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Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Marketing Committee Meeting

Release Date: 10/23/2012

 

Oct. 23, 2012 - Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board will hold its marketing committee meeting on October 24, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. at 2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 310, New Orleans, La. The agenda is as follows.

 

I. Call to order

II. Financial Report
     A. FY14 Budget Discussion

III. Approval of minutes from August 20, 2012 meeting

IV. Old Business
     A. Update on sponsorships and partnerships
     B. EDRP Funds
            i. Nicholl’s State University partnership
            ii. K-12 Initiative
     C. Calendar Year 2013 Media Plan
     D. Seafood Marketing Campaign Continuity Plan
            i. The Food Group
            ii. Graham Group
            iii. GCR Consulting

V. New Business
     A. Nunez Community College proposal
     B. Louisiana Restaurant Association
            i. GASCO proposal
            ii. We Live to Eat Restaurant Week proposal
            iii. Education Foundation/ProStart proposal
     C. Friends of the Fishermen
            i. Gear Grant proposal
            ii. Education Outreach proposal
     D. Louisiana Office of Tourism proposal
     E. Louisiana Travel Promotion Association proposal
     F. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation/Saltwater Series proposal
     G. Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
     H. Louisiana Hospitality Foundation/Louisiana Seafood Festival
     I. St. Bernard Seafood & Farmers Market
     J. Acme Oyster Eating Challenge
     K. Bayou Classic proposal
     L. Café Reconcile
     M. 610 Stompers proposal
     N. Celebrity Golf Invitational proposal

VI. Public Comment

VII. Set Next Meeting

VIII. Adjourn
 

 

LDWF Agents Investigating Fatal Hunting Incident

Release Date: 10/19/2012

Oct. 19, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal hunting incident that took the life of a Lake Charles man in Allen Parish.

The Reeves Police Department received a report on Oct. 18 about a truck that had been parked on the side of Hwy. 190 near Rodeo Pen Road in Reeves for two to three days and notified the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office (APSO).

A sheriff’s office deputy found the truck and noticed a trail into the woods.  After walking the trail for approximately 100 yards, the deputy found the body of Donald C. Hodge Sr., 60, shortly after 5 p.m. on Oct. 18.

The APSO deputy found Hodge under a tree with a lock on type deer stand lying next to him with what appeared to be broken straps that would normally secure the stand to the tree.  Authorities did not find a safety harness attached to Hodge or the tree.

His body was turned over to the Allen Parish Coroner’s Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency and do not suspect foul play.

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

2012-13 Bonnet Carré Spillway Deer Hunting Season Rules & Regulations

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Following Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) deer herd assessments made to determine the impacts of Hurricane Isaac on the deer population, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the LDWF has revised the 2012-2013 Bonnet Carré Spillway hunting season rules and regulations.

LDWF’s population assessments showed that parishes impacted by Hurricane Isaac, which have historically lower deer productivity, required revised harvest rules for 2012-13 based on storm-related deer mortality including high fawn mortality.  The changes to deer season at the Bonnet Carré Spillway follow the revisions approved Oct. 4 by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for the Maurepas Basin, which includes St. Charles Parish, and are as follows:

All hunting shall be still-hunting only, EXCEPT as otherwise specified.

Deer*: Archery and Shotgun (buckshot) only.
Archery: Oct. 1-15 bucks only; Oct. 16 – Feb. 15 either sex
Shotgun: Nov. 23-25 bucks only; Dec. 15-30 bucks only
Youth: Oct. 27-28 bucks only

Additional permit required and posted restrictions apply for all persons regardless of age.  Permits must be signed prior to hunting any game and must be carried at all times while in the field.  For permits or more information, see bulletin boards on-site, visit the project website at www.mvn.usace.army.mil/recreation (then click on Bonnet Carré Spillway), or contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Bonnet Carré Spillway Project Office at (985) 764-7484.

For additional information on revisions to Louisiana’s deer hunting season, please visit the LDWF’s website at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/news/35981.

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225-765-2359 or rmyers@wlf.la.gov.

Houma Man Charged with Deer Hunting Violations and Drug Possession

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited a Houma man for alleged deer hunting and drug violations on Oct. 11 in Terrebonne Parish.

