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WEEKLY eNEWS: Upcoming Events, Grants/Fellowships, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources, & Employment Opportunity

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

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

America Recycles Day and Recycle Bowl - Registration is open now!
One of the biggest barriers to recycling for individuals is knowing what is recycled in their community.
           On America Recycles Day, local event organizers like you overcome this barrier by hosting events that inform millions of people on what is recycled in their community. Please consider organizing an America Recycles Day event -- on or around November 15.
To set up an account and register your America Recycles Day 2011 event go to: If you cannot host an event but want to participate, visit and search for an event in your community or take the America Recycles Day pledge to affirm your commitment to recycling.
           Recycle-Bowl is a brand new recycling competition for elementary, middle and high-school students. Open to all U.S. schools and classrooms, the incentive-based recycling competition and benchmarking program kicks off this October and registration is now open on the Recycle-Bowl website at The competition runs from October 17 through November 12, culminating around America Recycles Day. At the close of the four-week competition, the school in each state that collects the most recyclable material per capita will win $1,000. A national champion will then be chosen from among the statewide winners to receive an additional grand prize of $2,500.

OneNOAA Science Seminars
Please join us for upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars; a joint effort to share science and management information across NOAA. For questions about the OneNOAA science seminar series or to present a seminar please contact or a OneNOAA science seminar partner. Seminars take place at different locations across the US. Seminars are open to anyone unless otherwise indicated. Click on the seminar titles (links) to access details (location, time, remote access, etc) or visit for updated information.
September 2011
Sep 08, 11:00-12:00 ET: Bioacoustic Absorption Spectroscopy (BAS) For Long Term Observation of Fish (Dr. Orest Diachok, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory)
Sep 08, 12:00-13:00 ET: Teachers, Students and Communities: Helping to Protect the Ocean, One School at a Time (Seaberry Nachbar ,Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, Communications, Outreach and Education Division)
Sep 13, 14:00-15:00 ET: Recent Advances in Data Assimilation with the Local Ensemble Transform Kalman Filter (Eugenia Kalnay, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland)
Sep 13, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time: Integrated Ecosystem Research in the Bering Sea (Mike Sigler, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Juneau)
Sep 22, 12:00-13:00 ET: NOAA Ocean Acidification Program (Tentatitve Title) (Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Jewett, Director NOAA's Ocean Acidification Program)
Sep 22, 12:00-13:00 ET: Modeling Ecosystem Service Values of Wetlands in Delaware: an Application of the InVEST Model (Maura Flight, Senior Associate at IEc and Chip Paterson, Principal at IEc)
October 2011
Oct 01, 11:30-12:30 ET: National Air Quality Forecasting Capability (NAQFC) 03 Predictions over Remote Sensing-derived Physical and Chemical Regimes (Yunsoo Choi, NOAA Air Resources Laboratory)
Oct 05, 14:00-15:00 ET: Community Resilience, Part II: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation Case Studies (Dr. Adam Whelchel, The Nature Conservancy)
Oct 12, 12:00-13:00 ET: The Habitat Assessment Program in the National Marine Fisheries Service (Dr. Steve Brown, Chief, Assessment and Monitoring Division NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology)
Oct 19, 11:30-12:30 ET: Ionospheric Data Assimilation (Dr. Robert McCoy, Office of Naval Research)
November 2011
Nov 02, 14:00-15:00 ET: Mapping and Visualizing Sea level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts (Douglas Marcy, NOAA Coastal Services Center)
Nov 08, 10:00-11:00 Alaska Local Time: A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change: Promoting Community-Based Adaptation Planning For Climate Change In Alaska (Tenaya Sunbury and David Driscoll, Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies, University of Alaska Anchorage)



Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) (October 7)
The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program provides funding for new, mid-level and senior-level alliances, the Bridge to the Doctorate (LSAMP-BD) Activity, and knowledge generation activities in broadening participation, e.g., research on topics in STEM education related to retention and persistence of students from populations underrepresented in STEM majors and careers.  In FY2012, the program plans to support up to two pilots ...
Full Proposal Deadline Date: October 7, 2011
Pilot Regional LSAMP Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation Proposals
Program Guidelines: NSF 11-543
For more information, please visit:

