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.
Aubrey Edwards tells her story of finding Virginia at Bring Your Own on July 10, 2012. Produced by Jesse Chanin.
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.
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.
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.
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.