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Greater Amberjack Commercial Season to Close

Release Date: 04/05/2012

 

April 5, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced the 2012 commercial fishing season for greater amberjack will remain closed in state waters following the annual closed season (March 1 to June 1) until January 1, 2013 at 12:01 a.m., when it is scheduled to re-open. 

Following a review of current landings, data indicates the 2012 quota of 237,000 pounds has been met.  Louisiana commercial landings of greater amberjack average 100,000 pounds annually.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that federal waters will also remain closed to commercial amberjack fishing for the remainder of 2012. 

Greater amberjack are found throughout the Gulf of Mexico as well as in the temperate and tropical Atlantic Ocean.  Greater amberjack usually live in nearshore waters out to 300 feet deep.  This species is often found near offshore platforms, wrecks and artificial reefs.  Greater amberjack can reach sizes of 6 feet in length and weights of 120 pounds in the Gulf of Mexico. 

For more information contact Jason Adriance at 504.284.2032 or jadriance@wlf.la.gov.  For press inquiries contact Laura Deslatte at 225.610.2363 or ldeslatte@wlf.la.gov.  

Commission Approves Action to Modify Reef Fish Rules

Release Date: 04/05/2012

 

April 5, 2012 - The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission considered actions today to amend rules for the harvest of reef fish, specifically the recreational seasons, bag limits and commercial size limits for grouper. 

Following the commission’s action to move forward with the proposed changes, there will be a public comment period through July 5, 2012.

The proposed changes include:

  • Change recreational bag limits for shallow and deep water groupers (red hind, rock hind, speckled hind, black grouper, misty grouper, red grouper, snowy grouper, yellowedge grouper, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper, Warsaw grouper, gag grouper and scamp) from an aggregate bag limit of five fish with no more than five gag grouper and two red grouper to an aggregate bag limit of four fish per day with no more than two gag grouper or four red grouper. 
  • The commercial size limit for gag grouper would be reduced from 24 inches total length to 22 inches total length.  This size limit change is intended to reduce regulatory discard mortality in the commercial sector. 
  • Establish a closed season for the recreational harvest of gag grouper from November 1 through May 31 (of the following year), and a closed season for the recreational harvest of greater amberjack from June 1 through July 31, of each year. 
  • Change the closed season for recreational harvest of black, red, yellowfin and yellowmouth groupers as well as rock hind, red hind and scamp to February 1 through March 31, of each year.  Currently only black and red grouper are closed from February 15 through March 14.
  • Change the definition of crew size on a vessel, when operating commercially, which holds a Federal Charterboat/Headboat Reef Fish Permit and a Federal Commercial Reef Fish Permit, to be no more than four persons, including the operator and crew.  

In a separate action, the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission also took measures to create an emergency rule that modifies the aggregate bag limit for groupers from five fish to four fish per person, per day with no more than one speckled hind and one Warsaw grouper per vessel and not more than four red grouper and two gag grouper per person per day.  

Previously, the limit on gag grouper was the same as the aggregate grouper limit.

The emergency rule also establishes a gag grouper season from June 1 through October 31. 

The gag grouper season is currently closed.

Interested persons may submit comments relative to the proposed Rule to: Jason Adriance, Fisheries Division, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Box 98000, Baton Rouge, LA  70898‑9000, or via e-mail to:  jadriance@wlf.la.gov prior to Thursday, July 5, 2012.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at (225) 610.2363 or lwooderson@wlf.la.gov. 

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Contests, Workshops, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

Master Naturalist Program to Offer Classes on Habitats, Wildlife (Deadline: April 15)
The 2012 Mississippi Master Naturalist Program will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays, from April 26 to June 14, at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The course fee is $100, which includes program costs and educational materials. Continuing education units and continuing forestry education credits have been approved and will be awarded upon completion of course work. Natural resource professionals, university professors and extension agents will conduct the classes and field trips as participants study native plants, habitats, insects, watershed management, wildlife, forestry, fisheries, soils and birds. To register, contact Chris Boyd, an assistant extension professor who works with Mississippi State University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or cboyd@ext.msstate.edu. Program flyer and application are attached. Applications and course fees must be received by April 15.


CONTESTS

Project Earth® K-12 Environmental Contest (Deadline: April 15)
All Louisiana K-12 schools are invited to participate on www.ProjectEarth.net, a free web-based network for schools and organizations worldwide to help promote environmental education and action amongst our future generations. Founded by Ecology and Environment Inc. (E & E), the mission of Project Earth® is to generate ongoing conversation and collaboration across national boundaries that collectively lead to positive environmental change. Project Earth® is hosting a 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest & International World Environment Day Contest. One nation-wide Earth Day winning project will be selected from each K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade category. Winners will be awarded a National Geographic Interactive Intelliglobe and will be featured in media press releases, in the Project Earth global newsletter, and on www.ProjectEarth.net. Entries for the 2012 U.S. Earth Day Contest are due by April 15, 2012. For more details about Project Earth® and the 2012 contests please see attached or email admin@projectearth.net.

American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) Poll for Best Beach
To celebrate 10 years of honoring Best Restored Beaches (BRB) across America, the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) is asking the public to pitch in to pick the Best of the Best Restored Beaches in three categories. The three categories are:
     •  Urban Beaches: This includes highly developed beaches, including intensely developed areas with high-rise condos and resorts.
     •  Community Beaches: This includes less densely developed beaches backed by low-rise or single-family dwellings.
     •  Park/Habitat Beaches: This includes areas that undertake beach nourishment solely for habitat restoration and park projects. These can be in remote regions or in the middle of a city. One of CWPPRA’s own projects, the Chaland Headland Restoration Project has been nominated in this category.
Starting March 30, everyone can vote for their favorite beach in one of the three categories online at http://www.asbpa.org/about_us/about_us_best_restored_beach_2012.htm. You can vote once every 24 hours, all the way to April 27, and you can even see how your favorite beach is doing every time you visit. Winners will be announced in mid-May and they all will be honored at a special ceremony next spring during the ASBPA’s annual Coastal Summit in Washington, DC.


WORKSHOPS

Why Do We Explore?
Professional Development for Educators of Grades 5-12 Saturday, April 21, 2012
, 8:30 am–4:00 pm in partnership with and hosted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas New Orleans, LA. Stipends are available. For more information: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/why-do-we-explore

Teachers Invited to Aquascience Workshop
Science and math teachers interested in including aquaculture/aquascience as a hands-on component in their classrooms are invited to attend Aquaculture 101, June 11-15, at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center at Auburn University in Alabama. The 5-day training workshop will focus on aquaculture and aquascience and how to teach principles (matched to core standards) of biology, chemistry, math and physics in innovative ways. Teachers completing the course will receive 32 hours of continuing education credits. There is no cost to attend. Travel and living expenses are not provided. This workshop will focus on middle- and high-school learning activities. Contact PJ Waters at waterph@aces.edu or 251-438-5690 for information or to register. The workshop is sponsored by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Gadsden State Community College, Auburn University and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

Summer Science Workshops Available to Teachers (Deadline: April 30)
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and Dauphin Island Sea Lab will offer three summer workshop opportunities for K-12 teachers at the Sea Lab on Dauphin Island in Alabama. There is no cost for food or housing, and the $100 tuition fee is refundable upon completion of the workshop. Participants may earn continuing education units or graduate credit.
Reefs, Rhizomes and Restoration – June 17-21 This workshop focuses on coastal habitat restoration. Participating educators will learn about the science of restoration ecology and visit restoration sites. They will get a look at different tools and techniques used for restoration, build their own reef balls and explore ways to adapt the information for their classrooms.
Fins, Fishes and Fisheries – July 15-19 This workshop focuses on fisheries management and seafood sustainability. Activities include learning about current fisheries research, trawling in Mobile Bay and offshore, visiting local aquaculture facilities and practice being a fisheries manager.
Climate Change in the Gulf of Mexico – July 17-20 Participants will learn the latest about climate change and how to address it in the classroom. What are the impacts on Alabama and the Gulf region? Participants will hear about climate change from researchers, conduct hands-on activities suitable for students, explore data-rich online resources and develop lesson plans.
Complete workshop information and applications are available at http://dhp.disl.org/teachertraining.htm. Contact Sara Johnson at 251-861-2141 ext. 7515 or sejohnson@disl.org with any questions.

OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details.
Apr 05: (canceled) Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910)
Apr 05: Designing Evaluations; Speaker(s):Stephanie Shipman and Valerie Caracelli (Applied Research Methods Team, Government Accountability Office); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 05: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Q&A for Unified Modeling Language (UML) Basics; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Kerry Emanuel (MIT); Rong Fu (University of Texas at Austin); Upmanu Lall (Columbia University); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 12th floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 10: NWS TBD; Speaker(s): Robert Hoffman (Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, Pensacola, FL); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room 1350; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 11: Modeling Black Carbon with the OsloCTM2: Current Status and Planned Work; Speaker(s): Marianne Tronstad Lund (Center for International Climate and Environmental Research, Oslo, Norway); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room. (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Current Legal and Policy Issues Related to Antarctic Diplomacy; Speaker(s): Evan Bloom (US Department of State); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Chicago Climate Action Plan; Speaker(s): Tom McKone (Civic Consulting Alliance); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 12: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Tool Overview; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 13: NOAA CIRES Distinguished Lecture: A Tribute to Dr. George Reid by Dr. Susan Solomon; Speaker(s): Dr. Susan Solomon; Location: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO; Visual Arts Complex (VAC), Art & Art History Building, Room 1B20; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Predicting the Weather From Days to A Season Ahead: Developments at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Alan J. Thorpe (ECMWF); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 19: Applications of Manually-Generated Cloud Masks for Cloud Model Verification; Speaker(s): Dr. Keith D. Hutchison; Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 19: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Tool Overview; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 24: Development and Aplication of An Integrated Ecosystem Model for Alaska; Speaker(s): Amy Breen (Scenarios Network for Alaska & Arctic Planning); Location: ACCAP office, second floor of the Denali Building, 3352 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
Apr 26: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: ISO Creation Methods; Speaker(s): NCDDC; Location:Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar


RESOURCES

Greening STEM Planning Toolkits
Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning, a set of planning toolkits for educators including STEM activities and resources for all grade levels around popular environmental topics has been prepared. These topics include: Gardens & Schoolyards, Energy Efficiency, Geography Connections, Water Resources, and Climate & Weather  
The toolkits highlight opportunities for project-based learning, service-learning and citizen science, and we hope they will support you to easily develop activities for EE Week around the Greening STEM theme. http://eeweek.org/greening_stem/toolkits/gardens

Become a Citizen Scientist Project BudBurst
Project BudBurst is a network of people across the United States who monitor plants as the seasons change. It’s a national field campaign designed to engage the public in the collection of important ecological data based on the timing of leafing, flowering and fruiting of plants. The website includes a collection of resources designed for use by educators in informal and formal learning environments to implement Project BudBurst with their students. Among the resources are Teacher Registration Guides for elementary, middle and high school educators; Classroom Activity Descriptions for each grade level to effectively implement Project BudBurst in the K–12 classroom setting; free, downloadable Classroom Activities, aligned with national education standards, and accompanying teacher implementation guides; and a list of other educational resources and activities that might be of interest. Please visit: http://neoninc.org/budburst


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 http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

WEEKLY eNEWS: LEEC 2012 Grants Deadline Approaching!

The LEEC Grants applications deadline is quickly approaching!
Applications must be postmarked by March 30th!

Attached are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens.

Educator Grants
     •  Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly
        impact K-12 students
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012

Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants
     •   Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly
         impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators
     •   Amount not to exceed $2,500
     •   Deadline: March 30, 2012

University Research Grants
     •  Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012

The Vendor Location & W-9 forms are also attached for your convenience.

For more information on these grants, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec
Or contact:
     Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator
     Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
     Office:  337-948-0255
     Fax:  337-948-0213
     vortego@wlf.la.gov

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants, Contests, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

Plastic Ocean Talk – Friday, March 30th, 7:00 pm–9:00 pm
Presentation on the “Plastic Ocean” by Captain Charles Moore (book signing to follow) will be at LSU’s School of Coast & Environment’s auditorium (book signing in rotunda). Join Captain Moore, the founder of Algalita Marine Research Foundation, for a riveting expose' of humanity's "plastic footprint." An acclaimed speaker and international authority, Moore explains in vivid detail his first-hand experience of the alarming consequences millions of tons of persistent plastic waste, including the Japanese Tsunami debris now impacting Hawaii, is having on the marine environment, and ultimately, us. Captain Moore has brought wide attention to the enormous plastic debris field (larger than Texas) in the Pacific gyre, and to the unintended and often deadly fate of plastics in marine food webs. For more information, contact: Seth Blitch, Director of Coastal and Marine Conservation, sblitch@tnc.org, (225) 338.1040 Ext. 2010

Globe at Night: Calling All Citizens: Measure Light Pollution in Your Night Sky
Light pollution threatens not only our ability to starlight, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health, according to scientists. From April 11-20, citizens are invited to measure the night-sky brightness and report their observation via the programs’ web app http://www.globeatnight.org/webapp/ using their computer or smart phone. People in 115 countries have contributed more than 70,000 measurement, making Globe at Night one of the most successful light-pollution awareness campaigns. Learn more from audio podcasts available on iTunes at 365 Days of Astronomy

Environmental Education Week is April 15-21, 2012!
Greening STEM Planning Tool Kits are available in honor of the 2012 theme, Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning. The set of five planning tool kits are for educators including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities and resources around popular environmental topics. www.eeweek.org/greening_stem

Water Words That Work!
Get Your Environmental Message Out Using “Plain Language” That Works at this FREE Science Communication workshop at Stennis Space Center! Thursday, April 19, 2012, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Room C107, Conference Center, Stennis Space Center, Stennis, MS
This one day workshop will improve your ability to communicate science and resource management messages to the public at large. You will also learn how to discuss controversial topics and keep your cool under pressure. If you work in the field of coastal resource management you need to take this workshop. During the first half of the day workshop leader Eric Eckl will reconnect you with the perspective that everyday citizens have on resource management and environmental protection, and he will share the shocking secret of what motivates them to take action. As you relearn the language that everyday citizens use, you’ll become more confident and successful as you set out to enlighten the uninformed and misinformed about our inland and coastal waters. The second half of the workshop will be spent honing the messaging skills you need to set the record straight and ensure your message gets out correctly. For more information and to register online, click here.

