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WEEKLY eNEWS: EE Symposium Presenter & Exhibit Proposals DUE TODAY! Plus, news on Events, Grants, Internships, Contests, Resources, Lagniappe

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana 

Presenters and Exhibitors Proposals submissions – DUE TODAY!

2012 Environmental Education Symposium in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012!
All Symposium registration, exhibitor, and presenter forms and related information can be found on our website at For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255,



NBTS Public Review of Their Standards for Science
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) announces its public review period for Science Standards, Third Edition for teachers of students ages 11-18+. Practicing teachers fill a majority of seats on standards committees with other members representing districts, states, and higher education. NBPTS Standards reflect the Five Core Propositions that are the foundation of National Board Certification; identify specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support accomplished practice, while emphasizing the holistic nature of teaching; illustrate how a teacher's professional judgment is reflected in action; and describe how the standards come to life in different settings. Science Standards will be available for public review January 9th - February 5th. The standards can be accessed online at:   
Please visit the NBPTS website for information on standards development. For assistance or additional information about the public review process, please contact NBPTS at

CALL FOR PROPOSALS –Dedicated Sessions, Presentations, and Posters FEBRUARY 1 DEADLINE!
Restore America's Estuaries 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration
October 20-24, 2012 –Tampa, Florida

The Conference will be a dynamic and exciting opportunity to share successes and lessons learned in all realms of coastal habitat restoration. The overarching theme of "Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities" highlights the interwoven nature of coastal ecosystems and the communities that rely on them. Students are particularly encouraged to participate.
To Submit a Proposal:
Sponsorship: Harvey Potts,
Exhibitor & Scholarship: Meg Beiter,
General Conference Information: Elsa Carlisle, 
Conference Program/Call for Proposals: Suzanne Giles Simon,
Restore America's Estuaries National Headquarters: (703) 524-0248,

seedTALK: Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Northwest Louisiana – January 18
This monthly seedTALK series is about Energy Efficiency efforts and Sustainability programs in our own backyard. Great things are happening in Shreveport, Bossier City, and the surrounding area. Lunch and learn with us each month to be “in the know” and help you get started on your own energy efficiency goals for your home, your business, your city and your region.
Join us for lunch & our inaugural session of seedTALK: January 18th 2012, 11:30 a.m. at Cohab, 610 Commerce Street in Shreveport
Special Speaker: Bill Robertson from the office of Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell
Energy Efficiency Docket – from the supply side and the demand side
Net Metering Program – making your electricity meter run backward
Renewable Power Pilot Program – renewable energies we are already using
Please RSVP via seed’s facebook page event at seedTALK or in reply to this email at


Wetlands Reserve Program (Deadline January 20)
          The Wetlands Reserve Program is a national program authorized by the Farm Bill to assist eligible landowners restore, create, protect, and enhance wetlands on their property. Participation in this program is voluntary, and restoration is accomplished in an environmentally safe, cost-effective manner. Easement payments are based on the lowest of either the fair market value of the land using an appraisal or area-wide analysis, the Geographic Area Rate Cap, or an offer made by the landowner.
          The first fiscal year 2012 application evaluation period for the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) in Louisiana ends January 20, 2012. If you are interested in or have applied for WRP and you would like to ensure your application package is complete and will be considered in the first evaluation period, please contact your local USDA Natura; Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office.
          Applications are accepted on a continuous basis for the Wetlands Reserve Program. There may be additional opportunities for application funding throughout 2012. Applications received after January 20, 2012, will be considered in future evaluation periods, if any, or carried into fiscal year 2013 on October 1, 2012.
          For more information on the Conservation Stewardship Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Soil and Water Conservation Districts, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District

Fund for Teachers Professional Development Grants (Deadline: January 27)
The Fund for Teachers Grant awards preK-12 teachers with funds to support professional development activities during the summer of 2012. The deadline for application is January 27, 2012. See the website for eligibility, and check out additional funding opportunities and other resources.

Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Funding Opportunity (Deadline: February 7)
The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (MASGC) is pleased to announce a request for proposals for the NOAA Sea Grant Aquaculture Research Program. The deadline for preproposals is 3:00 p.m. Central (4:00 p.m. Eastern) February 7, 2012. The attached Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) describes the priorities and funding level in detail. Preproposals are to be emailed by the deadline to and CC-ed to and Full proposals must be submitted to by April 17, 2012, 3:00 p.m. Central. MASGC will submit your proposal to the National Sea Grant Office via on your behalf. For additional information contact LaDon Swann, Director at 251-648-5877 or e-mail Also, see attached executive summary for more information.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Green Ribbon Schools Initiative (Deadline: February 17)
The Green Ribbon Schools Initiative recognizes the highest performing green schools in the nation is designed to honor schools that save energy through environmentally sustainable classrooms and school buildings; and engage their communities in efforts to boost environmental literacy. Schools must be nominated by their state chief education officer and cannot apply directly to the USDO. Each state may select up to four schools, based on the three criteria: Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency; Healthy School Environments; and Environmental and Sustainability Education. The USDOE will select approximately 50 award recipients in the 2011-2012 school year. Winners will be announced during Earth Week in April 2012. The deadline for schools to submit applications to the Louisiana Department of Education is February 17, 2012. To access the online application, please click here.

EPA Announces Solicitation for 2012 Grants (Deadline: February 29)
EPA is seeking applicants for $1 million in environmental justice small grants expected to be awarded in 2012. EPA’s environmental justice efforts aim to ensure equal environmental and health protections for all Americans, regardless of race or socioeconomic status. The grants enable non-profit organizations to conduct research, provide education, and develop solutions to local health and environmental issues in communities overburdened by harmful pollution.  The 2012 grant solicitation is now open and will close on February 29, 2012. Applicants must be incorporated non-profits or tribal organizations working to educate, empower and enable their communities to understand and address local environmental and public health issues. EPA will host pre-application teleconference calls on January 12, 2012, February 1, 2012 and February 15, 2012 to help applicants understand the requirements.
More information on the Environmental Justice Small Grants program and a list of grantees:
Environment Justice Small Grants 2012 Request for Proposals and schedule of pre-application teleconference calls:

Professional Development Scholarships - Amazon Rainforest Workshop & Machu Picchu Extension (Deadline: March 8)
Searching for something unique! spirited! and fun! this summer? K-12 teachers and environmental educators can win one of three $1000 scholarships to travel with scientists to one of the most diverse environments in the world. Join group leader Donna Krabill, Norfolk Botanical Garden and scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University and Randy Morgan, Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo on a rainforest discovery June 29- July 8, 2012. Experience a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway, Yagua Culture & Crafts, Village Service Project, ReNuPeru Ethnobotanical Garden, Birdwatching, Night Hikes, and Monkey Island Conservation Project. Open registration through May. Land cost is $1850, plus air. Machu Picchu Extension is optional. Academic Credit is available.  Land cost is $850 for scholarship winners. Submit simple scholarship application by March 8. For program and scholarship information, visit (case sensitive). Contact Dr. Frances Gatz, 1-800-669-6806 or


Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Initiative (Deadline: January 27)
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in cooperation with its federal partners offer America's Great Outdoors: Developing the Next Generation of Conservationists, an initiative to connect youth to the outdoors by providing financial support for youth conservation job training programs. The program brings together public and private partners to support organizations that are developing innovative conservation job opportunities for youth which expose young people, particularly urban and minority youth, to the natural world and career opportunities available in conservation. The deadline for application is January 27, 2012. Click here for more information.

