Destination Kisatchie National Forest—Louisiana Master Naturalists’ Northeast Plants Workshop 2019 a Great Success!

Dr. Charles Allen instructing our LMNNe Plants workshop

I was so excited about attending the Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast Plants Workshop 2019 that I woke up about three hours before dawn! No wonder, our expert botanist for the workshop, Dr. Charles Allen is the State’s leading botanist, and there’s simply no better guide to Louisiana’s wild plants. Last year the information hit me like a flood, I missed quite a lot by being at the back and/or taking pictures and being inattentive. This year my wife and I resolved to stick to the main man like glue and absorb as much botanical knowledge as we possibly could. She’d take notes and I’d photograph the plants.The Kisatchie National Forest near Georgetown in Louisiana, southeastern USA is about as rich in arboreal biodiversity as you can get in North America. This was our second visit to this particular area, we camped the first time and thrilled to the fireflies and night music of the forest, crickets, frogs, bats, Chuck-wills-widow and Barred owls. We used a bat detector to slow down the ultrasonic frequency of the bat’s sonar to render it audible.

Kisatchie National Forest after dawn in late April. Wonderful camping conditions.
Kisatchie National Forest after dawn in late April. Wonderful camping conditions.

Are plants sensitive?

The one pictured above certainly is. It is a sensitive Mimosa plant that will retract its leaves when touched.

The workshop began with an essential introduction to herbaceous and woody plants with the sort of insights that come from a life-time of studying them. Straight to the point, we were taught the defining characteristics that aid one in field identification, how to home in on the identity of a plant by using it’s defining characteristics. This year I got so much more out of the class, I think last year my base knowledge was nowhere near as good and the information came at me so thick and fast that it was hard for me to process in time.

I heartily recommend a repeat attendance, not just because you’ll consolidate your learning, but also because we encountered a whole new set of trees and herbaceous perennials this time. It was a fantastic day out and we learned a lot as well as walking in some of Louisiana’s most beautiful natural woodland. Alongside the the scientific knowledge, the professor is often joking and quipping about plants in a very jolly and memorable fashion, which I shan’t relate here, because I wouldn’t want to steal his thunder. All I’ll say is you won’t regret signing up for one of Dr. Allen’s various plant courses. Next year, be sure to sign up for the LMNE Plants Workshop because it really is a super day out. To learn your plants you simply cannot beat walking with an expert botanist like Doctor Allen.

NB The Allens also run a fantastic eco-lodge called Allen Acres, near Pitkin and you can stay there and have a great ecotourism B&B experience for less money than we’ve spent in non-descript chain motels.

Just in case any reader might think plants aren’t interesting, bear in mind that they have been on Earth for about a billion years and have thus had time to co-evolve into a huge variety of shapes, structures and life-styles. The plant Kingdom numbers the tallest, largest and the oldest living organisms. They have shaped the very world we live in, produced most of our atmospheric oxygen, contributed about 3/4 of our medicines, they moderate our climate and are the basis of the terrestrial food pyramid.

You can view some photographs of the plants that we encountered on iNaturalist here. I’ll add a few more over time and add the link to the LMNE BIOBLITZ HERE.

This beautiful female Swamp Darner dragonfly was drawn to Dr. Bette Kauffman, who so loves Odonates.

“We Need To Nurture Nature And Work With It.” World Celebrates Global Biodiversity Day, May 22, 2019

Louisiana Black Bear, Ursus americanus luteolus, in Tensas River Wildlife Management Area. Global Biodiversity Day 2019 is themed on "Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health".
Louisiana Black Bear, Ursus americanus luteolus, in Tensas River Wildlife Management Area.
Global Biodiversity Day 2019 is themed on “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”.
Farmers in this refuge area allow wildlife to eat about one third of their crops,
Stable climate, healthy soil, water, sunlight and pollinators are the basic ingredients for our life support. We must nurture nature, not squander natural resources.
A honey bee (Apis mellifera) on wild Bidens flowers near Cheniere Lake, Louisiana. Stable climate, healthy soil, water, sunlight and pollinators are the basic ingredients for our life support. We must nurture nature, not squander natural resources.

Today the world celebrates Global Biodiversity Day and I do so in a mood of calm resolve to do what I can to help. Global Biodiversity Day 2019 is themed on “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”. I’ve just watched Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator speak candidly on video about how badly human activity has destabilized the balance of nature with our population now exceeding 7 billion, that’s over twice what it was when Astronauts first walked on the Moon. Now about a million species (approximately 1 in 8) are facing extinction because of the scale, character and spatial distribution of destructive human activity systems.

