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WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Grants, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

EVENTS

23rd Annual Back to the Beach Festival
The Back to the Beach Festival will be held on Saturday, June 2nd and Sunday, June 3rd at Laketown (end of Williams Boulevard in Kenner). Great Music Line-up!  Great Festival Food from local caterers! Variety of Arts & Crafts Booths!  Fun for the entire family!!
Back to the Beach Walk/Run will be held on Saturday, June 2nd with a Sunset Run along Lake Pontchartrain
Back to the Beach Fishing Rodeo will be held on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Fishing in the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 2nd @ BTB Festival.
Back to the Beach "Bikes at the Beach" will be held on Saturday, June 2.
Back to the Beach Car Show will be held on Sunday, June 3.
For information please visit our website www.saveourlake.org or call us at (504)836-2205.


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

OneNOAA Science Seminars: May 2012
All seminars are open to anyone within or outside NOAA. You can view all of the seminars in google calendar format if you prefer. For questions, please contact Hernan.Garcia@noaa.gov or a OneNOAA Science seminar partner.
May 24: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Linking Swimming Performance to Population Processes in Coastal Fishes; Speaker(s): Todd Anderson (San Diego State University); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Aerosol Entrainment and Boundary Layer CCN: Transport and Teleconnections in the Free Troposphere; Speaker(s): Antony Clarke (University of Hawaii); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 24: Ocean-related Commitments at the Rio+20 Conference; Speaker(s): Susan Lieberman (Pew Environment Group); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 29: Processing Large Data Streams Using Massive Online Collaboration; Speaker(s): Benjamin L. Richards (NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Acoustic Tracking and Characterization of Tornadoes; Speaker(s): Joseph Park (NOS/CO-OPS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 30: Exploring the "Background" Variability of Stratospheric Aerosol Observed by Ground Based Lidar; Speaker(s): Ryan Neely (University of Colorado CIRES/ATOC & NOAA ESRL); Location: Boulder, CO; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Transitioning from FGDC to ISO 101 and ISO Content and Organization: QandA for Advanced ISO Topics; Speaker(s): NCDDC staff; Location: Webinar access only; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Reference Points and the Ecosystem Approach: New Concepts for Old Tools and Old Tools for New Concepts; Speaker(s): Dr. Jake Rice (Canada DFO); Location: Seattle, WA; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS/OCRM); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: An Evolving Legacy: Delaware's Coastal Zone Act; Speaker(s): Louis Cafiero (NOS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Development of an Integrated Benthic Ecosystem Survey; Speaker(s): Dvora Hart (NMFS); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar
May 31: Picking Our Battles: A Strategy to Enhance Long-term Restoration Success of Invasive Plant Control Projects; Speaker(s): Rachel Stevens (Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve); Location: Silver Spring, MD; Click here to add this seminar to your google calendar

Center for Planning Excellence to Offer Workshops in Houma and Lafayette (June 6 & 7)
The Center for Planning Excellence, in conjunction with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Louisiana Realtors Association and the National Association of Realtors, is conducting workshops in Houma and Lafayette to introduce best practices and development standards as they relate to coastal land loss in Louisiana communities. Participants will get an overview of the “Best Practices Manual for Development in Coastal Louisiana” and the “Louisiana Coastal Land Use Toolkit,” then have a chance to apply them in a mapping exercise. Information will be presented about international, national and local best practices for development that focus on hazard mitigation and natural resource protection in coastal areas. These resources can assist communities by providing guidance on how to reduce the risk of flooding by protecting infrastructure before a storm and managing excess stormwater right where it falls. The Houma workshop is June 6, followed by the Lafayette workshop June 7.  To register, click here.

Navigating in Rough Seas: Public Issues and Conflict Management
July 10-11 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Disaster Response Center, Mobile, AL 36608

NOAA’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center and Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve invite you to attend this two-day training where you will learn techniques to reduce conflict and enhance communication between diverse groups with multiple perspectives. On Day 2, a panel of local media experts will reveal tips on how to get your story covered as well as ways to improve your organization’s working relationship with the media. Details are included in the attached flyer. For more information or to register, please contact Amy Gohres at Amy.Gohres@noaa.gov or (206) 327-0807.