NOAA Community-Based Marine Debris Removal Grant Now Open (November 1)
Projects awarded through this grant competition have strong on-the-ground habitat components involving the removal of marine debris and derelict fishing gear, as well as activities that provide social benefits for people and their communities in addition to long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Through this solicitation NOAA identifies marine debris removal projects, strengthens the development and implementation of habitat restoration through community-based marine debris removal, and fosters awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats. Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through a cooperative agreement. Funding of up to $2,000,000 is expected to be available for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project Grants in FY2012. Typical awards will range from $15,000 to $150,000.
Funding Opportunity Number: NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2012-2003095    
Closing Date for Applications: November 01, 2011
For more information, visit: NOAA Restoration Center's Marine Debris web page or the site (FFO# NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2012-2003095).

2012 NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship (November 1)
The 2012 competition is anticipating 9 openings for master's degree students and Ph.D. candidates at 9 National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs). The NERRs' Graduate Research Fellowship program offers qualified master's and doctoral students the opportunity to address to address natural or social science research questions at local, regional, or national scales. Proposals may be submitted for 1, 2, or 3 year projects and are based on the student's interest, Reserve's local needs, and the Reserve System's national priorities. Fellows conduct their research within a National Estuarine Research Reserve(s) and gain hands-on experience today for a better coast tomorrow.  Interested students should contact the Research Coordinators at the National Estuarine Research Reserves where they propose to study - contact information for On-Site Reserve Staff is contained in the funding announcement. Proposals may be submitted for up to three years of funding and may focus on a single reserve or multiple reserves. Attached below is the 2012 competition flyer.
Funding opportunity number: NOAA-NOS-OCRM-2012-2003083
Deadline for applications: November 1, 2011
For more information, contact Alison JG Krepp, GRF Program Coordinator, or (301) 563-7105 or visit the program website:


Open Garden Day at The Edible Schoolyard NOLA (September 10)
Edible Fun for the Whole Family! Please join us for a day of weeding, wetlands clearing, planting, and more as we prepare our garden for the start of the school year! Open Garden Day is Saturday September 10, 2011, 10:00-1:00 p.m. at The Edible Schoolyard New Orleans, 2319 Valence St. NOLA 70115. All volunteers are welcome and asked to wear comfortable gardening clothes and bring a water bottle. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Lunch will be generously provided by Langenstein's.
Click here to read the official partnership press release!
Special September Garden Guests:
Junior League of New Orleans
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's Society of Young Black Public Health Professionals
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans


National Poll: Vast majority supports federal investment to protect America's Energy Coast Ecosystem
The following link is a press release highlighting results of a recent poll commissioned by the America’s WETLAND Foundation. For more information, please contact John Hill at or (504) 756.0101.


ACF Executive Director Opening
Alabama Coastal Foundation is looking for a dedicated and energetic person to take the reins of the organization and continue to grow ACF’s reputation as a leader in conservation in South Alabama. Job description is attached below.


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –

Commercial Alligator Hunter Cited for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/07/2011


September  7, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a commercial alligator hunter for alleged alligator violations on Sept. 2 in Ascension Parish.

While patrolling the McElroy Swamp area, agents came into contact with Arnold Villeneurve, 65, of Sorrento.  Agents found Villeneurve with two untagged alligators in his possession.  After further investigation, agents revealed Villeneurve had seven more untagged previously caught alligators stored in a cooler located at his residence.

Agents issued Villeneurve citations for nine counts of failing to tag alligators upon harvest.  Violation of this statue carries a fine of $450 to $950, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court costs for each count and forfeiture of anything seized.

The nine alligators were seized along with 25 unused alligator tags that were assigned to Villeneurve.  In addition to fines and penalties, Villeneurve may be subject to pay restitution for each of the alligators seized and the loss of future hunting privileges.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Hal Bridges and Sgt. Todd Laviolette.

For more information contact Adam Einck at

LDWF Reminds Residents to Report Tropical Storm Lee-Related Fish Kills

Release Date: 09/03/2011

Sept. 3, 2011 - Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) are reminding residents in areas that may be impacted by Tropical Storm Lee that fish kills may occur as a result of the storm. Residents who encounter a fish kill are encouraged to call 1-800-442-2511 immediately to report this fish kill. 

