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Newsletter of the Louisiana Ornithological Society


LOS Winter Meeting, 1998
The 10th annual LOS Winter Meeting will be held at the site of the first winter meeting--Baton Rouge--on February 6-8, 1998. The Friday and Saturday night programs will be held at the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge. Registration will begin at 6pm on Friday night with a hospitality hour. The program will begin at 7:30. The Saturday night meeting will begin at 7pm followed at 7:30 by the featured speaker, John P. O'Neill, who will offer a program on probably the most exciting topic in ornithology--the dsscovery of new species! There will be no banquet or early registration. There will be field trips organized for Baton Rouge and area for Saturday and Sunday.
To reach the LA DW&F from I-10, take Essen Lane, southbound for approximately one mile until you reach Perkins Road. Take a right on Perkins, and Quail Drive will be approximately 3/4 mile, just past the massive Pennington Research facility on your left. Take a left on Quail Dr. and follow it approximately 1/4 mile to the W&F bldg on the left. The meetings will be held in the first floor conference room.
Judith 0'Neale
The celebration of the 50th anniversary of LOS was a big success. I would like to thank everyone who attended, including many from Mississippi and Texas. A special thanks to those who helped out, especially Karen Fay, Joseph Vallee, Nettie and George Broussard, Beckie Hariu, Deborah and Lee Clark, Kyle Patton, Marianna Tanner and Judy Fruge. Roger Breedlove showed some great slides with his usual wit thrown in on Friday night. It was a special treat to have Pete Dunne as our guest speaker. He gave a superb presentation on Saturday night. The weather was cooperative (i.e., it rained at night) and the mosquitoes were outstanding, topping all other visits for me. The drawing brought in $223 for the Youth Scholarship Fund. Winners were George Broussard, Lafayette, the Swift spotting scope and Jean Westbrook, Metairie, the Meade binoculars. My personal thanks to Dave Patton for being such a terrific LOS President and for getting me involved with LOS.
A big THANKS to all our contributors: Swift Instruments, Meade Instruments, Wild Bird Unlimited Lafayette, Perky Pet, Lowry's Kwik Kopy in Lafayette, The Shreveport Society for Nature Study, and the Baton Rouge Audubon Society. Special thanks to David Theali of The Silk Screen Shop, Baton Rouge for the great job on the t-shirts.
There are 23 t-shirts left and if anyone is interested in one, please let me know. Sizes are S -XL = $12.00, XXL = $13, plus postage if you want them mailed. The LOS decal is on the left front and the large design of Louisiana state map with Ivory-billed Woodpecker flying across it plus "Celebrating 50 years, Louisiana Ornithological Society 1947-1997" on the back.
There are a few programs (which includes a picture of the 1947 organizational group) available that I'll send out on request.
Anahuac Seeking Volunteers
Anahuac National Wildlife Reflige is seeking volunteers for the following projects:
l. Assist with conducting environmental education programs for elementary school children from March 15th. to late May 1998.
2. Assist with staffing the reflige greeter station from March 15th. to May 5, 1998.
3. Assist with restoration of native prairie and exotic plant management from March 15th. to June 1998.
ANWR will provide housing or RV hook ups for volunteers who work the minimum hours: Housing, 30 hours/week/person. RV, 20 hours /week/person. There is excellent birding on the refuge, at High Island, 20 miles, and Boliver Flats, 50 miles.
For more detailed information, contact Kelly McDowell, Refluge Manager, P.O. Box 278, Anahuac, TX 77514; (409)267-3337. E-mail R2RW_AN@MAIL.FWS.GOV
1998 LOS Birding Contest
From Roger Breedlove comes the idea for this year's LOS Birding Contest. The long and the short of it? See which LOS birder can find the most species of birds in their own home parish.
Regardless of which part of the state your parish is located in, there are unique birding possibilities, some of which may have never been explored before. This will give all birders a chance to turn their parishes inside out, and will give us all a chance to see just how diverse the birdlife of our state is. Note what you've seen up 'til now, and keep birding 'til next New Year. Results will be posted on a state map so we can all see just how the parishes stack up, birdwise. Good birding.

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LOS News Editor: Paul Conover, 501 Adrienne, Lafayette, LA, 70506; 328.234.9472; pec8774@linknet.net