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.

Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana

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Louisiana is known for a lot of things. Louisiana, I do so love you for your birding opportunities! The post Birding Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana appeared first on 10,000 Birds. Trips louisiana national wildlife refugeMardis Gras, New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina, crawfish, oil production, coastal erosion, chemical plants; all encompassed within one state and a whole lot of coastline.


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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.

What is the State Bird of Louisiana?

10,000 Birds

Brown Pelicans are quite popular in Louisiana. One of the state’s nicknames is “The Pelican State,” the bird is on the state’s flag, the state seal, the state painting (yes, apparently states have official paintings), as well as on one of Louisiana’s bicentennial coins. Good thing too – Louisiana is the only state that has named the pelican its official bird. Birds Brown Pelican louisiana state bird

Fight against fracking continues in Louisiana

Sierra Club Compass

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 General Honoré now heads the GreenARMY , "an alliance of civic, community, and environmental groups and concerned citizens from around the state ready to effect meaningful social, political, and environmental change in Louisiana."

Louisiana Animal Shelter is Run By Prison Inmates


The Pen Pals animal shelter in northern Louisiana is a unique one: it’s run by a prison official and staffed with inmates. The not-for-profit, no kill shelter is located in on Read More The post Louisiana Animal Shelter is Run By Prison Inmates appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals News Top News

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

Nature Conservancy - Science

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. Then Emmanuel talked about the protective role of marshes for Louisiana. Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, May 2006, post-Hurricane Katrina.

Clean Energy Activists Fight Back in Louisiana

Sierra Club Compass

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. Now the Sierra Club, with the help of the Alliance for Affordable Energy, Louisiana Environmental Action Network, and the League of Women Voters of Louisiana, is fighting back, suing the PSC for refusing to allow public testimony before voting to ditch the energy efficiency rules -- a vote that barely passed.

Grassroots Activists Mobilize Against Proposed Louisiana Coal Export Terminal

Sierra Club Compass

" 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 meeting extension was a huge win for public access and transparency on the permitting process, something that's not always a given here in Louisiana," Martin said.

What the Northwest Can Learn from Louisiana

Sightline Daily

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. It’s exactly what Sightline has found when examining coal dust complaints at terminals in Alaska , northern British Columbia , southern BC , Louisiana , South Carolina , Virginia , Australia , India , and South Africa. The Louisiana lawsuit is not, ultimately, a story about the health of the Mississippi.

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

Sierra Club Compass

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. "Jefferson is Louisiana's second most populous parish, the home turf of some of our most powerful and infamous politicians, and so deep Red that it falls into the infrared spectrum of political leanings."

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. Marked by the Island of Bermuda in the north, Miami, Florida in the west, and San Juan, Puerto Rico in the south, it acquired its reputation over decades, beginning with the 1945 disappearance of five Navy Avenger airplanes on a training exercise out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

‘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.&# The confinement is not only inhumane but also illegal, and this morning the ALDF filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Bauer ended by saying, “My character, the vampire Pam on True Blood , fends for herself just fine in her unlikely Louisiana home.

More oil and chemical spills in both Michigan and Louisiana

Green Blog

Two days later in Chalmette, Louisiana, a pipeline connected to a drum full of chemicals broke, releasing the toxic liquid into the surrounding area, along with airborne cancer-causing agents. Both of these facts are more than can be said for Louisiana. While its Pegasus pipeline continues to poison the Arkansas town of Mayflower, a thick liquid chemical mixture is infecting the air and ground in Louisiana.

The After Effects of the Louisiana Oil Spill

Eco Friendly Daily

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. In addition to these creatures in or near the ocean, the wildlife from Louisiana’s wetlands is at stake. Although the oil spill is right outside Louisiana, neighboring states are at risk including Florida.

The calm after the storm

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Hurricane Nate looked set to disrupt my first visit to Louisiana. Birding louisiana New OrleansReports predicted that we would make landfall in New Orleans at around the same time. Hopes for a brand new list from a whole new state were dampened by the outlook, but the dodgy digit of Disruption (from fickle Fate’s other hand) decreed that the trip would have to be extended. Hence, instead of a quick overnight layover, we ended up having 3 whole days in the Big Easy.