Louisiana Sea Grant Oral History Project
Louisiana Sea Grant is looking for teachers to participate in an oral history project in coastal parishes throughout the 2012-2013 school year!
        Sea Grant is interested in documenting how environmental changes have affected the cultures of peoples living along the Louisiana coast. The goal is to study, through oral history, coastal communities whose culture, society, and livelihood are being threatened by subsidence and sea level rise, and in the process to teach students in these communities how to conduct interviews, transcribe, and ask thoughtful questions and actively listen to the answers. The ultimate product will be short clips of the audio with a visual (film, slideshow, etc.) of the most moving, informative, or inspiring parts of each interview to be displayed for easy access by everyone in each community. Selected interviews will be posted on Sea Grant’s website and all interviews will be archived at LSU’s Oral History Center at Hill Memorial Library.
        This one-year project will be implemented in three high schools with 2-3 collaborative teachers at each school. All interviewing equipment, a class computer, supplies and technical assistance will be provided. Candidates who are selected to participate will attend workshops to learn about coastal issues, interviewing, and preserving oral histories, and to work with other teachers involved in the project.
        If interested please fill out the attached application, and either email or fax it to Darcy Wilkins at (225) 578- 5938 or Darcyw@lsu.edu.


GRANTS

Tidal Hydrology Restoration Funding Opportunity (Deadline: August 17)
Funding available for restoration projects in Gulf, estuaries The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center and the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant College Programs have announced a request for proposals for a grant competition to fund tidal hydrology restoration projects. To be considered, projects must remove or modify human-built barriers (such as culverts, dikes, and dams) to restore historic tidal estuarine and freshwater exchange to benefit coastal and marine fisheries habitat. Projects also must be located from Key West, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas. Local, county and state governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, communities, homeowner associations and universities are eligible. Projects can receive up to $100,000, and a match of at least $1 of nonfederal money per $1 requested is required. The deadline for proposals is Aug. 17, 2012. Go to http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration for submission details. During the last competition, three projects were selected for funding. Learn more about those projects at http://masgc.org/gulfhydrorestoration/funded.htm or see the attached below.


RESOURCES

Explore the Science Behind Nature's Fantastic Factory
Help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can keep nature running strong. The Nature Conservancy and its scientists have partnered with Discovery Education to create Nature Works Everywhere, a new online program that gives teachers, students and families the tools needed to start exploring and understanding nature's fantastic factory:
Conservation Connection Game - an interactive online game where students discover the surprising connections between everyday items and nature's resources.
Interactive Lesson Plans - topics include pollinators, sustainable forestry, coastal erosion and much more. Perfect for use on a white board.
Engaging Video Tour - see how nature really works to benefit us and how we can preserve nature.
Meet the Scientists - introduce your class to scientists who are working to keep nature productive.
Visit Nature Works Everywhere to bring the science and wonder of nature's fantastic factory to your students.

Free e-books available from the Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network
The Climate Literacy Zoo Education Network (CliZEN) is pleased to announce the release of our eBook and Audience Survey Report, both available at clizen.org.
        Climate Change Education: A Primer for Zoos and Aquariums, a free eBook available for major eReader platforms, reveals what some of the best minds know about climate change science, electronic media, psychology, learning sciences, communication, and interpretation. The book explores the links between these fields and provides valuable insights to zoos and aquariums and other cultural institutions.Download today: http://clizen.org/e-book.html
        Global Climate Change as Seen by Zoo and Aquarium Visitors reports on the findings of a summer 2011 survey conducted at 15 zoos and aquariums. The results reveal that zoo and aquarium visitors are receptive audiences for climate change education; want to do more to address climate change, yet perceive barriers to doing so; and have access to and experience with virtual social networks and other technology platforms. Furthermore, zoos and aquariums provide visitors with socially supportive contexts for discussions about animal exhibits and connections to nature; and zoo and aquarium visitors’ concern about climate change and participation in behaviors to address climate change systematically vary with their sense of connection with animals. Download today: http://clizen.org/survey.html

Guides for Integrating STEM and Environmental Education
The Pacific Education Institute (PEI) & the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies released the following free downloadable guides that integrate environmental and STEM education processes. PEI website: www.pacificeducationinstitute.org
        •  Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills
        •  Schoolyard Biodiversity Investigations Educator Guides
        •  Landscape Investigation Guidelines
        •  Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes
        •  Sustainable Tomorrow–Applying Systems Thinking to Environmental Education Curricula for Grades 9-12
        •   The Project-Based Learning Model: Relevant Learning for the 21st Century