NASA DEVELOP Now Accepting Summer Applications (Deadline:  January 30)
Summer 2012 Internship Term Dates:  June 4 – August 10, 2012

Are you a looking for a real-world, paid scientific/technical internship? Would you enjoy the opportunity to work with NASA to investigate environmental issues relevant to local communities? Are you interested in using science to inform public policy? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then you may be a competitive candidate for an internship with NASA’s DEVELOP National Program! DEVELOP is a NASA Applied Sciences training and development program where students utilize NASA and partner agency satellite data to conduct hands-on Earth Science research to enhance decision support for local, regional, and national agencies. Please visit or contact Ms. Brandie Mitchell at or 228-688-2917 for more information. See attached flyer.


JASON/Immersion Carbonrally Contest
Compete against JASON and Immersion Carbonrally teams from around the world to see who can reduce their carbon footprint the most. A Carbonrally team can be a class of students, an after-school science club, or any other group of kids who want to make a difference and compete for some cool prizes in the process. Contest runs through May 1, 2012. For more information: JASON/Immersion Carbonrally Contest


You Tube for Schools
Although there are lots of educational videos on YouTube, there are also many videos that aren’t appropriate for students, which is why many schools block access to YouTube from their networks. To solve this problem, YouTube has created a special section for schools, filled with age-appropriate educational content. YouTube for Schools gives users access to the hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube EDU. This includes short lessons from top teachers around the world, full courses from the world’s best universities, professional development from fellow educators, and inspiring videos. Educators also can customize the content that is available from the site. Though all schools receive access to all of the content on YouTube EDU, teachers and administrators can login to and create playlists of videos that will be available at their school. School teachers and administrators can login and watch any video, but students cannot log in and can only watch YouTube EDU videos and videos their school has added. All comments and related videos are disabled, and search is limited to YouTube EDU videos. YouTube also has created a page for teachers,, to help them learn to use the site as a powerful educational tool. YouTube EDU is at


Free Life of a Tree Poster Set
From the International Paper Learning Center, the Life of the Forest Teacher Packet is a complimentary poster set for K-6 teachers. Teachers may each request 1 packet. Click here. Posters and a 5-piece handout set (posters are 16" x 20).

Seeking Nominations for Members to EPA’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to its National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC). The NEJAC is a multi-stakeholder federal advisory committee that provides independent advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator about cross-cutting issues related to environmental justice. This notice solicits nominations to fill eight (8) new vacancies. Nominations can be submitted in electronic format (preferred) at Deadline: January 25, 2012. For additional details regarding the nomination process and to learn more about NEJAC, please visit or contact the EPA Office of Environmental Justice at (202) 564-2515.

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

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –

WEEKLY eNEWS: Presenters & Exhibitors Proposals for 2012 EE Symposium - DUE IN 1 WEEK!


Presenters and Exhibitors Proposals being accepted for 2012 Environmental Education Symposium – DEADLINE IN ONE WEEK!

Join us for the 2012 Environmental Education Symposium in Lafayette, Louisiana on March 9-10, 2012! Registration deadline is January 10, 2012!
If your organization offers environmental resources for educators, this symposium would provide an excellent opportunity for you to display and distribute these materials to the individuals who can best utilize them – teachers and informal educators! Our educators would greatly appreciate your resources and the opportunity to speak to you, the experts!
Presenters: Do you have a new, dynamic lesson, activity, or program that you would like to share with fellow formal and informal environmental educators? Consider presenting at the 2012 EE Symposium!
Classroom teachers are encouraged to submit proposals! Your counterparts are anxious to see what you are doing in the classroom so do them a favor and share your knowledge!
All Symposium registration, exhibitor, and presenter forms and related information can be found on our website at For more information: Venise Ortego, EE Coordinator, 337-948-0255,,


Bayou Lafourche Cleanup – March 31
BTNEP is preparing for the Bayou Lafourche Cleanup on March 31, 2012 and is in need of 22-25 bayou site captains to help with this HUGE event. The captains would be in charge of organizing the cleanup on a 5 mile section of the Bayou! BTNEP will supply all gloves, bags, t-shirts, drinks, snacks, publicity, trash bins, etc. They need willing volunteers to be on the ground coordinating the action! Contact Alma Robichauxat (985)855-8255 or for more information.


The Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series
Hurricanes: Science and Society ( will be hosting a five-part webinar series in the spring of 2012. The webinar series will provide participants with an opportunity to "meet" some of the country’s top hurricane scientists and introduce a range of hurricane topics from the basics of hurricane science to advances in forecasting hurricanes to preparing for an approaching hurricane. Each of the five one hour webinars will have leading members of the hurricane research and forecasting fields discussing their research and answering questions from the "audience." Target audiences include instructors of high school and undergraduate level courses and informal science educators. However, citizens of all ages are welcome to tune in. The 2012 Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series is presented by the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography in partnership with the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE), and the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
          The Hurricanes: Science and Society Webinar Series Topics
Basic Hurricane Science - Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane Observation and Forecasting - Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane Hazards and Impacts - Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane History, Climate Change and Hurricanes - Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7 PM ET
          Hurricane Preparedness - Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7 PM ET
Registration opens January 5, 2012. A full list of webinar topics, speakers, registration, and additional information can be found at:
For further information, contact Holly Morin at


Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grant (Deadline: February 1)  
Whether you’re in a city, rural area or a suburb, wildlife is all around you. Are you a high school student with a creative idea for conserving and protecting wildlife and its habitat in your community? Planet Connect is offering high school students grants of $1,000 to implement their problem-solving projects and participate in a local internship focused on wildlife conservation. Funds: $1,000.00

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star Restoration Grant Program (Deadline: February 15)
The Five Star Restoration Grant Program, an initiative of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, supports community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration projects throughout the United States. One-year grants from $10,000 to $25,000 and two-year grants from $10,000 to $40,000 are provided for projects that build diverse partnerships and foster natural resource stewardship through environmental education, outreach, and restoration. Partnerships should include at least five organizations (nonprofit organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, etc.) that contribute to project success through funding, land, and/or other in-kind services. The application deadline is February 15, 2012. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star Restoration Grant Program website to download the 2012 Request for Proposals.

Annie's Homegrown Garden Grant (no deadline)
Annie's Homegrown offers funding for community gardens, school gardens, and other educational programs that connect children directly to gardening. Funds may be used to buy gardening tools, seeds, or other needed supplies. Eligible applicants include K-12 schools and nonprofits. Funds: $250.00

Do Something Seed & Growth Grants (no deadline)
Do Something Seed Grant provides funding for to start a community action project or program. These grants can be used to jump-start your program or to realize your ideas for the first time. These are grants are for all types of community action projects around causes that you care about and are important in your community. Funds: $500.00


Operation Green Plant
Sponsored by the America the Beautiful Fund, the Operation Green Plant Program helps grow food for the hungry and beautify roadways, parks, and neighborhoods in 20,000 communities across the country. The program is now inviting applicants to request vegetable seeds, flower seeds, and/or herb seeds to help beautify their own communities. Applicants must write a short letter describing their project and fill out the application form.


New Lab Safety Video
The US Chemical Safety Board has released a lab safety video, "Experimenting with Danger". The 24-minute video examines three lab accidents. The first is the explosion at Texas Tech that injured a fifth year graduate student. The second is the fire at UCLA that killed a graduate student. The third is the chemical exposure at Dartmouth College that resulted in the death of a chemistry professor. The video is available online at on the home page. CSB is now investigating accidents at schools, colleges, and universities.


Article: Mardi Gras Goes Green if Resident Has Her Way

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

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –

Authorities Searching for Missing Baton Rouge Couple

Release Date: 12/28/2011

Search and rescue personnel with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for a Baton Rouge couple in St. Tammany Parish following a boating incident.

LDWF Enforcement Division agents were notified by a passing boater around 10 a.m. this morning, Dec. 28, about a capsized boat that was found on the Bogue Chitto River in the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).  The boat belongs to William Holloway, 63, and his wife Kathy, 61.

