Mixed flock of Vultures at Tensas NWR. The Black Vultures hunt by sight and the Turkey Vultures by scent. Together they make a formidable clean-up crew of large scavengers.

Mixed flock of Vultures at Tensas NWR. The Black Vultures hunt by sight and the Turkey Vultures by scent. Together they make a formidable clean-up crew of large scavengers. They are protected by The Migratory Birds Act of Congress passed in 1918.

For any of us interested in learnining more about birds, this Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast birds workshop could be just the event!  2018 was declared to be the ‘Year of the Bird’ in commemoration of the law passed in 1918 that protects migratory birds within the USA. I wish all countries would adhere to such sensible legislation. Birds are living treasures.

Thankfully within America it is now illegal to harm any migratory birds and that includes a great many species, including America’s national bird, The Bald Eagle, many of the song-birds, hummingbirds and both species of vulture that we see in Louisiana.

The Turkey Vulture  is believed to have the best sense of smell in the world and also the Black Vulture, that is more of a visual hunter can safely digest putrid flesh that would otherwise spread disease. We have often seen these birds associating with each other at roost and it is interesting that their complementary sensory powers help ensure that carcasses get cleaned up.

Anyway, there is a wonderful variety of birds in northeast Louisiana and winter is a good time to enjoy unobstructed views in the trees. I hope you can join this workshop!

 

Louisiana Master Naturalists - Northeast

All systems are go for the Birds Workshop this Saturday, January 12. Here’s the flyer:

workshop 7 flyer

Please print as needed. I won’t repeat everything below, but here are the highlights:

We convene on the LaTech Campus at 9 a.m. for classroom instruction.

Over the lunch hour, we will travel to Lake D’Arbonne Spillway for field work, and if we want to see more birds, we’ll go to nearby Lake D’Arbonne State Park for more birding. It costs $3 to get into the park. Be prepared!

You can register online through PayPal by clicking on the “Certification” tab above then on the PayPal button provided. If you want to pay on site, please come 15 minutes early and please let me know your plan.

And here’s a gorgeous cardinal from the 1st Day Hike at D’Arbonne State Park. He just wouldn’t come out of the thick stuff for me!

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