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13/04/2018 08:41 PM
An Interview with a Pine Snake
by C. Paxton The Louisiana Pine Snake is Officially Listed by US Wildlife and Fisheries as Threatened as of May 7th, 2018 Monroe, Louisiana. It was my birthday. To celebrate we’re standing in front of  Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Reserve’s modern and well-appointed Visitors’ center about five yards away ...

12/04/2018 01:00 PM
Plants of Louisiana
Originally posted on Louisiana Master Naturalists - Northeast:
Our second certification workshop will be Plants of Louisiana, with Dr. Charles Allen, who has literally written the books on Louisiana plants! We will meet at the Chevron gas station and Excel Mart on Hwy 165 in Georgetown at 9 a.m. April…

12/04/2018 03:18 AM
Louisiana Master Naturalists’ Rendezvous 2018
Louisiana Master Naturalists and trainees convened on Camp Hardtner near Pollock, Lousiana for the Rendezvous 2018 event. It proved an ideal venue for the annual meeting of naturalists gathered from the various regions of Louisiana. Dr. Bette Kauffman, Ranger Nova Clarke,  my wife Kimmie and I attended from the newly ...

03/04/2018 01:07 PM
Update: Certification
Originally posted on Louisiana Master Naturalists - Northeast:
I wouldn’t want you to go too long without hearing from me! And I want you to know what I’m working on so you can be thinking ahead and getting excited. Certification Workshop #2 is scheduled: April 28, 9 – 3, with…

02/04/2018 06:45 PM
Some Good News For Frogs
Wildopeneye is celebrating some encouraging news for frogs. Amphibians have been compared to the ‘canaries in the coal mine’, as indicators of danger to the rest of us. The first bit of good news is that the US Congress is going to continue funding for the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). ...

30/03/2018 07:01 PM
Fish watching: Meeting a Bowfin at Black Bayou!
The fish watching fun continues this Spring with an encounter with a Bowfin Amia calva, in the sunlit shallows of Monroe’s Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge. We heard the splashing from the boardwalk and ran up to see what resembled a catfish’s tail finning sinuously through partially submerged vegetation right ...

30/03/2018 04:05 PM
Good Friday To You
Wildopeneye blog wishes you a very Good Friday!

30/03/2018 03:53 AM
Spring in the Mountains, Camping in Arkansas’ Ouachita National Forest
We are back from a very fine 48 hr camping excursion to Arkansas in which we drove 630 miles through some of the prettiest farming and mountain landscapes. It is early Spring there and by gaining altitude up Mt. Magazine, the State’s highest mountain, we saw the ecological clock unwind ...

24/03/2018 03:12 AM
Spring Fish Watching: Redfin Pikerel
    I was very excited to see this striped beauty, likely a Chain Pikerel, Esox niger. I photographed it from Pier one at Monroe, Louisiana’s Black Bayou Lake Refuge National Wildlife Refuge. These fish are ambush predators and they are capable of bursts of high speed to catch their ...

22/03/2018 02:58 PM
Illegal Wildlife Trade Kingpin Jailed In Vietnam, Lenient Sentence To Be Appealed
In the War on Wildlife and Forest Crime rangers are risking and losing their lives in Asia and Africa, Rhino populations are plummeting and Vietnam’s criminal rhino horn smuggling Kingpin is fined only $440 and might be set free again as early as May 2018. The sentence must be appealed ...