BRAS Calendar

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February

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February 19 – 4-part Birding Basics class w/ Field Trips

This 4-part class will be held on Feb 19, Feb 26, March 5, 12, 2018 with optional field trips on the following weekends. Classes are held Monday nights from 6:30 to 8pm in Tureaud Hall on the LSU Baton Rouge campus. This class is designed to be an introduction to birding (or bird-watching).

We will start with \\\\\\\"Tools of the Trade\\\\\\\" (binoculars and field guides and how to use them) and bird identfication and then take a look at some great Louisiana birds and where to find them. Binoculars and field guides are provided for students.

Instruction is provided by BRAS President and Education chair, Jane Patterson.

Registration is through the LSU Leisure Class system -- www.lsu.edu/leisureclasses Fee is charged.

Location: Tureaud Hall - LSU-BR Campus
Cost: $55 for LSU Union members; $68 for non-members
BRAS Members Only: No
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February 19 – Birding Basics OLLI Class

This 4-part class will be held on Feb 19, Feb 26, March 5, 12, 2018 with optional field trips on the following weekends. Classes are held Monday afternoons from 1:30 to 3pm at Williamsburg Senior Living Center in Baton Rouge. This class is designed to be an introduction to birding (or bird-watching).

We will start with \"Tools of the Trade\" (binoculars and field guides and how to use them) and bird identification and then take a look at some great Louisiana birds and where to find them. Binoculars and field guides are provided for students.

Instruction is provided by BRAS President and Education chair, Jane Patterson.

Registration is through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU http://www.outreach.lsu.edu/Enrichment/OLLI-at-LSU

Location: Williamsburg Senior Living Center in Baton Rouge
BRAS Members Only: No
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February 22 – Keeping Cats and Birds Safe: A History and a Future

Join us for the next Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS) program presented by Dr. Peter Marra, Director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center! Please note, to accommodate a larger crowd we will host Dr. Marra at the *East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.*

Program title: Keeping Cats and Birds Safe: A History and a Future

Speaker: Dr. Peter Marra

Date: Thursday, February 22nd

Time: 7:00 ? 8:00 PM; Refreshments offered 6:30 - 7:00 PM

Location: *East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library; large meeting room*

7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806


Dr. Marra, an ornithologist and conservation biologist, will give a presentation about his new book that tells the story of the threats free-ranging cats pose to biodiversity and public health throughout the world. This compelling book and lecture traces the historical and cultural ties between humans and cats from early domestication to the current boom in pet ownership, along the way accessibly explaining the science of extinction, population modeling, and feline diseases. It charts the developments that have led to our present impasse--from breakthrough studies on cat predation to free-ranging cat-eradication programs underway in Australia today.

In his book, ?Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer,? Dr. Marra paints a revealing picture of a complex global problem--and proposes solutions that foresee a time when birds and other wildlife, as well as humans, are no longer vulnerable to the impacts of free-ranging cats.

This program is sponsored by the Baton Rouge Audubon Society and is free to the public. No formal registration is required, but please RSVP if you plan on attending (programs@braudubon.org) so we can plan accordingly.

Location: EBR Parish Main Goodwood Library
BRAS Members Only: No
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February 24 – Plants for Birds Seminar

Baton Rouge Audubon and Hilltop Arboretum are presenting a seminar featuring information regarding gardening with native plants for birds.

The event will kick off at 10 am, with speakers, plants sales, experts on hand to answer questions, free food , a silent auction and giveaways. The event will be free to the public.

Speakers will include:

10am - Jane Patterson - \"Plants for Birds: Why Native Plants Matter\"
11am - Bill Fontenot - \" Wildlife Garden Design: Concepts and Considerations\"
1pm - Helen Peebles - \"Native Plants for the Urban Landscape in the Baton Rouge Area\"
2pm - Dennis Demcheck - \"Gardening for Hummingbirds\"

Rick and Susan Webb from Louisiana Growers will have native plants for sale and be able to answer questions about growing them in your yards and gardens.

Hilltop Arboretum Hodge Podge volunteers will also be on hand to help with plant sales and to answer questions.

Location: LSU Hilltop Arboretum - Highland Rd. Baton Rouge
BRAS Members Only: No

March

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March 24 – Birding Beyond the Basics #2

Birding Beyond the Basics
with Jane Patterson

So you\\\'ve taken my Birding Basics class and you\\\'re asking \\\"now what?\\\" Well the answer is \\\"Go birding! Go birding a lot!\\\" But if you feel still like you need some guidance along the way...here\\\'s a new option for you!

I am going to start offering half and whole day birding sessions. We will travel to different birding locations in the state. But this is not just about ticking off bird names on a list; this is about education. We will talk through the birds as we are seeing them, taking time to note their habits and unique characteristics. And after we are done, we will compile a list and then spend some time talking about what we\\\'ve seen and giving people an opportunity to ask questions.

The \\\"class\\\" size will be limited to 12 and you must be an alumnus of my Birding Basics class.

We will be creating a sign up process via our website and there will be a small fee $($26). Until we get that up and running, you can let me know via email (seejanebird@gmail.com) that you are interested and I will give you instructions for payment.

Each session is independent so you can sign up for any for which you are available.

You must provide your own transportation to each location, although we will try to carpool as much as we can.

The second session will be March 24, 2018. Sign up as soon as you can; it\\\'s first come, first served!

Location: TBD
BRAS Members Only: No