LEEC eNews: Leave Wildlife in the Wild, Think Twice Before Dumping Crawfish Peels, and More!


Student Art & Language Arts Contest

The 2019 LEEC Student Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts Contest will feature thetheme "Taking Environmental Action: What's Great About Your Part of the State?" We encourage students to investigate environmental efforts specific to their hometown, parish or region of the state.
Students: Does your community have a unique recycling center, dedicated volunteer organization, green business or outdoor facility that makes it unique in the environmental landscape? Take
inspiration from people doing good things for the environment and create a piece of visual or language art that explains what is great about your part of the state.
The deadline for the contest is Friday, April 19, 2019. See official rules at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/artcontestDownload the official registration form.

Environmental News

LDWF Reminds Public to Leave Suspected Injured, Orphaned Birds Undisturbed

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) wants to remind the public to leave suspected injured and orphaned birds alone and undisturbed.  

It is best to refrain from intervening in the normal fledgling process and become familiar with common behaviors of fledgling birds, young birds who have grown too large for the nest and need room to stretch/flap their wings and practice flight.  

Each year LDWF receives calls from concerned citizens who have found what they believe to be abandoned birds. It is against the law to capture, transport or possess birds listed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Treaty Act list and other wildlife. Generally, birds and other wildlife are better off left where they are found.  

To learn more about identifying birds that need help http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/40380-wildlife-rehabilitation-program/foundbabybird.pdf. If you find a baby mammal in the wild, consult http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/page/40380-wildlife-rehabilitation-program/foundbabymammal.pdf.


Crawfish Don't Belong in the Bayou
Common Seafood Mistakes You Might be Making

Boiled seafood is a staple in many Louisiana homes, and a great cultural tie to the bounty of resources our estuary provides. Eaten by residents and the thousands of tourists who visit Louisiana ever year, millions of pounds of crawfish, crabs, and shrimp are eaten every year in Louisiana. That’s a lot of seafood!
But are we responsibly disposing of our seafood peelings? Many people dump seafood waste into our waterways, but this can lead to serious issues for our water bodies and their inhabitants.
What’s the big deal about improper disposal of peelings?
Dumping seafood peelings and boil water into our waterways can have multiple negative effects such as:
  • Dissolved Oxygen - Decomposition of organic matter, like seafood waste, can alter the physical and chemical quality of surface and groundwater. As the waste decomposes, our waterways become depleted of dissolved oxygen.
  • Pathogens - Added waste in our waterways can add and spread pathogens, and ultimately lead to disease in our wild fish.
  • Nutrient Overload - Dumping nitrogen rich waste, like seafood peelings, adds nutrients into the water that can lead to algae blooms, and ultimately, eutrophication. When these large blooms decompose, the process removes oxygen from the water, creating a fish kill.
How to properly dispose of seafood peelings and boil water
Next time you’re enjoying a seafood boil, remember to discard of your peelings in a responsible manner:
  • The best and easiest route of disposal of peelings is directly in the trash.
  • If you own your own property, you can also dig a hole to drop peelings in, and refill the hole.
When you’re ready to pour out your boil water, consider your sewage system:
  • If you’re on the city sewage system, remove all solids and pour your boil water down a regular sink drain.
  • If you’re not on the city sewage system, you can pour your boil water into a grassy or weeded area that is away from any bayou, ditch, or body of water.
Be sure to never pour your boil water down a street storm drain, as this water drains straight to our bayous and other water bodies in our estuary without being treated.
Article courtesy of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, btnep.org.

Funding Opportunity

EPA Extends Application Period for Environmental Educator Awards

The application period has been extended for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE). 
Applications are now due April 5, 2019.
Details regarding application requirements and descriptions of winning projects since 2002 can be found at: https://www.epa.gov/education/application-requirements-and-form-presidential-innovation-award-environmental-educators.


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