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Taking a stand against a proposed coal export terminal in Louisiana

Sierra Club Compass

"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." Gretna, La., might be a small city, but the residents are banding together to speak out against a proposed coal export terminal and the increased coal trains that would come with it.

Relief for Louisiana Oil Spill: How Can You Help?

Eco Friendly Daily

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. In relation to the British Petroleum (BP) oil spill that is threatening the Gulf coast, Coast Guard official are estimating that at least 1.6 million gallons of oil could have been released. On May 1, the oil slick was calculated to be 130 miles long and 70 miles wide.

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

Eco Friendly Daily

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. News has been buzzing about the catastrophic oil spill that occurred from a British Petroleum (BP) offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, but this isn’t the first and it won’t be the last oil spill the U.S. witnesses.

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. I arrived with my cousin and husband Saturday evening, checking into our room at the Crescent Palms and taking an Uber into the city.

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The Atchafalaya River Basin: The Future of Nature?

Nature Conservancy - Science

Louisiana’s Atchafalaya River Basin (ARB) — home of the reality TV show “ Swamp People ,” safety valve for the swollen Mississippi River, and one of the richest and most fascinating natural places in North America — might finally have met its match…in Conservancy scientist Bryan Piazza’s new book about it. 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 Louisian

Restoring Coastal Wetlands: Complex Problems Need Multiple Solutions

Nature Conservancy - Science

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. Lately, there has been a lot of controversy on how best to restore Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Photo: Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Louisiana’s coastal fisheries will be affected, whichever way we go.

More Whooping Cranes Shot, Killed

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Sad news out of Louisiana. Maybe we shouldn’t encourage people to shoot any cranes? Hat-tip to Julie. Asides

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Favorite Nature: Bryan Piazza on Coming to the Atchafalaya

Conservancy Talk

In a way, I came to Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Delta via Canada. I was finishing out my time there and really wanted to come to Louisiana, and this Louisiana State University professor said, “Do you have any interest living out in the middle of the marsh working on a project with colonial water birds?”. The Atchafalaya itself is one of my oldest friends in Louisiana and I never get tired of it. Favorite Nature Atchafalaya Bayou books Bryan Piazza Fresh Water Louisiana

The Green Buzz: Monday, September 30

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Adaptation Arctic Climate Change Climate Science & Research Conservation Issues Environmental News Global Warming Invasive species The Green Buzz The Nature Conservancy Arctic sea ice Burmese pythons California Christian Science Monitor commercial freighter coyotes Everglades global warming global warming report IPCC Louisiana marin county melting MNN National Geographic New York Times northwest passage npr ranchers sinkhole snakes traps

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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.

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What It's Like When Big Oil Owns Your Politicians

Sierra Club Compass

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."

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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. Actor and activist, Ian Somerhalder, is criticizing a proposal to set up a fracking well in St.

LSU Sets Big Day Record in Peru with 354 Species!

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Well, a team from Louisiana State University managed to pull that off on 14 October, seeing an astounding 354 species in one day in Peru. How would you like to see a lot of bird species in a day? Like, more species than anyone else anywhere has ever seen in a day? Jealous?

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CNREP 2019: Call for abstracts and session proposals

Environmental Economics

The conference is scheduled for May 19-21, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Caffey, Professor and Director, Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant College Program 225-578-2393 rcaffey@agcenter.lsu.edu

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Tropical Storm Lee Hits Gulf Coast, New Orleans

Sustainability Ninja

The center of the storm will be moving across Louisiana, pelting the region with heavy rainfall and causing power outages. Thirty-five Louisiana parishes have declared states of emergency and some officials are suggesting voluntary evacuations in the most heavily battered parts of the state. Troops from the Louisiana National Guard have been deployed to be ready for any emergencies. Tropical Storm Lee made landfall early today all along the Gulf coast.

Where is the congressional outcry over price suppression (or whatever the opposite of price gouging is)?

Environmental Economics

Data from price tracker GasBuddy.com shows that three states -- Oklahoma, Louisiana and Ohio -- have at least one station each selling regular gas for less than $1.90 a gallon. Cheap gas is most frequently found at stations in Oklahoma, which was the first state to break the $2 a gallon mark on Dec. Another ten states -- Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas and Virginia -- also have gas for less than $2. via money.cnn.com.

Daily Demand and Supply: Who else ya' gonna call when you have a bourbon-related supply decrease paired with a negative environmental side-effect? We'll be waiting by the phone.