Louisiana Legislature Approves 2012 Coastal Master Plan
The Louisiana Senate voted 94-0 to approve the 2012 Coastal Master Plan, a 50-year strategic plan to address coastal restoration in Louisiana. This vote was the final hurdle in the plan’s legislative approval process. By law, Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan must be updated every five years and ratified by the Louisiana Legislature. The 2012 version is the most detailed plan yet for addressing a wide range of coastal issues. Its coordinated, science-based approach to restoration far exceeds the content and scope of previous plans. CRCL was a part of the 2012 Coastal Master Plan’s construction, serving on the Framework Development Team, which played a vital role in creating the final version of the Master Plan. For more information on how the 2012 Coastal Master Plan came to be, its content, and the approval process, visit: coastcurrents.org blog. A four-part series, Coastal Master Plan 101 explains the plan in detail. To view the 2012 Master Plan in its final (and now official) form, click here.

Link to listings of green economy jobs is the Louisiana Workforce Commission: http://lwc.laworks.net/sites/lmi/GreenJobs/Pages/GreenEconomy.aspx

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/


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

LDWF Schedules Drawdown for D’Arbonne Lake

Release Date: 05/22/2012

(May 22, 2012) – The water control structure on D’Arbonne Lake near Farmerville will be opened soon after Labor Day to conduct a lake drawdown.  The lake will be lowered five feet below pool stage and will remain lowered until December 15, 2012.

This action is taken in coordination with the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District to allow for shoreline maintenance and to assist with the control of nuisance aquatic vegetation. 

D’Arbonne Lake will not be closed to fishing during the drawdown, but caution is advised of anglers as boat lanes will not provide normal clearance for underwater obstructions.

For further information regarding the drawdown, contact Ryan Daniel, LDWF Biologist Manager, at (318) 343-4044.

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/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

LDWF Agent Receives Boating Award

Release Date: 05/22/2012

Lt. Spencer Cole

A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agent was decorated with the 2012 Southern Regional Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award on May 15.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) acknowledged the work of LDWF Lt. Spencer Cole, 37, of Pineville, with the award for his “outstanding service to recreational boating.”  Lt. Cole will have a chance to win the 2012 Butch Potts Memorial Award for the National Boating Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award at the NASBLA Annual Conference in September.  The other two nominees for the national award are Master Conservation Officer Shawn Brown of Indiana for the Northern Region and Ranger Dawn Larsen of Utah for the Western Region.

“This is a great achievement and one that is very deserving,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of LDWF Enforcement Division.  “Lt. Cole has spearheaded many boating programs that have helped create standardized training for our agents that will in turn result in more efficient boating safety, maritime security and search and rescue missions.”

Lt. Cole headed up LDWF’s Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) program, which provides a true national standard for training and ensures maritime agencies can interact together.  He was instrumental in LDWF becoming the first agency in the United States to earn national accreditation for the NASBLA BOAT program in 2011.  Also in 2011, Lt. Cole worked to get LDWF's BOAT program accredited in Louisiana’s Peace Officer and Standardized Training (POST) council.  These accreditations made Louisiana the first state to officially adopt the BOAT program as a law enforcement standard for maritime boating safety enforcement and search and rescue training.

Through the BOAT program accreditation, Lt. Cole has planned for every LDWF agent to complete the NASBLA Level One Boating Accident Investigation Course in 2012.  Lt. Cole also worked with NASBLA to get two LDWF agents certified as instructors in the Level One Boat Accident Course.

"Receiving the BOAT program accreditations were significant achievements for the department as we work with the U.S. Coast Guard, State Police and local authorities daily in patrolling our local waterways," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the state's Boating Law Administrator.  "This training program allows every enforcement agency responsible for securing and providing safe passage on our waterways to train together and be on the same page during natural disasters and maritime security threats.”

Lt. Cole is the coordinator of the driving while intoxicated (DWI) enforcement agent training, which has led to increases in the efficiency, quality and quantity of DWI detection training LDWF agents receive annually.

Lt. Cole joined the LDWF Enforcement Division in 1999.  He has been active in recreational boating law enforcement and training throughout his career and became LDWF’s Director of Training in 2010.

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

Important Announcement from the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission

Upcoming School Sustainability Grants Opportunity for K-12 Schools!

