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No. 194 BATON ROUGE, LAApril 2001

Newsletter of the Louisiana Ornithological Society

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by Kenneth Moore
When many people see a fire burning through a forest, they may first think of the destructive nature of fire. Often, people may envision a fire as a natural disaster that kills the plants and animals of the forest and leaves only a barren wasteland in its wake. Wildfires do have the potential to cause great damage to a forest ecosystem if the forested area is not regularly burned (by man or nature) to keep the fuel load down. However, when forests are burned at regular intervals, and during the right weather conditions, only the ground cover and shrubs are eradicated. In fact, fire is essential to maintaining some ecosystems, for instance the Longleaf Pine forest in central Louisiana. During most stages of its life cycle, Longleaf Pine is fire resistant while competing species, such as Loblolly Pine and hardwoods, are not. Overtime, without regular burning, a Longleaf Pine forest will convert to a Pine-Hardwood forest.
Several of Louisiana's bird species thrive in fire maintained ecosystems. These species include the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Bachman's Sparrow, and Henslow's Sparrow. Other sparrows, including LeConte's, Grasshopper, Savannah, and Vesper Sparrows also utilize areas maintained by fire. It is well documented that the Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Bachman's Sparrow prefer open, park-like pine stands that are maintained through time by the regular occurrence of fire. Many people believe that Henslow's Sparrows prefer to over-winter in fields and wet meadows rather than forested areas. However, recent research conducted on Fort Polk indicates that open, fire-maintained forests (especially Longleaf Pine) could be important winter habitat for Henslow's Sparrows.
During the last four years, Fort Polk biologists surveyed grassland birds on 20m x 100m lots located in Longleaf Pine forests and open fields. Both the forested and field areas that were burned every two or three years contained significantly more Henslow's and Bachman's sparrows than similar areas that remained unburned for four or more years. Peason Ridge is an area that is burned nearly annually, due to wildfires resulting from live fire exercises conducted by the army. On Peason Ridge, nearly 300 Henslow's Sparrows have been banded over the last four years. Our data show that ground litter depth is an important factor in determining if a Henslow's or Bachman's Sparrow occurs in an area. We speculate that deep litter (>3 inches) negatively effects foraging by making it more difficult for birds to glean seeds from the ground. Also, the build up of pine needles and dead grass makes movement through the grass difficult for the sparrows. Fire removes the litter, matted grass, and pine needles. Our data indicates that an interval of 2 or 3 years between prescribed fires is needed to maintain high quality habitat for the sparrows. The banding program on the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge lends credence to our data. Hundreds of Henslow's Sparrows have been banded on the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge in an open pine forest that is burned routinely.
Many environmentally minded people voice concerns about government agencies cutting too many trees. However, few people are concerned about the limited prescribed burning being done. The next time you drive through federal land and notice shrubs and hardwoods taking over a Longleaf Pine stand, you might want to voice your concerns; the sparrows need your help. e-mail: kenmoore@wnonline.net
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there once was a bird on the nest
so afraid of the eurasian pest
from the east that was nearing
that he cooked up a theory
or at least, an excuse, to look west.
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hang all your feeders,
what few birds remain
have their choice of rubbermaid, perky pet, flowers...
they won't go dry,
just eventually sour.
crack-addict rubythroats
cling to the perch still,
every day fewer, but the last few the neediest.
why should a rufous
pick a fight with the greediest?
or why battle bees
over one tired teat?
fat is for migrants, migration is over.
the voyage is done--
and it's not yet october!
when plenty is
spread all over the land,
let rubythoats worry over gaining a gram
while the getting is good,
rufous get where they can.
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papa was a bimodally rollin' stone
wherever he laid his hat was his home
from washington state, down to mexico.

yeah, papa was a bimodally rolling stone,
until he got to his bayou home
and then he became, well, a sedentary, territorial resource grubber,
vociferous as the day was long.
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woke up this morning,
got to defrost the bird.
yeah i woke up this morning,
defrost this turkey bird.
i been sitting here for hours,
nobody's said a word.
look out the window,
nothing better to do.
looking out the window,
got nothing better to do
every day i get to go to work,
today i got to stay here with all of you.
well my mother-in-law's a nightmare,
even when i'm awake,
yeah, my mother-in-law's a nightmare,
even when i'm awake,
my father-in-law's allright,
but my brother-in-law's a flake.
been so long since i've been here in daylight,
dark when i leave and when i return
been so long since i've been here in daylight,
dark when i leave and when i return.
then on saturday, i watch the tigers lose,
and on sunday, it's new orleans' turn
but who wants to watch the cowboys,
and who wants to watch the lions?
yeah, who wants to watch the cowboys,
and who wants to watch the lions?
who wants to watch my in-laws?
not me, and i'm afraid i'm dying.
i have got to escape from
everything i've seen and heard.
yeah i got to get away from
all this nonsense i've seen and heard,
sitting staring out my window,
watching this little red hummingbird.
