birds en Cat Trap Fever: LA/SPCA Program Seeks To Reduce Feral Cat Population <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">With its warm climate and raised houses, New Orleans is the perfect environment for feral cats. Europeans brought the first domestic cats to North America several centuries ago, and they've been an invasive species ever since. </span></p><p>In order to control the population, the Louisiana SPCA <a href="" target="_blank">offers a low cost service</a> to trap, neuter and return feral cats to their neighborhoods.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Kate Richardson 63775 at Which Came First: The Mockingbird Or The Musician? <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times; color: rgb(35, 35, 35);"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">In certain worlds of New Orleans music, there is a special sound — a signal — which lets players know it's time to pick up their instruments and strike up the band. But where did this signal come from? We&nbsp;listened to chirps, whistles and musicians, hunting for this signal's origins and to learn: what is the chicken, and what is the egg?</span></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Eve Abrams & Katy Reckdahl 61508 at Barataria Bay, 4 Years After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As Sunday’s four-year anniversary&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">of the BP oil spill&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">approaches, environmental groups headed out into one of the areas most heavily oiled in the disaster. There, they looked at what effects that oil could be having on wetlands, and inspected the latest damage from coastal erosion, ongoing before and after the spill.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:30:00 +0000 Eileen Fleming 58605 at For The First Time In 70 Years, Wild Whooping Cranes Have Laid Eggs In Louisiana <p>A mated pair of Whooping Cranes has produced eggs in the Louisiana wild for the first time in 70 years, the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced Tuesday.</p><p>The announcement, made by LDWF Secretary Robert Barham at the 13th North American Crane Workshop in Lafayette, is a watershed moment in the reintroduction of the endangered birds to the wild. Once widespread, the Whooping Crane population had plummeted to just 21 total birds by the 1940s, mostly due to hunting and the conversion of wetland habitat into agricultural fields.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:36:05 +0000 Jason Saul 58598 at International Paper donates Lake Erling in Arkansas to Shreveport-based conservation group International Paper has donated its Lake Erling property in South Arkansas' Lafayette County to the Shreveport-based AGRED Foundation. It stands for American Gamebird Research Education and Development. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:52:00 +0000 Kate Archer Kent 48545 at Infographic: Audubon Hatches Penguins In Record-Breaking Numbers <p></p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 19:25:02 +0000 Jason Saul 48441 at Purple Martins And Their Causeway Summer Roost <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The end of summer means back to school, back to the grindstone, back from vacation. And for millions of birds, it means time to fly south for the winter.</span></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 18:11:35 +0000 Eve Troeh 42328 at Rescued Chickens Available For Adoption At The LA/SPCA <p></p> Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:56:59 +0000 Jason Saul 42025 at Three Baby Penguins Hatch At Audubon Aquarium <p>Three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chicks are now on display at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas penguin exhibit, the Aquarium announced today.</p><p>The chicks, born in March, are growing quickly, the Aquarium says, and are products of the <a href="" target="_blank">Audubon Penguin Breeding Program</a>.</p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 20:40:15 +0000 Jason Saul 36853 at Bring Your Own Presents: 'Virginia' <p>This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at a local event called <a href="" target="_blank">Bring Your Own</a>. It is&nbsp;a live storytelling pop-up series that takes place in living rooms, backyards and other intimate spaces within the community. Each month, seven storytellers have 7 minutes to respond to a theme with live, unscripted, true stories.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 13 May 2013 22:12:36 +0000 Aubrey Edwards 35217 at