As teachers and administrators, have you ever looked around your school and thought, “Wow! Opportunity missed!” when considering what students could be learning about sustainability from your school facility? Here’s your chance to engage students in making their school a more sustainable one!

The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission will soon be issuing applications for sustainability projects in K-12 schools in the EPA Region 6 area! Meanwhile, we wanted to give you time to be thinking about the outstanding sustainability initiatives that you would like to start in your school prior to you going on summer break!

WHO can apply? Fulltime classroom teachers or school administrators in accredited public or non-public schools (K-12) in the EPA Region 6 area – Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas - can apply on behalf of an individual school.
WHAT kind of projects will receive funding? We’ll be looking to award projects that encourage sustainability initiatives on K-12 school campuses and actively engage students in the process. No building construction or building modification will be funded, however.
WHERE do I begin? Spend some time thinking about a project that will educate, involve your students in a sustainability initiative, AND improve your school! Here’s an example:
The teacher notes that large amounts of waste are generated during school and at extracurricular events. Students calculate the amount of waste and recyclable materials generated, evaluate container needs and desirable locations, locate vendors, complete a cost a comparative of supplies, etc. Students develop a media campaign to solicit participation from personnel and fellow students. Once the program is implemented, students compare pre- and post- waste outputs, material types recycled, calculate landfill savings, and generate reports. Students conclude the lesson series by organizing an Earth Day at school, emphasizing the value of recycling to parents and fellow schoolmates the cost value of diverting waste from the landfill through recycling.
WHEN will the applications go out? Mid-August 2012
HOW much are we talking about? Up to $5000 per award!
WHY bother? Because you are an outstanding educator who cares about students, hands-on learning opportunities, and your environment!!!

Look for more in August but meanwhile, have a FANTASTIC summer!

Venise Ortego
Environmental Education Coordinator
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
vortego@wlf.la.gov
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-commission
 

Four Cited for Offshore Fishing Violations

Release Date: 05/21/2012

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited five men for alleged fishing violations on May 15.

At 4:30 p.m., agents boarded the offshore supply vessel, M/V Tristian Janice, that was tied to an offshore platform.  Agents found Terry L. Bell, 42, of Livingston, and Zachary J. Thomas, 30, Houston, Texas fishing from the vessel and where fish had been cleaned on the rear deck.

After further investigation, agents found that Bell caught four red snapper and Thomas one red snapper.  Bell and Thomas were both cited for possession of red snapper during a closed season.  Bell was also cited for over the limit of red snapper.

At 5:45 p.m., agents boarded the F/V Arc Angel, a commercial shrimping vessel.  Upon inspection of commercial licenses and permits, agents found that the vessel did not have the required federal shrimping permit to commercially shrimp in federal waters.  Agents cited Raymond A. Herrera, 48, of Grand Bay, Ala., for not possessing a federal shrimping permit.

At 6:42 p.m., agents boarded the F/V Manana, a commercial shrimping vessel.  Agents found the captain, John C. Aleman, 51, Laguna Vista, Texas, on board and in possession of six red snapper.  All of the red snapper on board measured less than the minimum size of 16 inches.  Agents cited Aleman for possession of undersized red snapper during a closed season.

The recreational season for red snapper opens June 1, 2012 during which time the limit is two per person.

Taking red snapper during a closed season, taking over the limit of red snapper and taking undersized red snapper each carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Violating federal shrimping regulations carries a civil fine determined by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

LDWF maintains a Joint Enforcement Agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s NMFS for assistance in patrolling federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.  All three vessels boarded were approximately 50 miles offshore in federal waters.

Agents participating in these cases were Lt. Robert Buatt, Sgt. David Sanford, and Senior Agents Anthony Verret and Beau Robertson.

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

Three Men Cited for Red Snapper Violations

Release Date: 05/18/2012

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited three men for fishing violations on May 16 in federal waters.

LDWF Strike Force agents cited Vergice Bergeron, 41, of Cutoff, Chester Ellingson, 52, of Morgan City, and Jimmy Pitre, 32, of Galliano for possession of red snapper during a closed season, over limit of red snapper and failing to keep saltwater fish intact.

Agents seized 42 red snapper fillets that weighed approximately 21 pounds.  The civil restitution value of 21 red snappers totals $602.49.

Red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico waters opens on June 1 with a two fish per person per day limit.

