Author Archives: Chere Coen

Birds flock to Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou

We recently received a press release from “Louisiana’s Cajun Bayou,” a tourism promotion featuring Bayou Lafourche and its great birding, thanks to its position along the Louisiana Flyway. According to the release: This region welcomes hundreds of species of migratory birds – including an array of songbirds – each spring...

Lake Martin looking for volunteer docents

Only 20 minutes from downtown Lafayette lies one of the most fascinating ecosystems in South Louisiana. Lake Martin and Cypress Island Preserve has remained a popular spot with locals for alligator and bird watching and for both hiking and getting on the water. During early spring (late February), tens of...

Update on Lake Martin

Katherine C. King, philanthropy officer and Cypress Island Program Manager at Lake Martin wrote to tell us a few things of note to the popular reserve near Breaux Bridge, managed by the Nature Conservancy. Deer hunting is happening now and the Lake Martin preserve is in Area 9, which has...

Arboretum needs volunteers for Paw Loop trail bridge

The Paw Loop trail in the Louisiana State Arboretum is named after the Pawpaw tree and is a hilly hike through a beech-magnolia forest.  A gulley runs randomly through the trail system and has to be crossed to access the trail.  The bridge crossing the gulley and the bottomland habitat...

Why do leaves change colors?

As we’re writing this blog post, leaves aren’t changing here in South Louisiana. Temps are still flirting with 90 and we’re wondering if summer will never leave. But talk of a cold front coming this week has us hopeful that indeed temperatures will drop along with our leaves, although our...

Volunteers needed for Experience LA Festival

The Experience Louisiana Festival will be Oct. 22-23 at the LSU-Eunice campus in Eunice. Sponsored by the Eunice Rotary Club, the event will feature live music, folklife, arts and crafts, food, classic car and truck show and much more. There will be exhibits and displays presented by cultural and tourism...

Backyard to the Bayou

The Bayou Vermilion Preservation presents a symposium titled “Backyard to the Bayou: Understanding your role in the preservation of our river” Sept. 9 at Vermilionville Performance Center in Lafayette. You won’t want to miss this educational opportunity. Here is the lineup: 8:25 am – Welcome – Charlie Wyatt, Bayou Vermilion...

Cypress Island status

Katherine King, director of the Nature Conservancy’s Breaux Bridge office and the Cypress Island Program, had to this to say Aug. 26 about the Cypress Island Preserve and the Visitor’s Center at Lake Martin, following the devastating floods last month: “The Cypress Island Preserve took a pretty big hit, being...

The Beetle Experience

Steve Barney of Lafayette has graciously given his time to instruct Acadiana Master Naturalists about regional insects, particularly beetles. The following article by AMN Cheré Coen appeared in Country Roads magazine of Baton Rouge in March 2013.   Steven Barney of Lafayette likes playing in the dirt. He routinely digs...

Wildlife note taking

When you’re out in nature, you may stumble upon wildlife tracks and actual species. Here are some tips to record those moments. Record habitat, time and date. Focus on key characteristics to help in wildlife identification. For mammals, what are the general markings, facial patterns, size, and appendages such as...

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Acadiana Master Naturalists at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.

Sam Fontenot and Meadow Gaines Landry at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.