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Louisiana Ornithological Society Pelagic Trips

Donna L. Dittmann
LOS Pelagic Trip Coordinator
Museum of Natural Science
119 Foster Hall, LSU
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
wk: 225.388.2009
hm: 225.642.5763

Magnificent Frigatebird by David J. L'Hoste
Louisiana Ornithological Society offers the opportunity to get offshore to search for pelagic birds, marine mammals (dolphins and whales), and other marine life (including sharks and sea turtles) in the Gulf of Mexico.

Trips currently scheduled for 2000:
Saturday December 2 CANCELED
The destination of the May and September trips will be the Mississippi Canyon south of Grand Isle, but course and destination may be affected by weather/sea conditions, water temperature, locations of blue water and rip lines, and presence of birds and mammals encountered. The December trip will a "green water" trip to search for gulls, jaegers, gannets and other inshore species.
All trips depart at 6 AM from: Capt. Steve Tomeny Charters at Port Fourchon on Flotation Canal Road. The trips will return approximately 6 PM. Our trips will be aboard a 65' Sportfishermen equipped with an air- conditioned cabin, several bunk beds below deck, and two bathrooms. There is no galley on board; passengers are responsible for their food and beverage needs.
Trip cost is $65.00 per person for LOS Members; $75.00 per person for non-LOS Members; or $50.00 per person for Students (special discounted student fare includes LOS Membership).
To make a reservation, send a check made out to ‘Louisiana Ornithological Society' for the total amount of spaces requested for each trip date (specify trip date in memo section of check.) That means, if you are reserving one or more spaces on two different dates, please send two checks -- this makes it much easier to refund money in the event of a cancellation. If you are reserving more than one space, or reserving places for someone other than yourself, please include the name(s) of the other participants. Please include one self-addressed stamped envelope with your check(s) so that your reservation confirmation, pelagic trip instructions and information, and cancellation policy can be mailed to you. Mail your check(s) and enclosed self-addressed-stamped envelope to: Donna L. Dittmann, LOS Pelagic Trip Coordinator, Museum of Natural Science, 119 Foster Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3216.
For more information about the trips (summer trips with a different charter may be added later) contact Donna by phone (hm: 225-642-5763) or email: ddittma@unix1.sncc.lsu.edu or check the LOS webpage at http://losbird.org

Information about previous LOS pelagic trips, including trip lists, photographs of seabirds and whales observed, and links to other sites about these subjects, can be found at these sites:

Seabirds and Whales of Louisiana by John Sevenair

Pelagic Page by Dan Purrington

Photos from LOS Pelagic Trips in June and August 1998 by Dave Patton

LOS Pelagic Trip Report, 17 April 1999

LOS Pelagic Trip Report, 17 July 1999

LOS Pelagic Trip Report, 06 November 1999

Also see the Pelagic Links section of our Online Birding Resources page.

King Rail neck feather (L'Hoste/1998)

Updated 12August2000