Environmental Economics

The distillery owner Sazerac, a Louisiana-based spirits company, already was facing a state fine stemming from the initial collapse. I'm not sure how I missed the original story, but I'm surprised John and I weren't the first call when this happened : Whiskey barrels were piled in a mountainous heap Wednesday after the rest of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed in Kentucky, nearly two weeks after part of the decades-old structure came crashing down.

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Daily Demand and Supply: Who else ya' gonna call when you have a bourbon-related supply decrease paired with a negative environmental side-effect? We'll be waiting by the phone.

Environmental Economics

The distillery owner Sazerac, a Louisiana-based spirits company, already was facing a state fine stemming from the initial collapse. I'm not sure how I missed the original story, but I'm surprised John and I weren't the first call when this happened : Whiskey barrels were piled in a mountainous heap Wednesday after the rest of a whiskey storage warehouse collapsed in Kentucky, nearly two weeks after part of the decades-old structure came crashing down.

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Ian Somerhalder Will Strut His Mutt To Help Animals


Ian Somerhalder will participate in Best Friends Animal Society’s annual Strut Your Mutt event at in Louisiana on September 22, 2012. Read More The post Ian Somerhalder Will Strut His Mutt To Help Animals appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News ian somerhalder

CNREP 2013

Environmental Economics

We are thrilled to have Ed Maltby as our keynote speaker for this forum,” said Rex Caffey, conference co-chair and professor of natural resource economics at Louisiana Sea Grant and the LSU AgCenter. “Dr. Maltby has been a global visionary in the realm of ecosystem services and he’s intimately acquainted with the challenges we face in Louisiana and the northern Gulf region.” This is a great conference. I've attended two, I think, and regret that I missed the most recent.

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BP: Truth in Advertising?


Petroleum rep Randy Prescott is reportedly quoted as saying: “Louisiana and Mississippi aren’t the only places that have shrimp.” ” Here’s Randy’s office phone number: (713) 323-4093 and his e-mail: Randy.Prescott@bp.com Let him hear from you. One of my friends suggested that we tell him, “And BP isn’t the only place that has fuel for [.]. Cranky Rants demotivational despair oil spill petroleum Prescott shrimp

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Not a Duck?

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” That is the defense of Lloyd “Chip” Badeaux , a city councilman in Thibodaux, Louisiana, for killing 48 whistling-ducks at a friend’s house. “This is not just regular duck. This is an infestation, they come by the thousands.” State law allows 6 dead ducks per day. Badeaux, who claims to never have violated hunting laws before this incident, faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $15,000.

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Saving Pelican 895

10,000 Birds

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.

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Recovery: The Great Teddy Bear Rescue

Nature Conservancy - Science

But the animal spared by TR was a Louisiana black bear, a subspecies larger than the other 15, with a narrower, flatter, longer skull. At that time as many as 80,000 Louisiana black bears may have ranged across 120,000 square miles in eastern Texas, southern Mississippi, southern Arkansas and all of Louisiana. But the State of Louisiana was openly hostile to an ESA listing, and Nowak’s bosses kept brushing him off. Adult Louisiana black bear.

Spoonbills are ibises with big flat bills

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Spoonbills and ibises are stocky, colorful wading birds with distinctive bills: downcurved and pointed in the case of ibises, flat and paddle shaped in the spoonbills (above is my shot of Roseate Spoonbills ( Platalea ajaja ) near a breeding colony in Louisiana). Roseate Spoonbill ( Platalea ajaja ) in Louisiana © David J.

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Daily Demand and Supply: Farmers make teaching econ 101 easy

Environmental Economics

farmers from Louisiana to North Dakota are preparing to switch more land to soybeans as they seek to limit losses from a slumping corn market. While corn remains the biggest domestic crop, prices have tumbled so much after two years of record harvests that the grain fetches less than it costs some farmers to produce.

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Is it ironic?

Environmental Economics

It found that the demand for natural gas would, in turn, drive job creation, corporate revenue and government royalties in states that produce it, which, in addition to Oklahoma and Texas, include Arkansas and Louisiana. But even taking those costs into account, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas together would experience an annual net economic benefit of up to about $16 billion, according to the study. I think so: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Senator James M.

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