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Commercial Fishing Season for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks to open in Louisiana Waters January 1

Release Date: 12/28/2012

 

Commercial fishing for Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks will open in Louisiana waters at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, January 1.  The National Marine Fisheries Service will also open the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico at this time.

 

The commercial season as well as the recreational season for the harvest of all sharks in Louisiana state waters will be closed from 12:01 a.m. April 1, 2013 until 12:01 p.m. July 1, 2013 per an existing fixed seasonal closure to protect shark pupping, unless a season closes in adjacent federal waters or is projected to close before that date, and the Secretary is requested by NOAA Fisheries to take action to enact consistent seasonal regulations.  The commercial season will remain open in Federal waters until 80 percent of the federal quota for a given fishery has been harvested in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

During the open season, commercial harvest of Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Sharks and Pelagic Sharks will be regulated by the existing federal and state rules regarding trip limits, allowable species and requirements for permits and landings. 

 

The Non-Sandbar Large Coastal Shark group is composed of the great hammerhead, scalloped hammerhead, smooth hammerhead, nurse shark, blacktip shark, bull shark, lemon shark, silky shark, spinner shark and tiger shark.  While sandbar shark are a member of the Large Coastal Shark group, only specifically designated federally permitted vessels may take sandbar shark while operating under conditions of that research permit. 

 

Commercial fishing for Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks will resume in Louisiana waters on January 1 through December 31 or until 80 percent of the federal quota has been met.  The Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Shark group is composed of bonnethead shark, Atlantic sharpnose shark, blacknose shark and finetooth shark and remained open for all of 2012.

 

There is no allowable harvest at any time for all Prohibited Species, which include Basking shark, white shark, bigeye sand tiger, sand tiger, whale shark, smalltooth sawfish, largetooth sawfish, Atlantic angel shark, Caribbean sharpnose shark, smalltail shark, bignose shark, Caribbean reef shark, dusky shark, Galapagos shark, narrowtooth shark, night shark, bigeye sixgill shark, bigeye thresher shark, longfin mako, sevengill shark and sixgill shark.

 

For more information, contact Jason Adriance at (504)284-2032 (jadriance@wlf.louisiana.gov).  For press inquiries contact Laura Wooderson at lwooderson@wlf.la.gov or (504)430-2623.

 

LDWF Offers Online Renewal for Commercial Licenses

Release Date: 12/24/2012

 

Dec. 24, 2012 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) now offers commercial license holders the option to renew online for 2013.

LDWF has opened another avenue for Louisiana commercial license holders to renew their licenses for 2013.  Customers who held a license in the immediate prior year for the requested renewal can go online at the department’s web site and renew those licenses.

Previously, customers with commercial licenses could only renew by mail or in person at the Baton Rouge office.  Now, they have a third option of using the Internet, which provides the customers with at-home service and savings on travel expenses.  It also allows LDWF to provide quicker service to its customers.  Online renewal can be found at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses.

The 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.

Barataria Man Cited With Multiple Night Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/19/2012

Dec. 19, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents cited a Barataria man for alleged night hunting violations in Jefferson Parish on Dec. 13.

Agents cited Noel J. Schouest, 42, of Barataria, for hunting wild game quadrupeds during illegal hours, hunting raccoons illegally, taking non-game quadrupeds illegally, and violating Nutria Control Program regulations.

LDWF agents were on vessel patrol in the Lafitte area when they heard gunshots coming from a marsh area adjacent to The Pen at 8:30 p.m.  They began surveillance of the area for several hours throughout the night until they observed Schouest exit the marsh and proceed to a pickup truck.

Agents approached Schouest and found him in possession of a .22 caliber rifle, two rabbits, one raccoon and 83 nutria tails.  Rabbits may only be taken during legal shooting hours of one half hour before sunrise and one half hour after sunset.  Raccoons can be taken at night with the aid of a hunting dog of which Schouest did not possess.

After further investigation, agents found that Schouest was enrolled as an assistant in the Nutria Control Program, which pays landowners for nutria taken legally on permitted property.  Schouest was found hunting without the Nutria Control Program enrollee and illegally took the nutria after legal shooting hours.