The key drivers of this destruction are:

  • land use changes,
  • climate change,
  • pollution,
  • invasive species.

According to a new Global Assessment report from the IBPES, “The average abundance of native species in most major land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%, mostly since 1900. More than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. The picture is less clear for insect species, but available evidence supports a tentative estimate of 10% being threatened. At least 680 vertebrate species had been driven to extinction since the 16th century and more than 9% of all domesticated breeds of mammals used for food and agriculture had become extinct by 2016, with at least 1,000 more breeds still threatened.”

In his speech lasting just under three minutes, Steiner encapsulates the key issue of our time, Biodiversity Crisis, saying:

“We are undermining the very infrastructure on which our modern world and our lives depend. Agricultural production today is the largest driver of deforestation and climate change.”

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator

Quoting from the new IPBES report on biodiversity Steiner goes on to say that though the situation is very serious, there are 3.2 billion people at risk and we’ve lost 90% of crop diversity since 1900 and now 60% of mammal biomass is comprised of our domestic animals, the situation is not hopeless. He says, we can learn from “traditional, indigenous and scientific knowledge” and transform our behavior to “nurture nature and work with it.”

Steiner points out that:

“The loss of diverse diets is directly linked to diseases and health risks. If we lose the basic ingredients for farming there will be no way to feed the projected 9.8 billion people by the year 2050. Currently one third of the food produced goes to waste, so there is actually no need to cut down more forest right now… Production does not have to mean destruction.”

UNDP Video

So, there we have it! There’s hope if we can live in better harmony with nature. Permaculture principles are the way forward! I think we can be less wasteful and more conservative. I’ll try to be.

Also check out UNDP’s Midori Paxton’s article on Impakter here for some more information on biodiversity. extinction, food, climate and inequality.

Midori is Head of Ecosystems and Biodiversity at the UNDP’s – Global Environmental Finance Unit’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. In the above linked article she says:

“Our current ecological meltdown is inextricably intertwined with many “other crises” — for example inequality and climate change. The challenge of equal access to food with sufficient nutrition by the increasing global population, projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050, is one good illustration of how loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, inequality and climate crisis cannot be viewed and addressed as issues apart. “


Even here in the USA there’s an interesting model of farming alongside nature at Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge between Delhi and Tallulah in Northeast Louisiana. Here the farmers set aside 30% of their crops for wildlife such as Louisiana Black Bear, Ursus americanus luteolus, pictured below scavenging corn after harvest. A great number of other creatures benefit too. There are also rice fields that are frequented by migratory water fowl, and some fields are flooded in wintertime for them.

Two adult male Louisiana Black Bears enjoying maize corn kernels in a field adjacent to the wonderful Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge in Northeast Louisiana. Here farmers tolerate indigenous wildlife and it is one of the best places to see Louisiana Black Bears, Wild Turkeys, White-tailed Deer and American Alligators. C. Paxton image and copyright.

See the linked pages below for information pertinent to 2019 Biodiversity Day!

Wildlife Smugglers Jailed, Chelonian Turtle Identification Guide produced, Kids Call For Bears Release, Education For Nature Vietnam Report

Now here’s some good news from Education for Nature Vietnam, as relayed to me by their Communications officer, Tom Edgar.

Rhino Horn Smugglers Get Jail Time

“Great news! Three Vietnamese men have been sentenced to a total of over 27 years’ imprisonment for attempting to smuggle 20 kg (44 lbs.) of rhino horn across the border into China.

Police in the border province of Lao Cai stopped their white Toyota Camry car in Lao Cai city in May last year and discovered four whole horns and two small horn pieces from white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum).

Duong Van Sang and Duong Van Thanh, who were transporting the rhino horns, were imprisoned for 8 years and 9 months and 8 years and 6 months respectively. The rhino horn owner, Duong Van Chiem was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months imprisonment.

Although ENV was not involved in their apprehension, we campaigned vigorously to ensure the prosecutors followed the letter of the law as laid down by the 2018 Penal Code. The subsequent prison time is a fantastic result in what was rightly considered a key rhino horn prosecution. Sentencing like this sends out a strong message that wildlife crime is being taken seriously in Vietnam and helps act as a deterrent to others.”

