Baton Rouge Audubon Society

Events & Calendar

Ongoing


Guided Bird Walks

Monthly bird walks guided by experienced birders are held the first Saturday of each month at the Bluebonnet Swamp and Nature Center, located at 10503 North Oak Hills Parkway, Baton Rouge, LA 70810. Click here for a map

No registration required. Bring your own binoculars. Meet in the parking lot at 7:00 am. $3 park admission fee.

Quarterly bird walks will be held on second Saturdays January 13, April 13, July 13, and October 12, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to about 11:30. These "Walks with Audubon" will take place at the Oakley Plantation, Audubon Historic Site, in St. Francisville, LA. Standard entrance fee of $5.00 per person will apply. The walks are led by experienced birders. Friends of Oakley House will provide lunch for the participants. Emails will be sent out ahead of time and registration is required in order to manage the number of participants. (See below about joining our mailing list).

Programs

Beginning in January 2024, BR Audubon monhtly programs will be held on the last Wednesday of the month (Jan-May, Sept-Dec) in room 102 at the Main Goodwood library in Baton Rouge. The programs are also offered via Zoom. Links to register for the Zoom programs will be sent to our email list and to the LABIRD email list. The program recordings will be stored on our YouTube channel Check back here for month-specific info!

Program dates and subjects

Spring 2024 Programs

January 31 - Alex Landry - Birdability

View the recorded session of this program on YouTube: here

February 28 - Johnathan Leuck

TITLE: Black Rails in Southwest Louisiana - The Search for a Tiny, Cryptic Bird
DESCRIPTION: Jonathon Lueck, a Marshbird Biologist with Audubon Delta, will present the results, thus far, from seven years of research in the marshes of Southwest Louisiana, including the effects of Hurricanes Laura and Delta on Louisiana's resident black rail population.

PRESENTER: Jonathon Lueck, Marshbird Biologist, Audubon Delta

LOCATION: East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Blvd; Room 102 (first floor)

TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (in-person social 6:30-7:00)

Although we encourage everyone to attend in person, we do still offer a virtual option via Zoom.

Zoom registration:click here

March 27 - Celebrating Birds, Grand Isle, and Restoration

TITLE: Celebrating Grand Isle, Birds and Restoration

DESCRIPTION: Twenty three years ago Jean Landry, The Nature Conservancy program manager for Grand Isle, started the Migratory Bird Festival out of her back yard in Grand Isle with help from a few friends. “For three years it was held in my back yard, and after we had over 320 people show up one year, it was decided we had to move it.” The Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival will celebrate 22 years in 2024. It has been a “must do “not just for birders from Louisiana but from those from around the world. Landry will talk on the festival, surviving hurricanes and the “Restore Grand Isle” efforts.

PRESENTER: Jean Landry with The Nature Conservancy

LOCATION: East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Blvd; Room 102 (first floor)

TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (in-person social 6:30-7:00)

Although we encourage everyone to attend in person, we do still offer a virtual option via Zoom.

April 25 - Tiffany Kersten

TITLE: Birdie Big Year: Elevating Women Birders

DESCRIPTION: Tiffany Kersten didn’t set out to do a Big Year, but after a series of unanticipated and serendipitous events, she suddenly found herself amidst one. As a sexual assault survivor, she spent 2021 traveling to all corners of the country, tallying birds and gifting personal safety alarms to women she met along the way. Her goal was to see 700 species, and to raise awareness of women’s safety in the outdoors. She ended up surpassing her goal and setting a new record, with 726 species. In her presentation, Tiffany will lead us through the fear, empowerment, struggles, and healing that all played vital roles in the personal growth she experienced on this wild adventure. Tiffany is the founder of Nature Ninja Birding Tours, offering customized private tours in the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. She often speaks about acknowledging and addressing the threats women face in pursuit of birding and what we all can do to make the outdoors safer for women.

PRESENTER:Tiffany Kersten

LOCATION: Holiday Inn Baton Rouge South 9990 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge

TIME: 7:00 - 8:00 PM (in-person social 6:30-7:00)

Please note this program will not be available via Zoom, nor will it be recorded. Tiffany Kersten


Mailing list

Join our mailing list to be notified of our events and activities. Send an email to braudubon+subscribe@groups.io with your name in the body of the message to subscribe to our mailing list.

You can also view our Facebook events page for more information.


KidsWhoBird Club

The KidsWhoBird club is a club designed for kids aged 9-16 who are interested in learning about birds. Monthly meetings will be held at the EBRP Fairview Library (12910 Old Hammond Highway, Baton Rouge) on Sunday afternoons from 2:30 to 4pm. Dates may vary due to holidays and scheduling but advance notice will be given via email. Weather permitting, field trips to local birding sites will be offered. Please email me at education@braudubon.org to be added to my mailing list to receive specifics about meetings.

Kids may join by sending me a request telling me why they want to join. (If your kid is younger than 9 but really into birds, I may grant an exception). A handwritten request is preferable. Drawings are encouraged. Email to education@braudubon.org. All new members will receive a packet of membership material.

You will be added to the mailing list and emailed information about each meeting directly.

LOCATION: Sunday afternoon once a month at Fairview library in Baton Rouge (field trip locations will vary).

BIRDING CLASSES

Beginning Birding Classes are held each spring and fall and taught by Jane Patterson, current President and Education chair for Baton Rouge Audubon Society. This class will cover the basics needed to get into birdwatching. We'll talk about binoculars and field guides and how to choose and use them. We'll talk about how to bring birds to your yard where you can see them up close. And we'll talk about how to take your newfound skills into the field.

The Baton Rouge class will consist of a series of 4 lectures with 4 field trips (weather permitting) on the weekend (either Saturday or Sunday) after the class. Please try to attend all 4 classes and field trips.

  • Class will be limited to 10 people. Both classes will attend the field trips together.
  • Lecture will last 1.5 hours, bird walks about 1.5-3 hours. I will have binoculars to loan for the bird walks.

The Northshore class in Covington will consist of a series of 4 lectures with 4 field trips (weather permitting) immediately following lecture at the same location. Please try to attend all 4 classes and field trips.

  • Class will be limited to 15 people
  • Lecture will last 1.5 hours, bird walks about 1.5-3 hours. I will have binoculars to loan for the bird walks.

Information about registration for classes will be sent to our mailing list (see info above about how to join) or you may send questions to Education@braudubon.org