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EVENTS

A Message from NOAA Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco invites students and educators to join her and thousands of schools and organizations across the country for National Environmental Education Week  (EE Week) "as we engage America's students to learn more about our treasured oceans, coasts and Great Lakes." EE Week is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation and the nation's largest environmental education event. Held each year the week before Earth Day, EE Week inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students by connecting educators with environmental resources to promote students' understanding of the environment. This year, students and teachers will explore our Ocean Connections as part of EE Week's annual theme.

National Environmental Education Week, April 10-16, 2011
In celebration of our 2011 theme, Ocean Connections, we’d like to invite teachers and schools across the country to submit their stories of how they are engaging students in environmental education tied to the ocean. See the attached Success Story Submission Form, and send your story, along with some photos, to eeweek@neefusa.org. We will be sharing stories during EE Week and throughout the year at www.eeweek.org/success and via our monthly e-newsletters and weekly EE Week e-blasts!

 

WORKSHOPS & WEBINARS

Master Naturalist Course Registration (Deadline: April 15)
Mississippi Master Naturalist Program courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays from April 28 to June 9. Classes will be held at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center on Popps Ferry Road in Biloxi and various other in-the-field locations. Class enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required. The course fee is $90, which includes program costs, supplies, course notebook and other educational materials. The program helps participants expand their knowledge of local habitats and identify ways to protect land and water resources. Master Naturalists receive 40 hours of training in natural resource and wildlife management. They also must complete 40 hours of volunteer service to meet certification requirements. 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. Course fee and application must be received by April 15. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Mississippi State University.

WETSHOP 2011 (Deadline: May 20, 201)
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will host its annual one-week teacher training, WETSHOP 2011, from July 10-15, 2011 at the LDWF Marine Research Lab, Grand Isle, LA. Teachers are treated to a full week of field experiences to learn more about Louisiana's dynamic wetlands. This is paid summer training with thirty additional paid training hours during the school year. The registration fee is $50. Application Deadline: May 20, 2011. For more information, contact Angela Capello at (318) 748-6999 or acapello@wlf.la.gov

Summer Education Opportunities
Dr. Jessica Kastler will be instructing two of several exciting courses offered by Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab, Summer Field Program. You can learn more at http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/summer_field/2011.summer.field.program.courses.php
Oceanography Course, Second Term, June 29 – July 28, 2011
This course will introduce upper division science majors to physical, chemical, geological and biological oceanography, one of the most highly recruited areas of interest in marine sciences. Prerequisites: College Algebra; one semester chemistry; one semester biology or permission of instructor. Instructor TBA. Marine Science I: Oceanography, COA 300, 300L. Five semester hours undergraduate credit (3/2). Course field fee is $400.
Coastal Marine Geology Course, Fall Mini-Session, August 1-12, 2011
This introductory class discusses basic geological principles required for the understanding of the origins, development and significance of various coastal and near shore environments, processes and landforms. Coastal field trips are planned to illustrate these highly dynamic and ever-changing coastal environments. Prerequisites: Two semesters of science or permission of instructor. Instructors: Dr. Ervin Otvos and Dr. Jessica Kastler. Coastal Marine Geology; COA 409/509. Three semester hours credit. Course field fee is $100.