Turtle Guide To Help Law Enforcement Updated

“In other news, we have just published an updated guide to help Vietnamese Customs and other law enforcement agencies identify freshwater turtles and tortoises. We have updated the previous 2010 edition in the light of the new Penal Code and changes to the protection status of some turtle species. The guide features 25 species and includes identification features, habitat, and the current status of each species, as well as comparisons.

A total of 1,700 copies of the guide will be circulated to those at the sharp end of wildlife crime involving turtles and tortoise.

The new updated ENV ID guide to turtles and tortoises will assist authorities

94000 School Children Call For Bears To Be Released To Sanctuary

Meanwhile, we have been inundated with entries to our schools’ letter writing challenge. We asked youngsters the length of Vietnam to write a letter to a bear owner urging them to surrender their bears to a bear sanctuary. Well, the deadline has just passed, and the final count is just over 94,000. We are thrilled. The postman not so much.

A lot of creativity has been on display, from writing from the perspective of a bear to the highly decorative envelopes used to send in their entries. Picking out the prize winners is going to be quite a task.

 A colorful selection of the letters received 

Progress In Schools and Legislation

Finally, as past experience has shown, patience and perseverance pays off when it comes to advocacy. We were quietly pleased to have recently persuaded schools in the Saigon area to surrender all the legally held wildlife being kept on campus. And, to top it off, all of ENV’s recommendations to the Vietnamese government have been included in a just issued Decree that further enhances the new Penal Code. Decree 35/2019/ND-CP, replacing Decree 157, comes into effect on June 10.

As ever, thank you so much for your ongoing support and words of encouragement. You, literally, keep us going. If this email made you smile, please consider a donation to our Gift of Peace appeal:

Best wishes


Tom Edgar”

Make a difference  Gift of Peace 2019

Rendezvous on Lake Ponchartrain — Louisiana Master Naturalists Gathering 2019

Here’s my account of my adventure in the south recently. I greatly enjoyed the 2019 Louisiana Master Naturalists Rendezvous event. This year it was held at Fontainebleu State Park on the north shore of Louisiana’s massive and biodiverse Lake Pontchartrain. 

I rode south with our Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast group President Dr. Bette Kauffman. She was organizer of the event’s Silent Auction again this year.

It was a fun drive south. The fast route from the Twin Cities of West Monroe and Monroe  is to head east into Mississippi on the Interstate highway I20 and then to head south back into the southeastern portion of Louisiana that is known as The Florida Parishes. This territory was formerly part of Florida but was purchased into Louisiana. It is especially interesting because it has some creatures like Sawback turtles, Oak Toads, Gopher Tortoises and Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes that aren’t living in Louisiana West of the Mississippi. The sawbacks are in the Pearl River system and are a species of Map Turtle Professor Carr told me. There are also marine species from the Gulf of Mexico.

As we drove south it was as if we went forward in time, with ever-increasing signs of Spring evident in the form of flowering Dogwoods, Eastern Redbuds, Red Maples and some types of trees with white and yellow catkins.

Sadly we left blue skies behind, too. The cloud cover increased and the temperature decreased. We arrived in the very verdant jungley park and were much impressed with the stately old Live Oaks festooned with thick beards of Spanish Moss. It gave us the impression that the area of the park by the ruined sugar mill was probably haunted. You may know this already, but Spanish Moss is nothing of the kind, it is in the bromeliad family (as are pine-apples) and it is what is colloquially known as an air plant. It derives its moisture and sustenance from the air through its skin, not having roots embedded in soil. It is home to various creatures including a form of spider and a bat. We have plenty of it in northeastern Louisiana too, but down on the Gulf of Mexico it grows thickly and luxuriant. The sea breezes waft these great beards in synchrony and the overall effect is very romantic.

We pulled up to the accommodation through some large puddles, one of which was occupied by a wading shore-bird of some sort. I gaped at it, stunned. It was so close! My camera was in my bag, darn it!

Anyway, we were a bit tired after our 4-hour drive and ready to check in to our dormitories.

There were three buildings on very tall stilts, accessible via staircases. The central one was the dining room kitchen and hall where some of the classes were held and the other two were the male and female dorms respectively. 

