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  • ANNUAL MEETING: September 24, 2016

    The Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held its Annual Meeting on September 24, 2016 at Smith’s Landing, 1704 Hardy Street, Lecompte, LA beginning at 9:30 with a social hour. After a short business meeting and the installation of Officers and Board Members, The “LBBS Bluebirder of the Year” was awarded. Hill Kemp, Many, received the honor. Following this, keynote speaker was professional nature photographer, Jim Johnson, who is an Endangered Species Biologist at Fort Polk, LA, working with the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. His photography has been published in the LA Conservationist, Tennessee Conservationist, Bird Watcher’s Digest, and Peterson’s Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America. Jim’s presentation was greatly enjoyed by all.
    Bluebird door prizes were given and the meeting was adjourned.

  • ANNUAL MEETING: October 5, 2014

    The LBBS Annual Meeting was held at Calvary Baptist Church, Monroe, LA on October 5, 2014 from 9:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. Keith Kridler, Mt. Pleasant, TX was the keynote speaker. Gov. Mike Foster, Franklin, LA was honored as “LBBS Bluebirder of The Year, 2014”.

  • ANNUAL MEETING: September 28, 2013

    The Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held its Annual Meeting at historical Smith’s landing in Lecompte, LA, on September 28, 2013. The meeting begin with registration and social hour at 9:30 A.M. Kenny Kleinpeter, Baton Rouge, was the keynote speaker. He spoke on cavity-nesting birds. He had some very interesting experiences to share about the House Sparrow on his trail at the Dairy Farm. Sheryl Cooper Bassi was honored as “Bluebirder of The Year”. Three incoming Board Members include: Mary Jane Shearer, Tucker, GA., Hill Kemp, Many, and Marilynn Lewis, Monroe. Deb Hoover won the Nikon Binoculars. There were very nice door prizes given that included bluebird boxes, pole and guard. Hill Kemp led the group in singing the Bluebird Song he wrote to honor Evelyn Cooper.

  • ANNUAL MEETING: October 27, 2012 - 9:30 A.M.

    Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held its Tenth Annual Meeting at Black Bayou Welcome Center, 104 Richland Place Monroe, LA on October 27, 2012. The meeting began with registration and social hour at 9:30 A.M. The business meeting was called to order and the new slate of officers and board members were voted in. Tom Allen, Oak Grove, LA was awarded the “Bluebirder of The Year, 2012” award. A question and answer period was held. After the break, keynote speaker, Tena Taylor, Calhoun City, MS gave a wonderful presentation of how she got involved in bluebird monitoring and about her trail and experiences of twenty years plus. Hill Kemp, Many, entertained with music on his Psaltry and banjo. Door prizes were award and the meeting adjourned.

  • ANNUAL MEETING: October 1, 2011 - 9:00 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.

    LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY invites you to its annual meeting to be held at Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien, LA. The meeting will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Gate fees are waived for attendees to the meeting and there are no registration fees.

    Keith Kridler, Mt. Pleasant, TX, a well known bluebird expert and co-author of “The Bluebird Monitor’s Guide” will be the keynote speaker.

    LBBS sponsors, monitors and maintains the beautiful Hodges Garden Bluebird Trail established by the late Dr. Shirl Brunell in 1985. Keith helped with making bluebird nestboxes for the trail. Keith is also a charter member of the North American Bluebird Society and served on its Board. He is also a member and co-founder of Texas Bluebird Society.

    Bring a friend to enjoy the abundance of bluebird and native cavity nesters information and fellowship of a great bluebird gathering! You will most likely even see Bluebirds!

    Directions: From I-20, take Hwy. 171 south. Hodges Gardens State Park is located approximately 14 miles south of Many. From I-10, take Hwy. 171 north. Hodges Gardens State Park is located approximately 20 miles north of Leesville. GPS Coordinates: N 31 22.1526, W 93 25.4891.

    Hours of Operation: Gates are open 7 A.M. to 9 P.M.

  • LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY held its annual meeting on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Biedenharn Museum, 2000 Riverside Drive, Monroe, LA from 9:30 A.M. until 1:30 P.M. Speakers for the event were Mary Jane Shearer, Tucker, GA, LBBS board member and James Dean, Marion, LA., LBBS member. Mildred Hyde, Monroe was honored as “Bluebirder of The Year, 2010”
  • Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held its 2009 Annual Meeting on September 19, 2009 at the LSU Museum of Natural Sciences in Baton Rouge, LA.  Following a “Behind The Scenes Tour” led by Steve Cardiff and Donna Dittman, Tom Allen, Oak Ridge,  spoke on House Sparrow Control and Keynote Speaker, Kenny Kleinpeter, Baton Rouge spoke on “Keeping Records, Is It Worth it?” 

  • Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held its 2008 Annual Meeting on September 20, 2008 at the Black Bayou Conservation Learning Center in Monroe, LA.  The meeting began with registration and social hour at 9:30 A.M. and adjourned at 1:00 P.M.  Dr. Samuel Scurria, Delhi, was the keynote speaker. He presented great information about proper nestboxes, installation of predator guards and how to monitor them.  He had some inspiring musical  surprises up his sleeve and it was a most entertaining presentation.  Before Dr. Scurria's talk, a roundtable discussion included Mildred Hyde, Monroe explaining what to carry to monitor our boxes; Tom Allen, Oak Ridge, demonstrating the “sparrow spooker”, ground and in-box traps and discussing the first year on his trail.  Door prizes included a pair of Nikon binoculars as well as complete nestbox units (including poles and guards). 

  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will hold its 23rd annual Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday 22, 2007 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Waddill Outdoor Education Center on Flannery Rd in Baton Rouge.  LBBS will have a booth to display nestbox systems (poles and guards included) and distribute information sheets.  Anyone is welcome to show up and help "man" the booth or enjoy the many facets of involvement with nature!  The event is free and open to the public.

  • Earth Day - Downtown Baton Rouge on April 20, 2008  

  • LSU Museum of Natural Sciences "Special Saturday" Program - This monthly children's program will focus on birds for the Saturday, April 26, 2008 presentation and LBBS will be involved. 

  • Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held its 2007 Annual Meeting on September 15, 2007, between 9:30 AM and 1:00 PM at the LSU Museum of Natural Science, located in Foster Hall on the campus of LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.  Registration begins at 9:30 AM and at 10:00 AM, there will be tours of the museum facilities including behind-the-scenes species preparation and storage areas.  One of the largest university natural history museums in the country, it holds over 2.5 million specimens including several Ivory-billed Woodpeckers.  The business meeting took place between 11:00 A.M. and Noon followed by speaking presentations by museum director, Dr. Fred Sheldon.  Door prizes included tickets to that night’s LSU football game, a pair of birding binoculars, and four bluebird nestbox systems (including pole and predator guard!).  This event was free and open to the public.  Space was limited and participants had to pre-register by September 7th.  Winners of football tickets were announced by that date to accommodate participants in their plans.

  • Sabine Parish Master Gardner’s “Down and Dirty II” Seminar -- The public was invited to attend; admission fee (lunch included) was $10.00.Toledo Lion’s Club, 29275  Hwy 191, Many, LA, February 24, 2007 featuring: Bluebirds – Speaker: Evelyn Cooper (Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society) Bluebird boxes with a year’s membership to LBBS included were available for $15.00. Herbs –  Speaker:  Beth Stringer (Many Garden Club)  and Cathy  McCurdy, Master Gardner.

  • LBBS Nestbox Workshop and Fall Event (Monroe Area) -- James Berry conducted a nestbox workshop on September 16, 2006 at the Black Bayou Lake NWR Conservation Learning Center in Monroe.6 from 10:00 until 12 Noon.  That afternoon, LBBS held its annual meeting and Fall Event with our guest speaker, James Berry from Clinton, AR who presented his nestbox design and trail management tactics to an attentive group.  New officers and directors were voted for and installed.  Awards went to 2006 Bluebirder of the Year, Jimmy Orr (Oak Grove, LA); Project Leader of the Year, Elizabeth Hoyt (Cheneyville, LA); and a Certificate of Appreciation to John Tidwell (Monroe, LA)

  • LBBS Spring Celebration and Workshop (Baton Rouge Area) --  LBBS conducted a nestbox workshop on May 6, 2006 from 10:00 until 12:00 at Waddill Wildlife Refuge Center, 4142 North Flannery Rd in Baton Rouge.  For the afternoon spring Celebration, our guest speaker was Nancy Newfield, Louisiana's own hummingbird expert.  Her books, "Hummingbird Gardens" and "Enjoying Hummingbirds More" were sold and signed afterwards. 

