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Students of RNR 3018 birding at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Students of RNR 3018 participated in a weekend birding trip to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in Cameron Parish, hosted by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Dr. Ashley Long lectures to Spring Forestry Camp students at Lee Memorial Forest SRNR 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees Dr. Fred Bryan and Dr. Bill Herke.  Back row:  Hayley Jackson, Alumni Coordinator; Dr. Luke Laborde, Secretary-Treasurer; Rachel Villani, President; Dr. Allen Rutherford, Director; Craig Gothreaux, Past-President; Dr. Dugan Sabins; David Herke Eliza Stein releases a Barred owl to help collect data regarding where they live, eat, and roam in the Baton Rouge area Hayley Jackson, Graduating Senior, Wildlife Ecology, and Alumni Coordinator with advisor Dr. Luke Laborde President Rachel Villani presents token of appreciation to outgoing President Craig Gothreaux Ms. Rachel Villani, BS ’07, MS ’10, President, School of Renewable Natural Resources/Forestry Wildlife and Fisheries Alumni Association Dr. Sabrina Taylor releases a Barred Owl that has been tagged to learn more about where they live, eat, and roam

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Dale Hall Ducks Unlimited Endowed Professorship Announced

H. Dale HallH. Dale Hall is a graduate of the School of Renewable Natural Resources in the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University (LSU) with an MS in Fisheries in 1979. He had a 31-year career with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, serving the last four years as Director, nominated by President George W. Bush. He served nine years as CEO of Ducks Unlimited, where he envisioned and executed a $2.4 billion comprehensive campaign for wetlands conservation, the largest of its kind in the history of natural resource conservation. During his tenure, Ducks Unlimited directly conserved over 3 million acres of wetlands and associated uplands and annually expended $9-$15 million in Louisiana for coastal restoration, rice-field enhancement, and protection of Mississippi alluvial bottomlands.

Dale was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources in 2018, and in 2019 was inducted into the LSU System Hall of Distinction and honored as LSU’s Alumnus of the Year. Dale met his wife, Sarah Reed Hall, at LSU. She is from Bunkie, LA.

Ducks Unlimited, Inc., in cooperation with the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources and the LSU AgCenter, will establish “The H. Dale Hall - Ducks Unlimited Endowed Professorship in Wetlands and Waterfowl Conservation at Louisiana State University.” The endowment seeks to perpetuate a faculty position in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, supporting excellence in teaching, research, and public service in waterfowl ecology, waterfowl habitat management, or wetlands conservation, in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited and other partners.

Persons selected for endowed Professorships in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources must be an associate or full professor who has demonstrated outstanding accomplishments during their academic careers. Endowed professorships are awarded for three years and are renewable, provided the endowed professorship criteria continue to be met. The selection committee will be composed of current and past professorship holders in the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources, with the advice and consent of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. and the LSU AgCenter.

The H. Dale Hall - Ducks Unlimited Endowed Professorship will be used for salary supplements and support of academic activities of the professorship position, including instruction and research, equipment, materials, and professional development.

Contributions to the endowed professorship may be made by contacting Chad Manlove at (601) 688-8818 or cmanlove@ducks.org

Turkey Call: The Wild Turkey Docs

[10 June 2021] Mike Chamberlain and Bret Collier are two of the most accomplished biologists in the world when it comes to studying and understanding the wild turkey. They also happen to be the hosts of NWTF’s Cocktails and Conservation. We will follow them from their fields of study, capturing and releasing turkeys, to Florida for an early season hunt. We will dive into the work they are doing at their universities with their students, and how it will shape the future of the North American wild turkey.

Pearls of wisdom: Unhinging facts about oysters

Louisiana oysters(06/07/21) BATON ROUGE, La. — “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster,” said 18th-century Irish satirist Jonathan Swift. Whether enjoyed fried, grilled, in a seafood gumbo or, perhaps most opinion dividing, raw, there is no denying the oyster’s impact on both Louisiana’s culture and seafood industry.