CPRA and Corps to Host Public Meetings to Initiate Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District will host multiple public scoping meetings throughout the month of April to engage the public in the initiation of the “Louisiana Coastal Area - Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study.” This important study will identify and evaluate a combination of large-scale management and restoration features to address the long-term sustainability of the lower Mississippi River Delta.
Six public scoping meetings will be held throughout Southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi to inform interested parties in the initiation of the study and Environmental Impact Statement, and provide the public with an opportunity to present issues and topics they feel the study should consider. Each meeting will include an open house from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a presentation on the study, an opportunity for questions and answers, and a formal scoping comment submission period from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The scoping meeting details are as follows:
Tuesday, April 10, 2012: LA Dept. of Natural Resources – LaSalle Building, LaBelle Room, 1st Floor – 617 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Thursday, April 12, 2012: Port of New Orleans, Auditorium – 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA 70160
Tuesday, April 17, 2012: Larose Civic Center – 307 East 5th Street, Larose, LA 70373
Thursday, April 19, 2012: Boothville-Venice Elementary School – #1 Oiler Drive, Boothville, LA 70038
Tuesday, April 24, 2012: Waveland Civic Center – 335 Coleman Ave, Waveland, MS 39576
Thursday, April 26, 2012: St. Bernard Parish Council Chambers – 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, LA 70043
The Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study area covers the lower Mississippi River and surrounding deltaic regions, and is the first large-scale, long-term restoration assessment to be conducted under the LCA Program. This study will provide a decision-making framework for the management of a sustainable coastal ecosystem that allows for the coexistence of navigation and flood control, while supporting the needs of Louisiana and the Nation. Work on the study will be shared by the Corps of Engineers and the CPRA throughout the study. For more information, please visit www.lca.gov or contact: Chuck Perrodin, CPRA Public Information Director, (225) 342-7615, Chuck.Perrodin2@la.gov

Registration is now available for the 2012 Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting (June 19–21)
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, 900 North Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Tuesday June 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM CDT -to- Thursday June 21, 2012 at 5:00 PM CDT Add to my calendar
Review the SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
If you will be joining us, please let us know: REGISTRATION
Sponsorship forms are available at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org or contact Laura Bowie at (228) 523-4013 or laura.bowie@gomxa.org.


GRANTS

The NOAA Office of Education (OEd) is issuing a request for applications for projects designed to expand or develop professional development and other capacity-building activities for informal science educators and volunteers. A successful project will utilize the resources of multiple institutions to enhance the capacity of informal science educators and volunteers to engage visitors and promote public understanding and stewardship of coastal, marine, and/or freshwater environments. Eligible applicants are collaborative teams that include at least three non-profit U.S. aquariums, of which at least one must be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Collaborative teams should involve applicants from multiple U.S. states and are strongly encouraged to include at least one aquarium that has not previously received a grant from NOAA’s Office of Education. There is special interest in collaborative teams that include aquariums representing a wide range of annual operating budgets, total visitorship numbers, and/or physical sizes.
          Proposed projects should be between two and five years in duration and have maximum total combined budget requests of $1,000,000 for all years of the project. The deadline for applications is midnight EDT on May 7, 2012.
          Two informational webinars with the program officers will occur on March 28, 2012 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM EDT and March 29, 2012, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM EDT
. By noon EDT on March 27, 2012, interested applicants should register by contacting oed.grants@noaa.gov and include in the Subject line of the email: "Register for Aquarium Professional Development FFO Webinar" and provide the interested party’s name, institution, telephone number, email address and preferred date in the body of the email. You will receive an email response from oed.grants@noaa.gov with the log-in information and date for the webinar.  Whenever possible, individuals from the same institution should try to join the webinar from the same computer/phone line. You can also visit our website for updates: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/grants/elg.html

LEEC GRANTS applications deadline is tomorrow. Applications must be postmarked by March 30th!
Attached are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens.
Educator Grants
     •  Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact K-12 students
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012
Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants
     •   Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus, and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators
     •   Amount not to exceed $2,500
     •   Deadline: March 30, 2012
University Research Grants
     •  Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues
     •  Amount not to exceed $1,000
     •  Deadline: March 30, 2012
The Vendor Location & W-9 forms are also attached for your convenience. For more information on these grants, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec or contact: Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov


CONTESTS

Gr 5-8 Earth Day Photo Contest (Deadline May 11)
Our planet is changing quickly - and what better way to capture those seasonal changes than with a photograph. Spring is a dynamic season: gray and brown landscapes give way to green trees and colorful flowers, birds migrate to summer homes, and weather patterns change. During the week of Earth Day (April 22), middle school students across the country can be part of a unique photography and short essay contest, documenting changes in their local environment. The top three winners will receive $150, $100, and $75 Visa gift cards. For more information and complete rules, visit http://bit.ly/yV35bh. Earth Day Photo Contest http://tinyurl.com/73rwf3r

Make Waves with “Project Blue Planet” to Save the Oceans (Deadline: June 1)
Project Blue Planet is a nationwide contest organized by the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. In celebration of the Zoo’s seal and sea lion exhibit set to open later this year, they challenge elementary, middle and high school students to form eco-teams or class projects that can educate their classmates and inspire them to take action. A healthy planet starts in your school and schoolyard.
          Enter Project Blue Planet to earn your school a “Seal” of Approval. One lucky team from each age group will win a $1,500 cash prize to continue their green (and blue) efforts. Students can focus their projects on eliminating waste, reducing energy use, creating a healthier environment, or improving lifestyle choices. These categories are listed on the Zoo’s website, along with advice about actions that students could use in their project from members of the Zoo’s Green Team, which works to “green” the Zoo.
          Projects must be completed by June 1, 2012. Entries will be judged on their projects’ environmental impact, educational content and creativity. Along with the project, students will need to submit the following:
          • A description of how the project educates others.
          • Documentation of up to 10 photos and/or a link to a video (five minutes maximum).
          • A group photo of the team.
Visit the Zoo’s website for more details, ideas and registration forms. Project Blue Planet is sponsored by Whole Foods Market, Kiwi Magazine, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Officer Snook Water Pollution Program.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Help Clean Bayou Lafourche – Saturday, March 31, 2012, 1 PM-4 PM
Help beautify the bayou and clean the body of water that provides the drinking water for our area.
Help us sweep the trash out of the Bayou!

Drinks, snacks, gloves, trash bags, trash pickers, towels, huggers, t-shirt, door prizes will be supplied. Please bring sunscreen, wear old clothes, wear old tennis shoes, proud south Louisiana attitude. The event is projected to clean up 106 miles of the bayou from Donaldsonville to Golden Meadow. The BTNEP is looking for volunteers to clean up from boats in the bayou or along the bayou side and around bridge areas. If you or your organization would like to volunteer please contact Alma Robichaux at the BTNEP at 985.855.8255 or 985.447.0868, or email atalma@btnep.org.

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project near Chalmette (April 2)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Monday, April 2, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. If you would like to volunteer your boat for this event, please let them know.  It would be used to help transport volunteers and trees to the site. A flat bottom boat that can navigate shallow water is preferred. If you are interested, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.


