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.

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.

What is the State Bird of Louisiana?

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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

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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

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

More oil and chemical spills in both Michigan and Louisiana

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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.

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'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.

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.

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.

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.

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‘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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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The Green Buzz: Monday, September 30

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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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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.

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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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."

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. But the State of Louisiana was openly hostile to an ESA listing, and Nowak’s bosses kept brushing him off. Adult Louisiana black bear.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Second of June 2017)

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Based on the songs that surrounded us as we hiked Trail #15, the “Grand Canyon of the East” is awash in warblers, including my FOY Louisiana Waterthrush.

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Tropical Storm Lee Hits Gulf Coast, New Orleans

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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.

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

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Data from price tracker 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

The biggest fish in a small pond

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Abstract: This study applies the methodology of a recent study that ranks economics departments at national universities in the U.S. South to economics faculties at regional universities in the same geographic location. Ranking results from a “core” (i.e.,

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Trump Signs Executive Orders And Scott Pruitt Stacks EPA With Climate Change Skeptics

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” Meanwhile, Ryan Zinke, the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior announced that the Department will offer 73 million acres offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development.

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CNREP 2013

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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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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.

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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Baby Boom … in Great Britain?

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First, wildlife officials in Louisiana announced the first successful wild Whooping Crane nest in that state since 1939. It’s a bang-up breeding year for super-endangered birds! Now, it’s Spoon-billed Sandpipers’ turn. The species, which migrates from the Russian Arctic to Southeast Asia, is down to about 200 breeding pairs in the wild, due to habitat loss and poaching.

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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

What’s in a Name: Attwater’s Prairie Chicken

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A distinct subspecies of Greater Prairie Chicken that once numbered a million strong and called coastal grasslands from Louisiana to the Mexican border home, it was more than decimated by development in its native habitat, with less than 50 birds left in the wild in 1996.

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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In defence of museum collections

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This line of thought was started in me today with the horrifying news about the Monroe Museum of Natural History’s ultimatum from the University of Louisiana. You’d be hard pressed to find a 19th century scientist more despised than Richard Owen.

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