Large amounts of rainfall across Southern Louisiana may cause fish kills, particularly in the Lake Verret Complex, Lake Fausse Point or other natural waterbodies surrounded by lands converted from forests to agricultural land. High levels of rainfall may erode organic matter, carrying it into bayous and canals connected to lakes. Organic matter may consume high amounts of dissolved oxygen in the water "suffocating" aquatic life.

Fish kills may also be caused by the rapid mixing of stratified waters or layers of warm oxygenated water over cooler anoxic water. In some instances, the result will be that the water can no longer support underwater life.

In the past, tropical storms have caused fish kills in these types of waterbodies. Localized fish kills may also occur in the Atchafalaya Basin. 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries contact Olivia Watkins at 225-610-8660 or


L.D.W.F. Advises Public That Tropical Storm Lee Has Impacted the Public Dove Hunt Scheduled in Grant Parish

Release Date: 09/03/2011

Sept. 3, 2011 -- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) advises hunters that Tropical Storm Lee has affected parking available at the private land leased for dove hunters in Grant Parish today, Sept. 3

The hunt, scheduled from noon to sunset on 310 acres of harvested milo, will be conducted as scheduled. Parking will be limited to the Red River levee, however, and hunters will have to walk to the dove field. No ATVs will be allowed on the private land that has been leased for the opening day of the 2011-12 dove season.

Participating hunters should exit I-49 at Boyce and travel on Hwy. 8 north across the Red River. Turn left after the bridge and follow the levee road less than 1 mile, as posted signs indicate.  LDWF personnel will be present at the field to issue permits and monitor the hunt.  Hunters 16 years of age and older are charged $10 to hunt, while hunters 15 years of age and younger hunt for free. Permits will be issued on a first come, first serve basis until the field is filled.

For more information about public dove hunting opportunities, go to

For more information regarding this press release contact Fred Kimmel at or 225-335-0657.


LDWF Agents Cite Five Subjects for Alligator Violations

Release Date: 09/02/2011


September 2, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five Shreveport subjects for alleged alligator violations on Aug. 27.

LDWF agents received an anonymous Operation Game Thief complaint concerning an alligator that was killed on Cross Lake within Caddo Parish in July of 2011.  After further investigation, agents were able to identify five suspects. 

The five suspects confessed to agents of their involvement in the taking and possessing of an alligator.  Agents also found and seized a 60-inch long alligator skin from the residence of one of the suspects.

Agents cited Robert Arnett, 23, and Laura Grice, 18, for illegal possession of an alligator.  Daniel Grice, 20, Adam Parisy, 20, and Cory Lubking, 24, were all cited for taking an alligator during a closed season and taking an alligator without a license.

Illegal possession of an alligator and taking an alligator during a closed season brings a $400 to $950 fine, up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.  Taking an alligator without a license brings a $250 to $500 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost.

Agents involved in the case were Sgt. Troy Parker, Senior Agent Toby Meyers, Senior Agent Frank Reger and Lt. Roy Schufft.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Texas Fishermen Cited for Federal Fishing Violations

Release Date: 09/02/2011


September 2, 2011-Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited four men on Aug. 29 for alleged fisheries violations in federal waters. 

Agents cited Kevin Hai Vo, 53, of Houston, Texas; Dien Xuan Le, 47, of Dickinson, Texas; Hai Tan Pham, 47, of San Leon, Texas; and My J Lam, 45, of Houston, Texas for possessing over the limit of cobia and failing to keep saltwater finfish intact.

The daily possession limit for cobia is two per person.  Agents seized 10 cobia and 84 pounds of cobia filets.

Possessing over the limit of cobia brings a fine between $100 and $350, up to 60 days in jail or both.  Failing to keep saltwater finfish intact carries a fine between $250 and $500, up to 90 days in jail or both.

Agents participating in the case were Sgt. Brian Theriot, Sgt. Mitch Darby, Sgt. Keith Delahoussaye and Senior Agent Derek Logan.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at

Pearl River W.M.A. Adds Acreage With Donation From The Nature Conservancy

Release Date: 09/02/2011

Sept. 2, 2011 – An additional 586 acres has been added to the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area for outdoor recreational activities, thanks to a donation from The Nature Conservancy.  