  • LBBS Nestbox Workshop and Fall Event (Monroe Area) -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY  conducted a Bluebird Nestbox Workshop on Saturday, November 12, 2005, at the Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, north of Monroe, LA.  That afternoon, LBBS held its annual meeting and Fall Celebration.  NABS treasurer, Gary Springer delivered comments on NABS's new offices and plans for the future.  Kenny Kleinpeter, vice president of LBBS and LBBS 2004 Bluebirder of the Year, bluebird trail monitor and purple martin expert was the guest speaker.  He spoke on attracting and managing secondary cavity nesters with emphasis on bluebirds, purple martins and wood ducks. 
  • LBBS Nestbox Workshop and Spring Event (Baton Rouge Area) -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY  conducted a Bluebird Nestbox Workshop on Saturday, May 7, 2005, at the Waddill Wildlife Refuge Center, 4142 North Flannery Road, Baton Rouge, LA.  That afternoon, LBBS held its Spring Celebration.  Kenny Kleinpeter, vice president of LBBS and LBBS 2004 Bluebirder of the Year, bluebird trail monitor and purple martin expert was the guest speaker.  He spoke on attracting and managing secondary cavity nesters with emphasis on bluebirds, purple martins and wood ducks. 
  • HODGES GARDENS HOST BLUEBIRD SEMINAR -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY conducted a Bluebird Seminar on April 23 at Hodges Gardens, Many, LA.  At 10:00 a presentation on the Basics of Bluebirding was presented by Evelyn Cooper, President of LBBS and officer, Sheryl Bassi.  A Nestbox Workshop was held for several attendees following the presentation. 
  • LBBS Nestbox Workshop (Monroe Area) -- Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held a nestbox workshop on October 16, 2004 in conjunction with the Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge Fall Celebration, north of Monroe. The workshop was from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM where over 12 attendees learned to build and monitor their own nestbox and received a membership to LBBS.
  • Nestbox Workshop and LBBS 3rd Annual Meeting -- The Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society held a nestbox construction workshop on September 4, 2004 at Biedenharn Museum & Gardens in Monroe, La.  Over 30 participants built their first nestbox and received one-year memberships to LBBS.  LBBS president, Evelyn Cooper presented facts and techniques for attracting and managing bluebirds.  After lunch, over 30 members of LBBS held the 3rd annual membership meeting which included a most educational presentation by acclaimed naturalist, Keith Kridler on the many cavity-nesting birds in the Louisiana area.  Keith Kridler, past Vice President and co-founder of Texas Bluebird Society, past board member of the NABS, co-author of "The Bluebird Monitor's Guide" and bluebird expert signed copies of his book and answered any and all questions of the membership.
  • Nestbox Workshop and  LBBS Spring 2004 Event -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY held a workshop on April 17, 2004, at the Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center, 10503 North Oak Hills Pkwy, Baton Rouge, LA from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM to learn to put together nestboxes (supplied nestboxes limited to 25).  This included a membership to LBBS. Following the workshop was the Spring Event from 2:00 until 5:00 PM. Beau Gast, from Folsom, LA was the featured speaker. He is Vice President of Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, associated with National Wildlife Rehabbers Association, International Wildlife Association and the Humane Society of the United States. He is a practicing rehabilitator at Clear Water Wildlife Sanctuary, Covington, LA.  Door Prizes were awarded and the public was invited to attend.
  • Nestbox Workshop and LBBS 2003 Annual Meeting -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY held a workshop on January 31, 2004 from 10 AM until 12:30 PM at Robert E. Lee Jr. High School, 1600 North 19th St, Monroe, LA.  This included membership to LBBS. Afterwards, LBBS held its 2nd Annual meeting at Robert E. Lee Jr. High School, 1600 North 19th St, Monroe, LA.  Speaker was Dr. Shirl Brunell, from Texarkana, AR
  • Nestbox Workshop and Spring Event -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY held a workshop on September 20, 2003 at the Robert E. Lee Jr. High School, 1600 North 19th St, Monroe, LA.  Professor Robert Rickett, retired, University of Louisiana-Monroe was the featured speaker.  Door prizes were awarded and the public was invited to attend.
  • LBBS Fall Event -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY held its Fall Event on November 2, 2002 at the Robert E. Lee Jr. High School, 1600 North 19th St, Monroe, LA.  Dave Cagnolatti, LBBS was the featured speaker.  Door prizes were awarded and the public was invited to attend.
  • LBBS 2002 Annual Meeting -- LOUISIANA BAYOU BLUEBIRD SOCIETY held its 1st Annual meeting at the Waddill Refuge Center, Baton Rouge, LA.  The guest speaker was Tena Taylor, of Mississippi Bluebirds and member of NABS Speakers Bureau.
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