Agents were on patrol in Terrebonne Parish when they made contact with Ryan Young, 34.  Agents found Young in possession of an untagged doe deer that he had harvested with his bow and arrow.  Young was hunting in Area 6, which had a bucks only season with bow and arrows until Oct. 16.

Agents also found Young in illegal possession of marijuana.

Young was charged with taking an illegal deer during the open season, failing to comply with deer tagging regulations and illegal possession of marijuana.

Taking an illegal deer during the open season brings a fine of $500 to $750 and 15 to 30 days in jail.  Failing to comply with deer tagging regulations carries a possible fine of $100 to $350 and up to 60 days in jail.  Illegal possession of marijuana brings a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail.

In addition to the fines, Young faces civil restitution for the value of the illegally taken deer in the amount of $1624.61.

Agents involved in the case are Senior Agents Dean Aucoin and Stephen Rhodes.

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

LDWF Agents Arrest Fugitive in Terrebonne Parish

Release Date: 10/17/2012

Oct. 17, 2012 -- Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents arrested a Houma man for alleged oyster violations on Oct. 11 in Terrebonne Parish.

Danny T. Billiot Jr., 25, was dredging for oysters in Bay Long when agents boarded his vessel.  After performing a vessel and license inspection, agents found that Billiot did not possess a commercial license, displayed improper boat numbers, failed to comply with personal flotation device (PFD) requirements and without possession of a fire extinguisher.

After further investigation, agents learned that Billiot had outstanding warrants in Terrebonne Parish for past fishing violations.  Billiot was then arrested and booked into the Terrebonne Parish Jail.

On Oct. 12, Billiot pled guilty to the charges within the eight warrants.  From April of 2007 until August of 2012, Billiot was charged with two counts of taking oysters from unapproved areas, two counts of failing to comply with PFD requirements, taking commercial fish without a commercial gear license, violating recreational gear license requirements, failing to display valid certificate decal, improper boat numbers, and no boat registration certification, violating seed ground vessel permit regulations, failing to have commercial license in possession, unlawfully taking oysters off a private lease, failing to have written permission, failing to mark oyster lease while harvesting, failing to display proper number on vessel, angling without saltwater and basic fishing licenses, and taking or possessing undersized black drum.

Honorable Judge John Walker of the Terrebonne Parish Court sentenced Billiot on Oct. 12 to six months in parish jail with credit for time served, 18 months of supervised probation in which he cannot fish for oysters and must forfeit all commercial licenses, 24 months of unsupervised probation and a $400 fine.

The charges issued on Oct. 11 are still pending.  Failing to have commercial license in possession brings a fine between $250 and $500 and up to 90 days in jail.  Displaying improper boat numbers, failing to comply with PFD requirements and no fire extinguisher in possession each carry a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.

Agents involved in the case are Lt. Joseph Arnaud, Senior Agent Ladd Turner and Agent Adam Tieben.

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

Waddill Education Center to Host Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

Release Date: 10/16/2012

Oct. 16, 2012 -- The contest to decide the winning design for the 2013 Louisiana Duck Stamp will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center.  The Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Education Center is located at 4142 N. Flannery Rd. in Baton Rouge.

Competing paintings will be on display starting at 9 a.m. in the Education Building and judging will begin at 10 a.m.  The contest is open to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988 to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 22 years, over $10 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.

In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited and the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

The Louisiana Duck Stamp contest has traditionally attracted high-quality artwork from across the country as evidenced by the outstanding designs that have graced our annual Waterfowl Conservation stamps.

Judges include professional waterfowl biologists, artists, and art dealers with expertise in waterfowl morphology and habitat as well as artistic methods and style that combine to create a beautiful stamp.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov.

WEEKLY eNEWS: Conferences, Contest, Grant, Resources, Volunteer Opportunity, Webinars/Workshops

