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Environment
1:11 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Purple Martins And Their Causeway Summer Roost

The last of the purple martins swarming near the Causeway bridge before roosting for the night. Most of the birds have already headed to South America.
frankrelle.com

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.

One particular type of bird — the purple martin — has spent the summer preparing for that journey under the Causeway bridge. Right where the south shore connects to the Causeway, tens of thousands of the birds have maintained a roost, with a second roost further along the bridge. They sleep under it, flying in right at sunset. The last summer stragglers are now getting ready for their flight south.

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Latest News
11:56 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Rescued Chickens Available For Adoption At The LA/SPCA

Chickens available for adoption Monday at the LA/SPCA.
Credit Carolyn Scofield / WVUE

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is making over 100 hens and female chicks available for adoption on Monday. The birds were part of last week's massive seizure of animals from a property in New Orleans East suspected of being a holding, breeding and training area for fighting roosters.

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Penguins
3:40 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Three Baby Penguins Hatch At Audubon Aquarium

Skua the baby penguin.
Audubon Nature Institute

Three endangered African Blackfooted penguin chicks are now on display at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas penguin exhibit, the Aquarium announced today.

The chicks, born in March, are growing quickly, the Aquarium says, and are products of the Audubon Penguin Breeding Program.

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All Things New Orleans
5:12 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Bring Your Own Presents: 'Virginia'

Aubrey and Virginia.
Akasha Rabut

This is a story told by a New Orleans resident at a local event called Bring Your Own. It is 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. 

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WRKF
1:44 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

Interviews: DEQ's Michael Vince, Ornithologist David Sibley, Former Newsman Henry Brancher

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:36 pm

From the state Department of Environmental Quality, Michael Vince who talks about ozone levels and air quality in the Capital area.

A chat with Henry Bradsher, former Associated Press Southeast Asia Bureau Chief, who has retired in Baton Rouge. 

Ornithologist David Sibley, who'll be addressing the Baton Rouge Audubon Society.


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Birds
9:09 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Webcam to be installed over Kincaid Lake eagle nest

Kisatchie National Forest wildlife biologists are preparing to install a webcam above a bald eagle’s nest on Kincaid Lake in Boyce, La. It’s a bit complicated, according to Steve Shively, a wildlife biologist on the Calcasieu Ranger district. It will involve climbing a tree and installing the camera 100 feet above the ground. But he said it’s totally worth it and webcams trained on raptor nests are common around the country.

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Bird Count
11:19 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Bird Count Today at National Park in Marrero

The National Park Service is calling birders and experienced canoeists to the Barataria unit of the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Marrero for a winter bird count today.

David Fox, the park's biological sciences technician, says it was scheduled after the Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count to attract as many bird watchers as possible and to avoid conflicts with other park events.

Beginning birders will be teamed up with more experienced birders.

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Oil Spill Impact
6:00 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Tulane Researchers Want Long-Term Funding To Study BP Oil Effects On Migrating Birds

Jessica Renee Henkel studies birds at Waveland, Miss.
Ken Murphy Tulane University Public Relations

Researchers at Tulane University are calling for long-term studies on how the Deepwater Horizon oil spill two years ago is affecting migratory birds. Traces of BP’s oil spilled in the Gulf is being spread far inland by the birds.

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Environment
8:58 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Songbird Habitat Built in City Park

The National Wildlife Federation is begining a new program to refurbish habitat for migrating songbirds.
Google images

A team of volunteers has restored a half-acre patch of City Park to attract songbirds. It’s the start of a national campaign to save one million songbirds by creating 50,000 acres of new habitat.

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