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No. 196 BATON ROUGE, LA December 2001

LOS NEWS
Newsletter of the Louisiana Ornithological Society


Table of Contents

LOS Winter Meeting
Fall Meeting Minutes
LOS Awards & Criteria
Audubon Country Bird Fest
New LOS Members
Rufous and Pyro
Birding Lake Martin
Lake Martin Checklist
LOS Sales (+)
ABP Meeting Report
Winter Hummers - Keeping Track
Winter Hummers Figures and Table
Winter Meeting Form
LOS Officers (+)
Membership Form (+)
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WINTER MEETING NEWS

T he 2002 LOS Winter Meeting on January 18-20, 2002 will return to Baton Rouge with nationally-renowed Bob and Martha Sargent featured on Saturday evening. An outstanding bander trained by LOS-member Nancy Newfield, Bob has appeared with his banding partner and wife Martha on several national television programs and is well-respected for his research on hummingbirds using banding as the ‘eye’ into their lives. Bob and Martha will present a program on their hummingbird research and banding activities. For all of our wintering hummer enthusiasts this is a ‘do not miss’ program.


Friday evening we’ll return to the equator with an outstanding program on the birds of Ecuador. In October we enjoyed Dr. Larry O'Meallie’s break-taking photographs of Ecuador’s hermits and hummingbirds. Now you’ll see the rest of the story ... Ecuador has a truly diverse bird population with over 1000 species. In June 2001 Karen Fay along with several other Louisiana and Massachusett birders ventured into Ecuador to sample the local culture and birdlife. Using her video camera Karen captured the action and calls of Ecuador’s avifauna in the Papallacta highlands, Amazonian rainforest and Galapagos Islands as well as some city birdlife in Quito.


We’ll also have several guided field trips on Saturday and Sunday to interesting birding areas within a 90-minute drive of Baton Rouge including the Bonnet Carre Spillway near LaPlace, hummingbirding in Baton Rouge, the hummers of St. John and St. James Parishes and possibly a trip to the lovely Felicianas among others.


The headquarters for our meeting will be the Holiday Inn - East, which is currently undergoing a total remodeling and refurnishing of all rooms. It is well located for easy access to and from our birding fielding trips and is easy to find off I-10 in south Baton Rouge. We’ve reserved 40 rooms (doubles and singles) for $60.00 per night . The rooms have in-room coffee makers and complimentary newspaper, local calls and data-port telephones. In addition, we’ll have a full buffet supper on Saturday evening at $13.00 per person.


The LOS can enjoy significant savings on the Friday and Saturday evening meeting room rentals if our members reserve 30 guest rooms. The cost of the meeting rooms will be reduced from $300 per night to only $50 per night. Please consider staying at the Holiday Inn where our activities will be centered.


Make your reservations before December 28, 2001 to ensure the above rate.


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LOS Fall Meeting Minutes

LOS FALL MEETING: Friday, October 26, 2001 Cameron LA


P resident Marty Guidry opened the meeting by expressing thanks to Marianna Tanner Primeaux, Judy Fruge, Beth Willis, Carol Foil, Judith O'Neale, Joseph Vallee and Elouise Mullen for registration, Cameron coordination and store sales.


LOS Officers and Board Members were introduced: Vice President Karen Fay, Secretary/Treasurer Judith O'Neale. Board Members who were not able to attend Friday night: Gay Gomez, Lee Ellis and Jeff Trahan. He also introduced JLO Editor Jim Ingold and LOS News Editor Carol Foil.


Saturday night will be the annual membership meeting for LOS and the nominating committee has presented the following slate: President Marty Guidry, Vice President Karen Fay, Secretary/Treasurer Judith O'Neale, North Louisiana Board Member Rosemary Seidler. Nominations will also be open to the floor on Saturday night.


The Saturday field trip was called to meet at the Cameron Motel at 7 a.m.. This would be an all day trip starting at the west end of Cameron Parish and returning via Peveto Woods and Cameron, led by President Marty Guidry. It was also announced that the Lighthouse Road now has a check-in and checkout procedure for people birding the area.


Marty introduced Bill Fontenot who will be signing his new book, co-authored with Brian Miller, Birds of the Gulf Coast . Nancy Newfield will also be signing her latest book, Hummingbirds .


There was a request that birders use the same radio frequency while birding in the area. ABA has recently come out with guidelines for radio use.


Louisiana Birding Festivals were announced: in April 2002: Audubon Country Bird Fest April 6 & 7, Louisiana Bird Fest and Lake Arthur Migration Sensation , April 13 & 14, Grand Isle Bird Migratory Bird Day , April 20 and LOS Spring Meeting , April 26 & 27.


Mark Swan and Charlie Lyon presented a great video program on the "Battle of the Birds." They showed many shorts of the birds that they have seen so far this year. At that time Charlie had broken the state record with 330 birds and Mark was right behind him with 322. Everyone is encouraged to visit The Louisiana Nature Conservancy website and make a pledge. www.louisiananature.org Click on "Why."


The LOS Board Meeting was held after this meeting at the Dyson House and interested members were invited to attend the meeting.


LOS FALL MEETING: SATURDAY NIGHT, October 28, 2001


President Marty Guidry called the general membership meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. He expressed thanks to Marianna Tanner Primeaux and Judy Fruge for Cameron coordination and Beth Willis and Carol Foil for helping with registration, Joseph Vallee for Sales Table and Elouise Mullen for Friday night hospitality table and Judith O'Neale for coordination of the meeting.


The officers and board members of LOS were introduced: Vice President Karen Fay, Secretary/Treasurer Judith O'Neale, SW LA Board Member Gay Gomez and SE LA Board Member Lee Ellis, Carol Foil, LOS News Editor and Jim Ingold, JLO Editor. Past President David L'Hoste and North LA Board Member Jeff Trahan were unable to attend the meeting.