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana

CONFERENCES

Boosting Girls’ Interest in STEM: Louisiana STEM Girls Collaborative Project Kick-Off Conference with PBS’ Design Squad Nation (October 27, 9:00AM-4:00PM)
The newly formed Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Girls Collaborative Project (LaSTEM GCP) offers the chance for all those committed to informing, motivating and inspiring girls in the state of Louisiana to pursue careers in STEM to come together to share exemplary practices, develop new collaborations, and share resources. The economic future of Louisiana is tied to increased participation of all students in careers that rely on STEM skills and competencies. All informal educators, afterschool providers, school administrators, engineers, technical professionals, business partners, members of professional organizations, K-12 educators, and university staff are encouraged to join us! In addition, the LaSTEM GCP and the Emmy award-winning PBS’ Design Squad Nation will host a hands-on breakout session to discuss how together we can boost girls’ interest in engineering using multimedia resources and activities from PBS’ Design Squad Nation. When participants leave the training, they will have a clear sense of purpose and several collaborative opportunities penciled into their calendar – and the resources to inspire girls’ interest! Travel scholarships are available to a limited number of participants. Contact Lou Papai at lpapai@sciport.orgfor more information. To register and for more information: http://www.ngcproject.org/boosting-girls-interest-stem-louisiana-stem

Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy Announces Second Call for Abstracts (Deadline: November 12)
The Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) is announcing a second call for abstracts for: CNREP 2013: Challenges of Natural Resource Economics & Policy, the 4th National Forum on Socioeconomic Research in Coastal Systems. The conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This triennial forum focuses on the opportunities and challenges of socioeconomic research in the development and evaluation of coastal resource restoration and management. Potential session topics include, but are not limited to, market and nonmarket valuation of ecosystem services and coastal resources, environmental benefit-cost analyses, economic linkage/impact assessment, input-output modeling, and comparative assessments of resource management and restoration policy. Basic and applied research, extension-oriented, and policy discussion submissions are all welcome. The deadline for abstract submission is November 12, 2012.
Call for abstracts: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu
Sponsor information: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/Sponsors%202013.html
CNREP information: http://www.cnrep.lsu.edu/AboutCNREP.html
Additional information, contact: Rex H. Caffey, Professor and Director, Center for Natural Resource Economics & Policy, Louisiana Sea Grant and LSU AgCenter, 179 Woodin Hall, Louisiana State University; 225-578-2393; rcaffey@agcenter.lsu.edu

 

CONTEST

Solve for Tomorrow Technology Grant Application (Deadline: October 31)
Your school can win a piece of $1,000,000* in technology. Samsung is giving all public schools nationwide, grades 6-12, the opportunity to share the wonder of technology. Samsung and its partners are asking teachers to participate in its contest which will address a key academic challenge in our country: to increase the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. Selected entries, will receive a Samsung camcorder, laptop, and Adobe video editing software to capture the classroom vision and compete for one of the top prizes! To apply or learn more about the 2013 Solve for Tomorrow Contest, visit: Samsung.com/solvefortomorrow. Application deadline is October 31, 2012.

 

GRANT

Last Call: Deadline October 15 for Water Challenge Applications
The 2013 Water Challenge is looking to discover and develop entrepreneurial ideas that help us live with water. The 2013 Water Challenge is accepting well-developed or early-stage ideas/solutions. Eligible applicants will take part in 6 free, two-hour mentoring sessions (once a week between late October and early December) to help develop their business or idea. Then, finalists will be chosen from this cohort for further mentoring in preparation for the $50,000 Water Challenge day on Monday, March 18 during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week. Nonprofits with ideas that have the potential to generate revenue are eligible to apply. The 2013 Water Challenge application season ends October 15th 11:59pm CST. For more information and to apply, visit: http://waterchallenge2013.org.

 

RESOURCES

New Science Fair Tools for Project Ideas
Selecting a clever project idea just got a whole lot easier with the NEW Science Fair Project Idea Boardat Science Fair Central. Students can now choose from 20 popular topics using a fun interactive tool to discover a science fair project idea that matches their interests. Discovery Education and Elmer's brings Science Fair Central, the online destination for stress-free science fair planning from start to finish.
Free Resources:
         Parents- project timeline, printable shopping list, coupons for Elmer's display products
         Teachers- project display checklist, judging criteria, letter to parents
          Students- interactive project idea board, guidelines for validating a topic, sample projects
Parents, science fair coordinators and aspiring young scientists will find all the must-have resources and time-saving tips for planning this year's winning science fair display. Build student engagement and fun into the science fair process by encouraging your students to try the new Science Fair Project Idea Board. Then take advantage of free tips and tools for a stress-free science fair season.