Upcoming Green Teacher WEBINARS
Announcing new dates for upcoming Green Teacher webinars this Spring. For details and registration, please visit our website at http://greenteacher.com/webinars. These webinars are free of charge, and we hope you’ll take advantage of the opportunity to explore these current popular topics in environmental learning with us.
1. “Plugged In; But Tuned Out: The Need to Reconnect with Nature” Wednesday March 30, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
In this age of alluring techno-gadgetry we need to be very cautious about maintaining a balance between indoor and outdoor activity. At a time when children's natural curiosity about the outdoors is eclipsed by the demands of busy schedules and the ever-present glow of video screens, schools and outdoor centers may be the only places where kids are encouraged to interact with nature. Kids need to go outside for both learning and play—indeed there is a need for old-fashioned unstructured play in nature – the kind of invented play that “older” folks fondly recall. Presenter: Herb Broda; Age appropriateness: K-12
2. "Shades of Green: Developing Artistic Approaches to Environmental Education" Thursday April 7, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
This webinar explores the emerging field of eco-art education, an integration of art education and environmental education, as a means of helping to develop environmental literacy in students and teachers. Hilary will introduce artwork and artists focusing on environmental issues in Canada and beyond, as well as some of the eco-art work that has been created in Toronto schools in recent years. Participants will be invited to share their own ideas and projects for creative approaches to EE. Presenter: Hilary Inwood; Age appropriateness: K-12
3. “Innovative Curriculum Design for Sustainability” Tuesday April 12, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
Useful to both Pre K-12 Educators and non-formal educators of adults and young people, the main idea of the first part is that thinking drives behavior and behavior causes results. Identifying and naming the changes in thinking required to make the shift toward sustainability is critical to the design of transformative education for sustainability (EfS) experiences. Jaimie will present the “big ideas” that frame EfS, and will then walk participants through the EfS curriculum design and innovation process. Presenter: Jaimie Cloud; Age appropriateness: K-12 (for formal and non-formal educators)
4. “Using the Environment as a Context for Learning in Standards-Based Education Systems” Monday May 2, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
The webinar will discuss the instructional components of the Environment as an Integrating Context (EIC) Model™ that was first developed by the State Education and Environment Roundtable (SEER) in 1998. Describing how these practices can help schools meet the academic needs of their students, it will summarize some of the evidence about the educational efficacy of the EIC Model™. Finally, it will provide an overview of SEER’s recent work in helping schools implement the EIC Model™ and briefly discuss how environmental educators can support schools restructure their programs in order to implement an environment-based education program. Presenter: Gerry Lieberman; Age appropriateness: K-12
5. “FROG SONGS: Poetry and Essays, Field Ecology and Entomology” Tuesday May 10, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
A poet’s eye and gift for language is very similar to the detailed observation and ability to communicate complex ideas required of scientists. Learn to use haiku to teach entomology. Learn to use poetry to help students write clearer more exciting essays. This simple set of lesson plans can be used by classroom teachers or informal educators to get students outdoors on a warm spring day to explore the relationships between insects and biodiversity. Come to celebrate the voices of nature and find your voice as a poet. Presenter: Brian Fox Ellis; Age appropriateness: K-12 (for formal and non-formal educators)
6. “Green Craft-Making” Wednesday May 25, 2011, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. EST
The why and how of focusing one’s eco-art activities on using natural materials easily found in the outdoors. Presenter: Zabe MacEachren; Age appropriateness: K-12


INTERNSHIPS

Eco-Art Internship, Temporary & Part-Time Position (Deadline: April 15)
Artist Boat will host another Shell Intern this summer. Seeking a motivated, creative, and self-starting student with environmental or art background to deliver Eco-Art Workshops and Adventures to the communities of the Houston/Galveston Region; assist with production of professional development for teachers during the summer; creation of public art, and assist with fulfilling the mission of Artist Boat. Housing is provided and the intern will receive a $2,500 stipend for the 8 weeks of service. Please submit via mail one page resume, two letters of reference, and cover letter to Rani Henderson via mail at 2415 Ave K, Galveston, Texas 77550. Start Date: June 10, 2011 End Date: August 15, 2011 Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2011. Intern job description is attached. For additional information, email info@artistboat.org

