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Friends of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes Newsletter

Dear Friend of the Louisiana Whooping Cranes,
Please find the link below to the second quarterly newsletter for 2015. As always, we appreciate your continued support of our efforts to restore this important species to its historic Louisiana habitat.

Discovering Biodiversity Workshop

Discovering Biodiversity

Educator Workshop
June 25, 2015 — 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Prien Lake Elementary School, Lake Charles, LA
Participants in this exciting, dynamic workshop will receive hands-on instruction from experienced educators and biologists, get updates on Louisiana threatened and endangered species management initiatives, and go home with strategies and materials for including biodiversity instruction in their class curriculum.
Breakfast and lunch are provided. Attendees will receive a $50 stipend, up to 7 professional contact hours, a selection of related lessons, plus a book, DVD and poster.
Mail completed form and check for $25 (to be returned upon completion of the workshop) to: 
Venise Ortego
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570

Student Art and Language Arts Contest

Dear Superintendent,

Please share the following information with your science, language arts and visual arts teachers.

The Louisiana Department and Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission invite your students to participate our annual Environmental Awareness Student Art and Language Arts Contest. This annual event provides an opportunity for science, language arts and visual arts teachers to incorporate environmental studies into their regular classroom curriculm, and provide students with cash awards and community-wide recognition for their painting, drawing or story.

This year's theme is "Biodiversity in Our World."

Louisiana students ages 5-18 are invited to submit visual or written work centered around the theme. Entries will be judged; winners will receive a cash prize and be featured in our 2016 calendar.

The categories for each entry type are:

  • Group 1: Contestants ages 5-7

  • Group 2: Contestants ages 8-10

  • Group 3: Contestants ages 11-13

  • Group 4: Contestants ages 14-18

We have extended the contest deadline to May 2, 2015 to allow more teachers and students to participate. Winners only will be notified by email no later than Friday, May 15, 2015. The list of winners for all categories will be posted on the LEEC website.

Prizes awarded to winners in each category:

  • First Place: $200

  • Second Place: $100

  • Third Place: $75

First place winners in each category will also have their artwork appear on a billboard in their community or have their story published in their local newspaper.

Find more information and contest rules at

LEEC eNews

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Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
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LDWF Agents Cite Two Men for Oyster Violations in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 04/17/2015

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited two subjects in Terrebonne Parish for alleged oyster violations on April 15.

Agents patrolling in Lucien Bay spotted the vessel and crewmembers harvesting oysters from a private lease without the owner’s permission.

Agents made contact with the occupants and cited Jessie Dardar, 68, from Houma, and Brian Walling, 48, from Montegut, for unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease and failing to have written permission.

The agents seized the dredge and returned 15 sacks of oysters to the water.  Agents also seized the vessel on a department seizure order.

Unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Failing to have written permission carries a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  The violators could also be sentenced to perform 40 hours of community service and only be allowed to harvest oysters from a vessel with a vessel monitoring device for up to one year.

The agents participating in the case are Lt. Joe Arnaud, Sgt. Bryan Marie and Senior Agent Norman Deroche.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at or 225-765-2465.

LEEC Special eNews Bulletin: 2015 LEEC Grants Announcement

We are pleased to announce the finalists for our 2015-2016 Grants Program!



Project Leader 

Team Teacher
(if applicable)

School/ Organization

Project Title


John Dupuis

Jonathan Himel

St. Thomas More Catholic High School

Cafeteria Composting


Michelle Grantham

Dianna Hammond

Villa del Rey

Science and the Great Outdoors


Paul LeBlanc

Windy Mobley

L. W. Higgins High School

Wind Variation


Mary Legoria

Pam Fry

Westdale Heights Academic Magnet

Getting Our Feet Wet in the Wetlands


Adams Lintz


Green Park Elementary

Butterfly Investigations


Helen Umstead


Scott Middle School

Modeling Environmental Leadership






Project Leader 

Agency Affiliation

Project Name


Stephanie Krouse

Academic Distinction Fund

Pre-K Private Eyes - Exploring Our Small, Small World






Project Leader 


Project Title


Warwick Allen

Louisiana State University

The role of fungi, nutrient availability and competition in wetland plant invasions


Alexander Ameen

Tulane University

Spatial and temporal trends in a freshwater wetland seed bank


John Anjier

Southeastern Louisiana University

Assessing the impact of flooding and nutrients on three wetland plant species found along the Louisiana Gulf Coast


Andrew Flick

Louisiana State University

The effects of predation on disease transmission in soybean loopers (Pseudoplusia includens)


Sarah Giltz

Tulane University

Effects of ocean acidification on intermolt duration and growth of the juvenile blue crab in the Northern Gulf of Mexico


Rachel Harman

Louisiana State University

Different forms of density dependent dispersal and their effects on population dynamics


Michael Henson

Louisiana State University

Assessment of wetlands on the Louisiana coast using baseline microbial community structure and developing microbial indices


Katherine Hovanes

Louisiana State University

Effect of spatial pattern of a dominant competitor on community assembly processes


Zhen Xu

Louisiana State University

Assessment of Stable Isotopes of Dissolved Oxygen and Dissolved Inorganic Carbon in Catahoula Lake







LEEC eNews Bulletin: 2015-2016 Green Schools Grants Program Announcement

2015-2016 Green Schools Grants Program Announcement
Open to accredited Pre-K-12 schools in Louisiana
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries' Environmental Education Commission (LEEC), in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), is now accepting proposals for the new 2015-2016 Green Schools Grants program. The LEEC/LDOE is offering this grant to encourage Green Ribbon Schools initiatives in accredited Louisiana schools. Proposals to be considered are those that align with pillars found in the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools Program
General Information:
·         Application deadline: May 11, 2015
·         Maximum award: $5000.00
·         Applications will be accepted via electronic submission only.
·         All applications will undergo an anonymous and competitive grant review process.
2015-2016 LEEC/LDOE Green Schools Grant Guidelines​
2015-2016 LEEC/LDOE Green Schools Grant Application
For more information about this grants program, please visit our website at:
Or contact:
Venise Ortego
Environmental Education State Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
337-948-0255 / Fax: 337-948-0213 /  

LEEC eNews

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Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
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