While on a Joint Enforcement Agreement (JEA) patrol 40 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, agents observed an oil supply boat tied to a stationary rig.  Upon approaching the rig, agents observed several rods and reels on the deck of the vessel. Upon further investigation, agents discovered fillets of red snapper.

Taking red snapper during a closed season carries a fine up to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Taking over the limit of red snapper and failing to keep saltwater finfish intact brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.
Agents participating in the case were Lt. Joseph Arnaud and Senior Agents Nick Guillory and Doug Danna.

LDWF maintains a JEA with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fishery Service for assistance in patrolling federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Webinars/Workshops, Grants, Job Openings, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.


EVENTS

Alliance to Hold Annual Meeting in Texas
GOMA's annual "All Hands" meeting is set for June 19-21, 2012, at the Omni Bayfront & Marina Hotel in Corpus Christi, Texas. Leaders from the five Gulf States, Mexico, Federal and State agencies, and coastal organizations will be present to discuss current and upcoming strategies for a resilient future for the Gulf of Mexico. A strong emphasis will be on Gulf restoration. Plenary sessions are planned for Tuesday and Wednesday (June 19-20), while PIT meetings will be held Thursday (June 21).  For more information, visit the 2012 All Hands Meeting event website.
Attendees should register their attendance at the event link found at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org.  
Hotel group rates and reservation information is also available at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org. The deadline for the hotel guest room group rate is May 18, 2012

Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference CALL FOR PROPOSALS 
The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) will be hosting an Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference in January 2013 in New Orleans. A Call for Proposals is currently out for those interested in presenting at the conference and is available online at GoMRI Conference Call for Proposals.

EPA Environmental Education - Don't Fry Day Is May 25!
The Friday before Memorial Day is “Don’t Fry Day” (this year it's May 25), a national sun safety day to remind Americans to protect their skin this summer. Skin cancer remains the most common cancer in the U.S. despite being largely preventable, with one American dying from the disease every hour. EPA’s SunWise program, www.epa.gov/sunwise, offers simple actions to help everyone enjoy the great outdoors safely, plus a full range of educational materials for formal and informal educators to use in a variety of settings.
        Sun safety behavior is especially critical now since we will live under a compromised ozone layer until about 2065. Enjoy the outdoors but follow tips like these: Slip on a shirt; slop on sunscreen (a palm-full of broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher sunscreen to exposed skin about 15 minutes before heading outside and reapply every two hours); slap on a wide-brimmed hat; wrap on sunglasses; seek shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and check the UV Index, now available as a free smartphone app.
        Visit EPA’s SunWise website and others listed below for educational resources to help your students/audience learn the importance of sun safety. Thank you for helping us educate Americans about how to enjoy the great outdoors safely!
Resources
EPA SunWise program: www.epa.gov/sunwise
Don’t Fry Day tools, media and resources, including a video PSA: http://epa.gov/sunwise/dfd.html
National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention: www.skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day/resources
Additional materials (media kit, school activities, graphics, coloring pages/stickers, posters, print PSAs): http://skincancerprevention.org/node/282?q=programs/dont-fry-day/resources
State-specific skin cancer fact sheets: www.epa.gov/sunwise/statefacts.html


WEBINARS / WORKSHOPS

The seedTALK Series: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Northwest Louisiana (May 23)
seed
TALK was created to inform and educate our community on the many great things that are happening with energy and sustainability in Shreveport, Bossier City and the surrounding area.
|| May’s seedTALK || Wednesday May 23rd, 11:30 a.m. at Cohab: 610 Commerce Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
$10 MONSOUR’s Pastalaya, mini muffalettas and beignet lunch payable at the event.
Be sure to register for our door prizes: Home Depot & Lowe's Gift Cards and other prizes to help you save energy!

Calling All Formal and Non-formal Educators! (June 10-15)
There are some last minute openings on the Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition June 10-15, 2012. They will travel along the Intracoastal exploring the coasts of Texas and Louisiana. Check out their video and photos! http://www.gulfmex.org/education-training/intercoastal-waterways-wetland-expedition/ Cost: $100 + your own transport to Freeport, TX. EVERYTHING ELSE is covered for you on the vessel! Please email Suraida Nanez-James ASAP at suraida@gulfmex.org for more information. 