These were connected by aerial walkways and served by an elevator that could carry 750 lbs. That made it easier to transport boxes of books etc. up to the hall. I helped Bette set up the Silent Auction and we contributed several photographs to it which sold. I set up the photo contest table. There were six entries, two were ours. Kimmie’s study of a water snake, Nerodia fasciata confluens and jelly ear fungi Auricularia sp. sold as did a fine portrait of a Little Blue Heron by wildlife photographer Jane Patterson ( See Photo Contest article)

Anyway, the first order of the day was to bag a bunk. After that I took my camera out for a walk-about. The ground was quite squishy and the odd rain drop fell to remind me not to venture too far from cover. 

It wasn’t long before the first organized walks went out and things soon became rather interesting. Our group was led by Dr. Bob Thomas (President of Louisiana Master Naturalists, who amongst other things has just had a snake named after him!) . He pointed out that there were cricket frogs in the pool beside the path that led into and through a strip of coastal forest. I spotted some enormous clover leaves or so they looked, beside the path. There were also some interesting sedges, rushes and grasses. 

Reed-fringed Lake Pontchartrain with its famous 26 mile--long road bridge.

Reed-fringed Lake Pontchartrain with its famous 26 mile–long road bridge.

Professor Thomas quipped ‘Sedges have edges, rushes are round, grasses have knees that bend to the ground.’ 

If you’re ever in doubt as to the identity of such a plant that jingle may help! 

Various large thistles held Bumblebees in torpid state from the cold.

We too felt rather chilled through upon our return to the buildings where we met Botanist Dale Kruse from Texas’ A&M university, who won me over to Bryophytes in 5 seconds by asking me “What’s that?” while offering me a small clump of mossy stuff.

“That will be a moss!” I answered, confident in my assertion and ready to excuse myself to get over to the snake talk.

Is it a moss? Is it really?

“Is it?” he inquired again, offering me a loupe lens for closer inspection. What I saw through it surprised me! Lots of green bottle-shaped structures met my gaze. To cut a long story shorter, I passed on Venomous Snake Identification in favour of Dale’s Mosses walk and talk. (Last year I attended Micha Petty’s snake talk which was very, very good.) What Dale had shown me was in fact, a form of Liverwort. Furthermore a limp slimy green rubbery thing that I thought was a liverwort was in fact a terrestrial alga. “Whaaat on Earth?” I hear you say. “Mmm, really!”

  Apparently there are rather a lot of these things around. We only see them looking healthy after rains, otherwise they dry out and crisp up. Which is pretty much what the other bryophytes do in drought conditions. So it was that I studied the “forgotten flora” with Dale and about twenty other people and was suitably impressed.

Bryophytes are comprised of mosses, liverworts and hornworts (See for some great pictures. and some good background info for you. Dale taught us about examples he’s studied in Texas and the UK. Mosses are cosmopolitan, they’re found in every continent and are the dominant plants in Antarctica (above water that is). Ice algae are the base of the marine food pyramid, not Krill as commonly supposed, I learned this here in Fontainbleu too, but that’s another story. To continue with mosses, there’s one variety of moss found only in a single spring in Texas, Don Richards macrumors. It lacks sporophytes apparently.

Anyway you need a compound microscope to appreciate these structures and 200-400x magnification if you want to inspect their cellular structures! Binocular microscopes really bring out the beauty in these plants. The 3 D stereoscopic view is very attractive.

There’s great difficulty finding funding for bryophyte studies apparently, no ‘green’ in the moss, sadly. Your best bet is in biodiversity or climate change research. In ecological terms “bryophytes found their niche and stayed there.” physcomitrium pyriforme is an example with beautiful urn-like structures. These look fabulous under a binocular compound microscope. It’s another world.

There are 14 species of sphagnum moss alone in Texas. He’s been studying them in The Big Thicket and along a big geological fault with peat and moss bogs. Before I came to the USA I thought Texas a very dry place and I conflated it with my image of western movies

In the UK there’s an endangered moss species in the north Pennines in Cumbria. Moss relies upon micro-habitats within habitats and requires a substrate upon which to grow. Different ones are trees with rough bark, trees with smooth bark, dead trees, soil, rocks etc. There is successional growth, with different types from the base upwards. Very little grows on pines because they slough off (shed) their bark. Yaupon holly is smooth barked, Magnolia intermediate, and oak rough. Different species favour such different microhabitats! Bryophytes hare important members of ecological communities and offer microhabitats of their own to a host of other creatures and amongst other things help preserve humidity that benefits creatures that like, or need to remain moist.

