Baton Rouge Audubon Society

Events & Calendar

Ongoing


First Saturday Bird walks are on hold indefinitely due to Covid-19.

Normally these guided walks 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.

Meet in the parking lot at 7:00 am. $3 park admission fee.

Programs are held 6:30-8pm the second Thursday of each month (September through May) at the Bluebonnet Swamp education building. Check back here for month-specific info!

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. We are going to try having monthly online meetings until we can safely meet in person again. Although this club was designed for kids in the Baton Rouge area when we were meeting in person, I am going to open it up to kids anywhere in Louisiana since we will be meeting online.

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.

Agenda for each meeting:

  • Meet and Greet. Tell bird stories (time limited)
  • Presentation. Might be done by me or one of the other members.
  • Discussion
  • Assignment to do before the next meeting

LOCATION: Online via Zoom.


FEBRUARY 2021

Use of Population Genetics for Understanding Avian Movement by Paige Byerly

Dates and Time: Feb. 11, 2021 @ 7pm

Location: Online via Zoom and Facebook Live. Zoom requires advance registration (link below). Facebook Live does not.

Description: Understanding the movement of individuals during both the breeding and non-breeding seasons can be important for guiding conservation efforts for threatened and endangered wildlife populations. For birds, such movement information can often be obtained through long-term banding efforts and, increasingly, tracking via technology like satellite tags and geolocators. However, these hands-on approaches aren't equally possible for all species and populations, especially in areas of lower research effort like the global tropics. Population genetics can help fill in gaps of our understanding of relatedness of wildlife populations, which can help guide inferences about movement between these populations. Increasingly, we can also obtain DNA from museum specimens to understand changes in movement over longer time-scales.

In her presentation, Paige Byerly will talk about the application of these types of genetic approaches for understanding the history and relatedness of Roseate Terns, an endangered seabird species. In North America, Roseate Terns nest in New England, Florida, and the Caribbean. They can be challenging to study, and because of this we have a poor understanding of many aspects of their life history. Byerly and collaborators used genetic analyses to test the hypothesis that populations in North America do not exchange breeding individuals, which would be unusual for a species with such high movement potential. They also used DNA from museum specimens to investigate if human activities in the 20th century changed their historical movement patterns. Their results highlight how genetics can be used to inform conservation policy, and can be an important tool for wildlife conservation!

Cost: FREE

Registration: : Please visit this link to register After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


MARCH 2021

Birding Basics @ Hilltop Arboretum

Dates and Time: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2021. 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.

NOTE If you have taken this class previously and are interested in taking it again, please email me so that I can place you on the waiting list. I'd like to give new folks a chance to sign up first.

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

  • Class will be limited to 12 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)
  • Lecture will last 1.5 hours, bird walks about 1.5-3 hours. Face coverings will be worn by all during the field trips when you are close to anyone. I will have binoculars to loan, which you will sanitize prior to use with provided antibacterial wipes. However, it is advised that you purchase your own binoculars prior to a field trip if possible.
  • 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


Birdwatching for Beginners - OLLI

Dates and Time: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 2021. 2:00 to 5:00pm

Location: Hilltop Arboretum in Baton Rouge. Class will be in the large meeting room where we can space out. Bird walks will be on premise at Hilltop or at other nearby parks.

Description: Birding skills for the beginning birder

This class is designed for the beginner bird watcher. It will consist of 4 weekly sequential sessions. The dates and times are March 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 2-5pm. In the first session, you will be introduced to binoculars and field guides and basic information about birdwatching. Each session will include lecture as well as bird walks to identify as many birds as possible. Bird walks may last up to 1.5-2 hours (at a very leisurely pace) so mobility is required. After the bird walks, we will review what we've seen and discuss tips and tricks for identifying birds by sight and sound. During the last class, I will offer resources and information on where and how to use your new birding skills. Binoculars and field guides will be provided during the class sessions.

This class will consist of a series of 4 lectures with 4 bird walks during class time.

  • Class will be limited to 12 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)
  • Lecture will last 1.5 hours, bird walks about 1.5-3 hours. Face coverings will be worn by all during the field trips when you are close to anyone. I will have binoculars to loan, which you will sanitize prior to use with provided antibacterial wipes. However, it is advised that you purchase your own binoculars prior to a field trip if possible.
  • Anyone that feels sick on the day of field trip 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 visit this link to register REGISTRATION WILL NOT BE OPEN UNTIL FEB. 1, 2021


Birding Basics in Tangipahoa Parish

Dates and Time: March 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2021. 8am to 11am

Location: PARD1 park on N. Hoover Rd. Ponchatoula. Class will be in the Events building where we can space out. 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.

NOTE If you have taken this class previously and are interested in taking it again, please email me so that I can place you on the waiting list. I'd like to give new folks a chance to sign up first.

This class will consist of a series of 4 lectures with 4 field trips (weather permitting) on the same day as class.

  • Class will be limited to 12 people
  • Lecture portion of the class will be held in the Events building at PARD so we can spread out (and wear masks)
  • Class and Field trips will take place on WEEKDAY MORNINGS. Lecture will last 1-1.5 hours, bird walks about 1-1.5 hours. Face coverings will be worn by all during the field trips when you are close to anyone. I will have binoculars to loan, which you will sanitize prior to use with provided antibacterial wipes. However, it is advised that you purchase your own binoculars prior to a field trip if possible.
  • 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: $20.00

Registration: : Please visit this link to register


Plants for Birds - Spring Edition

Dates and Time: March 9, 6:30-8:00pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Description: Using Native Plants to Attract Birds

Baton Rouge Audubon Society and the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum are partnering to bring you an online webinar "Using Native Plants to Attract Birds" on May 9, 2021 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm and an online native plant sale. This is a spring version and will feature different plants than the presentation last fall.

For some time now, the Audubon Society has been promoting the use of native plants when landscaping our home places and gardens to attract and support bird life. In this webinar, Jane Patterson, President of Baton Rouge chapter of the Audubon Society, will talk about the importance of using native plants and discuss native plants that will attract birds to your yard. She will break it down into types of plants: trees, shrubs, perennials and discuss what you can expect as far as using these plants in your landscape.

Cost:FREE

Registration: : Email with Zoom link will be sent to Baton Rouge Audubon Society email list just before the meeting. To join this list send an email with only your name to subscribe+braudubon@groups.io Friends of Hilltop Arboretum will also be inviting its members via email.