Science Workshop for Teachers to Feature Resource Management (July 18)
The Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, Miss., will host a Natural Science Teacher Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 18 at its facility at 1815 Popps Ferry Road. The workshop is targeted toward 5th- to 8th-grade teachers along the Gulf Coast. Participants will receive free educational supplies for their classrooms, 0.8 Continuing Education Units, lesson plans and more. 
        Natural resource professionals from Mississippi State University, Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and DeSoto National Forest will educate teachers about local management issues used to protect coastal ecosystems. Teachers will specifically learn about forest ecology and management, watershed science, coastal ecology, wildlife conservation, habitat management and educational resources and curriculum development.
        Thisworkshop is sponsored by the Mississippi 4-H Program, paid for in part by the Toyota 4-H20 Program. To register, contact Chris Boyd, assistant extension professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture for Mississippi State University and ecology specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, at (228) 546-1025 or cboyd@ext.msstate.edu. Early birds register free. A $10 late registration fee will be charged after June 15.

Rebuilding Our Economy, Restoring Our Environment (July 19)
How the Emerging Restoration Economy Offers New and Expanded Opportunities for Gulf Coast Businesses and Communities
This workshop, held at Nicholls State University in Thibodeaux, will convene leaders from industry, government and community organizations in Louisiana for a lively and insightful discussion of the ways that coastal restoration projects can benefit workers, industries and communities. Learn about the resources available to help businesses train and develop the workforce necessary for profitable engagement in the restoration economy. Hear about current coastal restoration projects along the Gulf Coast and the economic benefits they bring to everyone. Bring your valuable business perspective on how to promote green infrastructure projects, train workers and create jobs along Louisiana’s coast. Connect with the people who can help you tap into new opportunities: the funds, the training and the workers. More information, agenda and invitations coming soon. For More Information: Avalyn Taylor, The Nature Conservancy, ataylor@tnc.org, 503-341-8370


GRANTS

2012 Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award (Deadline: June 8)
The Richard C. Bartlett Environmental Education Award is given annually to an outstanding middle or high school teacher who integrates environmental education across the curriculum and engages students in interdisciplinary solutions to environmental challenges. The award alternates between middle and high school teachers each year, and 2012 award will go to a high school teacher (grades 9-12). The 2012 award winner will receive $5,000, and two merit winners will receive $750 each.
http://neefusa.org/bartlettaward.htm

NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24)
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has issued request for application RFA-MD-12-006 for its Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities: Planning Phase (R24). Applications are due June 27, 2012. Full announcement is posted at http://1.usa.gov/J8J1U1

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! Grants (Deadline: September 30)
PLT awarded 26 GreenWorks! grants to schools and youth organizations in 19 states to help students complete environmental service-learning projects. These student-driven projects enable students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to the real world. PLT's GreenWorks! program is open to any PLT-trained educator in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Since 1992, PLT has distributed nearly $1 million to support more than 1,000 PLT GreenWorks! projects across the country. Application forms will be made available in the summer at www.GreenWorks.org.
http://www.plt.org/plt-greenworks-grants-support-l...


JOB OPENINGS

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Extension Associate (Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program) (Environmental Education)
This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment. The Extension Associate will work full-time in the Louisiana State Agricultural Center (LSU AgCenter) Southwest Region to assist the State 4-H Office with implementation of the Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program and promote wetland conservation across the Southwest Region. The position will be stationed in the Vermilion Parish Extension Office and primary work will be focused in Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia, and surrounding parishes.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: May, 18, 2012 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsusystemcareers.lsu.edu/ by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to: Ashley W. Mullens, Youth Wetlands Program Director, 4-H Youth Development, 176 Knapp Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803, Fax: 225-578-7847, awmullens@AgCenter.lsu.edu