Lichens are a parasitic symbiosis of algae and fungus or blue green algae (cyanobacteria) and fungus. You can even have two types of fungi within the alga. A good way to remember this Dale quipped is “The alga took a lichen to a fungus!”  We encountered some bright reddish pink lichens with light grey-green trim called Christmas tree lichen.

Dr. Bob Thomas pointing out a Christmas Tree lichen.

Dr. Bob Thomas pointing out a Christmas Tree lichen, Cryptothecia rubrocincta.

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Our accommodation and one of the lecture halls was in this storm-proofed building!

Our accommodation and one of the lecture halls was in this storm-proofed building!

Spanish moss and resurrection ferns grace the enormous old live oak behind the lecture hall.

Spanish moss and resurrection ferns grace the enormous old live oak behind the lecture hall.

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

One lady naturalist quietly said “I think I’m looking at an owl!” and lo and behold she really was. An eastern screech owl. It was probably the sweetest owl you could meet in such a wood. Later that night a MN called Marty successfully elicited its call from the woods by hooting out into the night!

We piled into cars and drove to a different part of the park to see some more mosses and lichen in a bottom-land forest habitat with wonderful old Spanish moss-festooned trees and on some man-made substrates.

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Charles Allen alerted me to these two great children’s programs this Saturday! Call 601-799-2311 now to sign up!



Cottonmouth Viper, Agkistrodon piscivorous has a very toxic bite but only in self-defense. Let them be, give them their space. C.Paxton image and copyright


Saturday, March 23, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.


Children will learn about Mississippi’s venomous snakes in this instructional program with Dr. Eddie Smith, Pearl River County Extension Agent. Lifelike snake replicas will be used in this program (no live snakes!). A great activity for homeschool students and their families! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations requested. Members’ children $1; non-members’ children $3; no charge for adults.





Saturday, March 23, 11:00 a.m. to Noon

Children will enjoy this program with Master Gardener Amy Nichols. “Ms. Flora” will read them a story and teach them about the parts of a flower. For the Sunflower Planting Project, they will plant sunflower seeds and make their very own mini-greenhouse to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Reservations requested. Members’ children $2; non-members’ children $4; no charge for adults. 



Patricia R. Drackett, Director and Assistant Extension Professor of Landscape Architecture

The Crosby Arboretum, Mississippi State University Extension Service

P.O. Box 1639, 370 Ridge Road, Picayune, MS 39466

Ph. 601.799.2311   Fax 601.799.2372


Extending knowledge. Changing lives.



Free Seven Week Massive Open Online Course on Biodiversity Finance Enrol Begins April 15th

Eastern Screech Owl

Eastern Screech Owl

This looks very interesting indeed! ”

Do you need to make a stronger business case for biodiversity conservation? Do you want to become more skilled at developing financially sound and politically feasible solutions to conservation and development challenges? Do you need to know how to develop an effective biodiversity finance plan? Do you want access to more tools to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance, and to conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals?

The UN is offering a FREE seven-week Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called Biodiversity Finance. It will be facilitated in English, French, Spanish and Russian, and will run from 15 April to 31 May 2019. The course is aimed at conservation planning and biodiversity finance practitioners and policymakers, but is open to everyone.

Click below to enroll!

Forthcoming Events!

This coming weekend brings you four events: in Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Austin, and Allen Acres.  

The guest accommodation is great! Plant give away at Allen Acres B&B

Plant give away at Allen Acres B&B

Events in April

Also look at the attached file to see the many in April.


Also March 22-23 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference & Expo Burton Coliseum Complex, Lake Charles


March 23 – EBR Master Gardener Plant Sale, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens- 7am to 2pm


March 23  NPSOT Spring Symposium, Austin


March 23-24

at Allen Acres see attached Plant Giveaway Days at Allen Acres


Happy Trails under Blue Skies

Event Calendar 2019 Louisiana Nature

2019 Some Environmental Education Events In Louisiana


Event Calendar Louisiana Nature

I’m grateful to Dr. Allen for sharing this information about events. Please note that these dates and event details  may be subject to change without notice given here, so please check with the organizers in advance to avoid disappointments. Thank you.




Jan 18, 19, 20  Tom Sawyer Days, Allen Acres


Jan 19 The Northeast Louisiana Master Gardeners are holding the 9th Annual January Gardening seminar and seed swap on January 19, 2019 from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the West Monroe Convention Center.


Feb 1-3  Louisiana Native Plant Society meeting


Feb 5  Chinese New Year  (2019 Year of the pig) Counter bad luck this year with image of a tiger, the pig’s friend.

