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February 8, 2011 Lake Bistineau Update

 

Luckily, Mother Nature is putting a pounding on the giant salvina in Lake Bistineau with sufficient cold weather.  As we observed last year, it takes several weeks for the plants to brown up and fall-out from freeze damage.  So, while giant salvinia  is still visible we expect much of what remains to dissipate by early spring.  Last year our biological staff estimated that only an acre of salvinia remained by “green-up” in early 2010.

We are receiving a lot of inquiries for information about the water levels in 2011.  Our plan is to implement water fluctuations as the plants begin to grow and expand in early summer.  Again, fluctuating the water levels is expected to strand the plants and allow for their desiccation.  Two conditions are required for this method to have desirable results.  First, their needs to be enough water in the system, or capacity to allow for sufficient water level lowering and create stranding opportunities.  Our hope is to fluctuate levels between pool stage to minus 4 feet.  Secondly, we need the plants to be in areas that are susceptible to drying out as a result of fluctuating to lower water levels.  This method is expected to offer the best method for controlling giant salvinia in the lake while saving hundreds of thousands of dollars.  We of course will be spraying aquatic herbicides appropriately.  Hopefully we can use our spraying efforts to keep the plants moving to the edges and out of the trees where matting occurs.  Once the plants mat in the trees they tend to move less and expand in coverage.  In short, it’s impossible to predict when we’ll initiate water level fluctuations.  Everything will be based on the two criteria mentioned above.

I will be providing another update next week.  This update will provide information about continued actions and new initiatives.  I’ll also recap some of the things discussed at the recent task force meeting.

Mark McElroy
Fisheries Biologist

Agents Cite Three Men for Hunting Violations in Bienville Parish

Release Date: 02/08/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three Ringgold men for alleged hunting violations on Jan. 26 in Bienville Parish.

LDWF agents Sgt. Mike Kelley, Senior Agent Cullom Schexnyder and Senior Agent Jared McIver were patrolling for night hunters within Bienville Parish.  At 9 p.m. the agents observed Nicholas Eugene Dunn, 23, Douglas Victor Mains, 18, and Tyler Kane Hodges, 18, spot lighting a clear-cut section of woods off Pine Bluff road.

Agents made contact with the three subjects and found a loaded .22 caliber rifle and a spot light inside the vehicle.  Agents also found a suspected marijuana cigarette in a cigarette box near the vehicle that was allegedly thrown by Dunn.

Agents cited all three men for hunting from a moving vehicle and hunting during illegal hours.  Agents also charged and arrested Dunn for possession of marijuana and intentional littering.  He was booked into the Bienville Parish Jail.

For hunting from a moving vehicle and during illegal hours, all three men face a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail for each offense.  Dunn also faces a $250 to $5,000 fine and up to five years in jail for the possession of marijuana charge and a $250 fine and eight hours of community service for the intentional littering citation.

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

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Rescheduled

Release Date: 02/02/2011

The regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, due to the threat of severe winter weather conditions.  The Feb. 8 meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.   The agenda remains unchanged from the original Feb. 3 meeting.

L.D.W.F. Agents Arrest Convicted Felon On Numerous Charges

Release Date: 02/02/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents with the Special Investigations Unit arrested a convicted felon for allegedly resisting arrest and numerous deer hunting violations on Jan. 27 in Iberville Parish.

Agents charged Kirkpatrick Juray Tasker, 28, of St. Gabriel, with flight from an officer, resisting arrest, felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, hunting deer during illegal hours, with an artificial light, from a moving a vehicle and from a public road and driving without a driver's license.

Later in the day, the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office (IBSO) charged Tasker with possession of a stolen firearm and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after IBSO deputies raided his home with an existing search warrant. The IBSO also arrested four of Tasker's roommates on drug and stolen firearm charges. Tasker is also scheduled for court today, Feb. 2, 2011, for second-degree murder charges in Iberville Parish.