SciGirls Season 2 Full-STEM ahead!
Starting in October, ten new episodes will showcase bright, curious, real girls using science, technology, engineering, and math in their everyday lives. They design an underwater robot, engineer a "chill" ice-cream-making bike, apply real forensic methods to solving a mysterious crime, and more! In Season Two, there's even more of the unique combination of TV and web that won the series a Daytime Emmy for "New Approaches" in its premiere season. Every episode of the TV show features onscreen clues that lead girls to a "mash-up" game on the website, where they can create their own, unique SciGirls stories. Plus, in other new interactive games, kids can search for underwater treasure, care for a colony of honey bees, and design wildlife dioramas. Youth can join the SciGirls safe social network to create personal profiles, upload projects, and connect with other sci-minded girls nationwide. It's all about tweens and screens, and SciGirls' sophomore season will empower girls - and their parents and educators - to tap into the collaboration, exploration, and authentic discovery. Every girl can be a SciGirl! http://pbskids.org/scigirls

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Coastal Forest Restoration Project near Chalmette (October 16)
Register Now
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is looking for volunteers to participate in a coastal forest tree restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Canal in Plaquemines Parish, LA (near Chalmette, LA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 from 9:00AM-4:00PM. This project will promote healthy coastal forest on land that has been accumulating from sediment outflow from the Caernarvon Diversion. The trees will provide critical habit for wildlife, restore areas that were damaged during Hurricane Isaac, and provide storm protection to the adjacent marsh and inland communities. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 300 cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This will be a muddy day with strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. Please register online at www.crcl.orgor call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information.

 

WEBINARS/WORKSHOPS

Marsh Burning Certification Class (Tuesday, October 23)
USGS National Wetland Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506
This class will address all the essential elements of conducting controlled burns in coastal marsh habitats. Successfully completing the class along with burning experience is required for Burn Certification by the La. Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Coastal marsh landowners and land managers, duck hunters who assist with controlled burns, and anyone interested in using fire as a marsh management technique should attend. There is no cost to attend the class but pre-registration is requested. Please call the LSU AgCenter, Vermilion Extension Office at 337-898-4335 or by email to Mark Shirley at mshirley@agcenter.lsu.edu

NGCP Webinar: Online Resources and Tools: Using the New NGCP Website to Build Program Capacity
November 28, 2012; 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific
The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) recently launched an enhanced website with easier navigation and more tools and resources. Join in for this informative website tour that will focus on helping programs find relevant links, resources, statistics, and other information to build organizational capacity to offer high quality STEM opportunities to increase girls' interest in STEM.
Register: http://www.ngcproject.org/online-resources-and-tools-using-new-ngcp-website-build-program-capacity

 

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

LWFC Approves Revised Harvest for 2012-13 Deer Season Due to Hurricane Isaac Impacts

Release Date: 10/04/2012

Maurepas Basin Deer 2012-2013 Season Changes
Plaquemines/St. Bernard Parishes 2012-2013 Deer Season Changes


View Maurepas Basin Defined Area in a larger map

St. Bernard and Plaquemines


View 2012-2013 Deer Season Changes in a larger map

 

Oct. 4, 2012 –The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission approved recommendations made today by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) to revise hunting rules/regulations for the 2012-13 deer season. LDWF’s Wildlife Division recommended the changes following deer herd assessments made to determine the impact of Hurricane Isaac on the deer populations in parishes flooded by the storm.

In a presentation to the Commission, Wildlife Division Administrator Kenny Ribbeck outlined major areas of concern that included the Lake Maurepas Basin, and Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. He noted that those areas had historically lower deer densities and poorer habitat quality compared to other areas around the state.

Assessment methods utilized included biologists on the ground and in boats, as well as aerial reconnaissance. LDWF staff interviewed hunters, landowners, and LDWF Enforcement Division agents and included reports from the general public.