Agents seized the animals and parts as evidence along with his rifle, which is subject to forfeiture.

Hunting wild game quadrupeds and taking raccoons illegally each carry a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Taking non-game quadrupeds illegally brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Violating Nutria Control Program regulations carries a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail with possible disqualification from the Nutria Control Program.  Furthermore, restitution penalties may be assessed for the value of the rabbits and raccoon taken for a total of $91.17.

The agents involved in the case are Sgt. Jason Russo, Senior Agent Austin Arteaga and Sgt. Kris Bourgeois.

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

Special eNews Announcement: New Educator Workshop on Louisiana Black Bears!

"Bear With Us" Workshop
March 1-3, 2013

Come join the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) for an exciting new teacher workshop focused on our state mammal – the Louisiana black bear! Spend a weekend full of fun and learning at Poverty Point State Park. Geared toward teachers of middle and high school students and informal educators, this workshop will cover topics ranging from the bears of the world to the current bear research that is happening right here with our own Louisiana bears! The weekend promises to be complete with presentations, demonstration of classroom lesson activities, and field work related to black bear habitat identification using GPS units.

More information can be found in the attached flyer or contact Carrie Salyers at csalyers@wlf.la.gov.
Workshop registration form is also attached.

Two Louisiana Men Cited for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/18/2012

Dec. 18, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two men for alleged hunting and boating safety violations along Highway 23 near Triumph in Plaquemines Parish on Dec. 16.

Agents cited Christopher Hicks, 25, of Boothville, and Calvin Riggs, 34, of Buras, for hunting migratory game birds (MGB) with an unplugged gun and violating the non-toxic shot requirements.  Agents also cited Riggs for hunting with an unsigned duck stamp.  Furthermore, Hicks was cited for hunt MGBs without a basic hunting license, federal and state duck stamps, possession of an alligator during a closed season and failing to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements.

Agents were patrolling along Highway 23 and observed a vehicle parked in a wooded area and heard people talking near the vehicle further into the wooded area.  Agents then observed several subjects coming from a barrow pit carrying a shotgun and dragging a pirogue.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found several ducks and a small alligator in the pirogue.  Agents checked the shotguns and found both shotguns were unplugged and both subjects hunted MGBs with lead shot.

While conducting a license check, agents found that Hicks did not have a hunting license or a state and federal duck stamp and Riggs did not sign his federal duck stamp.   Agents also discovered Hicks had hunted MGBs from the pirogue without a PFD.

The penalties for hunting ducks without a federal duck stamp, with an unsigned federal duck stamp, with an unplugged gun, violating non-toxic shot requirements, and possession of an alligator during a closed season carry a fine from $400 to $950 and up to 120 days in jail for each offense.

Failing to comply with PFD requirements, hunting without a resident basic license and hunting MGBs without a state stamp carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail for each offense.

Agents seized and donated seven ducks, three coots and an alligator to charity.  Replacement value of the ducks, coots and alligator may total $605.96 in restitution.

Agents involved in the case are Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Michael Williams.

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

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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the students, faculty, and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary.

EVENTS

2013 Environmental Education Symposium
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is now accepting applications for lodging assistance in order to attend the 2013 Environmental Education Symposium to be held on February 22-23, 2013 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. Please fill out the attached form and submit it, along with electronic proof of distance, to Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov. Early Bird Registration postmark deadline is January 22. See attached brochure for details!