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parlez-nous a boire non pas du diaphonous miasma
toujours en regrettant nos jolis temps passes
si que tu t'maries
avec une 'hiat'enne
tes octobres sont perdus, couillon,
fouillez-pas les suce-fleurs rouges!
parlez-nous a boire non pas du diaphonous miasma
'haa', c'est not' shibboleth,
les wackos bec mon cheue
Paul Conover
30 Sep 2000
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LOS WINTER MEETING -- January 26 - 28, 2001 Alexandria, LA
If you did not attend the LOS Winter Meeting here in Alexandria, you missed one of the best ever! The LOS winter meeting 2001 in Alexandria was a resounding success. The Loose Alliance of Keen and/or Casual Birders did a great job of organizing this event. Under the capable leadership of Elmer "Tiny" Moore, the entire weekend was well planned. The new "self-contained" facilities at the Best Western Inn and Suites were exceptional with lots of room for registration, display, meeting room and banquet room adjacent.
LOS members, Walter and Olga Clifton's slide show about breeding birds was outstanding. We can only imagine the hours of patient observation that Walter spent to be able to present such exceptional slides that covered so many species from nest building through fledging their young. As the saying goes: "Olga does the talking and Walter does the walking." Olga and Walter, thanks for sharing your great pictures with us.
Dr. George Archibald did a masterful job covering the cranes of Louisiana and spoke at length about his desire to help reestablish a Whooping Crane flock to Louisiana where these magnificent birds once thrived. The habitat is still there and we have only to provide a plan to support the reintroduction for the recovery team to consider Louisiana as a site.
At the meeting, Saturday evening, Mary Lynch Courville, Secretary - Treasurer of the Whooping Crane Conservation Association, located in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana volunteered the services of her organization to develop an agenda to present to the recovery team to show that Louisiana is serious about wanting to reestablish the Whooping Cranes. Gay Gomez, Joseph Vallee and Mary will be working on this project.
The registration for the meeting was a whopping 116 with 134 for the banquet which is a record setting attendance. We even had several out of state birders registered! The Loose Alliance did well in planning and supporting this meeting!
To add to the event, LOS drew names for several door prizes. The reading of the checklist produced a total of 119 species seen for Saturday, including Common Loon, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Bald Eagle, Golden Eagle, Red- cockaded Woodpecker, Rusty Blackbird, Henslow's Sparrow and Sprague's Pipit. Plus lots of Sandhill Cranes.
Special thanks to: Tiny Moore, Yvonne Moore, Sara Simmonds, Mary Frances James, Betty and Kermit Cummings, Roger Breedlove, Jim Johnson, Becky & Wayne Watkins, Marty Floyd, Joseph Vallee, Elouise Mullen and staff of the Catahoula NWR, and to the many other behind-the-scenes people, such as private landowners.
Comments about the winter meeting have all been positive, some of even glowing! It was a good meeting, the speakers excellent and the field trips all very successful!
Future speakers for LOS meetings will be:
Spring 2001 - Daniel Edelstein (Bird Songing and Wood Warblers)
October 2002 - Greg Lasley (Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile)
Now it's time to start recruiting a city for the Winter 2002 and 2003 meetings. If your group would like to volunteer to take on this event, please contact Marty Guidry.
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Laughing Gulls by David J. L'Hoste Present: President Marty Guidry, Vice-president Karen Fay, Secretary/Treasurer Judith O'Neale
Board Member: Jeff Trahan
Absent: Board Members Lee Ellis and Gay Gomez and Past President David L'Hoste
President Marty Guidry called the meeting to order at 8:35 p.m.
Financial report was given and finances discussed regarding publications of journal, newsletter. Some suggestions for inclusion in the journal were: Louisiana bird review, ID articles, CBC counts, Grant synopsis and winter hummingbird numbers. LOS has a liability insurance policy on all officers and board members in the amount of $1,000,000.
It was discussed that the George H. Lowry Award be revised and that we give awards to people who have made a significant contribution to Louisiana birding and or habitat. The award would be $100 and suggested recipients were Paul Dickson and John O'Neill.
Marty would also like to initiate a President's Award for lower level recognition. This would go to people like Cameron property owners who have opened their property to us on LOS weekends. Marty would like to recognize one or two people a year. Criteria will be established and nominations from members will be accepted. A profile on the individual will be written up for the newsletter.
Support for the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and Cameron Preservation Alliance was discussed.
Karen Fay moved to increase our contribution to GCBO to $100. Jeff seconded. Motion carried.
Jeff moved to join the Cameron Preservation Alliance with a contribution of $100. Karen seconded. Motion carried.
The North Lake Center will be starting a Birder's Certification Program in May. The fee for the class is $25/30 and a membership to LOS is included in this fee.
The Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration will be in March 23-25 to target townspeople and on April 21 - 22 for birdwatchers.