NASA Accepting Applications From ‘INSPIRED’ High School Students (Deadline: June 30)
U.S. high school students are invited to participate in NASA's Interdisciplinary National Science Program Incorporating Research Experience, or INSPIRE, through an online learning community. INSPIRE is designed to encourage students in ninth through 12th grades to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Applications are being accepted through June 30. NASA will make selections for the program in September. The selected students and their parents will participate in an online learning community with opportunities to interact with peers, NASA engineers and scientists. The online community also provides appropriate grade-level educational activities, discussion boards and chat rooms for participants to gain exposure to careers and opportunities available at NASA. Students selected for the program also will have the option to compete for unique grade-appropriate experiences during the summer of 2012 at NASA facilities and participating universities. The summer experience provides students with a hands-on opportunity to investigate education and careers in the STEM disciplines. INSPIRE is part of NASA's education strategy to attract and retain students in the STEM disciplines critical to NASA's missions.
For more information about INSPIRE, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education/INSPIRE
To apply for the program, visit: https://inspire.okstate.edu/index.cfm?liftoff=login.LoginForm
For information about NASA's education programs, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/education


SCHOLARSHIPS

Gus Archie Memorial Scholarship (Deadline: April 30)
The Archie Scholarship is awarded to the most outstanding student who has not previously attended a university. Their curriculum must lead to an undergraduate degree in petroleum engineering. The scholarship is in the amount of $6,000 per year and is renewable for up to 4 years provided the student makes satisfactory academic progress. Application can be found at: http://www.spe.org/spe-app/spe/about/foundation/gus_archie.htm. The deadline for application submission is April 30.


RESOURCES

Using the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan as Teaching Points
A New York Times blogger has compiled past New York Times resources on tsunamis and earthquakes, along with links to Internet resources on the topics and information about Japanese history and culture. A separate post has a list of questions that can be used in discussions about the tragedy. To access the related resources, go to www.NYTimes.com/TheLearningNetwork blog or to http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/teaching-ideas-the-earthquake-and-tsunami-in-japan/?ref=education.
U.S. Department of Energy website: http://www.energy.gov
NOAA resources on tsunamis and earthquakes: http://www.noaawatch.gov/themes/tsunami.php.
USGS resources on earthquakes: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn.
NSTA news includes quake and tsunami resources:
Earthquakes: The area around Japan is a subduction zone that illustrates the power of tectonic action around the Pacific’s “ring of fire.” A review of what we know about this region can be found at http://scign.jpl.nasa.gov/learn/plate4.htm. For additional related resources cited by NSTA, go to http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=58295.
Tsunamis: A tsunami is a series of ocean waves generated by sudden displacements in the sea floor, landslides, or volcanic activity. In the deep ocean, the tsunami wave may only be a few centimeters high. The tsunami wave may come gently ashore or may increase in height to become a fast moving wall of turbulent water several meters high. Share an animation of the Honshu event March 11 at http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311/.
Radiation:
U.S. Energy Information Administration: Energy Kids: http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=nuclear_home-basics
How Nuclear Radiation Works: http://www.howstuffworks.com/nuclear.htm
Scientific American: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=nuclear-energy-primer
Video explaining issues related to the nuclear reactor in Japan:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdbitRlbLDc
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/specials/interactives/_international/nuclear-explainer-video/index.html?SITE=LABAT&SECTION=MULTIMEDIA.

Japan’s Tsunami – Before & After Pictures
The following link offers before and after pictures of the damages in Japan from the March 11, 2011 tsunami. Scroll over each picture from right to left and back to see the changes: http://www.abc.net.au/news/events/japan-quake-2011/beforeafter.htm

Water Plant Challenge
With a growing library of vibrant, awe-inspiring videos, educator lesson plans, and service learning materials, we can encourage students to become engaged and involved in affecting global change. The Gulf Oil Spill has heightened our awareness of the fragile yet dynamic connection between our planet’s water systems and our daily lives from the products we buy to the food we eat to the actions we take each day. Students can affect change and help preserve our planet’s precious water supplies first by becoming aware of their actions and next by getting involved. Help us grow our library of educator resources by sharing your suggestions and ideas to develop this site into an even more robust and interactive destination. Check out our current classroom tools to start encouraging your students to change the world. For more information, visit: http://www.waterplanetchallenge.org/wpc/index.cfm/service-learning/action-guides/

 

L.D.W.F. Agents Issued 13 Turkey Hunting Citations During Opening Weekend

Release Date: 03/24/2011

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents across the state were out in full force during the opening weekend of the turkey-hunting season.