Louisiana Environthon (Deadline: February 2)
The 2013 Louisiana Envirothon will be held on March 9, 2013 at theLSU AgCenter Burden Center in Baton Rouge!!!  Envirothon is an environmental problem-solving competition for students in grades 6 -12. A team of 5 students from the same school or associated with an organized group (i.e. FFA, 4-H, science club, etc.) train and compete by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The competition focuses on five natural resource areas: soils and land use, aquatic resources, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue. The 2013 current environmental issue is Sustainable Rangeland Management. Teams also present a solution to an environmental problem related to the current issue through an oral presentation. Winners receive special recognition and monetary prizes. Winning high school team may represent Louisiana in the North American Envirothon competition where students can win scholarships and prizes. Review the attached flyer and registration form for more information and submit by February 2, 2013 to compete. There will be two training sessions held in January and February. You can also get involved by assisting Envirothon in getting sponsors. If you know anyone who would be interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact our sponsorship coordinator Veronica DelBianco at 504-638-3033 or veronica.delbianco@gmail.com

 

GRANTS

Fund for Teachers (Deadline: January 31)
What do you want to learn this summer? Where do you want to learn it? Fund for Teachers invites Louisiana’s preK-12 educators to submit their answers through an online application, due January 31, 2013. If selected, individuals receive up to $5,000 and teaching teams up to $10,000 to make it happen. http://www.fundforteachers.org/apply/louisiana.php Last year marked the first time Louisiana teachers were eligible and 13 teachers received grants to experience their unique idea of professional development.  Since 2001, 5,000 teachers from across the country have leveraged $18M in grants to pursue new knowledge in 124 countries on every continent. You could join their ranks this summer. Teachers, principals and superintendents can find out more about this opportunity for “DIY professional development” by visiting fundforteachers.org, or the nonprofit’s Facebook, Tumblr and Flickr pages.  

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

OneNOAA Science Seminars
Women in the NOAA Corps: December 19, 2012, 12:00-13:00 Eastern Time Zone; NOAASSMC-4Room 8150

Audubon Aquarium of the Americas NOAA Teacher Workshop
This professional development introduces Volume 2 of theOkeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection: How Do We Explore? The NOAA ShipOkeanos Explorer is the Nation's first ship dedicated to solely exploring the world's ocean. Participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources that guide classroom investigations into the innovative exploration strategies, sophisticated instrumentation and equipment used onboard the ship to explore our largely unknown world ocean. Topics include how targets are selected for exploration, mapping techniques, water column exploration, remotely operated vehicles and telepresence technology that enable access to real time ocean exploration. Participants will also learn how explorers use data gathered at target sites to learn more about our deep ocean world. Registration is required and space is limited. Educators who attend the full day will receive a $50 stipend. Each participant will receive Volume 2 of theOkeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, How Do We Explore?,materials related to activities presented during the workshop, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast, and lunch. For more information, visit: http://www.auduboninstitute.org/educators/workshops/how-do-we-explore

 

CONTEST

Enter NWF's Green Your Shire Giveaway
The National Wildlife Federation is teaming up with Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) for the Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journeyis now showing in theaters and IMAX® 3D. The adventure follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest that takes him and his companions into the Wild! Enter Our Sweepstakes! Students, teachers and individuals: Enter NWF’s “Green Your Shire Sweepstakes” at www.nwf.org/thehobbit and describe what actions you or your class, school, community group or family are taking to improve the environment - at school, at home or in the community. Individuals could win a private screening for up to 100 friends and group members! Two runners-up will receive family 4-pack of tickets to see the film in IMAX®.  Enter now >>

 

RESOURCES

See attached PDF on tips for Food Service Workers on Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Targeted Disinfecting in the Cafeteria and Kitchen from the NEA Health Information Network and Clorox.

CWPPRA New Social Media and Outreach Tools
The Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Public Outreach Committee is pleased to announce three new social media tools to help you stay connected with their efforts to protect and restore coastal Louisiana. These new tools are in addition to their existing social tools (Facebook, Google+, and YouTube).
Landmarks eNewsletter: The new Landmarks eNewsletter will serve to complement Watermarks which comes out twice a year and be a living document with short articles about outreach activities and project updates. For announcements such as those found in the CWPPRA (Breaux Act) Newsflash they will continue to post such items there, while news and articles will be posted on the Landmarks eNewsletter. Check out the Landmarks eNewsletter today and subscribe to receive all of the latest articles.
Twitter: Follow CWPPRA on Twitter to see what is going on at events and engage in conversation with the coastal restoration and environmental community. The CWPPRA Twitter is a great source for live information updates. Follow on Twitter
Picasa Web Album – Photo Library: The one stop shop for CWPPRA project photos. They are in the process of collecting and organizing photos from CWPPRA project sites that will be available in Picasa Web Album for public use. Photos in Picasa will be strictly project photos. For all social activity photos, they will be posting maintaining the photo library on Facebook and Google+. Project Check out CWPPRA Project Photos on Picasa
Don’t forget to follow CWPRAA on: Facebook and Google+, and check out their videos on YouTube: http://lacoast.gov/new/Pubs/videos.aspx, https://www.facebook.com/CWPPRA/app_57675755167, http://www.youtube.com/CWPPRAclips
Contact Information: Cole B. Ruckstuhl, CWPPRA Media Specialist -- (337) 266-8542 -- ruckstuhlc@usgs.gov