RESOURCES

Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast Final Master Plan Released
On March 21, 2012 the CPRA unanimously approved the 2012 Coastal Master Plan for submission to the Louisiana Legislature. To view a PDF copy of the plan, please CLICK HERE (warning, large file size) http://www.coastalmasterplan.louisiana.gov/2012-master-plan/final-master-plan/. Please pardon our progress as we upload the plan to the online viewing software and while our Planning Team works to post the Master Plan appendices for downloading.

Juvenile Tarpon Nursery Locations Reporting
In accordance with the Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group’s (SWCG - www.swcgroup.org) efforts in supporting the research and conservation efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT - www.tarbone.org) on Tarpon and the fishery they support, they are requesting reports of juvenile tarpon populations from all States. These reports will be noted and used in habitat analysis and research that can lead to habitat restorations and habitat protections. Without public reports of juvenile tarpon populations, some of these nurseries can be overlooked and could succumb to developments, pollution and disasters. Should you or someone you know have the knowledge of locations of juvenile tarpon, please email SWCG President Mark Langner at mark.langner@swcgroup.org with the following information:
          • City and State
          • GPS coordinates or specific description of location
          • How population was identified (i.e. cast net, rod and reel, word of mouth, etc. if known)
          • Size of fish in the population (length or weight if known)
Your input is greatly needed in helping the research and conservation of tarpon and the fishery they support.

The Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny).
Explore the Tree of Life: Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers, tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life. Starting with the root of all Life on Earth and moving out along diverging branches to individual species, the structure of the ToL project thus illustrates the genetic connections between all living things. http://www.tolweb.org/tree/

Animal Diversity Web
Animal diversity web has thousands of species accounts about individual animal species. These may include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Descriptions of levels of organization, and resources for teachers included. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/about/overview.html


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 http://lacoast.gov/calendar/



Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants/Awards, Workshops, Webinars, Volunteer Opportunities, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

March 19-25 National Wildlife Week - FREE Educational Materials
Start your wildlife week celebration today…
spread the word and share fun facts with your neighbors, play games, download lesson plans, view the Wildlife Webinar and learn about 6 species more in-depth, get a start on your service or volunteer project, and watch for wildlife and log your sightings. http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/activities/national-wildlife-week.aspx. Each day there is a different subject for educators, home school parents and kids to explore, including: wildlife with “innovative defenses,” “unusual habitats,” “special adaptations,” “record breakers” or that have “super senses.” Explore the wildlife featured during the week by downloading posters, trading cards and exploring articles, slideshows and much more. There is a new educational poster each day.

March 22 is World Water Day
This day was established by the United Nations to look at water issues around the world. WaterAid uses this day to raise awareness of the fact that one in eight people do not have safe water to drink and that this, coupled with poor sanitation, results in 4,000 children dying every day. http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/
http://www.wateraidamerica.org/get_involved/world_water_day/default.aspx


GRANTS/AWARDS

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     •  Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     •  Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     •  University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Please enourage your students (ages 5-18 years) to participate in Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest!
This year's theme is Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.

ING Unsung Heroes (Deadline: April 30)
Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Deadline is April 30, 2012. Apply here.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants (Deadline: May 4)
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across the United States and Canada. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution; non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. Projects must address the root cause of the following issue areas: Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap; Financial Literacy; Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness; Social Health & Wellness Issues; and Environmental Responsibility. Deadline is May 4, 2012. Apply here.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful Grant Winners
Digital Media students at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts in Baton Rouge are excited as to show off six recycling PSA videos they produced, which were possible thanks to the cameras they were able to purchase with grant money awarded from Keep Louisiana Beautiful.
Don't be Bob – Recycle – http://vimeo.com/38455456
Keep the Landshark at Bay – Recycle – http://vimeo.com/38455045
Footballers – Recycling – http://vimeo.com/38459005


WORKSHOPS

Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Science Seminar: Gentle Giants of Mississippi & the Northern Gulf
Thursday March 22, 2012, 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
1st floor Commission Meeting Room, Bolton State Bldg, 1141 Bayview Ave, Biloxi, MS 39530
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) invite you to attend a Science Seminar featuring research on Tarpon, Whale Sharks, Sturgeon, and Manatees in Mississippi and the Northern Gulf. Refreshments will be served. See the attached flyer for presentation details and directions to the event location. Or, contact Avia Huisman, Grand Bay NERR Coastal Training Program Coordinator:  Avia.Huisman@dmr.ms.gov or (228) 475-7047

Survey: Interest in Service-Learning Workshop
Are you interested in participating in an advanced service-learning workshop? Learning about grant opportunities to conduct service-learning projects? Volunteer Louisiana and Youth Service America are surveying K-12 teachers and nonprofit organizations that are conducting educational programs with K-12 schools to determine if there is an interest in hosting an advanced one day service-learning workshop on either May 7, 8, 9, or 10th in Baton Rouge. If you are interested in participating in such a workshop, please complete the attached form and return to our office no later than Wednesday, March 21, 2012 either by fax (225-342-0106) or e-mail document to ddowell@crt.la.gov.

LUMCON Presents - From H-2-O: A Water Quality Workshop for Teachers (June 13-16)
This FREE workshop on will provide teachers with the knowledge, skills, and equipment to do water quality monitoring as an inquiry-based environmental education experiences with their students using LUMCON’s Bayouside Classroom program. Teachers will be able to show students their connection to the Gulf of Mexico through watershed science while conducting meaningful science and stewardship activities. The workshop is held June 13-16, 2012 at the DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA. All middle school or high school science or math teachers are invited to attend.
Workshop topics: water quality parameters and normal limits, sampling techniques, use of data to test hypotheses, gulf hypoxia (dead zones). Watersheds, non-point source pollution, estuaries, invasive species, and nutrients and nutrient impacts
Workshop Highlights: FREE lodging and meals offered during the workshop, FREE water sampling equipment and resources, hands-on training of sampling techniques, hands-on data use in the classroom to tests hypotheses, interaction with scientists and other educators, presentations about meaningful and relevant water quality issues, field components that allow participants to experience different watershed habitats, laboratory sessions, and participants will earn up to 24 CLUs.
For more workshop information and/or application materials contact: Murt Conover (985) 851-2860, mconover@lumcon.edu or visit www.lumcon.edu


WEBINARS

Conservation Education Strategy (March 28)
CE Strategy Webinar Series:
Webinar 3 - Field Investigations and STEM, March 28, at 7 PM EDT
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and the Pacific Education Institute (PEI) are partnering with National EE Week to explore how the schoolyard or local public land can provide students with the opportunity to be scientists using the skills and knowledge of inquiry to collect real-world data. We will provide teachers and other conservation educators with information and tools to engage students in STEM learning outside, utilizing nature as a laboratory, by planning, conducting, and evaluating a field investigation. Register Today
Register Now for the April 25 Webinar - Best Practices for Stewardship Education
In April we return to our 2 PM Eastern time slot. Nancy Herron, Education and Outreach Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will talk about best practices for stewardship education. How do you grow a steward of natural resources? Is conservation education fuzzy science? This webinar will look at research-based models on best practices for program design, and a guide to use when developing programs.