LDWF Senior Agent Robert Turner, Senior Agent Edward Ridgel and Lt. Jay Diez were working a night hunting complaint along La. Hwy. 75 in St. Gabriel when thy heard a gun shot coming from a white Ford Taurus around 1:30 a.m. Agents tried to stop the vehicle, but were led on a seven-mile high-speed pursuit that ended at Tasker's residence. Once at Tasker's residence, agents were able to subdue and arrest Tasker. Tasker was booked into the Iberville Parish Jail.

Agents found a spotlight and a 20-gauge shotgun in the car. Agents were also able to retrieve a freshly taken deer on top of the river levee close to the road where agents tried to stop Tasker's vehicle.

Agents have previously cited Tasker with failing to wear hunter's orange, failing to comply with deer tagging requirements and gross littering.

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

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Recover Two Stolen Vessels

Release Date: 02/01/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested three Dequincy men for allegedly possessing stolen vessels on Jan. 26, 2011 in Bayou D'Inde near Sulphur.

Agents arrested Heith Logan Babineaux, 22, Wacey Paul Goodfriend, 19, and Stann Michael Leblue, 19, for unauthorized use of a moveable. The case has been turned over to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office for further investigation.

While investigating a report of a vessel floating freely, LDWF agents noticed another vessel with three occupants in the same general vicinity. The subjects in the vessel were tightening the engine bracket as LDWF agents approached them. Having received a memo a few days earlier, agents recognized the vessel as having been reported stolen the previous week from a residence in Lake Charles.

Agents confirmed the vessel was stolen and detained the three subjects for further questioning. Agents also confirmed that the free-floating vessel was stolen and had been stripped of the motor, which was being used on the previously mentioned stolen vessel. Agents seized the stolen property and returned it to the rightful owners.

The penalty for unauthorized use of a moveable is imprisonment with or without hard labor for up to three years, or up to a $5,000 fine or both.

Participating in the case were Sr. Agents Sean Moreau and Beau Robertson, Sgt. David Sanford and Lt. Remy Broussard.

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

Test Results Confirm Pointe Coupee Bird Deaths Caused by Trauma

Release Date: 01/27/2011

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has confirmed with tests conducted by three independent labs that the bird deaths in Pointe Coupee Parish on Jan. 3 were caused by trauma.
 
The 500 birds found dead along a stretch of LA Hwy. 1 between New Roads and Morganza included red wing blackbirds, starlings, brown-headed cowbirds and grackles. Sample carcasses were sent to the Southeast Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia in Athens, the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, WI, and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, IA.
 
LDWF preliminary evaluations on Jan. 3 indicated trauma as a factor. Lab testing was needed to rule out other possible causes.
 
Lab reports confirmed subcutaneous hemorrhages, internal organ rupture and broken bones in all birds. Additional tests for organophosphate and carbamate insecticides were negative, and none of the birds tested positive for Avian influenza, Newcastle disease, Eastern or Western equine encephalitis or West Nile virus.  
 
LDWF staff evaluations point to a combination of strong winds from a rapidly moving cold front and disturbance from either vehicular or train traffic that flushed the birds out of the roost trees located across LA Hwy. 1, near two converging power lines. The birds’ apparent flight through those lines resulted in collisions with the power lines and subsequent mortalities. Nearly all of the dead birds were found beneath the wires.
 
For more information, please contact Bo Boehringer, 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.

Agenda Set for February Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting

Release Date: 01/26/2011

The next regular Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011, in the Louisiana Room at the Wildlife and Fisheries Building, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.