Image of a tiger for your desktop in 2019 to divert the Duke Boar.

Image of a tiger for your desktop in 2019 to divert the Duke Boar.


Feb 8, 9, 10  Tom Sawyer Days, Allen Acres

Feb 9  winter symposium Master gardeners New Orleans featuring two of our plothers, Tammany Baumgarten and Dr. Kiki Fontenot

Feb 15-18  Great Backyard Bird Count


Feb. 23 – Herb Day, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens, 8am to 2pm


Feb 27  Learn and Burn Workshop, DeRidder


March 5  Mardi Gras


March 9, 2019 – Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana – Sustainable Ag Conference – Grassland Gardens, Healing the Earth by Marc Pastorek


March 9 & 10 – Baton Rouge Spring Garden Show, Parker Coliseum, LSU Campus, Baton Rouge – 9am to 4pm both days


March 15 & 16, Northshore Garden and Plant Sale, St. Tammany Fairgrounds, Covington, LA 9am to 4pm both days


March 22-23 Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference & Expo Burton Coliseum Complex, Lake Charles,  USA


March 23 – EBR Master Gardener Plant Sale, LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens- 7am to 2pm


Mar 26-28 PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP BASIC THREE DAY  Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 


March 31 – Presentation, “The Plight of the Humble Bumblebee,” by Betty Miley, Goodwood Library, Baton Rouge, 3pm


April 2-4 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;

 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252  basic plant id classes


April 6  Cajun Prairie meeting, Eunice, LA


April 6 &7- New Orleans Botanical Garden Spring Garden Show –

Saturday 9am to 5pm & Sunday 10am to 4pm


Apr 9-11 PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP BASIC THREE DAY  Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 


April 12-14  Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival


April 13 & 14 – Baton Rouge Botanic Garden Spring Plant Sale,

7950 Independence Blvd, 8am to 1pm


April 13 – Festival des Fleurs, Garden Show and Sale, Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, 8am to 4pm


April 16-18 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;

 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 


April 21  Easter



Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252

graminoid class information 

Apr 30-May 2 PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP BASIC THREE DAY  Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 


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


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


May 7-9 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;

 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 


May 9, 2019 – Nacogdoches, Texas, Steven F. Austin University, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Les Reeves Lecture Series – Entertainment via Seed by Marc Pastorek


May 14-16  PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP BASIC THREE DAY  Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 


May 17-19  annual BBB.  Allen Acres, Cravens (Pitkin), La



Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana; 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252


May 27  Memorial Day


May 28-30 WETLAND PLANT IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP 2019 Allen Acres in Cravens, Louisiana;

 5070 Hwy 399; Pitkin, LA 70656 337-328-2252 


June 1, 2019 – New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans, Louisiana – The Best Natives for New Orleans Gardens by Marc Pastorek


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


July 4  July 4th  (I hope you did not need this calendar for that info)


July 20-28 National Moth Week


July 20-28 Bioblitz Allen Acres


July 25-28  National Bug guide Gathering Allen Acres


September 21  Haynesville Butterfly Festival


September 21  New Orleans Botanical Garden, New Orleans, Louisiana – Collecting Seed from Louisiana Native Plants by Marc Pastorek


October 14, 2019  International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region Conference – Baton Rouge, Louisiana – Botanical Landscapes by way of Seed by Marc Pastorek

Mammals of Louisiana

Here’s information about the next Louisiana Master Naturalists Northeast workshop, this one on mammals in Monroe’s fine Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area. I can’t wait for this one!

Louisiana Master Naturalists - Northeast

I almost titled this post “Mammals Wearing T-shirts,” but decided that was too clever by half. Nevertheless…..

sizanneTime to register for our 8th certification workshop, Mammals of Louisiana, scheduled Feb. 9, 9 am – 3 pm. The registration link is now ready on the Certification page of this website.

Reminder to Kalem Dartez, David Hoover, Susan Hoover & Frances Rogers: This is your 7th workshop. You do not need to pay, but you do need to let me know if you will attend.

The Workshop 8 Flyer link is also ready for you to click and download/print. We will meet on the ULM campus; I’ll send out the room # and building via email as soon as I get that form Dr. Kim Tolson, our workshop leader.

We will go to Russell Sage Wildlife Management Area for field work. That means everyone will need a Louisiana hunting or fishing license…

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