CPRA Master Plan Predictive Modeling Seminar Series
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) of Louisiana have posted the presentations and audio recordings from the recent seminar series on the predictive models utilized during formulation of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan at http://www.coastalmasterplan.louisiana.gov/connect/modeling-seminar-series/. A list of presentation topics and presenters is provided below.
Eco-Hydrology Model http://vimeo.com/36314968 - Dr. Ehab Meselhe, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Vegetation Model http://vimeo.com/36315124 - Dr. Jenneke Visser, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Wetland Morphology Model http://vimeo.com/36490773 – Brady Couvillion, U.S. Geological Survey
Barrier Shoreline Morphology Model http://vimeo.com/36490547 - Dr. Ioannis Georgiou, University of New Orleans
Fish & Wildlife Habitat Suitability Indices http://vimeo.com/37546726 - Dr. Andy Nyman, Louisiana State University and LSU AgCenter
Storm Surge and Wave Model http://vimeo.com/38164886 - Hugh Roberts, PE
Arcadis Risk Assessment (Storm Damage) Model http://vimeo.com/38164142 - Dr. Jordan Fischbach, RAND Corp.

OneNOAA Science Seminars (March-April)
OneNOAA Science Seminars is the most complete summary of upcoming NOAA science seminars and a joint effort to share science across NOAA and our constituents. All seminars are open to anyone. All NOAA offices and CI are welcome to join our effort as OneNOAA seminar partners and share their seminars! For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner. Click on seminar title to access full details. You can view all of the seminars in Google calendar format.
OneNOAA Science Seminars: March 2012
Mar 22: Communicating Climate Science and Uncertainty Through Scenarios and Integrated Regional Modeling; Speaker(s): Richard H. Moss (Joint Global Change Research Institute); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 14316 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 26: It Is Necessary to Revolutionize Climate Prediction: Is It Possible?; Speaker(s): Jagadish Shukla (George Mason University); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 26: Spatial and Temporal Considerations in Evaluating and Utilizing Radar QPE Estimates; Speaker(s): Dennis Miller, Shaorong Wu, and David Kitzmiller (NOAA NWS Office of Hydrologic Development); Location: NOAA SSMC-2 Room 8246 (1325 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 27: A Contemporary Scheme of Semi-Lagrangian Advection; Speaker(s): Henry Juang (NOAA NCEP/EMC); Location:NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Mar 28: Temporal Variability and Potential Coupling of Terrestrial Methyl Halide and C2-C4 Alkene Emissions; Speaker(s): Robert Rhew (University of California, Berkeley); Location:NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
Apr 03: Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Ecosystems; Speaker(s): Dr. Ellen Pikitch (Stony Brook University); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 04 :Ask the Experts: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer; Speaker(s): Doug Marcy, Keil Schmid, Nate Herold, John McCombs, Matt Pendleton, William Brooks, and Mike Sutherland (NOAA Coastal Services Center); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 05: Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 05: Designing Evaluations; Speaker(s): Stephanie Shipman and Valerie Caracelli (Applied Research Methods Team, Government Accountability Office); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Rong Fu (UCLA); Upmanu Lall (IRI); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 12th floor Fishbowl (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 12: Early results from the Barnegat Bay Sea Nettle Barrier Pilot Project; Speaker(s): Jim Vasslides, Jennifer Barny, Nina Sassano (Barnegat Bay Partnership, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ); Location: NOAA, NMFS, NEFSC, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory Conference Room (74 Magruder Road, Sandy Hook, New Jersey); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 12: Current Legal and Policy Issues Related to Antarctic Diplomacy; Speaker(s): Evan Bloom (US Department of State); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Predicting the Weather From Days to A Season Ahead: Developments at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Cindy Kolar Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 
Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Click here to add this seminar to your Google Calendar 

EPA Region 6 Conversation with Elementary Schools for Earth Day
Webinar on April 3 or April 17 – 11:00 am to Noon

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Regional Science Council (RSC) in Region 6 will be celebrating Earth Day by participating in a free webinar. The "EPA/RSC R6 Converses with Elementary Students" webinar was developed for 5th graders; however 4th to 6th graders are invited to participate. The webinar event will begin with an overview of the Environmental Protection Agency's mission. This 2012 Earth Day Webinar will focus on Science Fair Projects and will provide examples of incorporating the following items within a science project:
        1) STEM topics including Science, Math, and Engineering,
        2) Real life applications of the 3 R's (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle), and
        3) Sustainability.
The webinar includes a step by step process on how to develop a successful Science Fair Project with ideas that may eventually help the environment. This webinar isn't just an Earth Day Celebration; it also provides a motivational message of "stay in school" and informs the students of the simple little things they can do in order to keep our Earth clean. Please click the following link in order to view the 2010 "EPA/RSC R6 Converses with Elementary Students" webinar https://mavspace.uta.edu/xythoswfs/webui/_xy-2720329_1-t_KHmJZfKd. For more information, contact: Sala N. Senkayi, Environmental Scientist, TMDL Section (6WQ-PT), US Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6, (214) 665-6477, senkayi.sala@epa.gov


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Tarpon Research and Conservation DNA Sampling Volunteers Needed
The Southeastern Wildlife Conservation Group (SWCG) is heading up this effort here along the Gulf Coast (in support of the research and conservation efforts of the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust – www.tarbone.org) and is asking for angler participation. The DNA sampling process is very easy and not harmful to the fish. You can watch a video on DNA sampling and the process on YouTube at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzDwh5HcpJA. The SWCG will distribute DNA Sampling Kits to anglers interested in participating in this important research sampling effort. For more information or to request a DNA sampling kit, please contact SWCG President, Mark Langner via email at mark.langner@swcgroup.org. For additional information on this program and how you can get involved or to support this effort, you can visit us at www.swcgroup.org. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SoutheasternWildlifeConservationGroup.

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project near Chalmette (March 23)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Friday March 23, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This is a strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. If you would like to volunteer your boat for this event, please let them know.  It would be used to help transport volunteers and trees to the site. A flat bottom boat that can navigate shallow water is preferred. If you are interested, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.


RESOURCES

IcEarth Leap Year Tornado Outbreak
Check out the new IcEarth image and information on the Leap Year Tornado Outbreak. It includes a Worldview-2 satellite image courtesy of DigitalGlobe, information on the tornados and the 2 day outbreak, three student activities, and a linkage to other explorations. IcEarth is developed by the WETMAAP program to provide imagery and maps for education. Also, check out the newly added Slider Function that has been added to IcEarth Events that have multiple dates of imagery. The Slider Function allows you to see the change associated with the event.
IcEarth: http://icearth.cnlworld.org/index.php?eventID=27
WETMAAP: http://wetmaap.org

 


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 http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Grants/Awards, Webinars, Employment Opportunity, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

The LEEC would like to express a sincere THANK YOU to all presenters, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and participants who helped to make the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium another great success!