The following items will be discussed:

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes of January 6, 2011
  3. Commission Special Announcements/Personal Privilege
  4. To hear Enforcement & Aviation Reports/January
  5. To consider Notice of Intent on Methods of Payment for Commercial Licenses and Oyster Tags
  6. To consider Notice of Intent on 2011-13 Hunting Seasons
  7. To consider Notice of Intent on 2011-12 General & WMA Hunting Rules and Regulations
  8. To consider Notice of Intent on DMAP Program Reorganization
  9. To hear Waterfowl Season Zone Options for Public Comment
  10. To hear Presentation of Annual Stock Assessment Report for Striped Mullet
  11. To consider Declaration of Emergency to Close Certain State Waters to the use of Crab Traps for Purposes of Removing Derelict Crab Traps
  12. Set June 2011 Meeting Date
  13. Receive Public Comments
  14. Adjournment

Grants Student Opportunities Information Internships Workshops Volunteer

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES:

1. The Dauphin Island Sea Lab has a Request for Proposals: Proposals will be funded by a grant from the NOAA Coastal Services Center in support of Gulf of Mexico Alliance Environmental Education. Please visit http://www.gulfallianceeducation.org/goma_een_rfp.php or http://goma.disl.org/ for full details. Priority Funding Areas: Build awareness and increase outreach regarding environmental issues of GOMA, increase access to environmental education programs, communicate and/or disseminate scientific information to the public, and utilize technology in environmental education. Funding Levels: $5,000 to $20,000 with up to $50,000 per state; grantors may reallocate funding if sufficient grant proposals are not received. Submission Deadline: 4:00pm CST Thursday, February 4, 2011. Submit application and cover letter via email to Valerie Kleinschmidt, vkleinschmidt@disl.org in a Microsoft Word or similar format (no PDF files).

2. EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection is pleased to announce the release of a solicitation for grant proposals to address children's environmental health in underserved communities by building capacity for these communities to reduce environmental exposures in child-occupied settings, eg, homes, schools and child care centers. Funds available for award are expected to total approximately $1.5 million, and EPA intends to award approximately 15-20 awards, each for an amount not to exceed $100,000. The due date for initial proposals is February 18, 2011. Assistance under this competition is available to States or state agencies, territories, city or township governments, county governments, the District of Columbia, federally recognized American Indian Tribes, possessions of the U.S, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations. For complete information regarding this Request for Initial Proposals, see: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/grants.htm

3. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
Offers grants to schools and parent/teacher groups across the United States. School projects should encourage parent involvement and build stronger community ties. The next deadline for application is February 18, 2011. For more information please contact Teri Buchholtz at 317-802-4419. For information and application, go to http://www.toolboxforeducation.com.

4. Toyota TAPESTRY Grants
The Toyota TAPESTRY Grants for Science Teachers program, sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. and administered by NSTA, is again offering grants to K–12 science teachers this academic year for innovative projects that enhance science education in the school and/or school district. Fifty large grants totaling $500,000 will be awarded. To apply for funding, qualified teachers must write a Toyota TAPESTRY proposal according to the proposal requirements. The deadline for the completion of the online application is 11:59 p.m. EST Tuesday, February 23, 2011.

5. Gulf of Mexico Region Broad Funding Opportunity
The Gulf of Mexico regional Sea Grant programs and their partners (Ocean Research Priorities Plan, NOAA’s Coastal Storms Program, NOAA Coastal Services Center, and the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program) are pleased to announce a multi-disciplinary funding opportunity. The following funding areas are addressed in the request for proposals: Coastal Storms, Ecosystem Services Valuation, & Sea-Level-Rise. The full funding opportunity description and more detailed guidance can be found at http://masgc.org/regionalresearch. Pre-proposals are due February 25, 2011 by 4 p.m. Central Time. The point of contact for each topic and questions on priorities are:
Coastal Storms: Tracie Sempier, Coastal Storms Program Outreach Coordinator (tracie.sempier@usm.edu) or 228-818-8829
Ecosystem Services Valuation: Robert Stickney, Texas Sea Grant Director (stickney@neo.tamu.edu) or 979-845-3902.
Sea Level Rise Data, Products and Tools: Thomas Ruppert, Florida Sea Grant Legal Specialist (truppert@ufl.edu) or 352-392-5870.