Environmental Awareness Student Art &Language Arts Contest - 2013 Calendars
FREE copies of the 2013 calendar “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” featuring winning entries from our 2012 Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest are available. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation. To request a calendar or to learn more about the contest contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-0124. Information about the 2013 contest can also be found on our website: www.wlf.la.gov/eec

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/

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov

SPECIAL eNEWS ANNOUNCEMENT: Don't Miss Early Bird Registration for the 2013 Environmental Education Symposium

Have you registered for the 2013 Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium yet?!

On February 22-23, 2013, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 16thAnnual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Baton Rouge Marriott in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The theme for this upcoming conference will be “Build a Sustainable Future”! After all, isn’t that what we are really about?!

Join us for exciting workshops, concurrent sessions, and exhibits for the environmental educator! If you are a K-12 teacher or informal educator, you will want to attend this fun, education-packed, professional development event! Go home Energized and Educated in the latest EE concepts!

Don't miss out...Early Bird Registration closes on January 22, 2013.
Lodging assistance is available.

Brochure with registration form and short course descriptions are attached.
All forms and related information can also be found on our website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec 
or contact Venise Ortego at vortego@wlf.la.gov for more information.

Agents Cite Seven Men for Deer Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/13/2012

Dec. 13, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited seven men for deer hunting violations on Avoca Island in St. Mary Parish on Dec. 8.

Agents cited the following: Linzy Howard III, 44, of Morgan City for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun and possession of an untagged deer; Ernest Singleton, 45, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun; Joshua Williams, 25, of Morgan City, for failing to comply with deer tagging regulations; Derwin Hebert, 38, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged gun; Arik Louviere, 17, of Morgan City, for possession of untagged deer and over the limit of deer; Johnathan Francis, 59, of Morgan City, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun; and Rodney Singleton, 39, of Houma, for hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun and possession of untagged deer.

Agents observed a large group of men hunting and approached them to conduct a license and compliance check.  Upon checking the men, agents found that only one of the deer in the men's possession was tagged and that deer was tagged improperly.  Agents also learned that five of the shotguns were unplugged and that Louviere had killed two antlerless deer putting him one over the legal limit in a day.

Agents seized and donated a total of four deer to charity.  Restitution on the four deer that were seized may be assessed at $1624.61 per deer.

Hunting deer with an unplugged shotgun, possession of an untagged deer and possessing over the limit of deer carries a fine from $250 to $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a fine from $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Scott Dupre and Jake Darden.

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

Three Cameron Parish Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Illegal Shrimping

Release Date: 12/12/2012

Three Cameron Parish men were sentenced in Federal Court on Dec. 4 for their roles in illegal shrimping on the Cameron Parish National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).

Judge Kathleen Kay for the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles sentenced Anthony G. Theriot, 37, Philip Lejeune, 50, and Jerimie M. Pugh, 37, all from Cameron, to $6,730 in fines and restitution and 30 days in jail for each defendant.

On Sept. 6, 2012, Theriot, Lejeune and Pugh pleaded guilty for commercial operation on an NWR, fishing on an NWR after sunset and taking over the limit of shrimp.  Judge Kay ordered a presentence investigation on the three defendants at this time.