In the Lake Maurepas Basin, storm surge pushed water levels five to six feet above normal, major flooding lasted four days in some areas, encompassing an estimated 391,000 acres. The assessment noted light to moderate adult deer mortality, but high fawn mortality estimated at nearly 90 percent.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Maurepas Basin Defined Area: Portions of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Livingston, Ascension, St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes; beginning west of the Tchefuncte River from Lake Pontchartrain to LA 22; also south and east of LA 22 to LA 70, and east of LA 70 to LA 3125; and north and east of LA 3125 to LA 641; and west of LA 641 to US 61; then north of US 61 to the Jefferson Parish line.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - Dec. 2 (10 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 8 - 30 (23 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)

 

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Wildlife Management Areas:

*Biloxi WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Joyce WMA – same as Lake Maurepas Basin Defined Area, except still hunt only

*Manchac WMA - Archery Season - no change

*Maurepas Swamp WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only: Nov. 3-4 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms, mandatory check: Nov. 23 (1 day)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Nov. 24 – 25 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, modern firearms: Dec. 22 – 28 (7 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 14 – 20 (7 days)

*Pass-a-Loutre WMA –

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Bucks only shotgun - no change

 

Severe flooding conditions in Plaquemines Parish, where protection levees were over-topped and the lower east bank was hit by a 14-foot storm surge, produced moderate adult deer mortality and high fawn mortality.  Severe habitat degradation was noted as the result of salt water shock and debris deposited by storm surge.

In those portions of St. Bernard, mainly areas outside the flood wall, lower marshlands that were severely flooded led to high fawn mortality and light adult deer mortality.

RECOMMENDATIONS / APPROVED for Plaquemines Parish and St. Bernard, outside the major flood wall.

·         Archery Season - no change

·         Youth, Bucks only, still: Oct. 27-28 (2 days)

·         Bucks only, still: Nov. 23 - 25 (3 days)

·         Bucks only, with or without dogs: Dec. 22 – Jan. 6 (16 days)

·         Bucks only, primitive: Jan. 19 - 27 (9 days)

 

For more information, contact Kenny Ribbeck 225-765-2942 or kribbeck@wlf.la.gov.

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.

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

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana.

GRANTS

EPA’s 2012 Environmental Education Grant Program (Deadline: November 21, 2012)
This grant program funds environmental education projects that enhance the public’s awareness, knowledge, and skills to make informed decisions and take responsible actions towards the environment. http://www.epa.gov/education/grants/index.html

 

EVENTS

NOAA Teacher at Sea Program Call for Applications (Deadline: October 31, 2012)
Are you an educator interested in doing research on a ship? Apply for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Teacher at Sea program giving teachers the opportunity to learn about maritime work and increase environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. http://teacheratsea.noaa.gov

USM’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Teacher Opportunities
Explore a Seashore, a new program for adults and children over the age of 12, is sponsored by Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and provides GCRL scientists with an opportunity to share their research with members of the public during lab and field experiences with intriguing themes.  They have requested CEUs for all programs; CEUs for teachers are paid by the grant. Programs usually take place for 2 hours on Friday evening and 8 hours on Saturday. These programs fill quickly, so sign up soon. Registration forms and specific information about each program are available on the web: http://www.usm.edu/gcrl/mec/explore.a.seashore.php. For more information contact Shamika Harris-Richardson at 228-818-8833 or shamika.harrisrichardson@usm.edu.
2012-2013 Programs
Sharks, Shores and a Whole Lot More, $20; 0.8 CEUs; 5/11-12/2013
Art and Science on Horn Island (in cooperation with Walter Anderson Museum of Art), $50 members WAMA/$65 non-members WAMA; 0.8 CEUs; 4/13-14/2013
Human Diseases from the Coastal Ocean, $20; CEUs requested; 10/12-13/2012 and 3/9-10/2012 (spring date is tentative)
Insights into Parasites of the Sound, $20; 0.7 CEUs; 10/26-27/2012
Weathering the Storm, $20; 0.5 CEUs; 11/17/2012

Call for Presenters…Call for Exhibitors!
On February 22-23, 2013, the LEEC and the LEEA will host the 16th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge. This year we are placing emphasis on the concept of sustainability – understanding, key practices, implementation, and more. The theme for this upcoming conference, therefore, is “Build a Sustainable Future”!
Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, business and industry representatives, non-profit organizations, state and local officials, and non-formal educators.
Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with other educators? Particularly one that incorporates the concept of sustainability?! Consider presenting at the upcoming 2013 Louisiana EE Symposium! Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons! Also, teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to ultimately reach a larger audience of students!
Postmark deadline for exhibitor registration and presenter proposals is November 30, 2012. Please see attached forms and informational flyers below.
For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255, vortego@wlf.la.gov, or Juliet Raffray, EE Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124, jraffray@wlf.la.gov