On March 19 and 20, LDWF agents issued 13 citations for turkey hunting violations. Of those 13 citations, 11 were for illegally hunting turkeys over bait.

"Our agents have always concentrated enforcement efforts during turkey season on looking for those who hunt turkey's over baited areas," said Col. Winton Vidrine, Chief of the LDWF Enforcement Division. "Agents have been well trained in scouting out baited areas and doing surveillance work to get enough evidence for a conviction."

Agents issued the most turkey hunting citations in the Florida parishes with eight, including six citations for hunting over bait. Agents cited James Shirley, 84, of Baton Rouge, and Ricky Lacy, 62, of Baton Rouge for hunting turkeys over bait in Tangipahoa Parish. Damion Thornton, 32, of Livingston, was cited for hunting turkeys over bait in St. Helena Parish. Agents cited Richard D. Sutton, 71, of Denham Springs, and Betty J. Efferson, 58, of Livingston, for hunting turkeys over bait in Livingston Parish. Kurt Danos, 52, of Cut Off, was cited for hunting turkeys over bait in West Feliciana parish. Agents also cited Barton T. Evans, 31, of Baton Rouge, and Sutton for not possessing turkey tags.

Agents in the western part of the state made five cases for hunting turkeys over a baited area. Agents cited Robert G. Sandifer, 62, of Jena and Onessia J. Posey, 48, of Jena, in LaSalle Parish. In Beauregard Parish, agents cited Gregory Byrley, 57, of Lake Charles, and Timothy Scimemi, 51, of Lafayette. Agents cited David L. Wallace, 57, of Deridder in Vernon Parish.

Hunting turkeys over a baited area carries a fine up to $500, or up to 90 days in jail, or both plus court costs. Hunting without possession of a turkey tag brings a $50 fine, or up to 15 days in jail or both.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Wildlife Field Offices and Telephone Numbers

Hammond Field Office
42371 Phyllis Ann Drive
Hammond, LA    70403
Phone (985) 543-4777

Serving Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington and West Feliciana parishes

 

Lake Charles Field Office
1213 North Lakeshore Drive

Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone (337) 491-2575
Fax (337) 491-2009

Serving Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion parishes

 

Minden Field Office
9961 Hwy. 80
Minden, LA 71055
Phone (318) 371-3050
Fax (318) 371-3052

Serving Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne and Webster parishes

 

Monroe Field Office
368 Century Link Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Phone (318) 343-4044
Fax (318) 345-0797

Serving Caldwell, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Tensas, Union and West Carroll parishes

 

New Iberia Field Office
2415 Darnall Road
New Iberia, LA 70560
Phone (337) 373-0032
Fax (337) 373-0181

Serving Assumption, Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary and Terrebonne parishes

 

Opelousas Field Office
5652 Hwy. 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
Phone (337) 948-0255
Fax (337) 948-0213

Serving Avoyelles, Iberville, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry and West Baton Rouge parishes

 

Pineville Field Office
1995 Shreveport Hwy.
Pineville, LA 71360
Phone (318) 487-5885
Fax (318) 487-5886

Serving Catahoula, Concordia, DeSoto, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon and Winn parishes

 

Enforcement Region Offices

Region 1 (Minden)

Minden
9961 Hwy 80
Minden, LA 71055
Phone (318) 371-3049
Fax (318) 371-3332

Region 2 (Monroe)

Monroe
368 Century Tel Drive
Monroe, LA 71203-8732
Phone (318) 343-2417
Fax (318) 362-3273

Region 3 (Alexandria)

Alexandria
1995 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360
Phone (318) 487-5634
Fax (318) 487-5636

Region 4 (Opelousas)

Opelousas
5652 Highway 182
Opelousas, LA 70570
Phone (337) 948-0257
Fax (337) 948-0293

Region 5 (Lake Charles)