On May 29, 2012, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents observed the three subjects place a shrimp trawl over the boat bay opening at the Grand Bayou water control structure on the Cameron Prairie NWR.  With the aid of a night vision, agents were able to observe and record the subjects tend and remove shrimp from the trawl.

The three subjects were subsequently apprehended and booked into the Cameron Parish Jail.  Agents seized the subject’s vessel, a 36 foot shrimp trawl and 631 pounds of shrimp.

Each defendant was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus a $70 special assessment for commercial operation on an NWR and for fishing on an NWR after sunset.  The men were also assessed $13,980 in restitution for the shrimp, which makes each defendant responsible for $4,660.

Each defendant was also placed on probation for five years in which they will not be allowed on any NWR.  Each defendant was ordered to serve 60 days in jail in which 30 days was suspended.  The defendants were taken into custody in the courtroom to begin serving their jail sentences.

Agents participating in the case were Sgts. David Sanford and Stuart Guillory, Senior Agent Carl Pickett, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Officer Dave Panas.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Myers P. Namie.

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

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Awards, Webinar, Contest, Volunteer Opportunity, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

EVENTS

Capital Area Native Plant Society Meeting
Join the second CANPS foundational meeting on Sunday, December 9th, 2:00 pm, at the Goodwood Library (7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge) as they discuss future goals, exchange seeds, and work to become an official Louisiana Native Plant Society chapter. Bring a friend, neighbor, anyone who's interested in learning about nature. As a special bonus Charles Allen, author of several books on Louisiana plants, will present a talk on wildflowers of Louisiana! For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CapitalAreaNativePlantSociety

NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project – Class of 2013 (Deadline: December 17)
NOAA's Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) provides formal and informal educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship. Applications are being accepted until December 17 for the class of 2013. Educators accepted into the program will be notified early January, 2013 and will be required to attend a mandatory introductory Web seminar for new participants - tentatively scheduled for January 14th OR January 28th, 2013 at 7:30 PM Eastern Time. Click herefor more information and to apply.

BioBlitz 2013: Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
Mark your calendars for May 17 and 18 for the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve BioBlitz in New Orleans, Louisiana. The two-day celebration of biodiversity centers on a 24-hour discovery of species. Teams of scientists, students, and the general public will explore the park's Barataria Preserve swamps, marshes, and forests to find as many species as possible. The event is free and open to the public, so come discover, count, map, and learn about all the living creatures that call Jean Lafitte and the Barataria Preserve home. Public registration will open in the spring. Send an email to bioblitz@ngs.orgfor general information or to be included on an email mailing list for updates and registration details. Learn more about Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preservenow.

 

AWARDS

Nominations Sought For Top State Conservation Awards (Deadline: January 21)
The Louisiana Wildlife Federation (LWF) is accepting nominations for the 49th Governor's State Conservation Achievement Awards. The program recognizes those persons and organizations making outstanding contributions to the natural resource welfare and environmental quality of the community, parish and state. There are eight award categories for which nominations can be made. They are: professional; volunteer; business; educator; youth; elected official; communications and organization. Nominations will be accepted until January 21, 2013. The awards will be presented on February 23, 2013 at a special banquet held in conjunction with the 74th annual convention of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. More details about the program are posted on the LWF website at www.lawildlifefed.org. Interested people can also call the LWF office, 225-344-6707, or email lwf@lawildilfed.orgfor more information.

 

WEBINAR

NGCP Webinar: Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Role Models to Inspire Girls in STEM
January 23, 2012; 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific
In honor of National Mentoring Month in January, presenters from Techbridge and FabFems will discuss how to effectively provide role models and mentors for girls, including strategies for recruiting, retaining and recognizing professional volunteers. Participants will experience interactive activities, resources, and role model stories that will help craft engaging experiences that dispel stereotypes and ignite girls' interest in STEM careers. Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/recruiting-training-and-retaining-role-models-inspire-girls-stem

 