 

WEBINARS

BatsLIVE Webinar: A Distance Learning Adventure (October 11, 7:00-8:30 PM, EDT)
BatsLIVE, in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation, is hosting a free webinar for 4-8th grade teachers and students. Learn about cave and karst topography in this interactive program and submit your questions to experts: Cynthia Sandeno, National Cave and Karst Coordinator for the USDA Forest Service; Carol Zokaites, Chief of Environmental Education for Virginia State Parks and National Coordinator of Project Underground; and Dr. Rick Toomey, director of the Mammoth Cave International Center for Science and Learning. http://online.nwf.org/site/Calendar?id=105903&view=Detail

Exploring Landscapes through Project Based Learning (October 24, 2:00 PM EDT)
Understanding our landscapes - where we live and how we interact with our natural resources - is a critical part of understanding natural resource issues. Webinar presenters Breanna Trygg and Erica Baker will introduce the Project Based Learning Model (PBL). In PBL, students explore their local landscape by structuring and organizing an action project and sharing what they have learned. This webinar covers information from two CE Strategy resources: Landscape Investigation Guidelinesand Project Based Learning Model. Breanna Trygg is Environmental Education Program Coordinator for the Pacific Education Institute. Erica Baker is Educational Consultant. Space is limited so be sure to register soon.

OneNOAA Science Seminars: October 2012
(Click on seminar title for complete and updated seminar details online)
Evolutionary Strategies in Marine Phytoplankton: Interrelated Influence of Nutrients, Cell Size, and Grazing Defense
October 04, 2012, 11:00-12:00 PDT
Oysters' Contribution to Water Column Filtration
October 04, 2012, 12:00-12:30 EST
Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane in Freshwater Wetland Ecosystems
October 04, 2012, 12:30-13:00 EST
What Pirates Can Teach Us About Integrated Decision Support
October 05, 2012, 12:00-13:00 EST
Reprise: Collaborating with Friends - Creating Intranet Sites with Google Sites
October 09, 2012, 14:00 - 15:00 EST
Make Coastal Changes Come Alive with CanVis Visualization Software
October 10, 2012, 14:00-15:30 EST
Sandlance, Sharks and Sticky Fish - Inspiration for New Materials and Biomimetic Solutions to Unusual Problems
October 11, 2012, 11:00-12:00 PDT
NOAA Monthly Climate Webinar Updates
October 18, 2012, 11:00 - 12:00 EST (times may vary)
Marine Genomics and the Evolution of Body Plans
October 18, 2012, 11:00-12:00 PDT
Introduction to Great Lakes Climate Education Resources
October 19, 2012, 10:00-12:00 EST
Using Cost Effectiveness Analysis to Select Salmon Recovery Measures: A Practical Approach with Some Difficulties
October 25, 2012, 11:00-12:00 PDT

 

CONTESTS

EcoChallenge: Change Begins With You (October 1-15)
The EcoChallenge is an opportunity to change your life for good. Common wisdom says it takes two weeks to change a habit. Choose one action to reduce your environmental impact and stick with it for two weeks. As an individual or with a team, you pick a category and set a goal that stretches your comfort zone and makes a difference for you and the planet. http://www.ecochallenge.org

 

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers Needed to Assist with a Coastal Forest Restoration Project near Chalmette (October 16)
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are looking for volunteers to participate in a coastal forest tree restoration project near the Caernarvon Diversion Outfall Canal in Plaquemines Parish, LA (near Chalmette, LA) on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m. Directions and additional information will be provided to registered volunteers via e-mail. All planting equipment (gloves, shovels, etc.), lunch, and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will be planting 300 cypress trees and wrapping the trees with protectors to shield them from predators. Volunteers will be transported to the planting site by boat. This will be a muddy day with strenuous and dirty activity, so physical fitness is required. Please register online atthe www.crcl.orgor call the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana at 1-(888)-LACOAST for more information. 

