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• What we'll do Extreme state park budget cuts in recent years leave our beloved natural parks vulnerable to closures, both temporary and long-term. The Sierra Club is stepping in to help. We've accomplished a lot in 2018, but there's still a lot to do; maintenance never ends! Bring your gloves, garden tools and get ready to prune, clip, work trails, plant, paint and pressure wash at Fontainebleau State Park in St. Tammany Parish! We will work from 8 to noon with a pot luck picnic lunch following for those who are interested. • What to bring Bring safety gear (PPE including such things as goggles and ear plugs if you're going to use noisy equipment!), work gloves, simple garden tools - personal items such as sunshade hats, bug spray, sunscreen, etc. Comfortable work clothes and shoes. Pack a picnic lunch or shareable dish and water (it's important to stay hydrated)! • Important to know Our jobs change from month to month; we try to help out where it is most needed. If you have special skills, like carpentry, plumbing, electricity, gardening/landscaping, etc., please let us know! There are some jobs that require a skill set that not everyone has. PLEASE GO HERE to sign up so that we can get a head-count on who's planning to come: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001qpARQAY
Recent questions on the spraying of toxins in drainage ditches and bayous has gotten many citizens questioning the whys and hows of mosquito control. Dr. Kevin Caillouet, Director of STP's Mosquito Abatement Program and Nicholas DeLisi, Entomologist/Lab Manager will answer your questions on the science of mosquito control in St. Tammany. Cost: Free and open to the public; bring a friend!
The Delta Chapter Spring Retreat will take place Friday to Sunday, April 12-14, 2019, at Grand Isle, Louisiana; we once again booked the weekend of the annual Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration! There will be special programs throughout the town of Grand Isle the entire weekend. Bed space is limited to 28 participants; we will be staying in the heart of old Grand Isle in the “Tarpon Lounger” - a group-friendly camp on the beach. Sign up and pay in advance to reserve your space! Go here to register: https://act.sierraclub.org/events/details?formcampaignid=7010Z000001qoJdQAI Grand Isle is an essential stop for songbirds during their spring and fall migrations across the Gulf of Mexico. Highlights of this year’s Migratory Bird Celebration include daily, expert-led bird watching tours on the Grand Isle Birding Trail, Elmer’s Island and the Grand Isle State Park. Visitors can watch the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries catch migrating songbirds for weighing and measuring before release in Lafitte Woods Preserve and tour the new LDWF Fisheries Research Lab. The oak-hackberry woods, including the Nature Conservancy’s forty-one acres of preserve, attract songbirds; over 35 species of warbler have been counted during the migratory stopovers! Additionally, shorebirds and waders gather on the beaches and marshes. The celebration is held annually to correspond with peak bird migration in April. In prior years over 150 different bird species were identified during the event. Approximately 400 different species of birds are known in the Barataria-Terrebonne system. It is thought that nearly 200 of these species are common to abundant at least during part of the year. Sixty-four are considered residents. Kayak tours through the island’s mangroves and boat tours to pelican-rookery Queen Bess Island will also be offered as well as walking tours of the island’s historical homes. Most events are free, although most boat tours and some walks have a small fee. This Annual Celebration Event, initiated in 1998, was created in part to support the purchase and management of the Grand Isle Sanctuary to protect some of the last remaining undeveloped chenier habitats (live oak ridges). Only ten percent of the original wooded habitat is left on Grand Isle. These tracts of maritime forest are the largest remaining stands of live oak-hackberry forest on any barrier island on the Gulf. The rarity of this chenier forest makes it globally unique and critically imperiled. The fee for the entire weekend (Friday afternoon -4:00 p.m. - Sunday, 11:00 a.m., all meals included, is $60.00/adult; Children under 12 who share a parent's bed - $30; Tent campers - $30. Sleeping arrangements are bunkhouse-style - mostly bunk beds and three shared bathrooms. Many of the bunk beds are doubles, so be prepared for making new friends as we will be likely to fill up all sleeping spaces! There is an open-air tower behind the lodge for beautiful views of the Gulf! The Tarpon Lounger is located within easy walking of shops and the Nature Conservancy preserve areas and is just over the dunes from the beach. A large grassy back yard allows several tents to be pitched if you like sleeping under the stars and hearing the surf. Directions to the B&B will be sent after your space is reserved. We’re sorry, but this facility is not ADA compliant. Driving time to Grand Isle is just under two hours from the I-310/I-10 intersection; there is a toll bridge at Leeville to get to Grand Isle ($3.75). [As of January 2019, the Town of Grand Isle had not updated their website with this year's Migratory Bird Festival activities, but keep checking it for the 2019 update: https://www.townofgrandisle.com]