Louisiana birders are a twitter this morning, reading about James Van Remsen’s sighting of a Red-footed Booby at Holly Beach. Yesterday, Elias Landry spotted 47 Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, 25 Indigo Buntings 2 Pileated Woodpeckers and 1 Great-Crested Flycatcher among other birds at Jefferson Island. Meanwhile there’s a lot of chatter about fledgling Mississippi Kites on the internet , where a team of birders is posting their counts of summer birds spotted in the state.
The objective is to develop the Louisiana Summer Bird Atlas, a project of the Louisiana Bird Resource Center at LSU. Birders have divided the state into quadrants, and are spending at least 10 hours over the course of the next six weeks counting species. The count will identify important bird sites and help with conservation efforts. The state has developed a birding trail as well, pishing binocular-bearing tourists to flock to rare bird hot spots. According to the lieutenant governor’s office, Louisiana expects to generate approximately $30 million in direct and indirect economic impact from bird and wildlife watchers annually.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.