Category Archives: Volunteering

October 25 thru 28, 2012 – Yellow Rails and Rice Festival in Jennings, La

More than a bird festival, the Yellow Rails and Rice Festival (YRARF), combines birding with rice farming and Cajun culture.  Organized by Donna Dittmann and Steve Cardiff, this festival is top notch – full of activities and well organized.  I … Continue reading

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October 16, 2012 – Tree Planting at Big Mar in Plaquemines Parish, La

I recently had the opportunity to volunteer with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.  The project involved planting Bald Cypress, Tupelo, and Green Ash trees at Big Mar in Plaquemines Parish, LA. The volunteers … Continue reading

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November 15, 2011 – Volunteer planting at Elmer’s Island

I drove to Elmer’s Island to help plant the bitter panicum that had been harvested the day before at Nicholls Farm.  Also present were:   Jennifer Roberts with Bayou Land Resource Conservation & Development Council (who was in charge of … Continue reading

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November 14, 2011 – Harvesting bitter panicum at Nicholls State University Farm

I learned about this volunteer opportunity at a Halloween party from Dr. Allyse Ferrara (Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Nicholls State University.)   Volunteers (made mostly up of students) met at Nicholls State University Farm off La 1.  This is … Continue reading

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August 25, 2011 – Volunteer planting on Mitigation Ridge in Port Fourchon, La

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I arrived on the second day of planting at the Mitigation Ridge in Port Fourchon.  There was lots of work to be done with a reported 7,000 (+) marsh grasses ready to be put in the ground.  The heat was … Continue reading

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