisiana (Atchafalaya river).

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes 2015 Expansion of Hunting and Fishing Opportunities on National Wildlife Refuges

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Louisiana. Because of its large contiguous stand of bottomland hardwood forest, Bayou Cocodrie National Wildlife Refuge was designated as critical habitat and serves as a corridor for the Louisiana black bear between Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge and Red River Wildlife Management Area. The Louisiana black bear’s threatened status warrants protection under sections 7 and 9 of the Endangered Species Act. June 9, 2015 – It’s deja vu all over again.

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Give Your Christmas Tree A Second Life!

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States like Louisiana and New Jersey use discarded trees to prevent erosion from the Ocean. Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean your tree has outlived its usefulness. Give your tree a second life by recycling it. Many towns and cities have Christmas tree pick up recycling programs.

Four years later: Gulf still reeling from effects of BP oil spill

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On August 4, scientists from the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium released their annual measurement from the Gulf of Mexico''s dead zone - in part, the product of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

Turtle Island to Build $10 Mil Eco-Friendly Vegan Foods Plant


The company also said that the only other food processing plant to have this certification is the Lamb Weston Delhi processing facility in Louisiana, owned by ConAgra Foods. Turtle Island Foods are most well-known as the people who brought us Tofurky.

An Environmentalist Goes to Alabama to Talk About Climate Change—Find Out What Happens Next

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Economic infrastructure—like Louisiana State Highway 1, which the oil and gas industry uses to deliver resources to its plants—is literally sinking. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy and author of Nature’s Fortune. Follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek.

Christmas Counting in Arenal, Costa Rica

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We would listen to the spring migration chorus on the radio, have contests to see who could find the first Louisiana Waterthrush , and there would even be cartoons about wood-warblers for the kids. If there was such a thing as a birder holiday, the peak of spring migration would be the high point on the calendar.

The Keystone XL pipeline is down, but not out

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Her efforts were seen by many as unwise, especially as her state - a long-embattled victim of Big Oil in its own right - had nothing to gain from the project''s approval, as the pipeline would not go through Louisiana, and would thus create no jobs there.

Britney Spears Helps Charity Organization Rebuild New Orleans


The popstar may have been born in Mississippi but she was raised in Kentwood, Louisiana, and she has yet to forget those roots. Bernard Project is an incredible organization whose main focus is rebuilding Louisiana,” Spears said. “I Louisiana will always be a part of my soul.”.