“We are pleased to announce the addition of these lands at minimal cost to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries,” said LDWF Secretary Robert Barham. “We appreciate the generosity of The Nature Conservancy and their long-term commitment to protecting the natural resources of our state.”

The newly acquired property is located near the intersection of US 190 and US 90 at White Kitchen in St. Tammany Parish.  It includes freshwater marsh and cypress-tupelo swamp, and an elevated boardwalk on the property that allows WMA visitors the opportunity to view local flora and fauna.  A bald eagle nest is also located on the property.

Keith Ouchley, Louisiana State Director for The Nature Conservancy, stated: “The Conservancy has long supported the efforts of LDWF to protect and manage lands within the PearlRiver Basin, which is one of the most intact and biologically significant river systems in the South.  The former White Kitchen Tract was one of the first preserves acquired by the Conservancy in Louisianaand we are confident that the transfer to LDWF will provide additional resources for management while increasing recreational opportunities for the public.”

The existing WMA includes over 35,000 acres and consists of a variety of habitats including bottomland hardwoods, cypress-tupelo swamp, shrub-scrub marsh, freshwater marsh, and intermediate marsh.  Hunting opportunities are available for deer, waterfowl, squirrel, rabbit, feral hogs and alligators.

For more information and directions to Pearl River WMA, visit the LDWF web site at contact Christian Winslow at 985-543-4781.

The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. For more information, visit us at or call the Louisianaoffice at (225) 338-1040.


LDWF Schedules Drawdown For Lake Claiborne

Release Date: 09/02/2011

(Sept. 2, 2011)– The water control structure on Lake Claiborne near Homer, La., will be opened soon after Labor Day for a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered seven feet below pool stage and will remain lowered until early January 2012.

The action is in response to a request by the Claiborne Parish Watershed Commission to allow for maintenance to shoreline properties.  In addition, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development will use the drawdown period to facilitate needed maintenance work to La. Highway 2 and to conduct a thorough inspection of the dam and control structure. 

ClaiborneLakewill not be closed to fishing, but caution is advised of anglers as boat access into the lake will be limited and boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions. 

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Evan Thames, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 371-5216.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For press inquiries, contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 765-5113.


Release Date: 09/02/2011

Turkey Hunting Areas 2012

Sept. 2, 2011 --The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) presented an amended notice of intent for the 2012 turkey season dates and regulations at the Sept. 1 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting.

Based on public comment collected since the original notice of intent was adopted in July, LDWF recommended reverting to the same area designations used for the 2011 turkey season. The proposed north and south zones were removed from the department’s July proposal, resulting in a recommendation of a uniform opening statewide on the fourth Saturday of March.

The newly proposed area designations and dates would include:  Area A, March 24 to April 22; Area B, March 24 to April 15; and Area C, March 24 to April 8. The daily bag limit would remain one gobbler, and the season limit would be two gobblers.

Special private land youth hunts for those 17 years of age and younger and hunts for wheelchair confined hunters would take place on March 17-18, 2012 in all areas.

The revised notice of intent would also alter previously proposed turkey season dates for LDWF Wildlife Management Areas and special lottery hunts.

Public comment on these issues can be submitted to Jimmy Stafford, Turkey Program Manager, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, P.O. Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA 70898-9000, by Oct. 6, 2011.

For more information, contact Jimmy Stafford at 225-765-2361 or

WAIT! WAIT! SAVE THIS DATE! New date & location for the 2012 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium


Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium
March 10, 2012
Crowne Plaza
Lafayette, Louisiana

Please disregard the earlier date reservation. The date and location had to be changed due to circumstances beyond our control.

2012 is the Year of Outdoor Teaching! Join us for a day of exciting environmental education sessions and earn needed CLUs!

The 2012 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium, sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC), will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Lafayette, LA this year, allowing for more participation from other portions of the state.

We’ll offer concurrent sessions, an exhibitors’ hall, presentations, and short courses, with many emphasizing the how-to’s of successfully educating students using the great outdoors. Whether it’s local (recent Mississippi River flood …) or global (climate change…), we‘ll have the experts and the resources to help you educate your students! So mark your calendars and make plans to join us for some fun, games, and learning!

For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255,,

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