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2016 Louisiana Ornithological Society Fall Meeting

September 29, 2016 7:00 PM

Please join the Louisiana Ornithological Society (LOS) Friday and Saturday (Oct. 28- 29, 2016) in Cameron, LA for this year’s Fall Meeting. The invited speakers will highlight how scientists monitor birds and should be interesting and informative. Additionally, LOS is changing the Saturday banquet by adding an evening menu this year- don’t delay, register today at and select “Meetings”. For additional information, visit and click on “2016 LOS Fall Meeting”.

On Friday (Oct. 28, 2016), after registration, Delaina LeBlanc will be leading a presentation on “Monitoring Piping Plovers at the Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Projects (BA-45/BA-143)”.  Delaina serves the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) as the Migratory Birds Coordinator. Delaina has worked with the program since 2007, conducting coastal bird research that serves in the protection of habitat for migratory and resident birds. Since August 2012, the BTNEP has been conducting surveys for the endangered Piping Plover and other shorebird species before, during, and after construction on the Caminada Headland beach. Delaina will introduce meeting participants to individually banded birds and share how these sightings provide insight into how operations of an active coastal restoration project influence the distribution of these birds.

Most of Saturday (Oct. 29, 2016) will be dedicated to an all-day field trip. Field trips will be led by Ed Wallace, Marty Floyd, Donna Dittman, and Steve Cardiff. After evening registration, dinner will be served (including a vegetarian option), followed by a meeting and officer elections. Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Ph.D., will be giving a talk titled “Discovering unknown migrations of birds of the Western Hemisphere”. Autumn-Lynn Harrison is a Research Ecologist with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Program Manager in the Migratory Connectivity Project. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a M.S. in Tropical Marine Ecology and Fisheries Science from James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, and undergraduate degrees in Wildlife Science and Environmental Science from Virginia Tech. She is a trained park naturalist and graphic designer, having developed and led workshops in interpretation and graphic design for the Tanzania National Parks Authority and the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellows.

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