EVENTS

WETSHOP July 8–13, 2012 (Application Deadline: May 20)
LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA
Number of Participants: 20 teachers
Contact: Angela Capello, (318) 748-6999, acapello@wlf.la.gov
Registration fee: $50.00
WETSHOP is:
     •  A week-long, dynamic teacher workshop that allows teachers to work with educator/scientists to learn about Louisiana coastal wetlands, issues and history. The focus of the summer workshop is to create wetland stewards of teachers in order for them to educate co-workers and students in their home parishes about coastal land loss. Fifty-five professional contact hours will be accrued upon the completion of this wetland institute.
     •  Implementation of a six hour wetland dissemination workshop in your parish after completion of the summer workshop.
     •  Teacher stipend available for summer workshop and dissemination workshop during AY.
Workshop Highlights
Experience:
     •  Fisheries management; research trawling, seining
     •  Barrier islands and their role in coastal health
     •  Coastal Botany & Ornithology (visit Brown Pelican rookery)
     •  Water Quality Testing along fresh to salt water gradient
     •  Visit transitional Coastal Ecosystems
     •  Tour one of the largest oil ports in U.S.
     •  Visit coastal restoration site / Oil Spill impact sites
     •  Invasive Species (role in coastal land loss)
Receive:
     •  Wonders of Wetlands Teacher Guidebook
     •  Numerous Classroom Resources
     •  Networking with Wetland Scientists
     •  Up to 55 Professional Contact Hours


GRANTS/AWARDS

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Announcing the Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
Theme – Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.


WEBINARS

Saltmarsh Topminnow Conservation Plan
Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 2:00 PM CST

The Nature Conservancy in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources funded by a NOAA Proactive Species Conservation Grant present a conservation plan for the Saltmarsh topminnow, Fundulus jenkinsi. Federal and state resource managers, conservation and resource planners, restoration practitioners, non-government conservation organizations, and Ichthyologists are invited to attend.
Use the information or link below to log in:
Topic: Fundulus jenkinsi
Meeting Number: 674 795 437
Meeting Password: Topminnow1
https://nethope.webex.com/nethope/j.php?ED=15350998&UID=0&PW=NYmY1MWJkNmRl&RT=MiM3
If requested, enter your name and email address. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Topminnow1. Click "Join".
For more information about the webinar please contact: Tom Mohrman, tmohrman@tnc.org. See attachment below.

Storm Smart Training Now Being Conducted
Supported by the Alliance's Coastal Community Resilience team, StormSmart Coasts is hosting a series of Gulf of Mexico coastal storm planning, response, and recovery trainings. Each training will include an overview of tools provided on the StormSmart Coasts. Each webinar is approved for 1 continuing education credit by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). The first webinar was last month, but three more remain:
March 8 - Before the Storm (Part 2)
March 22 - Before the Storm (Part 3)
April 5 - During the Storm and After the Storm
All webinars are free of charge, but registration is required. Details here: http://stormsmart.org/webinars/


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Barataria Preserve Teacher Summer 2012 Position Open
The National Park Service "Teacher to Ranger to Teacher" program hires school teachers to be a park ranger for a summer season. This person would help in the Education and Interpretation divisions to create new education programs, give tours, help with summer camps, etc. For this summer, the Barataria Preserve has funding to hire for 1 position. See attached packet and brochure for additional information or contact Stacy Meyers, Park Ranger, Education and Outreach, Barataria Preserve, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, (504) 689-3690, ext 25, http://www.nps.gov/learn/trt/
See attachements below.


RESOURCES

Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis Now Available
The Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem Project managed by the United States and Mexico has prepared a transboundary diagnostic analysis (TDA), focusing on the Gulf´s overall health assessment, which includes not only the biological and natural productivity areas of interest but it also covers the social, economic and institutional framework of the region. The large marine ecosystem model included the assessment of the following five key areas:
- Productivity,
- Fish and Fisheries,
- Ecosystem and Pollution,
- Socioeconomic, and
- Governance,
Considering the significance of global climatic conditions and its particular effects in the Gulf of Mexico, the project has also proposed the insertion of a new chapter related to climate change and sea level rise. Read more... To obtain a copy of the report, contact: contact@gulfofmexicoproject.org

Bohemia Rising
Check out LPBF's video, "Bohemia Rising," on the Bohemia Spillway. This area is being studied by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to observe its affects on our coast.

New Artificial Reef in Lake
A new artificial reef has been put in Lake Pontchartrain by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. The reef was built from materials from the old Twin Span Bridge and is four-acres wide. Another great spot for fishing in Lake Pontchartrain!


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 http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

State of Louisiana Announces Louisiana Blue Crab to Be First Sustainable Blue Crab Fishery in the World

Release Date: 03/12/2012

March 12, 2012 – Today the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in coordination
with the Louisiana Crab Task Force and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board (LSPMB),
announced the Louisiana blue crab fishery has been recognized with the seal of ‘sustainability’ by a
third-party organization, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This designation by MSC is the first of
its kind for any blue crab fishery in the world.

The independent, third-party certification body, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) assessed the
Louisiana blue crab fishery against the MSC standard in a rigorous, open and transparent process that
was scientifically peer reviewed and involved site visits to the fishery and outreach to stakeholder
groups. During assessment, SCS identified six improvement actions the fishery must perform during the
first five-year certification period that address harvest strategy, acquisition of additional data, by-catch
and ecosystem impact and progress will be assessed during the annual surveillance audits required by
the MSC program.

“This certification fully validates what Louisiana’s blue crab industry and department have known all
along, that our blue crab fishery is managed responsibly at sustainable levels,” said LDWF Assistant
Secretary Randy Pausina. “LDWF is a world-class organization that utilizes the best biologists and
technology when managing all of Louisiana’s abundant fisheries.”

What does sustainability mean?

Sustainability ensures that the blue crab fishery of Louisiana is managed in a way that meets the needs
of the present without compromising the crop for future generations.

Why is it important for a fishery to be certified as sustainable?

In recent years, sustainability has become increasingly important to major retailers like Wal-Mart,
Costco, Kroger and Target to name a few. As such, the push for ‘proof’ that seafood has been harvested
sustainably has led to an emerging market: seafood sustainability certifiers and their associated eco-
labels.

Additionally important to the Louisiana fishing industry, studies suggest that some retailers may be
willing to pay a higher price for seafood that is labeled eco-friendly or sustainable. Additionally,
markets in Europe and the United Kingdom that require such certifications will now be available to our
industry members.

LDWF is currently working with the other Gulf states to identify additional possibilities for
communicating to consumers and buyers that all of our fisheries are managed responsibly at sustainable
levels.

The Louisiana Blue Crab Fishery

While crabs are landed from all state coastal waters, more than half of Louisiana blue crabs are
harvested primarily from two areas: Lake Pontchartrain and Terrebonne basins. The Lake Pontchartrain
basin borders New Orleans to the north and east and includes the lake, marshes and sounds east of

the Mississippi River and the Terrebonne Basin is located southwest of New Orleans and is bounded by
Bayou Lafourche to the east and the Atchafalaya River to the west.

Blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus) are harvested year-round primarily with baited trapstended strictly
during daylight hours. Harvesters target hard shell blue crabs for both the live and processed meat
markets and also peeler crabs for sale to soft crab shedders. Louisiana blue crab landings have averaged
over 40 million pounds in recent years and comprised nearly 30 percent of total U.S. blue crab landings
in 2009.

The Marine Stewardship Council

The MSC was started in 1996 by the World Wide Fund for Nature and Unilever. The charity was
constituted in 1997 and became fully independent in 1999.

It has offices in London, Seattle, Washington and Sydney, New South Wales and local offices in
Edinburgh, Berlin, the Hague, Paris, Cape Town and Tokyo.

As of October 2011, there are over 11,000 seafood products available with the MSC eco-
label, sold in 82 countries around the world. Currently 131 fisheries have been independently
certified as meeting the MSC’s environmental standard for sustainable fishing and 131 are
currently undergoing assessment. Nearly 2000 companies have met the MSC Chain of Custody
standard for seafood traceability.
 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s
abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

For more information please contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (225)610-2363.

