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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...

The class visits Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

            What’s a class like for the Acadiana Master Naturalists? For the spring 2015 class, we were fortunate to get an insider’s look into the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge along Louisiana’s coast between Pecan Island and Grand Chenier. The overnight trip included lectures the first evening on coastal land loss, sea...

How to attract wildlife to your backyard

By Cheré Coen When I first moved into my home in the heart of Lafayette in 2004, the previous owners had landscaped the front to create curb appeal but the backyard was one giant lawn. To me, it was a blank canvas. I wanted to attract birds, butterflies, bugs and...

What is the Acadiana Master Naturalists Program

The Acadiana Master Naturalists Program is a unique opportunity for nature enthusiasts of all levels and 18 years and older to learn more about the ecological systems unique to Acadiana. Workshops are held in the spring usually beginning in January and ending with a Master Naturalist accreditation and graduation in...

Welcome!

We welcome you to Acadiana Master Naturalist. Whether you are here to visit or to learn more or to become a master naturalist, we are excited to share our knowledge and our love of all things in South Louisiana-and more. Our site is fluid-we’re always adding more information because, as...

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Acadiana Master Naturalists
1205 E Alexander St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 291-8448

Acadiana Master Naturalists at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.

Sam Fontenot and Meadow Gaines Landry at Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.