(right) Raw oysters can pose greater health risks when consumed between May and October due to the prevalence of vibrio, according to the CDC V. Todd Miller/LSU AgCenter Photo Credit.

Oysters have been consumed by humans for thousands of years. Wealthy Greeks and Romans thought of them as a delicacy and an aphrodisiac. While the former is still true in many cultures, the latter is more debatable.

Oysters are high in zinc, with six medium-sized ones providing 32 milligrams or 291% of the daily value, according to Healthline.com. Studies have shown that zinc is important to testosterone production in males, which would lend credence to the aphrodisiac theory, but it isn’t fully known if that is the actual reason for the long-held belief.

Another oyster claim is that they are alive until shucked. Megan La Peyre, a researcher in the LSU AgCenter School of Renewable Natural Resources, said this isn’t quite accurate.

“They are alive even after they are shucked,” she said. “If you eat them immediately after shucking, you are eating them live. And if you look carefully, you can see their heartbeat.”

Lively Named Louisiana Sea Grant Executive Director

Dr. Julie Anderson LivelyJulie Anderson Lively has been named the new Executive Director of the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program (LSG). She will begin her appointment July 1.

“Since her arrival at LSU in 2010, Lively has led a wide range of Sea-Grant-related research projects supported by more than $23 million in funding for which she has been either principal or co-principal investigator,” said Sam Bentley, Louisiana State University (LSU) Vice President for the Office of Research and Economic Development. “She leads a diverse research team of extension associates, graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral researchers in a portfolio of work that blends research and extension, both core missions of Sea Grant. The search committee was deeply impressed by her central role in numerous regional and national Sea Grant panels and networks.”

LSU Researchers Study
Baton Rouge Barred Owls

Dr. Taylor and Barred Owl05/28/2021 BATON ROUGE – Barred Owls are the most abundant owls in Baton Rouge and among the most common raptors in Louisiana. They eat rats, snakes and even crawfish. They inhabit large, mature trees, sometimes within Baton Rouge neighborhoods and BREC parks. But little is known about them.

[right]LSU Professor Sabrina Taylor releases a Barred Owl. Photo Credit: Vitek Jirinec, LSU.

LSU School of Renewable & Natural Resources’ Weaver Brothers Distinguished Associate Professor Sabrina Taylor releases a Barred Owl named "Thoth" as part of a study on these abundant owls in Baton Rouge.

RNR Junior Awarded National Udall Scholarship

Alexia LaGrone[11 May 2021] - BATON ROUGE – LSU junior Alexia LaGrone has been named a Udall Scholar by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. LaGrone, an Ogden Honors College student majoring in natural resource ecology and management in the College of Agriculture, is a Louisiana Service and Leadership, or LASAL, and Stamps Scholar.

The Lafayette native was one of 55 students from 42 colleges and universities to have been selected as 2021 Udall Scholars. A 20-member independent review committee selected this year’s group of Udall Scholars on the basis of commitment to careers in the environment, Tribal public policy, or Native health care; leadership potential; record of public service; and academic achievement.

Each scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the Scholar’s junior or senior year. Since the first awards in 1996, the Udall Foundation has awarded 1,788 Scholarships totaling over $9.1 million.

LSU SRNR/FWF Alumni Association
Annual General Meeting

Don't forget to renew your memebership and pay your dues! 2021 Membership Renewal form for download.

Rerouting the Mississippi River could build new land—and save a retreating coast

Map of lower MississippiIn a swamp at the edge of Louisiana’s Barataria Bay, plastic-capped GPS antennas sprout like oversize mushrooms from four small wooden platforms. The gear, which helps scientists monitor changes in the surrounding marsh, is easy to miss in this expanse of water and swampland the size of Delaware. But it represents something even bigger: the beginnings of a grand ecosystem engineering experiment that has been 50 years in the making and could ultimately cost some $50 billion.

(Map) K. Franklin/Science; (Data) Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Environmental Impact Statement, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 2021

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