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Short Course Spotlight: Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum

You still have a few more days to take advantage of the $45 Early-Bird registration fee for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, February 23-24 at the Baton Rouge Marriott. You’ll spend the day with seasoned environmental educators sharing their hands-on activities, exemplary programs and lesson demonstrations. The theme this year is “Green STEM.”
To maximize the experience, sign up for an optional Friday short course. These 7-hour workshops spend the whole day focused on one subject. We have five to choose from. Today, we’re spotlighting “Integrate Local Earth and Environmental Science into Your STEM Curriculum,” brought to you by Dr. Don Duggan-Haas and Dr. Rob Ross of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca, NY.
This is the one that you’ve been waiting for! Learn how to create “virtual fieldwork experiences” (VFEs) that you can use to help ensure that students are in contact with their outdoor environment even when logistically they can’t get outdoors. Through VFEs, you can tie your curriculum to outdoor sites throughout the school year. Students will learn about local sites across the curriculum and understand their community from multiple scientific perspectives.
Grade Level: K-12
Location: LSU Hilltop Arboretum
See all of the short course descriptions at Register at by Friday, January 26 to receive the special Early-Bird discount.

LEEC eNews Bulletin: Early Bird Registration Extended

Environmental Educators,

Winter weather put us and most everyone else in the state out of commission all last week. We know there were more than a few of you who had planned to register for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium and take advantage of the $45 Early Bird registration fee, but were unable to do so. So we've extended the deadline through Friday, January 26.

There are still some spots available for the optional Friday short courses, too, so be sure to take a look at this year's offerings at

Find more information about the symposium at and register at

Hope to see you there!
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission

LDWF Agent Cites Two Alabama Men in Plaquemines Parish

Release Date: 01/19/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested one Alabama man and cited another for alleged wildlife and criminal violations in Plaquemines Parish on Jan. 3.

Agents arrested Walter Holloway, 57, for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, resisting an officer and hunting without a non-resident hunting license.  Agents also cited James Bailey, 40, possessing over the daily limit of rabbits.

On Jan. 3 an LDWF agent observed a group of hunters off of Hwy. 23 near Point a la Hache.  The agent approached the subjects in order to conduct a license, equipment and limit check.

When the agent approached the subjects, one man fled the scene.  The agent made contact with three additional men including Bailey who was found in possession of 18 rabbits.  The daily possession limit for rabbits is eight.  The agent seized the 18 rabbits.

The agent then searched the surrounding area and located Holloway who had fled from the agent earlier.  During questioning, Holloway admitted to using a shotgun to hunt with the group and fleeing the scene.  Holloway also admitted to being a convicted felon, which would prohibit him from possessing a firearm.

The agent placed Holloway under arrest and booked him into the Plaquemines Parish Prison.

Possessing over the daily limit of rabbits brings a $250 to $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail.  Bailey may also face civil restitution totaling $317 for the rabbits over the daily limit.

Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and five to 20 years in jail.  Resisting an officer carries up to a $500 fine and six months in jail.  Hunting without a non-resident hunting license brings a $100 to $350 fine and up to 60 days in jail.

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Agents Cite Two Subjects for Violating Calcasieu Lake Oyster Regulations

Release Date: 01/12/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited two subjects for alleged oyster violations in Cameron Parish on Jan. 11.

Agents cited Ira J. Rodrigue Jr., 31, and Lerlene D. Rodrigue, 52, both of Cameron, for violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations.

Agents received complaints of subjects using a dredge in a tonging only area near West Cove on Calcasieu Lake.  Agents setup surveillance in the area and observed Ira and Lerlene actively dredging for oysters in West Cove.

Agents made contact with the subjects and found them in possession of three sacks of oysters that they admitted were caught with the illegal dredge.

Agents seized the dredge and returned three sacks of oysters to the water.

Violating Calcasieu Lake oyster regulations brings a $400 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail plus court costs and forfeiture of anything seized.  The offenders may also be forced to forfeit any permit to harvest oysters on Calcasieu Lake and shall be barred from obtaining a permit for the remainder of the period for which it was issued plus one year, during which time the offender shall be barred from participating in any oyster harvesting activity on Calcasieu Lake.

Symposium Presenter Short Course Fee

If you have been selected as a lead presenter for the 2018 Environmental Education State Symposium, you are exempt from paying the regular registration fee. However, if you wish to attend a Friday short course, the $20 fee still applies.

Before you click the payment button below, please be sure that you are registered to attend the conference and that you have selected a short course you wish to attend. The registration form can be found at . Ignore the payment prompt after you submit your registration information. Short course descriptions can be found at

If you have any questions, please contact Thomas Gresham at

$20 Optional Short Course Fee for Presenters


L.W.F.C. Elects Chairman and Vice Chairman and Welcomes New Commissioner

Release Date: 01/11/2018

(1-11-18) – At the January 4 meeting of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC), Bobby Samanie was elected chairman and Al Sunseri was elected to the vice chairman position. 


Additionally, the Commission welcomed Joe McPherson of Woodsworth, LA to the appointed panel. Mr. McPherson, who will serve as an at-large commissioner, is a self-employed business owner and developer and a former Louisiana State Senator.


The Wildlife and Fisheries Commission was created to protect, conserve and replenish the natural resources and wildlife of the state, including all aquatic life. The commission promulgates regulations for hunting, fishing and trapping and approves programs and policies for the management and conservation of all fish and wildlife in the state. 

According to the statute, the commission is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor, subject to senate confirmation.  Members include three residents of the coastal parishes of the state who are representatives of the commercial fishing and fur industries and four members from the state at large.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at



2018 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshop


The 2018 Becoming and Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop is March 23-25, 2018. Registration will begin on January 26, 2018. Go to our website at and look under the education tab for BOW. There you will find the updated Description on Courses. Each course will tell you what session it will be taught in. The BOW registration form can be found on this site beginning January 26. If you have any questions please contact Dana Norsworthy at, Chad Moore at or Karen Crabtree at

Please join us on Facebook at, BOW Louisiana Style, to keep up with the latest information from our staff, volunteers and participants.

Thank you and hope to see you in March,

Dana Norsworthy
BOW Coordinator

Agents Arrest Lettsworth Man for Killing a Louisiana Black Bear

Release Date: 01/10/2018

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents arrested a Lettsworth man on Jan. 8 for allegedly killing a Louisiana Black Bear.

Agents arrested Ronald J. Kimble, 28, for taking a Louisiana Black Bear during a closed season and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

On Nov. 29, 2017, Agents began investigating a dead black bear that was found shot to death on the Richard K. Yancey Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Concordia Parish.  The necropsy revealed that the four and a half year-old female bear was shot twice with a rifle within a few days of being found.

Agents began patrolling the area the bear was found more frequently and found Kimble hunting in the area on Dec. 29 and again on Jan. 4.  Agents approached Kimble and during questioning he admitted to killing the bear with a .270 rifle on Nov. 26, 2017.

Agents also found that Kimble was a convicted felon and not allowed to possess a firearm.

Agents seized the .270 rifle and booked Kimble into the Concordia Parish Jail.

The state charge for illegally killing a Louisiana Black Bear brings a $900 to $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.  Possessing a firearm by a convicted felon brings a $1,000 to $5,000 fine and 10 to 20 years in jail.

Kimble may also face up to $10,000 in civil restitution for the replacement value of the illegally taken black bear.

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