Baton Rouge Audubon Society

Events & Calendar

Ongoing


Guided Bird Walks

Bird walks guided by experienced birders are held the first Saturday of each month at the Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center, located at 10503 North Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Click here for a map

No registration required. Bring your own binoculars. Meet in the parking lot at 7:00 am. $3 park admission fee.

Programs

Programs are held 6:30-8pm the second Thursday of each month (September through May) at the Bluebonnet Swamp education building (10533 Glenstone Place, Baton Rouge 70810) and via Zoom. The program recordings will be stored on our YouTube channel Check back here for month-specific info!

Programs

Title: Shorebird Conservation in Louisiana's Wetlands

Presenter: Karis Ritenour, Conservation Biologist with Manomet's Shorebird Habitat Management Division

Date: Thursday September 8

Time: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (Social at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center at 6:30-7:00)

Description: Karis will give us an introduction to shorebirds that you are not likely to see on the shore. We'll be talking about the suite of shorebird species that rely on inland wetlands and farm fields as stopover sites along their migration path from the high Arctic to South America and back every year. These long-distance migrants are among the fastest declining bird species in the world, so we'll look at how Manomet, a nonprofit conservation organization, and our partners are working to research, protect, and conserve these species both here in Louisiana and throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Please note that we will again have a hybrid meeting. We will meet in person at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center education building at 10533 N. Glenstone Place, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. [Reminder - this is NOT the main entrance to Bluebonnet Swamp; it's two streets south on the right.] The education building is located at the back of the loop drive and there is a large mural on the building.

You are welcome to join us from home for the Zoom session, but you must register in advance. Please email president@braudubon.org for the Zoom registration link.

Oct 13, 2022 - TBA

Nov 10, 2022 - Irving Louque with International Crane Foundation will speak about Whooping Cranes in Louisiana

Dec 8, 2022 - Holiday potluck dinner

Mailing list

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You can also view our Facebook events page for more information.


KidsWhoBird Club

The KidsWhoBird club is a club designed for kids aged 9-16 who are interested in learning about birds. Monthly meetings will be held in person and will correspond with Louisiana Bird Observatory banding & monitoring sessions at Bluebonnet Swamp, probably on Sunday mornings. Specific times and subjects will be sent via email

Kids may join by sending me a request telling me why they want to join. (If your kid is younger than 9 but really into birds, I may grant an exception). A handwritten request is preferable. Drawings are encouraged. Email to seejanebird@gmail.com. All new members will receive a packet of membership material.

You will be added to the mailing list and emailed information about each meeting directly.

LOCATION: Sunday morning once a month at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge


FALL BIRDING CLASSES 2022

Birding Basics @ Hilltop Arboretum

Dates and Time: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10 2022 6:30 to 8:30pm

Location: Hilltop Arboretum in Baton Rouge. Class will be in the large meeting room where we can space out. Bird walks will be on weekends at various locations around Baton Rouge

Description: Birding skills for the beginning birder

Have you ever seen a bird and wondered "what in the world" is that?!? And then you try to look it up and just get frustrated... If so, this class is for you! The class is taught by Jane Patterson, current President and Education chair for Baton Rouge Audubon Society. This class will cover the basics needed to get into birdwatching. We'll talk about binoculars and field guides and how to choose and use them. We'll talk about how to bring birds to your yard where you can see them up close. And we'll talk about how to take your newfound skills into the field.

This class will consist of a series of 4 lectures with 4 field trips (weather permitting) on the weekend (either Saturday or Sunday) after the class. Please try to attend all 4 classes and field trips.

  • Class will be limited to 15 people
  • Lecture portion of the class will be held in the large meeting room at Hilltop Arboretum so we can spread out and wear masks if necessary.
  • Lecture will last 1.5 hours, bird walks about 1.5-3 hours. I will have binoculars to loan for the bird walks.
  • Anyone that feels sick on the day of field trip will be asked not to attend. If I feel ill, class will be cancelled. If I cancel class, refunds will be provided. Refunds will only be offered to students if cancellation is processed at least 7 days before class (so that I can attempt to fill the spot).

Cost: $50.00

Registration: : Please visit this link to register


Backyard Birdwatching - OLLI Fall 2022

Dates and Time: Sept 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 2022 3- 4:30 pm

Location: Hilltop Arboretum in Baton Rouge. Class will be in the large meeting room where we can space out. This is lecture only.

Description: Backyard Birdwatching This class is designed for the beginner bird watcher. It will consist of 4 weekly sequential sessions. Please try to attend all 4 classes. The dates and times are listed above. This four week course will cover: attracting birds to your yard, using binoculars and field guides, identification of common birds, all about hummingbirds, and information about the birdwatching resources in Louisiana.

This class will consist of a series of 4 lectures.

  • Class will be held in the large meeting room at Hilltop Arboretum so we can spread out
  • Lecture will last 1.5 hours
  • Anyone that feels sick on the day of class will be asked not to attend.

Cost: See OLLI website (link below). Must be an active OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning member to attend)

Registration: : Please go to OLLI AT LSU to register. You'll find the class under the Lagniappe calendar once registration is open. Become an OLLI member today to register for classes.


Birding Basics in Tangipahoa Parish

Dates and Time: Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12. 8am to 11am

Location: PARD1 park on N. Hoover Rd. Ponchatoula. Class will be in the conference room in the office near the gym. Bird walks will be in the park.

Description: Birding skills for the beginning birder

Have you ever seen a bird and wondered "what in the world" is that?!? And then you try to look it up and just get frustrated... If so, this class is for you! The class is taught by Jane Patterson, current President and Education chair for Baton Rouge Audubon Society. This class will cover the basics needed to get into birdwatching. We'll talk about binoculars and field guides and how to choose and use them. We'll talk about how to bring birds to your yard where you can see them up close. And we'll talk about how to take your newfound skills into the field.

This class will consist of a series of 4 lectures with 4 field trips (weather permitting) on the same day as class. Please try to attend all 4 classes.

  • Class will be limited to 15 people
  • Lecture portion of the class will be held in the conference room near the office in the gym.
  • Class and Field trips will take place on WEEKDAY MORNINGS. Lecture will last 1-1.5 hours, bird walks about 1-1.5 hours. I will have binoculars to loan for the class.
  • Current COVID protocols will be used

Cost: $25.00 (covers all 4 classes)

Registration: : Please visit this link to register