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Volunteer Opportunities, Professional Development, Grants/Awards, Workshops, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

2012 Environmental Education Symposium – THIS WEEKEND! (March 9-10)
On-Site Registration will be accepted. We look forward to seeing YOU at the state conference this week! For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov.

Time to Register Your Global Youth Service Day 2012 project! (April 20-22)
     Volunteer Louisiana in the Office of Lieutenant Governor invites you to be a part of Global Youth Service Day scheduled for April 20-22, 2012. Global Youth Service Day (GYSD), is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes the millions of children and youth who improve their communities each day of the year through service and service-learning.
     Youth Service America has designated Volunteer Louisiana as the state’s Lead Agency for 2012.  Volunteer Louisiana and its partners are seeking to engage young people of all abilities ages 5-25 in schools, youth organizations, faith-based organizations, and social organizations to participate in or conduct a GYSD project. While GYSD is scheduled for April 20-22, all service projects conducted during the month of April registered at www.gysd.org will be recognized by Volunteer Louisiana and will be provided additional resources. The attached documents on GYSD will provide more information.   
Contact: Denise Dowell at 225-342-3937 or ddowell@crt.la.gov.  

8th Annual Wildlife Center of Texas Benefit Golf Tournament (April 25)
The Wildlife Center of Texas
is a nonprofit, donor-supported organization established in response to the increased need for emergency veterinary care for injured, ill, orphaned and oiled native wildlife. They will host their 8th Annual Wildlife Center of Texas Golf Tournament on April 25th. A fantastic day is planned at the Evergreen Point Golf Club in Baytown, TX. The Golf Tournament is the largest fundraiser that The Wildlife Center of Texas hosts every year. Click here for more details.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Cypress Marsh Restoration Project Near Chalmette (March 9)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for interested volunteers to participate in a cypress swamp restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion in Plaquemines Parish, LA on Friday March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. All volunteers must register with CRCL to attend the event! All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 250 three-gallon pots of cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. Physical fitness is required. If you are interested in volunteering and/or have a flat bottom boat to lend, please email Hilary Collis at hilaryc@crcl.org for more information.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is offering several teacher opportunities spring and summer in 2012. For more information on any of the programs, please contact the person named below next to each opportunity.
1. Explore a Seashore is a new family educational experience. Programs are held the second Friday and Saturday of each month during the school year. Upcoming programs include: 
March 9-10  Insights into Parasites of the Sound
April 13-14   Sharks, Shores, and a Whole Lot More
May 11-12    Living on Mississippi’s Resilient Coast
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium sponsors teacher participation and CEUs. Come on your own or bring a friend, spouse or kid (aged 12 or above)! For more info contact Dr. Jessie Kastler by phone (228-872-4269), fax (228-818-8894), or email (jessica.kastler@usm.edu).
2. Mississippi Marine Debris Removal and Prevention Project training takes place July 5-6, 2012. Teachers attend the two-day workshop, then bring 12-20 students on a guided field trip to Deer Island to remove and learn about marine debris. The participants will learn about the effect it has on the environment and the organisms that inhabit these areas. For more info contact Becca Mathias by phone (228-818-8889), fax (228-818-8894), or email (rebecca.mathias@usm.edu).

NOAA: Why Do We Explore? Professional Development for Educators 5-12 (Deadline: April 6)
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer: America’s Ship for Ocean Exploration – www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8:30 am–4:00 pm in partnership with and hosted by Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, New Orleans, Louisiana
     The Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection was developed to encourage educators and students to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of the Okeanos Explorer—America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration. Join NOAA OER Facilitator, Rosanne Fortner, as we introduce Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: Why Do We Explore? Participants will learn how to use inquiry- and standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom inquiries into several important reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health.
     Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend the full day will receive a $50 stipend. Each participant will receive materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch. Registration Deadline is April 6, 2012. To register, contact Tricia LeBlanc at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, (504) 378-2675 or tleblanc@AudubonInstitute.org

OneNOAA Science Seminars
Click on seminar title to access full presentation details (subject to change). Note: Every seminar includes a link to add the presentation to your personal Google calendar. You can view also all of the seminars in Google calendar format. Seminars are open to anyone.
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars: March 2012

     Mar 08: Contaminants in Pinniped Blubber: Associations with Disease and Survival; Speaker(s): Dr. Denise Greig (Veterinary Science, The Marine Mammal Center); Location: NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NWFSC (2725 Montlake Blvd. E, Seattle, WA); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 13: Climate Model Development; Speaker(s): Chris Bretherton (University of Washington); Yuqing Wang (University of Hawaii); Jesse Meng (NOAA NCEP EMC); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 13: Towards Non-Hydrostatic Spectral Model; Speaker(s): Takeshi Enomoto (Kyoto University); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 14: NO3-Initiated Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Production and NOy Chemistry in a Pine Forest (BEACHON-RoMBAS 2011); Speaker(s): Juliane Fry (Reed College, Oregon); Location: NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division seminar Room 2A305, David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA Building), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 14: What's Happening: Japan Tsunami Marine Debris; Speaker(s): Dianna Parker (NOAA Marine Debris Program); Location: NOAA SSMC-4 Room 8150 (1305 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 15: Regulating Ocean Acidification through International Law; Speaker(s): Mark Spalding (President of the Ocean Foundation); Location: NOAA Central Library (SSMC3, 2nd Floor; 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 20: Climate Change & Invaders: Sources of Uncertainty in Managing the Great Lakes Region; Speaker(s): Cindy Kolar (US Geological Survey); Location: WebEx Event, remote access only; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Mar 21: Progress and Plans for the Environmental Modeling Center's (EMC) Gridpoint Statistical Interpolation (GSI) Development; Speaker(s): John Derber (NCEP); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
Upcoming OneNOAA Science Seminars: April 2012
     Apr 03: (seminar canceled; to be rescheduled) The Assimilation of Microwave Imager Data at ECMWF; Speaker(s): William Bell (ECMWF); Location: World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 04: Little Fish, Big Impact: Managing a Crucial Link in Ocean Ecosystems; Speaker(s): Dr. Ellen Pikitch (Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science and Professor at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences); Location: NOAA SSMC-3, 2nd Floor, Library (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 05: Emission Modeling for Air Quality Forecasting at ARL: A Decadal Review; Speaker(s): Daniel Tong (NOAA Air Resources Laboratory); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 ARL Large Conference Room 3404 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910); Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 10: Understanding and Modeling Climate Extremes; Speaker(s): Lance Bosart (SUNY Albany); Suzana Camargo (Columbia University); Rong Fu (UCLA); Upmanu Lall (IRI); Chunzai Wang (NOAA AOML); Location: NOAA SSMC-3 Room 12836 (1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD, 20910). Remote attendance is encouraged; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 17: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Professor Alan J. Thorpe; Speaker(s): Professor Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 18: Recent and Planned Development of Data Assimilation and Modeling Systems at ECMWF; Speaker(s): Peter Bauer (ECMWF); Location: NOAA World Weather Building (5200 Auth Road, Camp Springs, MD 20746); Room 707; Add this seminar to your google calendar
     Apr 19: Annual Tzvi Gal-Chen Lecture Series: Professor Alan J. Thorpe; Speaker(s): Professor Alan J. Thorpe (Director-General ECMWF, Reading, UK); Location: National Weather Center (120 David L. Boren Blvd, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK), NWC Room. 1313; Add this seminar to your google calendar

GRANTS/AWARDS

NOAA-NGI Diversity Internship Program (Deadline: March 14)
The NOAA-NGI Diversity Internship Program is now seeking mentors and interns to participate in the 2012 internship program. This 10-week summer internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. There is an emphasis on students from communities and institutions in the Northern Gulf of Mexico region, and the program specifically targets populations underrepresented in the NOAA workforce. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit our website http://ngi-internship.disl.org and complete the mentor survey. If you have any questions about becoming a mentor or if you know of any students that might be interested in this internship opportunity, please contact the program coordinator - JoAnn Moody at 251-861-2141 x 7530 or ngi-internship@disl.org. Students interested in this opportunity should visit the website for more information and to apply. The deadline for applications is March 14th.