6. 2012-2013 MASGC Request for Research Preproposals
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is pleased to announce a request for preproposals for 2012-2013 research funding. The deadline for preproposals is 4:00 p.m. February 25, 2011. The priority research areas, submission/review guidelines, and funding levels, are available at masgc.org/researchrfp. The maximum funding request is for $75,000 per year. MASGC funds projects in the following focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems, Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply, Sustainable Coastal Development. A separate region-wide RFP that addresses the focus area of Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities can be found at masgc.org/regionalresearch. For additional information contact LaDon Swann, Director at 251-648-5877 or e-mail swanndl@auburn.edu.

7. Louisiana Environmental Education Commission Grants
Educator Grants are to be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact students. Amount awarded is not to exceed $1,000 for 1 educator, $2,000 for 2 or more educators jointly.
Formal/Non-Formal Educator/Professional Development Grants are to be based on sound scientific principles, have an environmental focus and be designed to directly impact Pre-Service and/or In-Service Educators. Amount awarded is not to exceed $2,500.
University Research Grants are awarded for post-graduate research with a focus on environmental issues. Amount awarded is not to exceed $1,000
Deadline: March 15, 2011. For more information on these grants, visit our website at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/eec.

8. Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program: EPA is making approximately $2 million available in 2011 to reduce pollution at the local level. CARE is a community-based program that works with county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities to help the public understand and reduce toxic risks from numerous sources. Since 2005, CARE has reached 78 communities in several states and territories. A recent evaluation by the National Association of Public Administration (NAPA) recognized the CARE program as a solid tested framework for engaging communities and other stakeholders. EPA will award CARE cooperative agreements in two levels. Level I awards range from $75,000 to $100,000 each and will help establish community-based partnerships to develop local environmental priorities. Level II awards range from $150,000 to $300,000 each and will support communities that have established broad-based partnerships, have identified the priority toxic risks in the community, and are prepared to measure results, implement risk-reduction activities and become self-sustaining. Applications for the CARE assistance agreements are due by March 22, 2011, 4 p.m. EST. EPA will conduct three Webcasts to answer questions from prospective applicants about the application process on February 8 and 23, and March 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information about the CARE assistance agreements visit: http://www.epa.gov/care/

9. Ben & Jerry's Foundation National Grassroots Grant Program
Through the National Grassroots Grant Program, Ben & Jerry's Foundations supports nonprofit community organizations throughout the United States that bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The broad goals of the program are to further social justice, protect the environment, and support sustainable food systems. Grants of up to $15,000 are provided to grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community organizing strategies to accomplish their goals as well as organizations that provide technical support and/or resources to such groups. The Foundation does not make grants to support social service programs. Letters of interest may be submitted at any time. www.benandjerrysfoundation.org/the-national-grassroots-grant-program.html

STUDENT OPPORTUNITITES:

1. Planet Connect announces the 2011 Get Green Video Contest. In partnership with the Leaders of Environmental Action Films, the Get Green Video Contest is asking U.S. high school students to Show Us Your Ocean Connection. U.S. citizens between the ages of 14 and 19 and currently enrolled in a U.S. high school program are eligible to apply. Videos must be original and either 30 or 120 seconds in length. The first place winner will receive $500 and a Samsung Galaxy Tab. The second place winner will receive a Samsung HMW-T10 HD Camcorder and the third place winner will receive a Samsung HMX-E10 Pocket Camcorder. The first 100 contest entrants will receive a free Eco Falls reusable water bottle. Learn More Deadline: February 23, 2011.

2. SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR K-12 STUDENTS AT THE DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB!
Marine Science Course

A month-long residential class in marine science for rising 10th – 12th grade students interested in studying marine science. Students live at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab & participate in over 150 hours of class, lab and field activities. A field trip to Panama City, FL to snorkel in the grass beds is also included in the course! June 19 – July 15, 2011

Gulf Island Journey
A one-week long residential camp for rising 7th – 9th graders. Participants experience hands-on marine science activities, including an excursion aboard a research vessel, fishing, beach-combing, shark dissections and bird watching. June 5 -5 10, June 12 – 17, & July 17 – 22

Barrier Island Explorer
A 3-night camp for rising 5th – 6th graders. Stay overnight at the Sea Lab, take a cruise aboard a research vessel, explore the muddy salt marsh, build a kite, race hermit crabs, and so much more! June 12-15 & July 24-27

Art-Sea Discovery
A day-long camp for ages 8-13 to explore barrier island habitats through artistic creation. Campers will learn about the wonders of the marine world and create several types of hands-on art projects showcasing their explorations on Dauphin Island! June 10, July 15 & August 3

Treasure Hunters
A day-long camp for ages 9-11. Students will learn about ROVs and their roles in deep-sea exploration, and get to build and operate one! Also learn the basics of global positioning and how to use a handheld GPS system in an island-wide treasure hunt. June 3 June 24, July 29 & August 2

Oceans Alive!
A mini-day camp for ages 5-8. Children learn about the ocean and the Alabama coast in a variety of activities. Marine biology, ecology and zoology are taught using a hands-on approach with arts and crafts and a trip to the beach! June 1, June 17, July 8, August 1

Please visit http://dhp.disl.org/studentopps.htm for more information.

3. 2011 Thacher Environmental Research Contest: sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, challenges high school students (grades 9-12) to conduct innovative research on our changing planet using the latest geospatial tools and data, which in recent years have become increasingly accessible to the public. The best projects will receive cash awards in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams. In the case of team entries, the cash award will be split equally among the winning team members. Winners also will be featured in an Encyclopedia of Earth article. Entries must be received by April 11, 2011. CONTACT: Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, (703) 312-7138 (Phone), Email: dan_stillman@strategies.org

4. Do Something Seed & Growth Grants
Are you working to start a community action project or program? Do you need money to put your ideas into action? If you answered, "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Seed Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Seed Grants are targeted towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time. These are grants for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community!
Did you create a sustainable community action project, program or organization that you want to grow? Are you looking for funding to take your already successful project to the next level? If you answered "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a Do Something Growth Grant. We give out a $500 Do Something Growth Grant every week to help young people just like YOU! Do Something Growth Grants are targeted towards projects that are already developed and sustainable. These grants go towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.
Deadlines: Rolling- Apply now! You will be notified whether or not you have won within 2-3 months after submission. www.dosomething.org/grants/growthgrants

INFORMATION:

1. Science.gov
A gateway to government science information provided by US Government science agencies, has introduced an Image Search link under Special Collections to enable users to quickly find science images, including animal and plant, weather and space, and earth and sun images and more. The information is free and no registration is required.
Image Search: http://scigovimage.deepwebaccess.com/scigovimage/
Science.gov: http://www.science.gov/  
2. Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) Science Education Program
Promotes environmental health literacy, using the scientific literature to teach students the principles of environmental health science. EHP resources enable teachers to provide students with current and credible environmental health information. The lessons published through the EHP Science Education Program encourage students to learn about their health and their environment through cooperative hands-on and critical thinking activities and real-world examples. Students also learn their behavior can have significant effects on the environment.
http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/static/scied.action
3. DNATube
Thousands of video based studies, lectures, seminars, animations, and PowerPoints® can be accessed to explain biological concepts from http://www.dnatube.com. Information is arranged in categories and topics for easier access.
4. NASA's Videos Documenting Climate Change
http://climate.nasa.gov/ClimateReel/

INTERNSHIPS:

1. CDC Graduate Environmental Health Program
A paid ten week summer internship available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at NCEH/ATSDR. During the program interns will be assigned to projects that utilize the skills they’ve acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences. Interns will also be able to take advantage of lecture series and other opportunities offered at the CDC. Interns will receive a $750 weekly stipend while participating in this program. The mission of the internship is to offer selected students a broad overview of environmental health at the federal level and to foster an interest in environmental health as a career. Applicants should have a passion for the environment and an eagerness to learn about the environment’s link to human health. Application deadline: Monday, February 28, 2011. For more information go to http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/geh/default.htm.