CONTEST

DuPont Writing Challenge for Grades 7 – 12 (Deadline: January 31)
Year 27 of the DuPont Challenge—a national writing competition for middle and high school students—kicked off last week with a new focus on addressing global challenges. The DuPont Challenge calls on students in grades 7–12 from the United States, Canada, and U.S. territories to research, think critically, and write an essay that provides innovative ideas on the world’s most pressing challenges, or demonstrates the application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to our daily lives.
This year, the Challenge asks students to take a solutions-focused approach and address one of four categories in their 700–1,000-word essay:
    * Together, we can feed the world.
    * Together, we can build a secure energy future.
    * Together, we can protect people and the environment.
    * Together, we can be innovative anywhere.
Students and sponsoring teacher prizes include savings bonds, teaching grants, exciting trips, and much more. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013. For more information, including official rules, entry forms, and details on awards, please visit the Challenge website at: http://www.thechallenge.dupont.com

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Jean Lafitte National Park for Cypress Forest Restoration
Volunteers are needed for Jean Lafitte National Park’s biggest annual project, coming up on December 7 and 8. They are planting 800 cypress trees on Bayou Segnette in Jean Lafitte National Park, and need a great volunteer crew to get the job done. CRCL and Jean Lafitte National Park have teamed up on this waterway before, and the results are amazing. Sign up here!

 

RESOURCES

The September 2012 edition of the Gulf of Mexico News is available online at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/news/gomexnews.html

Pilot Study Available For Educators through Bear Trust International
BLACK BEARS, GRIZZLY BEARS, SLOTH BEARS, SPECTACLED BEARS! What can these bears help teach your students? Not only can bear-based lessons help raise conservation awareness and environmental literacy, but they also help hone skills in science, math, and communications. Bear Trust International is offering FREE science-based lessons rooted in bear research and ecology. Currently, they are conducting a pilot study to evaluate The Curriculum Guide to The Bear Book, which includes 8 lessons that link to stories and scientific papers on wild bears. This program targets students in grades 9-12. Also offered is Bear Essentials, 9 science-based lessons that target kids in grades K-8. Both programs are web-based, free, and project-based. All lessons meet National Science Standards. Pick and choose which lessons you wish to use! Want to learn more?  lease visit the teacher's Education Portal on Bear Trust International's website:  http://beartrust.org/the-bear-book-and-curriculum-guide-to-the-bear-book. To participate in the pilot study, please contact Dr. Melissa Reynolds-Hogland:  melissa@beartrust.org

Project Noah Video Debut and Toolkit Release December 3
NEEF, with generous support from Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., is partnering with Project Noah on Using Tech to Connect Students & the Environment, a video on how technology can further STEM learning through the environment, both outside and in the classroom. NEEF will release a free toolkit along with the video that provides a set of teacher-recommended resources and tools for using technology to help teachers design and implement environmental education projects with their students.
     Social media contest:K-12 classroom teachers will be invited to view this video and leave a comment answering the question, “How do you use technology to explore the environment with your students?” Comments will be entered into a drawing to win product from Toshiba. Prizes include:
First drawing:Toshiba Satellite® U945 Ultrabook™ and 4 CAMILEO® BW20 Cameras
Second drawing:5 Toshiba CAMILEO® BW20 Overview with 5 - 16GB micro SD Cards
Third drawing:Toshiba Canvio® 3.0 1TB Portable Hard Drive with Carrying Case and 1 CAMILEO® BW20 Camera
Runners-Up: 10 runners-up will each receive an Amazon.com gift card worth $25
The video and contest will be available on NEEF’s Facebook page: http://goo.gl/FidAX.

Check out The Shape of Life: the Story of the Animal Kingdom, Formatted for the Classroom:  http://shapeoflife.org/
The Shape of Life's mission is to get the high quality, scientific videos found on the website into the classroom. If your classroom has access to a computer, you can stream the videos directly or if you prefer, download any/all the videos found on this site using the download button on each individual video page. These videos are hosted at vimeo.com. Since many schools block websites such as Vimeo from their network you may need to download the videos for classroom use. If playing these videos from a computer is not possible, you can request a DVD set which will be sent for cost of shipping and handling: $5.00
- From sponges, to worms, to humans, each phylum is presented, showing the exquisite design of its body plan and the evolutionary developments that lead to today’s astonishing diversity.
- Animations explain the intricate inner workings of animals’ bodies, demonstrating how form and function are complementary.
- Never before filmed animal behaviors show animals hunting and feeding in their natural habitats.
- Scientists are shown at work, as they study paleontology, genetics and ecology, pursuing their passion for the animals they study.
- Other topics present exciting new developments in genetics, paleontology, and engineering.