RESOURCES

Next Generation Science Standards Updates
The first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) was released on May 11 and will be online for public comment until June 1. It is expected that the Next Generation Science Standards will have a profound influence on curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development in the years ahead. Science educators, supervisors, administrators, and anyone interested in shaping the future of science education are strongly encouraged to read and thoroughly review the draft standards and provide comment back to Achieve on their dedicated website. NSTA has provided a 14-page, FREE, and easy-to-read booklet on organizing study groups to have focused discussions about the NGSS draft. The booklet includes sample questions, a facilitator guide, and more. Visit NSTA’s Next Generation Science Standards Forums in the NSTA Learning Center where you can share your thoughts with other teachers and ask questions about the standards. Forums are organized by grade level and topic to facilitate focused discussion about the standards. Access the vast variety of NSTA resources and materials on NGSS (including background information)—and don’t miss the FREE NSTA Reader’s Guide to A Framework for K–12 Science Education, Expanded Edition, an important companion to the Framework that will help science educators prepare for the standards. Sign up today for the comprehensive NSELA/NSTA Summer Leadership Institute, June 24–28, 2012, in Austin, Texas, where teachers and leaders will hear from key speakers and together explore the K–12 Framework and draft Next Generation Science Standards in depth, identify next steps for their schools and districts, determine what research is needed to support standards reform, and much more.


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This month is “Wetlands Month.”
In celebration of our wetlands, CWPPRA is kicking off a new photo contest. Submit photos showing how you use Louisiana's coastal wetlands for recreation. Each month a winning photo will be selected and used as the CWPPRA Facebook Page cover at the top of the page. Like Us on Facebook to Participate. IMPORTANT: Before submitting photos, please read the "Photo Policy" tab. When submitting photos, you must acknowledge that you have read the terms outlined in the policy. All photos, whether selected as a winner or not, shall be stored in the CWPPRA Facebook Page Photo Library. Submit all photos to ruckstuhlc@usgs.gov along with an acknowledgement agreeing to the Photo Policy Terms.

78 Schools Named U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools recognition program named 78 schools as the first-ever to receive this award for their comprehensive approach to creating green environments through reducing environmental impact, promoting health, and ensuring a high-quality environmental and outdoor education while providing students with the skills and sustainability concepts needed in the growing global economy.
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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/


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

Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep Rescheduled for June 2

Release Date: 05/17/2012

(May 17, 2012) – Volunteers will get another chance to clean away the trash on Elmer’s Island beach.  Heavy rains last weekend forced the event to be canceled. 

The cleanup, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 2.

The annual beach sweep is made possible by numerous partnerships including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy and through the sponsorship of Barefoot Wines. 

Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses.  Lunch and all necessary supplies will be provided.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.  To register, contact Joe Dantin at (985) 449-4715.

Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico.  The island is well known for excellent fishing opportunities for many popular species such as speckled trout, white trout, flounder, redfish, kingfish, black drum, croaker, Spanish mackerel and many other species that frequent the state's coastal beaches and passes. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life.

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.govon Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffbor follow us on Twitter @LDWF.

BTNEP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories.  The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987.  The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990.

For press inquiries, please contact Ashley Wethey at (225) 721-0489 or awethey@wlf.la.gov.

Louisiana Safe Boating Week Set For May 19-25

Release Date: 05/17/2012

Louisiana is once again participating in the national "Safe Boating Week" that is scheduled for May 19-25 and signifies the beginning of the spring and summer boating season.

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will again be reminding all boaters to be safe, responsible and knowledgeable while on the water during this safe boating week.  Safe Boating Week is a time for all boaters to inspect their vessels to ensure that all required safety equipment is on board and that vessels are in good working condition.

LDWF Enforcement Division agents will be out in full force as always during the week to perform boating safety checks and driving or operating a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) patrols.  Each vessel should have enough personal flotation devices (PFD) on board for all occupants and a sober operator.

"Personal flotation devices are made to be worn and not sit in a vessel storage compartment.  Even if you consider yourself to be a strong swimmer, we (LDWF) still encourage everyone on a boat to wear a personal flotation device whenever the boat is in motion," said LDWF Boating Safety Officer Capt. Rachel Zechenelly.  “A personal flotation device on a boat should be treated the same as a seatbelt in a car, because they are both easy to use and are proven to save lives."

LDWF boating incident statistics indicate that 19 out of the 36 boating fatalities in 2011 were drownings that could have been prevented if the person was wearing a PFD.  LDWF regulations state that anyone 16 years of age and younger must wear a PFD while underway in vessels less than 26 foot long.  For more boating and PFD regulations, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating.

Agents issued 108 DWIs on the water last year to operators of vessels.  Alcohol consumption impairs a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time.  Alcohol also increases fatigue and susceptibility to hypothermia.  Intensifying the effects of alcohol are sun, wind, noise, vibration and movement, which are all common to boating activities.