2. Environmental Health Research Experience Program (EHREP)
A funded nine week, summer experience for undergraduates with interest in an interdisciplinary field that uses the tools of science to solve human health problems related to the environment. EHREP provides students with hands on experience in laboratories of leading researchers, introduces them to key environmental and occupational health issues while offering research exposure that will help them become competitive for graduate school. Students will work full-time under the supervision of a faculty mentor and will receive a stipend of $5,200. The program is meant for students underrepresented in the sciences. The deadline for student applications is February 15, 2011. Program poster: http://depts.washington.edu/ehug/documents/EHREPflier.pdf  
Program website: http://www.ehrep.washington.edu

AWARDS:

1. Applications are now being accepted for the Green Prize in Public Education. The National Environmental Education Foundation, with major support from the National Education Association Foundation and in partnership with EarthEcho International, invites public schools across the United States to demonstrate how they have successfully taken on the challenge of becoming a green school in an innovative, sustainable and replicable way. School-wide greening efforts can take many forms. Schools can go green academically, through daily operations or through greening facilities and grounds. The key qualities that all outstanding green schools share is that students, educators, the school and local community are all involved in and benefited by the greening process. Green school applicants should also demonstrate a vision for how they will continue their greening efforts in the future. K-12 public schools are eligible to apply. The winning school will receive an award of $10,000 and two schools will win $5,000 merit awards to further their greening efforts. Applications are due February 15, 2011.

2. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Gulf of Mexico Program partnership developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and organizations that are taking extraordinary steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. For the year 2011, the Gulf of Mexico Program partnership will be awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards for seven (7) categories: Business & Industry, Environmental Justice/Cultural Diversity, Civic/NonProfit Organizations, Partnerships, Youth Environmental Education, Individual, and BiNational partnership efforts. To complete a nomination application for 2011, go to the Gulf of Mexico Program’s web site at http://www.epa.gov/gmpo, and then click on the Gulf Guardian Application button. Applications are available in both English and Spanish. Email your nomination to gulf.guardian@epa.gov by March 31, 2011.

WORKSHOPS:

1. 14th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium will be held on February 11-12, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This conference targets K-12 teachers, pre-service teachers, and informal educators. Consists of concurrent sessions, exhibit hall, tours, and workshops. Up to 12 CLUs can be earned. Come get oil spill lesson plans, outdoor classroom ideas, resources, and ENJOY yourself! Lodging assistance is available. Visit our website for a complete lineup: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/environmental-education-commission

2. CALLING ALL K-12 TEACHERS AND INFORMAL EDUCATORS! Are you interested is a spring break or summer expedition? The Gulf of Mexico Foundation is currently accepting applications for its two teacher expeditions: the Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) and the Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition (IWWE) which promise to offer more than just professional development but a true adventure in hands-on learning. Down Under, Out Yonder (July 9-13, 2011): By having teachers dive into the depths of the Gulf above the Flower Garden Banks and explore the coral reef habitats below, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation provides teachers phenomenal underwater experiences by awakening their senses of adventure and exploration, in turn helping generations of students connect with their natural environment. Intracoastal Waterway Wetlands Expedition (NEW Spring Break Trip! March 13-18, 2011 / Summer Trip: June 19-24, 2011): Through exploration of diverse habitats and communities along the Gulf coast , our newest training program to the Gulf of Mexico Foundation, the IWWE makes clear the importance of balancing both the environment and the economy to its teacher participants through engaging hand-on activities. For applications and information on these expeditions, please visit our workshop web page at http://www.gulfmex.org/teachers.htm

3. Workshop Announcement: Get Your Message Out With Water Words That Work! February 3rd & 4th from 8:30am to 3:00pm, each day. MSU Coastal Research and Extension Building, Biloxi, MS. Discounted Two Day Registration: $65.00, Single Day Registration February 3rd: Communicate With Water Words That Work, $35.00 February 4th: Take Aim With Your Water Words Message, $35.00. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS WORKSHOP AND TO REGISTER, VISIT US ONLINE AT: HTTP://GUEST.CVENT.COM/D/VDQT0T. Registration deadline is February 1, 2011 or as soon as the class fills.