According to a relative, the Holloways last contact was around 3 p.m. on Dec. 27.  The Holloways were camping on the Bogue Chitto NWR and still have their vehicle parked at the Lock No. 3 boat launch on the Pearl River Navigational Canal off of Lock No. 3 Road.  The Holloways also still have possessions at their campsite.

The 14-foot aluminum flat bottom boat was found about a mile from the boat launch.  LDWF has retrieved the boat and is investigating the cause of this boating incident.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Second Group of Whooping Cranes Released at White Lake WCA

Release Date: 12/27/2011

LDWF biologist opens holding pen at White Lake WCA to release 16 juvenile whooping cranes into the marsh Dec. 27.
Single juvenile whooping crane explores the marsh at White Lake WCA Dec. 27, following its release.
Whooping crane in flight over marsh at White Lake WCA following the release of 16 juvenile cranes Dec. 27.

Dec. 27, 2011 – Sixteen juvenile whooping cranes were released into the wild today at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area (WCA) in Gueydan. The juvenile cranes join three adults that were released in March as part of an experimental population being monitored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF).
The cranes were delivered to southwest Louisiana on Dec. 1 from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD. LDWF is working cooperatively with U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), USGS, and the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit to establish a non-migratory population in the state.

The whooping crane is protected under the federal Endangered Species and Migratory Bird Treaty Acts and by state law. Anyone encountering a whooping crane is advised to observe the bird from a distance.
Whooping cranes are large-bodied, white birds similar to white ibis, white pelicans, and wood storks, all of which must be distinguished from legally-hunted snow geese.  However, a red head and black facial markings along with a height of five feet and a wingspan of 7-8 feet make them very distinctive.  In flight, whooping cranes display black wing tips and fully extended neck and legs, which extend well beyond the tail.
Juvenile whooping cranes are primarily white with some cinnamon-brown feathers remaining on their body, primarily on their head and neck. Their wing tips are black like an adult, but they lack the red head.
Anyone witnessing suspicious activity involving whooping cranes is advised to report that information to LDWF’s Enforcement Division by calling 1-800-442-2511 or using the tip411 program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions. To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.  CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.
For more information on the re-introduction of whooping cranes to Louisiana, please visit, or contact Sara Zimorski at or Bo Boehringer at  or 225-765-5115. For photos, video footage and research documentation please visit:

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

Father and Son Rescued After Boat Capsizes

Release Date: 12/27/2011

Rescue personnel from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division, St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Office (SMSO) and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in rescuing a father and son from Duck Lake in St. Martin Parish this morning, Dec. 27.

Russ Tircuit, 58, and his son Michael Tircuit, 25, both of Addis were rescued from the water about 8:35 a.m. by SMSO deputies and transported to the Franklin Foundation Hospital for hypothermia treatment.

Rescue personnel received a 911 call around 8 a.m. from Michael Tircuit that he was able to place on his cell phone.  Michael told the rescuers where they were and that they were clinging to the bow of their capsized boat.

According to Michael, he and his father were duck hunting and got into their 16 foot aluminum boat to retrieve a duck that was floating away.  The boat struck an object in the water, which caused the boat to take a violent right turn ejecting him and his father into the water.

According to Michael, his father was wearing a kill switch, which cut off the boat’s 90 horsepower motor.  When the boat came to a stop they were able to swim back to the floating capsized boat and hang on until rescuers were on sight.

“If the father was not wearing a kill switch, then this incident could have been a tragedy.  We have seen boating incidents similar to this one that turned fatal because the operator was not wearing a kill switch and the runaway boat hit ejected people in the water,” said Col. Winton Vidrine, LDWF’s Chief Law Enforcement Officer.

The LDWF Enforcement Division will conduct a boating investigation to determine the cause of the incident.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Black Bear Found Dead in Pointe Coupee Parish

Release Date: 12/22/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are seeking leads for an illegally killed black bear that was found floating in the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish.

