Photo: Erik Johnson, Audubon Louisiana
At Audubon, we believe that where birds thrive people prosper. Nowhere is this more evident than in Louisiana.
Louisiana’s coastal habitats, bottomland hardwoods, and rich agricultural lands make the state one of the richest in the nation in terms of natural resources. The magnificent Mississippi River Delta ecosystem in Louisiana supports 100 million migratory, nesting and wintering birds. Birds are the bellwethers of ecosystem health; if birds are healthy, our lands are healthy.
Integrating science, education and policy, Audubon Louisiana's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
Exciting news coming out of Audubon Louisiana! Our Director of Bird Conservation, Erik Johnson, has been nominated and awarded as an Elective Member of the American Ornithologist's Union (AOU) - a recognition for significant contributions to ornithology and/or service to the AOU. This nomination and membership is a testament to Erik's tireless work and dedication to the field of ornithology.
This prestigious honor is even more significant, as this is the last "class" of Elective Members of the AOU due to the recent merging of the AOU and Cooper Ornithological Society (the two largest ornithological societies in North America) to form the American Ornithologists' Society (AOS).
Today, Audubon Louisiana’s Avian Biologist Katie Percy presented at the Barataria Preserve Education Center at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Katie explained Audubon Louisiana’s Prothonotary Warbler nest box and geolocator research. Her presentation included detailed descriptions on how birds are banded, studied, how the geolocators worked and multiple maps and charts showing the migration patterns and nest successes. Katie also allowed the group to listen to the sound of the Prothonotary Warbler as she explained how the birds are caught and their nesting preferences.
Her presentation ended with the good news of the staff doubling the number of nest boxes monitored, the successful deployment of 22 geolocators this summer, and the hopes of implementing a new way of collecting data from the birds using nanotags which send VHF frequencies from the birds to a receiving tower. Information being gathered on these 22 “backpacking Prothonotary Warblers” will be available in the near future on la.audubon.org.
Greetings! My name is Harmony Hamilton; I am Audubon Louisiana’s inaugural Walker Communications Fellow. In this role, I will be working with Audubon Louisiana staff and supporters to capture the impact the National Audubon Society and its partners are having on birds and people across Louisiana’s coast.
I recently had the opportunity to visit the Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion, just a few miles south of New Orleans, to see firsthand an area in coastal Louisiana that is actually gaining land and learn what implications this might have for a state losing land at an extremely rapid rate. Check out the video to see what is happening down there in the marsh.