The NEED Oil and Gas curriculums
The NEED Oil and Gas curriculums are available online for free as downloadable PDFs: www.need.org. The curriculum guides are written for primary, elementary, and intermediate/secondary – Oil, Gas and their energy (K-2), Wonders of Oil and Gas (3-5), Exploring Oil and Gas (6-12)

 

LAGNIAPPE

Remember to take a moment to enjoy the meteor shower on the evenings of December 13-14, beginning at 9 PM!

NGSS Second and Final Public Draft to be Released in January
Achieve announced last week that the second and final public draft of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will be released the first week in January. Achieve encourages all interested parties to review the draft when it is released and provide feedback. The NGSS will be completed in March 2013. To read the announcement, go to www.nextgenscience.org. NSTA encourages science educators to take the time to review this important draft when it's released and to provide feedback to the writers. To support teachers' understanding of the drafts, we developed a guidefor organizing study groups. An updated guide will be published on the NSTA standards web pagewhen the NGSS draft is released. NSTA is also seeking science educators willing to review the NGSS draft and answer questions about implementation, such as what types of professional development and curricular materials will be needed. Volunteers should be NSTA members and be prepared to spend at least 2–3 hours reviewing the NGSS public draft and answering the NSTA survey questions. If you would like to be considered for this project, please fill out the online registration form. The deadline for registering has been extended until December 14. You will have about 10 days to complete the NSTA survey after the release of the NGSS public draft.

Environmental Awareness Student Art &Language Arts Contest - 2013 Calendars
Get FREE copies of the 2013 calendar “Louisiana Waters: Protect, Conserve, Enjoy!” featuring winning entries from our 2012 Environmental Awareness Student Art & Language Art Contest. This contest is sponsored by the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation. To request a calendar or to learn more about the contest contact Juliet Raffray at jraffray@wlf.la.govor 225-765-0124. Information about the 2013 contest can also be found on our website: www.wlf.la.gov/eec

Inspirational Passages from Bama Environmental News (BEN)
“The eyes of the future are looking back at us and they are praying for us to see beyond our own time. They are kneeling with hands clasped that we might act with restraint that we might leave room for the life that is destined to come. To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the wildness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by this same grace. Wild mercy is in our hands.” ~ Terry Tempest Williams

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ~Gary Snyder

“In the name of the bee, and of the butterfly, and of the breeze, amen!” Emily Dickinson

“He who plants a tree, plants a hope.” ~Lucy Larcom

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” ~Proverb

“While I am a great believer in the free enterprise system and all that it entails, I am an even stronger believer in the right our people to live in a clean and pollution-free environment.” ~Barry Goldwater

“The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned to ask.” ~Nancy Newhall

“Wilderness itself is the basis of all our civilization. I wonder if we have enough reverence for life to concede to wilderness the right to live on?" ~ Margaret Murie

“Some things may be profitably broken up and sold for the materials in them; others are better left intact. Would the cherry trees in Washington, D.C. be more useful in the form of kindling? Ought Congress to sell the Lincoln Memorial to a rock crushing concern, or the paintings in the National Gallery to a rag collector?… The remaining bits of American wilderness also constitute a great national treasure, but if Congress permits them to be destroyed, they, like Humpty-Dumpty, can never be put back together again.” ~ Connie Harvey

Sources:
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/conservation
http://www.pwconserve.org/issues/conservation/conservationquotes.htm
http://www.wildernessworkshop.org/library/quotes/
The Bama Environmental News is edited and published by Pat Byington. To receive back copies of BEN go to http://www.bamanews2.blogspot.com

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/


Louisiana Environmental Education Commission (LEEC) – www.wlf.la.gov/eec
Venise Ortego, Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov

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