Gymnopus eucephalus at Black Bayou NWR, Louisiana

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Dr. Charles Allen has very kindly sent me another Event Calendar for Louisiana Nature, this includes some environmental education/exploration events in southeastern Texas too and a glimpse of some of next year’s events. Dr. Allen is one of Louisiana’s foremost naturalists and environmental educators and is based at Allen Acres nature preserve and B&B, near the Kisatchie Forest, in Pitkin Louisiana.

Oct 27 Yard-to-Habitat (Y2H) Workshop Landscape transformation for homeowners

9 am-2:30pm, Acadian Village, Lafayette LA

Nov 3  One day plant id class Allen Acres



This will be our second Walk at the LTNS in 2018,  owned by the Houston Outdoor Nature Club. Their website is  Click on the link on the upper right for LTNS information.  There are directions there too.  Bring collecting gear, rain gear if rainy, water, a sack lunch  (lunch will be planned for 12 noon).  We will meet at 10:30 AM, collect, display, identify and label the fungi on picnic tables near the building.   You may photograph the specimens if you like. We should be done by 2 or 3PM. Directions are: From IH69/59, North or South, take FM 150 at  Coldspring, go west on FM 150, 7+ miles, at Evergreen Baptist Church  turn left on FM 945, go 1.9 miles, look for a cemetery on right, then you will see a silver industrial fence on the left.  The entrance gate is to the left of that fence.  From IH45, take FM 150 and go east  toward Coldspring, turn right on FM 945, and proceed as above. Or you can search for Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary and it will pop up. The gate should be open. Thanks to LTNS and GSMS members for their help last June.  We had 29 species, we hope to top that count with this Walk. For more information or if you get lost, contact Sergio Henao   cell phone 713-825-2653   shenao(@)

Nov 10  WATSON PRESERVE.  WALK,  Warren, Texas

The Watson Preserve, 262 County Road 4777, Warren TX 77664,  is located in Lake Hyatt Estates off US Hwy 69, 16 miles north of Kountze or 4 miles south of Warren.   Look for very large brick markers reading “Lake Hyatt Estates”  on both sides of County Road 4770 (This CR is also between  several large metal buildings on the east side of the Highway that are East Texas Paint & Body Shop, and a plant nursery and sales.) Go east on CR 4770, for 1.2 miles (you will cross a dam with the lake on your left) to a fork in road. A “Watson Preserve” sign is on the street sign with an arrow pointing to the left.  Turn left there on CR 4777, go 2/10  miles to the Preserve on left.  You will see a grey building with “Gallery” across it and a Preserve sign.  You may park at the Gallery or along the road.

We will meet at the Preserve at 10:00 AM on Saturday, to collect and identify mushrooms and fungi, and observe native plants and trees.  Bring collecting gear (baskets, paper bags, knife) if you have it, water, bug spray, rain gear if rainy.  You may want to bring a sack lunch and drink, as we will plan lunch for noon.  We will provide tables, but if you want a chair, please bring your own. A port-a-potty is located near the Gallery and parking area, and should be in service.  We will have Jay Justice, an Arkansas mycologist who many of you know, to assist with the fungal ID’s.


Dec 7-9  Winter Foray  Camp Hardtner, Pollock, LA  organized by the Gulf States Mycological Society is a non-profit scientific and educational organization formed to promote the appreciation and study of the diversified fungal flora of the Gulf Coast region by amateur and professional mycologists. Society activities have resulted in the naming of many species previously unknown to science. The Society is affiliated with the non-profit North American Mycological Association, a 501(c) (3) organization.Please go to our website for more details and a registration form.


Also dates to mark in your calendars for 2019 include:


Feb 1-3  Louisiana Native Plant Society meeting


April 6  Cajun Prairie meeting


April 12-14  Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival


April 13  Festival des Fleurs, 8am – 4pm, Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, LA


April 21  Easter (Always good to know when that will be)


May 3-4 Southern Garden Festival, 3502 E. Simcoe St., Lafayette, LA


May 5  Avec Souci Garden Tour, 1pm -5pm, Lafayette, LA


June 2-5  North American Prairie Conference, Houston, Texas