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission GRANTS Announcement (Deadline: March 30)
Below are the application forms for the Environmental Education Commission’s grant program which targets Louisiana and its citizens. The following is a brief overview:
     Educator Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students; amount not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly
     Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants – Based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators; amount not to exceed $2,500
     University Research Grants – Post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues; amount not to exceed $1,000
For more information, click here or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov or (337) 948-0255.

LEEC Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest (Deadline: April 26)
Announcing the Louisiana’s Tenth Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Arts Contest
Theme – Louisiana’s Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!
Contest is for ages 5-18 years. Cash prize awards! Winning entries will be published in our 2013 calendar! Deadline is April 26th. For more information, contest criteria, and downloadable registration form, click here or contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0124.

WORKSHOPS

Advanced Wetland Photo-Interpretation (October 30-November 1)
     This three day workshop will cover the development of a methodology for mapping wetlands projects; application of the Federal Geographic Data Committee adopted Classification of Wetlands & Deepwater Habitats of the US system; photo interpretation of seasonal color infrared aerial photographs/imagery; use of topographic maps and soil surveys, historical wetland aerial imagery & maps, other ancillary information as aids in the photo interpretation/analytical process; ground-truth techniques and utilization of other field data.
     This course will include classroom lectures, classroom exercises in photo interpretation of wetland habitats with access to stereoscopic options and fieldwork. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display final interpretation/analysis results, will be provided.
Several field (2) trips will be experienced to provide wetland classification signature development and classification mapping confidence. An understanding of the identification of wetland habitats from aerial photography/imagery (*as presented in the Introduction to Remote Sensing and Photo interpretation of Wetlands) is essential for this workshop. *Work related experiences can be substituted for the introductory workshop. Registration form is below.
Location: Abdalla Hall - Lafayette, LA
Cost: $385
Contact: Ashley Hartley– USGS/RAC workshop coordinator, (337) 482-0670, ahartley@usgs.gov

Introduction to Wetland Remote Sensing & Mapping (October 24-26)
     This workshop is a special designed introductory 3 day session of lectures, discussions, and hands-on exercises that emphasize the use of manual and cognitive interpretation skills of aerial photography/imagery in assessing and mapping wetland vegetation from species level to broad vegetative level classifications. This workshop provides necessary imagery analytical skills for assessing classification performance of computer automated classification routines and products. A special final computer digitizing and delineation exercise, to display final interpretation/analysis results, will be provided.
     Included is a full day field trip to forest and coastal wetland areas to develop imagery recognition signatures and verify wetland interpretations made in the classroom. Course content has been designed for natural resource mapping specialists, field biologists, researchers, and others who deal with wetland wildlife habitat, environmental quality and impact assessments. Since interest in this workshop is likely to be high, an early application is suggested. Registration form is below.
Location: Abdalla Hall - Lafayette, LA
Cost: $385
Contact: Ashley Hartley– USGS/RAC workshop coordinator, (337) 482-0670, ahartley@usgs.gov

RESOURCES

NASA Space Place Newsletter (March - April 2012)
The latest issue of the Space Place Newsletter: News and Notes for Formal and Informal Educators has just been published. The newsletter is all about the many useful and--it goes without saying--free resources on the Space Place website that can be helpful for kids and grown-ups interested learning about science, technology, and space. A PDF version of the newsletter is attached to this message or can be downloaded from http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/educator-newsletter/en. Also attached is find a flyer for a new iPhone/iPad game Comet Quest in which you can find it at the App Store.

School Yard Activities to Celebrate Earth Day
Attached is a list of ideas from Region 6 EPA for School Yard Activities for Earth Day Celebrations that schools can put together on their own. Please share your ideas with Bonnie King 6XA-A, Sr. Program Analyst, Regional EE Coordinator at King.Bonita@epamail.epa.gov or (800) 887-6063.


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 http://lacoast.gov/calendar/


Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries – www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec

Environmental Education Symposium Next Week!

2012 ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Lafayette Crowne Plaza  •  March 9-10, 2012

SYMPOSIUM UPDATES!

The short course Canoe, Explore… A Watershed Lesson & Tour! is full. The other short courses are nearing capacity so if you are interested in attending one, please contact Venise Ortego (vortego@wlf.la.gov) immediately.

We’ll have some VERY SPECIAL DOOR PRIZES, including the following:
          •  The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries will be donating one group trip, a Nature and Birding Tour, in the White Lake Conservation Area as the grand door prize! The lucky winner & 14 of their counterparts/students/family/friends will spend a day with LDWF staff at their beautiful White Lake facility south of Gueydan! Guests will take a pontoon boat to various locations, including the birding trail, whooping crane pens (you might get to see a few!), & the infamous White Lake Lodge. (Value: $300)
          •  The critically endangered Whooping Crane, absent from Louisiana since the 1940s, is now being reintroduced to its native habitat in the White Lake area under the 10J Rule. We at LDWF are incredibly excited about our new Whooping Crane reintroduction program & want to share a very special experience with a few lucky educators. We are therefore offering 2 trips for 2 to see the juvenile Whooping Cranes after they arrive next December. The winners will travel by boat to a duck blind, where they will observe the cranes through scopes. They will have ample opportunity to visit with the biologists who oversee this program, getting the very latest information on the birds! A once in a lifetime opportunity! (Value: Priceless!)

And while you’re in the Lafayette area…
Lafayette is a GREAT place to go for local Cajun music and fabulous food! We hope that you spend a little extra time there, enjoying what this lovely city has to offer. This link may help in your search: http://www.lafayette.travel/visitors/visitdowntown/?gclid=CNKm-rPWwa4CFdCb7QodRxoGTQ.

You may be interested in visiting the nearby Village of River Ranch, a mixed-use community incorporating a self-contained, walk able concept in the design. http://www.riverranchdev.com

If you are traveling from the north down I49, make sure to stop by the new St. Landry Parish Visitor’s Center! You will be enthralled with the building and its green design!
“… it is one of the first visitor information centers in the state and the southern region that has a focus on sustainability and green construction… The landscape design plays an integral part in this project utilizing indigenous plantings and trees from St. Landry Parish, reflecting six of Louisiana’s seven ecosystems.”
http://www.cajuntravel.com/tourist-info.php?page=visitor-center

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