Lake Charles
1213 North Lakeshore Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone (337) 491-2588
Fax (337) 491-2971

Region 6 (Thibodaux)

Thibodaux
1102 Highway 3185
Thibodaux, LA 70301
Phone (985) 447-0821
Fax (985) 447-0824

Region 7 (Baton Rouge)

Baton Rouge
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone (225) 765-2999
Fax (225) 763-5429

Region 8 (New Orleans)

2021 Lakeshore Drive
Suite 204
New Orleans, LA 70122
Phone (504) 284-2023
Fax (504) 284-2026

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Thibodaux Man Arrested For Alleged Insurance Fraud

Release Date: 03/23/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Thibodaux man for alleged insurance fraud on March 13 following a boating crash incident in Concordia Parish.

Agents arrested Joshua Keith Soileau, 30, for filing false public records and cited him for gross littering and criminal mischief.

Soileau stated to LDWF Agents that he had tied his boat up to a tree along the Red River the evening before and returned to the boat in the morning and it was gone. Soileau stated that he and his friends found several items floating that were in his boat, which led him to believe that the boat might have sunk.

Based on the items that were recovered by Soileau, agents found evidence that led them to discover the boat was possibly sunk on purpose. After interviewing Soileau a second time, he admitted to sinking his boat because he wanted to purchase a new one with the insurance money. Soileau was then arrested and booked into the Concordia Parish Jail.

Filing false public records carries a fine up to $5,000, or up to five years in jail with or without hard labor or both. Gross littering carries a fine up to $100 and eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court. Criminal mischief carries a fine up to $500, up to six months in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason and Senior Agent Joey Tarver.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

Monterey Man Cited for Game Fish Violations in Concordia Parish

Release Date: 03/23/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Monterey man on March 17 for alleged recreational game fish violations.

Lovice B. Beard Jr., 58, was cited for taking game fish illegally from hoop nets, angling without a license and violating recreational gear license requirements.

Agents observed Beard emptying hoop nets into his boat and followed him to his shop. Agents found Beard in possession of 42 crappie, nine bream and one catfish. Agents seized the fish and two hoop nets as evidence. The fish were later donated to a local charity.

Taking game fish illegally carries a fine up to $750, or up to 120 days in jail, or both, plus court costs. Angling without a license carries a fine of $50, or jail time up to 15 days or both. Violating recreational gear license requirements carries a fine of $50, up to 15 days in jail or both. The state will also be seeking civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken fish.

Agents participating in the case were Senior Agent Trey Mason, Sgt. James Parish, Senior Agent Robbie Mayo and Senior Agent Joey Merrill.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

School Sustainability Grant Announcement

School Sustainability Grant Announcement
School Sustainability Grant Announcement

SCHOOL SUSTAINABILITY GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
and
Keep Louisiana Beautiful

…are pleased to announce a pilot grant program designed to encourage a sustainability initiative in Louisiana K-12 schools. Projects to be considered are to address a litter/waste abatement issue within a particular school campus that will result in long-term impact. These projects can center on recycling, waste reduction, litter prevention, etc.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2011
Award not to exceed $10,000
Parishes eligible for this pilot program: East Carroll, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Red River, Union, West Carroll, Winn
Questions: Contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov

An electronic version of this form can be found on our website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.
 

White Lake Property Advisory Board to Meet March 24

Release Date: 03/21/2011

WHITE LAKE PROPERTY ADVISORY BOARD MEETING AGENDA

 The next regular Advisory Board meeting will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. at the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area located at 15926 Louisiana Highway 91 in Gueydan, LA.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of October 14, 2010 Meeting
  3. Department Financial Report
  4. Election of Officers
  5. Results of Marsh, Rice Field, and Group Lottery Hunts – Mr. Wayne Sweeney
  6. Update on Birding Trail Project – Mr. Wayne Sweeney
  7. Update on Agricultural and Hunting Leases – Mr. Buddy Baker
  8. Other Business 
  9. Public Comment
  10. Adjournment
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