The penalties for DWI on the water are the same as on the road.  Anyone cited for a DWI on the water or on the road will lose his or her driver's license and boating privileges for the specified time ordered by the judge in the case.  Also, each offense of operating a vehicle or vessel while intoxicated counts toward the total number of DWI crimes whether they happened on the water or road.

In Louisiana a DWI can be issued to anyone operating a moving vessel or vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.  First offense DWI on the water or on the road carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail.  Second offense DWI brings a $750 to $1,000 fine and between 30 days and six months in jail.  Third offense DWI carries a $5,000 fine and between one and five years in jail.  Again, every DWI offense is also subject to a suspension of driving a vehicle and operating a boat privileges.

"One of the best parts of our job is to see people utilize Louisiana's waterways for recreation in accordance to the boating safety regulations and return home safely to loved ones.  However, the worst part of our job is to search for deceased bodies and notify family members of their loss," said LDWF Lt. Col. Jeff Mayne, the State Boating Law Administrator.  "The two ways to make boating safe, fun and a memorable experience is to have a sober operator and to have everyone wear a personal flotation device when the vessel is underway."

LDWF also wants to remind anybody born after Jan. 1, 1984 that they are required to successfully complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) boating education course to operate a motorboat over 10 horsepower.  LDWF offers these classes free of charge statewide.  For a list of courses, please visit www.wlf.louisiana.gov/boating/courses.

*Media - To schedule a boating safety ride along for a story, please contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or aeinck@wlf.la.gov.

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Louisiana Shrimpers Encouraged to Report Asian Tiger Prawn Catches

Release Date: 05/16/2012

 

May 16, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is aware of and constantly monitoring the appearance of an increased number of Asian tiger prawns, a non-native species, in Louisiana waters.  LDWF officials are asking local shrimp harvesters to report catches of tiger prawns to the Department. 

While there is little known at this time about the impacts of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp, these reports are key in helping LDWF biologists monitor the distribution and relative abundance of these prawns and in determining the possible presence of spawning populations. 

To report catches of Asian tiger prawns please contact Robert Bourgeois at rbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-0765 or Marty Bourgeois at mbourgeois@wlf.la.gov or (225) 765-2401 with the date, location and size of capture. Pictures are encouraged.  Tiger prawns are easily identifiable by their large size, dark body color and white banding found along the head and between segments of the tail.  LDWF officials ask that harvesters retain the tiger prawns by freezing and contact the biologist listed above.

History of incidence in Gulf of Mexico

It is unknown when and how tiger prawns were first introduced into the Gulf of Mexico.  In 1988, a portion of a population of reared tiger prawns escaped from a facility on the east coast.  Approximately 1,000 adults were later recaptured as far south as Cape Canaveral, Florida. In September 2006, a single adult male was captured by a commercial shrimp fisherman in Mississippi Sound near Dauphin Island, Alabama and reports from Alabama and Mississippi have been increasing ever since.

LDWF first documented the occurrence of Asian tiger prawns in Louisiana in August 2007, when a single specimen was taken by a commercial shrimp fisherman in Vermilion Bay.  Prior to the 2011 fall inshore shrimp season, reported captures in Louisiana waters numbered fewer than 25 with none taken any farther westward than Vermilion Bay.  However, since the fall season began, reported captures have dramatically increased with approximately 80 new reports received.  One fisherman alone reported catching as many as 13 individuals over a three-day shrimping trip in Lake Pontchartrain.  A Dulac shrimp dock has reported fishermen capturing in excess of 100 tiger prawns following the 2011 fall season opening.  Most recently, there have also been incident reports west of Vermilion Bay. 

About the species

Asian tiger prawns are native to the Indo-Pacific rim and are both harvested in the wild and extensively farmed in a number of countries.

Tiger prawns belong to the same family (Penaeidae) as our native brown, white and pink shrimp but are non-indigenous to our waters. The life history of tiger prawns is also similar to that of brown and white shrimp with spawning and mating occurring in nearshore oceanic waters. One notable difference in tiger prawns and Louisiana shrimp is size as the research suggests tiger prawns may reach a maximum length of 14 inches and weigh as much as 23 ounces.

At this time, there is no evidence that tiger prawns feed on native Louisiana shrimp.  Any potential impacts over competition for food and resources remain unknown.  Tiger prawns as well as our native brown and white shrimp adopt different diets as they grow and mature and may become more predatory as body size increases.

For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504) 430-2623.

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