Hunters in the area reported the bear to LDWF on Sunday, Dec. 11 near the old ferry landing.  LDWF performed a necropsy on the bear at the recovery scene, which revealed the bear was shot multiple times and then probably disposed of into the river.  LDWF is estimating that the bear was shot either a day or two before being reported.

"The bear was a lactating female meaning this action has left orphan cubs out there somewhere that will now also die as a result of this unfortunate shooting," said Maria Davidson, LDWF's Large Carnivore Program Manager.  "Losing this mother bear and most likely her cubs is a serious setback for our plans to make the Louisiana black bear a sustainable game animal in the near future."

When LDWF officials went back to retrieve the bear they found the bear had been decapitated by someone since the last visit to the scene.  LDWF is warning the public that being found in possession of parts of a Louisiana black bear is against the law.

Anyone with information regarding this illegal bear killing or the whereabouts of the missing black bear head should call the Louisiana Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-442-2511 or use LDWF's tip411 program.  To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.

The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.  Cash rewards up to $5,000 are offered for information leading to the apprehension of individuals harming a black bear.  Tipsters can also remain anonymous.

"We have solved cases like this in the past with the public's help and we are again asking for any leads that might guide us in the right direction" said Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the LDWF Enforcement Division.  "

This bear has no reported nuisance history and by all accounts was a healthy adult female Louisiana black bear.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.  Violators are subject to penalties of up to $50,000 and six months in jail.  In addition, a civil restitution fine of $10,000 for the bear may be imposed on anyone convicted of killing a black bear in Louisiana.

With the number of bear and hunter interactions on the rise within the last couple of years, LDWF encourages hunters to carry bear spray and know a few simple rules.  If possible, a hunter encountering a bear should back away and proceed in another direction.  If a bear approaches, you should raise your arms over your head to appear larger and speak in a normal tone of voice to let the bear know you are there.  If the bear continues to approach, wave your arms and yell at the bear.  At this point a hunter could use bear spray to deter the bear's approach.

Hunters should also be aware that baiting deer with corn artificially concentrates bears near deer stands.  It is recommended that hunters either refrain from using corn for bait or use soybeans to reduce bear feeding activity.  Bear encounters can be reported to 1-800-442-2511.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

New Iberia Man Sentenced for Taking Louisiana Black Bear

Release Date: 12/22/2011


A New Iberia man was sentenced in Federal Western District Court in Lafayette on Dec. 21 for illegally killing a Louisiana black bear.

Federal Judge Patrick J. Hanna sentenced Cory R. Ronsonet, 39, to three years of supervised probation, three years of no hunting privileges, a $3,000 fine and 300 hours of community service.  If the fine is paid and community service completed within six weeks, then the probation will be reduced to unsupervised.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents initiated the investigation during the 2008-09 hunting season after receiving a public tip that a black bear had been shot then skinned and stored in a fashion to mount it in the future.  Agents then found a black bear skin and its decapitated head on May 19, 2011 off of Daniel Lane near a subdivision in New Iberia.

During the investigation, Ronsonet admitted to LDWF Enforcement Division agents on May 31, 2011 of taking the black bear in question.  Ronsonet pleaded guilty for violating the federal endangered species act for illegally taking a black bear in Federal Western District Court in Lafayette on Aug. 17.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joe Mickel and Howard Parker prosecuted the case.  LDWF Senior Agent David Boudreaux was the lead investigator on the case and was assisted by Sgts. James Rhodes, Mitch Darby, Brian Theriot and Senior Agent Jason Romero.  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Phillip Siragusa also assisted with the investigation.

The bear had been a part of LDWF's black bear program and was first tagged in 2000 when it was estimated to be six years old.  The passive integrated transponder implanted during the initial capture was left in the hide when the bear was skinned and provided positive identification.  LDWF had never received a nuisance call about this older male bear that lived mostly in the Weeks Island area of lower Iberia Parish.