4. 2011 SUMMER TEACHER WORKSHOPS AT THE DAUPHIN ISLAND SEA LAB! Come to the beach and earn CEUs!
The Delta
A multi-day workshop focusing on the diverse Mobile delta region. Participants will learn about the biodiversity of submerged grass beds, marshes and Cypress-gum swamps of the delta. Field activities will allow teachers to get up close and personal with this rich region, and lesson plans will be developed to take back to the classroom. June 5 – 9, 2011

Fins, Fishes and Fisheries
A multi-day workshop focusing on fisheries management and seafood sustainability. Activities will include learning about current fisheries research, trawling in Mobile Bay and offshore, visiting local aquaculture facilities and practice being a fisheries manager! June 19 – 23, 2011

Reefs, Rhizomes and Restoration
A multi-day workshop focusing on coastal habitat restoration. Participating educators will learn about the science of restoration ecology, visit restoration sites and explore ways to adapt this information for their classrooms. July 10 – 14, 2011

GOMA Marine Technology
A multi-day workshop for teachers to learn about the technology at work in the field of marine science. Educators will learn about and use GPS, CTD, sidescan sonar and other geographic information systems. Other activities include building and operating ROVs, and creating lesson plans to take back to the classroom. July 24 – 28, 2011
Please visit http://dhp.disl.org/teachertraining.htm for dates and complete workshop information.

5. EE Week Educator Webinar: Teaching About the Gulf Oil Spill. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. EST Registered National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) 2011 participants are invited to join us for an educator webinar - Teaching About the Gulf Oil Spill - on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern. During the webinar, educators will have an opportunity to interact with Dr. Robert Twilley of Louisiana State University's Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences. Dr. Twilley will provide information on the timeline and effects of the spill and answer questions about the spill and its long-term consequences. Participants will also learn about the National Wildlife Federations's (NWF) Oil Spill educational materials, service projects, and how teachers and students can get involved. Eliza Russell, NWF's director of education, will present this information and discuss opportunities with webinar participants. Register for EE Week to participate in this online professional development experience. Registration is free, and registered participants will receive webinar login information via email prior to the webinar.

6. Mountains to the Gulf: An adventure for teachers! An adventure of a lifetime traveling across the state of Alabama for a week with these three amazing experts in their field: Dr. Jim Lacefield, Dr. Bill Deutsch and Dr. George Cline. The workshop will take place June 25 – July 2, 2011. The journey will begin at McDowell Environmental Center in the Bankhead National Forest and crisscross the state to places such as Little River Canyon, Cheaha State Park, the Coosa River and Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Only twenty lucky teachers will selected for this adventure. Don’t wait another day! For more information and registration information contact Maggie Johnston at maggie@campmcdowell.com or call 205-387-1806. Yes, they are considering teachers from out of state.

7. Workshop on Responses of Louisiana Marsh Soils and Vegetation to Freshwater Diversions: February 23, 2011, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Social & Poster Session from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. LITE Auditorium, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. For more information, contact the Diversion Workshop Steering Committee Chairs, Miles Croom (miles.croom@noaa.gov or 727-551-5739) or Alan Lewitus (alan.lewitus@noaa.gov or 301-713-3338)