 

RESOURCES

Chasing Water
Bullfrog Films has just released Chasing Water, a documentary that follows the Colorado River, source to sea, with photographer Pete McBride who takes an intimate look at the watershed as he attempts to follow the irrigation water that sustains his family's Colorado ranch. This visual journey is both revealing and alarming as it highlights the state of the river and the Southwest's drying future. http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/chasw.html

Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence
Ecoliterate offers an exciting new model of education that advances academic achievement; protects the natural world upon which we depend; and fosters strength, hope, and resiliency. It tells stories of activists, educators, and young people who are creatively addressing issues related to oil, coal, food, and water in places ranging from the Arctic to Appalachia and New Mexico to New Orleans. The secret to their success? Bringing some emotional intelligence to their ecological goals. Ecoliterate is the result of an innovative collaboration between Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence) and Lisa Bennett and Zenobia Barlow of the Center for Ecoliteracy. http://www.amazon.com/Ecoliterate-Educators-Cultivating-Ecological-Intelligence/dp/1118104579

How to Develop Effective Leadership in your Community
How do you empower leaders in your community to stand up and get involved in environmental justice issues? Watch EPA's newest video in their 20th Anniversary video series, featuring Teri Blanton, the former Chair for the citizens' group Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. Teri describes the lessons learned from helping local residents take ownership over the decision-making processes, and how to train leaders to advocate for healthier communities. http://blog.epa.gov/ej/2012/09/809/

LPB, in Partnership with CWPPRA, Releases Turning the Tide Curriculum for Educator
Teachers and students have a powerful new resource for studying the environmental and economic crisis unfolding at the mouth of America’s largest river delta along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast. Turning the Tide, an award-winning LPB documentary, takes an in-depth look at the proposed solutions, proven strategies, and bold engineering that can “turn the tide” on Louisiana’s coastal erosion problem. New! Turning the Tide: A Companion Teaching Guide and the companion video clips encourages students to ask questions about the environmental, cultural and economic crisis resulting from land loss along Louisiana’s Gulf Coast and to explore how choices made today will affect their future. It is available free at lpb.org/turningthetide and http://lacoast.gov/new/Ed/Curriculum.aspx. This guide was developed by LPB, CWPPRA's Educational Outreach program and the region’s top environmental science educators, with funding from the McKnight Foundation. Targeting middle and high school teachers and students, the resource provides lessons in Economics, Math, Science, English, Social Studies, Art and Geography that are aligned to state and national standards. Creative teaching strategies for using the guide will be demonstrated at the Louisiana Science Teachers Association conference in Shreveport on November 12-14, 2012. Registration information is available at http://www.lsta.info/index.php. For questions about the documentary Turning the Tide contact Christina Melton at cmelton@lpb.org and/or about the teacher guide contact Susan Testroet-Bergeron at bergerons@usgs.gov.

NEW Ranger Rick Jr. Magazine from National Wildlife Federation
A brand new magazine from the publishers of Ranger Rick® targeting ages 4-7. For more information: http://www.nwf.org/Kids/Ranger-Rick-Jr.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/

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 Announcement: Call for Presenters…Call for Exhibitors!

Call for Presenters…Call for Exhibitors!

On February 22-23, 2013, the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission and the Louisiana Environmental Education Association will host the 16th Annual Louisiana Environmental Education Symposium – “Our Environment…Our Future” at the Marriott Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

This year we are placing emphasis on the concept of sustainability – understanding,  key practices, implementation, and more. The theme for this upcoming conference, therefore, is “Build a Sustainable Future”!

Exhibitors: Our target audience will include classroom teachers, pre-service teachers, business and industry representatives, non-profit organizations, state and local officials, and non-formal educators. Postmark deadline for exhibitor registrations is November 30, 2012. Please see attached registration form and informational flyer below.

Presenters: Do you have a hands-on workshop, lesson activities, or exemplary program that you would like to share with other educators? Particularly one that incorporates the concept of sustainability?! Consider presenting at the upcoming 2013 Louisiana EE Symposium! Help teachers by giving them the tools necessary to conduct quality environmental lessons! Also, teachers love presentations made by fellow teachers so if you are a classroom teacher with an innovative lesson, please consider using the symposium as a way to ultimately reach a larger audience of students! Postmark deadline for presenter proposals is November 30, 2012. Please see attached proposal form and informational flyer below.

For more information:
Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator - 337-948-0255 or vortego@wlf.la.gov
Juliet Raffray, EE Assistant Coordinator - 225-765-0124 or jraffray@wlf.la.gov

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