LEEC eNews: Student Video Contest, NFWF Tackles Derelict Fishing Gear, and More!


Student Art & Language Arts Contest

Have you got a little LEAP downtime? Have your students enter the 2019 LEEC Student Environmental Awareness Art and Language Arts Contest. This year, our theme is "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.
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

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is pleased to announce on behalf of Fishing for Energy partners Covanta Energy Corporation and NOAA’s Marine Debris Program (NOAA), the availability of up to $1,000,000 in grant funding to support derelict fishing gear removal efforts and innovation in gear technology. The range of awards will fall between $30,000-$300,000.
Grants will target areas in U.S. coastal waters with a priority for areas that have been identified and prioritized for derelict fishing gear prevention, reduction, and gear technology innovation in state or regional plans, such as state marine debris action plans or as part of species or habitat conservation plans. 
See https://www.nfwf.org/fishingforenergy/Pages/2019rfp.aspx for a full version of the RFP, which includes specific priorities, eligibility requirements and application instructions. 

Student Opportunity

Clean Air Video Contest

The Greater New Orleans Clean Air Coalition is hosting an air quality awareness video contest for high school students in CMAQ-eligible parishes (Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, and St. Charles). The 2019 theme is "Ground-Level Ozone Prevention." The submission deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019 by 5 p.m. Central.
See https://www.facebook.com/GNOCleanAirCoalition for rules and eligibility.


Audubon Nature Institute Music Under the Oaks

Bring your lawn chairs and join us for a special concert series to celebrate the Audubon Park Conservancy presented by Bellwether Technology. Food and drink will be available to purchase. Contributions to the Conservancy directly support the annual care and improvements of Audubon Park, including ongoing needs such as lawn care, seasonal flower planting, and the protection of historic live oak trees.
This series of free events will be held at the Newman Bandstand at Audubon Park from 5-6:30 p.m. See dates and performers below.
Spring 2019 Dates
Sunday, March 31 - Loyola Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, April 7 - LPO String Quartet
Sunday, April 14 - New Orleans Concert Band
See all upcoming Audubon Nature Institute events at https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/events


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