The Louisiana black bear has been listed on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species List since 1992.  Citizens are reminded that killing a Louisiana black bear is a violation of both state law and the federal Endangered Species Act.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

WEEKLY eNEWS: Events, Education Opportunities, Grants, Contests/Awards, Resources

A Compilation of Environmental Education News from Across Louisiana


National Green Week (February 6-10, 2012)
National Green Week (NGW) empowers students to be leaders of their own sustainability campaigns. NGW kicks off February 6-10, 2012, and educators can choose any week between February 6 and Earth Day (April 22) to participate. Learn more

National Environmental Education Week (April 15-21, 2012)
The 2012 National Environmental Education Week’s theme will be Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning
The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM as it provides teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas.  To support this year's theme, EE Week will offer all registered participants:
     • Free EE Week planning toolkits with information and grade-appropriate activities that incorporate STEM learning into popular environmental topic areas, such as school gardens, energy conservation and weather.
     • A free educator webinar on using the environment as a context for teaching STEM, with school-based project ideas and opportunities for Q&A with experts.
     • Discounts, giveaways and special offers from EE Week partners.
Learn more about EE Week and register your school or organization to be a 2012 NEEW partner today.


UWSP Spring 2012 Courses in Environmental Education
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will be offering four online courses in environmental education and natural resources from January 26 through May 4. Scholarships are offered for several of the courses. Learn more


Captain Planet Foundation Grants (Deadline: January 15)
The Captain Planet Foundation funds projects that engage students in active, hands-on activities that improve the environment in their schools and communities. Learn more  

2012 Wildlife Conservation Youth Engagement Grants (Deadline: February 1)
Planet Connect, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency, invites high school students to develop an idea for a project that addresses a local wildlife or natural resources issue in their community. Students chosen as winners will win $500 to implement their project as well as a $500 stipend toward an 80-hour wildlife conservation or natural resource internship in their community. Learn more


2011 President's Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) (Deadline: December 31)
The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation’s natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. One outstanding project from our region (AR, LA, NM, OK, TX) will be selected for recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. For more information and application, visit: Applications can be emailed to Bonnie King 6XA at or mailed to: USEPA, 1445 Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75202-2733 Attention:  Bonnie King 6XA. Application and postmark deadline is December 31, 2011.

Climate Stewards Education Project - Class of 2012 (Deadline: January 13)
NOAA manages an exciting national education initiative for formal and informal educators - the Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP). The goals of this project are to provide educators with sustained professional development, collaborative tools, and support to build a climate-literate public that is actively engaged in climate stewardship activities. They are seeking 40 new educators to join the CSEP community in 2012. Please see the attached Project Invitation Letter and Application Agreement for more information. Application Agreements should be completed and emailed to:  by January 13, 2012. Applicants will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified in early February.

Eco-Hero Awards (Deadline: January 15)
Action For Nature (AFN), a non-profit organization, honors the creative environmental projects of young people between the ages of 8 and 16. Winners receive cash prizes and a special certificate, as well as public recognition on the Action for Nature website. Learn more 

Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education; Request for Nominations of Candidates for the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (Deadline: January 15)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) Office of External Affairs and Environmental Education Staff Office is soliciting applications for environmental education professionals for consideration on the National Environmental Education Advisory Council (NEEAC). There are eleven vacancies on the Advisory Council that must be filled. Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2012. Learn more

The Volvo Adventure Competition (Deadline: January 31)
The Volvo Adventure is an education program that awards teams of 2-5 students aged 13-16 for an environmental project in their community. Finalists win an all expenses paid trip to Sweden where they compete for cash prizes. Learn more  


CRCL Announces New Mississippi River Delta Website
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Environmental Defense Fund, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, National Audubon Society, and National Wildlife Federation announce the recent launch of, a new site focused on restoring the Mississippi River Delta. This site houses scientific information, public policy analysis, cultural and historical summaries, and Delta Dispatches, a news blog about restoration efforts in the delta.

