AMN Birding Application Form

AMN-Birding Program will be offered every other year. 2019-2020 will be our next program. Applications for this program are open until filled.  The program generally starts in July/August and ends in April/May with approximately one workshop per month. There is no workshop in December because we participate in Christmas Bird...

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...

Q & A on AMN Active Member Requirements

Please refer to the Handbook for specifics on these matters. This Q & A list is intended to address basic questions about how to meet Active Status Requirements for 2016-2017. It covers: 1. Continuing Ed. 2. Volunteer Service 3. Logging Hours 4. Active Status Q: How many hours are required?...

Master Naturalist Application Form

Acadiana Master Naturalists Application Form   Applications are now OPEN for the Acadiana Master Naturalist 2020 program.  Applications will be CLOSED at 4:00pm December 31, 2019.  Please fill out the form below and submit it digitally.  Printable forms are available here:AMN Google Drive Application Form   For the AMN Birding application...

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...