The ABA convention will be in Beaumont on April 20-23. We are checking with them to see if we can have a booth to hand out Louisiana birding information and to sell patches and decals.
We received a letter from Jennifer Coulson regarding the Grant guidelines. She listed her concerns regarding the university affiliation and the requirement of an article for the journal. The board recommended to the Grant Review Committee that the guidelines be changed to allow someone to submit without University affiliation and to require only a synopsis for submission to the JLO.
The LOS spring meeting will be Daniel Edelstein giving both the Friday and Saturday night programs. He will also be going out with some birder on Saturday morning to tape bird calls. Greg Lasley will be our speaker in October 2002.
An honorarium of $50 will be given to the Clifton's for Friday night program. We paid $500 of Dr. Archibald's expense, the other half was picked up by an anonymous donor from LOS.
The Nominating Committee will be made up of the board members: Jeff Trahan, Gay Gomez and Lee Ellis. Jeff Trahan moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:40 p.m.
Judith L. O'Neale
Lafayette LA
LOS Secretary/Treasurer
5 Feb 2001
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Serious Discussions on HUMNET?
don't know much about those vines and sages
look at the pictures and i turn the pages
don't know much about their trip each fall
don't know nothing 'bout dem birds at all
but i do know a post-migratory winter dispersal, i do
and why those rufus come to be with you
what a wonderful world this do be
now, i don't claim to be a humnetter
but i'm trying to be
i figure maybe by being a humnetter, maybe
i could learn plant and bird i.d. eee-eee-eeeeeeeeee
furthermore, yea, though the cyberforensics here oft-reminded me of some of
the fun we had in grad school taking scientific discussions very seriously
but ourselves not, verily, verily, truth be known, your highness, i'm now a
sympathizer with those innocent haa vs wacko bystanders, because, for
several years, i was abysmally naive in thinking that the western origin
cyberjousting was mere theatre, that the disaffections were feigned, the
estrangements faked, the relationship breaches put-on, the participants
pretenders, that even some of the hypotheses were make-believe, but,
knowing better, nowadays, i hang around only because my Momma's subscribed
and i'm here to protect my Momma from your hooligans!
Jboy Sylvest
Mon, 26 Mar 2001
BB for Hummingbirds and Gardening for them in the Southeast
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With the election in October, 2000 of Karen Fay to the position of Vice-President of the LOS, the position of Southeastern LA Representative on the Board of Directors became vacant. Per the LOS By-Laws the President shall appoint a person to fill a vacancy of a Representative on the Board of Directors. Lee Ellis from New Orleans, LA has been appointed as the Southeastern LA Representative on the LOS Board of Directors.
Lee is an active participant in the Louisiana Ornithological Society. Currently Lee manages the Rare Bird Alert sponsored by the LOS. He is a frequent contributor to the status of birding in Louisiana through bulletin boards and list servers and is a well-known face at LOS meetings. We look forward to working with Lee on the LOS Board.
LOS members in Southeast LA, which includes Baton Rouge, New Orleans and the surrounding area, please contact Lee with your comments and suggestions concerning LOS. He can be reached at:
Lee Ellis
4123 Woodlands
New Orleans, LA 70131
(504) 394-7744
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Juanita Krebs
Dear Ms. O'Neale,
I wanted the LOS to know that my mother, Juanita Krebs, passed away on July 29, 2000. She and my father, Robert Krebs (died March 29, 1996) were charter members of the LOS. As a child, I remember field trips with George Lowery, Bob Newman, Bob and Mary Ann Moore. Farther Vorn (sp?) from New Orleans gave me my first anchovie-stuffed olives. I learned Great and Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons and American Coots on city Park Lake in Baton Rouge, and will never forget an Easter trip to Cameron right after a big storm when we saw Hooded Warblers on the ground!
We left Baton Rouge when I was 14 in 1957, but my parents kept up with their birding friends for years. There is probably somebody who would want to know that they are gone.
Julia E. Krebs, 1220 Hillside Ave, Florence SC 29505
29 Dec 2000
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Louisiana Nature Center Birder Program
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by expanding your birdwatching skills. The Louisiana Ornithological Society and the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center have joined efforts to bring together beginning and experienced birdwatchers through a series of birding workshops. During this three part workshop series, you will have the opportunity to expand your ornithological knowledge of raptors, woodland birds and waterfowl. The series begins with "Waterfowl Identification" on Saturday, May 5th from 10 am to 12 noon. On Saturday, May 12th the series continues with "Raptor Identification" from 1pm to 3pm and the series concludes on Sunday, May 20th with "Woodland Bird Identification" from 1pm to 3pm. The cost of the workshop series is $25 for LOS and Audubon Louisiana Nature Center members and $30 for non-members. The Audubon Louisiana Nature Center is located in New Orleans East just minutes off I10. For more information or to register, call the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center at (504)378-4116.
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