8. Are you interested in learning more about health effects from fine particulate air pollution? Perhaps you are a health professional short on free time and looking to earn some continuing education credits? Two upcoming, FREE lunch hour webinars in February 2011 might help! Each webinar will provide 1 hour of CME, CNE, CEU, and CPE credit (approval pending). You are welcome to attend either one or both of these events. February 15, 2011, noon-1:00 pm, Particulate Matter and Patient Health, Module 1 (see agenda below, 1 hour of continuing education credit--pending) February 22, 2011, noon-1:00 pm, Particulate Matter and Patient Health, Module 2 (see agenda below, 1 hour of continuing education credit--pending)The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (ATSDR/CDC) and the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) are sponsoring these two webinars. Participants are welcome to register for either or both of these events. All you will need is a connection to the Internet and a phone line to participate in these live events. During the live broadcasts on February 15 and 22, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of leading experts in this field. Afterwards, these webinars will be archived on the ACMT website (www.acmt.net). If you have any questions or you would like to let us know that you plan to attend, please contact Lora Siegmann Werner, ATSDR Region 3 at 215-814-3141, lkw9@cdc.gov or Tarah Somers, ATSDR Region 1 at 617--918-1493, tsomers@cdc.gov.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:

The Wetland Plant Center at the Pelican Greenhouse in New Orleans’ City Park is a nursery for pants used to restore the surrounding wetlands. Operated by the LSU AgCenter since after the hurricanes of 2005 the WPC has coordinated hundreds of volunteers to propagate and plant tens of thousands of native grasses and irises at restoration sites across Southeast Louisiana. Current planting sites include City Park, Bayou St. John, Elmer’s Island Wildlife Management Area and Grand Isle State Park. Driving Directions to the Wetlands Plant Center Wednesdays in Winter 2011: January 26th and February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd. Come out anytime between 9am and 3pm. For more information please contact Caitlin Reilly, Extension Associate with the LSU AgCenter at creilly@agcenter.lsu.edu or 504-736-6519.
 

Surveillance leads to Night Hunting Citations

Release Date: 01/21/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division cited two Louisiana men on Jan. 12 for alleged night hunting violations in Ascension Parish.

After two nights of surveillance, agents issued citations to Grant Duplessis, 25, of St. Amant, and Mark Duplessis, 56, of Gonzales for hunting deer during illegal hours and failing to wear hunter orange. Grant Duplessis was also cited for not having a basic hunting or big game license and violating the deer tagging regulations.

Hunting deer during illegal hours carries a $900 to $950 fine, or up to 120 days in jail, or both plus court cost. The penalties for failing to wear hunter orange and not having a basic or big game hunting license each brings a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail. Violating deer tag regulations brings a $100 to $350 fine, or up to 60 days in jail or both.

Agents involved in the case were Senior Agent Hal Bridges, Senior Agent Randy Lanoux and Sgt. Todd Lewis.

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

L.D.W.F. Agents Cite Three Men For Fishing Violations And Littering

Release Date: 01/20/2011

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited three subjects in East Carroll Parish for several alleged fishing violations on Jan. 15 near the Goodrich Landing on the Mississippi River in East Carroll Parish.

During the morning hours, agents witnessed Steven Miles, 46, Michael Miles, 18, and Jimmy Ray Brown, 47, fishing 200 yards of illegal mesh sized netting taking a total of 58 fish including 25 game fish from the net. Of the 58 fish, 21 were crappie, 4 black bass, 14 gar, 12 catfish and seven buffalo.

During the ensuing investigation, agents also revealed the three men had allegedly been selling game fish recently to residents in the Lake Providence area.

Agents charged all three men with taking game fish illegally, using illegal mesh nets, taking commercial fish without a commercial license or commercial gear license and selling game fish. Each man was additionally charged with intentional littering for discarding some 21 articles of trash onto the landing and surrounding public park area during their fishing trip.

Taking game fish illegally and using illegal mesh nets each carry fines up to $750, or 120 days in jail or both. Taking commercial fish without a commercial license or gear license each bring fines up to $500, or up to 90 days in jail or both. Selling game fish carries up to a $500 fine and 30 days in jail or both. Littering violators may be fined between $250 and $1,250 and sentenced to serve eight hours of community service. Court costs may also be assessed.

Agents seized the illegal mesh net and donated the 58 fish to a local charity.

Agents involved in the case were Lt. Scott Mathews, Sgt. Wayne Parker, Sgt. James Hagan and Agent Ray Ellerbe.

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

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