David L'Hoste continues to do a superb job with our LOSBIRD.org webpage. Don't forget to go to our online store which has an assortment of books and equipment.


Marty thanked Mark Swan and Charlie Lyon for presenting an excellent video program on Friday night. Marty thanked Carol Foil for her excellent job on the newsletter and announced that she is resigning because of work demands and we will need a new editor the first of the year. We are negotiating with our printer to have them handle the layout work which would cut down on the time involved to prepare the newsletter. Please contact Marty if you are interested in filling this important post.


Lee Ellis, chair of the Nominating Committee presented the slate of officers and board member for election. President Marty Guidry, Vice President Karen Fay, Secretary/Treasurer Judith O'Neale, North Louisiana Board Member Rosemary Seidler (2002-2005). Dan Purrington moved the nominations cease. Second and approved. The nominations were accepted unanimously.


Marty requested that people send him nomination for the George Lowery Award and the President's Awards which are presented at the spring meeting.


LOS supports the following organizations: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration, Audubon Country Bird Fest, Cameron Preservation Alliance.


LOS has offered to fund the building of an observation tower at the end of the East Jetty road. Marty is talking with the Cameron people to see how this might be accomplished. We would probably be giving a grant of $5,500.


Marty announced that the Winter meeting 2002 will be held in Baton Rouge, January 18-20, 2002. It will be held at the Holiday Inn East located at Seigan Lane and I-10. The room rate is $60 per night and if we can reserve 30 rooms, our rental rate for the conference room will be greatly reduced. Please call and reserve your room now- 1-225-293-6880. There will be a banquet on Saturday night and our guest speakers will be Bob and Martha Sargent, Hummingbird Study Group of Alabama. The Friday program will be given by Karen Fay with a video of the 2001 trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Winter meeting 2003 will be held in Lake Charles.


We are fortunate to have Greg Lasley as our speaker for the fall 2002 meeting. He will be giving an excellent slide program on Isla Robinson Crusoe, Chile and the Juan Fernandez Hummingbird.


Karen Fay read the checklist and the total birds was 192, including Sage Thrasher, Spotted Towhee and Red-breasted Nuthatch.


Marty thanked Donna Dittmann for coordinating the Pelagic Trips and for the informative birding identification articles she and Steve Cardiff have been doing for the LOS News.


Our guest speaker, Dr. Larry O'Meallie, showed some spectacular slides he has taken of the hermits of Ecuador as well as other hummingbirds of Ecuador.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m


Judith L. O'Neale
Lafayette LA
LOS Secretary/Treasurer


Check out our website at www.losbird.org and the LOS Online store for birding needs!


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LOS AWARDS

THE GEORGE H. LOWERY AWARD


*           Any LOS member in good standing may nominate an individual for the George H. Lowery Award of the Louisiana Ornithological Society.


*           Nominees for the George H. Lowery Award shall include persons who have made a significant contribution to Louisiana birding and/or habitat or who have had a major positive influence on ornithology in Louisiana


*           Nominations will be in writing and will describe the accomplishment(s) of the nominee. Nominations should not exceed 250 words in length.


*           Nominations should be submitted to an LOS Board Member by February 15th of the year in which the award is to be presented. The George H. Lowery Award will be presented at the Spring Meeting of the LOS.


*           The Selection Committee for the George H. Lowery Award will be the Board of Directors of the LOS. A majority vote of the Selection Committee is needed to approve the award.


*           Only one George H. Lowery Award will be presented in any year


*           The award will be an appropriate gift with a value up to $100


THE LOS PRESIDENT’S AWARD


*           Any LOS member in good standing may nominate an individual, family, company or organization for the LOS President’s Award


*           Nominees for the LOS President’s Award shall include persons, families, companies or organizations who support birding in Louisiana, who enhance or take special measures to conserve wildlife habitat in Louisiana or who promote birding in Louisiana through their writing, lectures or other avenues


*           Nominations will be in writing and will describe the accomplishment(s) of the nominee. Nominations should not exceed 250 words in length.


*           Nominations should be submitted to an LOS Board Member by February 15th of the year in which the award is to be presented. The LOS President’s Award(s) will be presented at the Spring Meeting of the LOS.


*           The Selection Committee for the LOS President’s Award will be the Board of Directors of the LOS. A majority vote of the Selection Committee is needed to approve the award.


*          Up to three LOS President’s Awards may be presented each year.


*           The award will be an appropriate gift with a value up to $50.


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Audubon Country Bird Fest
T he 1st Annual "Audubon Country BirdFest" is to be held April 5-7, 2002 in St. Francisville, LA. The event is sponsored by the newly-formed Feliciana Nature Society, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, the Cottage Plantation, Butler-Greenwood Plantation, and Audubon Commemorative Site.
 
Planned events include field trips to Cat Island NWR, Tunica Hills WMA, Clark's Creek Nature Preserve, and Mary Ann Brown Preserve. Additionally, birdwatching/house tours will be conducted at The Cottage and Butler-Greenwood Plantations. Vendors will be present selling bird-related equipment, supplies and crafts. Additionally, seminars related to birds, habitat management, photography and more will be given. Several beginning birdwatching tours will occur as well. Check out "http://www.audubonbirdfest.com" for more information and learn how to register for this event!!
 
IN ADDITION!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are looking for interested people to volunteer. We need all types of people to help make this a successful, recurring event. If you would like to get involved call 225/635-6502 or send an e-mail to virginia_rettig@fws.gov or pat@audubonbirdfest.com We can use your help!! Virginia Rettig, St. Francisville, LA
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