NSF Offers Online Climate Change Resources
Earth science teachers and students often examine the connections between two related topics: energy and climate. For those wishing to take a closer look at climate change, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a useful web site. Click here to find an NSF report summarizing the current state of knowledge about climate change. The succinct format is enhanced with slideshows and videos.

Project Noah
Project Noah is an online and mobile location-based application that encourages people to reconnect with nature by documenting local wildlife. The tool harnesses the power and popularity of smart phones to collect important ecological data and help preserve global biodiversity. Learn more from Project WET is a free online resource for students and teachers about water and water related topics. Learn more

Tips from to help save on heating and energy over the winter months:
     • Teach kids (Cool Energy Games at this site!) about how becoming energy-efficient can help save our world
     •  Prepare an Energy Strategy for the Future
     • Establish a comprehensive energy management program using ENERGY STAR's Guidelines for Energy Management and read the Energy Design Guidance for New Buildings 
     • Join ENERGY STAR
     • Evaluate your school's energy performance with Portfolio Manager
     • Learn about financing your energy projects 
     • Visit EPA's Indoor Air Quality for Schools Website and download Energy Efficiency and Indoor Air Quality in Schools
     • Receive training through Online Training Sessions
     • Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products to save energy throughout your building

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

Venise Ortego, Environmental Education Coordinator, 337-948-0255,
Juliet Raffray, Environmental Education Assistant Coordinator, 225-765-0124,
Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries –

Five Louisiana Subjects Cited for Duck Hunting Violations

Release Date: 12/20/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division Agents cited five Slidell residents on Dec. 17 for alleged migratory game bird violations in Orleans Parish.

Agents cited David Marshall, 55, Charles Efferson, 49, Michael Landry, 42, Robert Landry, 52, and a juvenile for hunting over bait.  Agents also cited Robert Landry for an unplugged gun, Michael Landry for hunting with lead shot and the juvenile for over limit of scaup.

Agents were given an anonymous tip through the new tip411 smart phone application of possible illegal hunting activity in the Lake Catherine area.  Agents conducted an investigation into the complaint and found several baited ponds.  Agents seized 36 ducks from the subjects.

The state penalties for hunting migratory game birds over bait, hunting with an unplugged gun, use of lead shot and possessing over the limit of scaup brings fines between $400 and $950, or up to 120 days in jail and forfeiture of anything seized for each offense.  The subjects could each owe the state $956 in civil restitution for the illegally taken game.

LDWF launched the tip411 program at the end of September as a part of their Operation Game Thief program, which may offer a cash reward for information leading to arrests or convictions.

To use the tip411 program, citizens can text LADWF and their tip to 847411 or download the "LADWF Tips" iPhone app from the Apple iTunes store free of charge.   CitizenObserver, the tip411 provider, uses technology that removes all identifying information before LDWF receives the text so that LDWF cannot identify the sender.

Citizens can also call Operation Game Thief's Hotline at 1-800-442-2511.  The hotline and the tip411 program are monitored 24 hours a day.

Investigating Agents were Sgts. Kris Bourgeois and Todd Laviolette, Senior Agents Doug Danna and Austin Arteaga, and Agents Mike Williams and Jared Taylor.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

Agents Cite Two Louisiana Residents for Insurance Fraud

Release Date: 12/20/2011


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division agents cited two Slidell residents on Dec. 15 for alleged insurance fraud charges.

Agents cited Robert F. Angle, 78, and Joyce G. Angle, 77, for theft by insurance fraud, filing false public documents and injuring public records.

LDWF agents and National Insurance Crime Bureau investigators started a joint investigation involving a boat that was claimed as lost by the Angle's following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  The boat in question was recently found registered in Florida and was seized by detectives in Lee County Florida.

The Angle's each face up to 10 years in jail and up to $3,000 in fines for theft by insurance fraud.  Injuring and filing false public records each bring a fine up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail.

LDWF agents Sgt. Todd Laviolette and Senior Agent Doug Danna were involved in the case.

For more information, contact Adam Einck at 225-765-2465 or

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