January 2017

Thu 13th          Planting of bald cypress seedlings in the Lake Maurepas area.  Volunteer with Coalition for the Restoration of Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and or Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF).   First of seven planting days in local wetlands during the coming weeks.

Tue 17th         Orleans Audubon Society Monthly Meeting at 7 pm at the Unitarian Church at 6690  Fleur de Lis Drive.   Program – “Is lead contaminating our urban birds?

Fri 20th             Arbor Day       For Louisiana, the day to recognize planting of trees is always the third Friday of January.  Nationwide most states observe Arbor Day on the fourth day of April but southern states have earlier dates.    

Sat 21st            Long leaf seedlings planting by volunteers for the Nature Conservancy at the Talisheek Preserve (near Abita Springs).

Sat 21st            In New Orleans, this date is statistically the coldest day of the year based on historic weather records according to WeatherSpark.     

Sun 29th           Planting at the Delacroix Preserve by volunteers for Woodlands Conservancy.  First of three days of planting over a three week period.

February 2017

Fri 2nd              World Wetlands Day – A day to recognize and appreciate the value of wetlands that are scattered about the world 

Sat 4th             Moonlight Paddle into Manchac Wetlands.   In the day time, our flotilla will observe the “winterize” view of the forested and marsh habitats that make up these wetlands located northwest of New Orleans.   After sunset, our intrepid paddlers will weave their way out of the wetlands under a high-in-the-sky first quarter moon. The route will be determined by the water level in the labyrinth of waterways that overlay the wetlands.  Meeting time will be at 4 pm, with sunset about 5:40 pm and return to launch about 7:30 pm.  

Sun 12th           Sierra Club meeting at Audubon Zoo.   Social time at 6:30 with the program at 7 pm

Tue 21st          Orleans Audubon Society Monthly Meeting at 7 pm at the Unitarian Church on Fleur de Lis. 

Sat thru Tue 25th to 28th  (Mardi Gras weekend)      Horn Island campout offshore of Biloxi, MS.  Instead of the wilds of Bourbon Street, consider spending four days and three nights on a remote and peaceful island.  Daily activities can include:  Beachcombing on miles of white sandy beaches looking for treasure either manmade or by nature.  Noting the variety of habitats that occur from the Gulf of Mexico to the Mississippi Sound (expansive beach, tidal pools, dunes with freshwater lagoons, saltwater marshes or pine forests and a thin steep beach facing the mainland.   Observing the wildlife that may be represented by flocks of birds either in the sound, on the beaches or in the ponds or by dolphins arcing their way through the surf.   Canoe and Trail provides a trip leader and assistants, the deep sea fishing boat to reach and to return from Horn, the outdoor kitchen with hot meals and camping gear – tents and sleeping combo if needed.   Individual campers provide personal items, appropriate clothes and raingear, lunches and water (a checklist is provided).  The fee is $350 for one or if related $675 for two.   For a memorable Mardi Gras but not for the usual reasons, come with us to experience for four days and three nights an outing that will provide a lifetime of memories.   

March 2017

Fri pm thru Sun 3rd to the 5th            Camp Fest – Louisiana Hiking Club at Chicot State Park.   This is a weekend of hiking, lessons in outdoor skills, eating well and socializing with like minded persons.   Chicot State Park with its woods and reservoir is an excellent setting for this event. 

Fri afternoon thru Sat  10th and 11th             Environmental Conference sponsored by the Tulane Law School                       The conference is on Friday afternoon and Saturday on the Tulane University campus with usually three panels at a time.   This conference is the best opportunity of the year to learn about current and future environmental issues.  Free to the public.   Highly recommended!!

Sat 11th           Moonlight Paddle – Destination and route to be determined.

Sun 12th           Daylight Savings begins for 2017.   The link is to a Wikipedia article with more information (pages) than most will want to know about this well intended energy saving idea.

Thu 16th          “Restoration Road Show” organized by CRCL in the Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge near Lacombe. 

Mon 20th         Spring begins – vernal equinox occurs  when day and night hours are almost equal in length.   The spring season for New Orleans begins at 5:29 am.   The link is to another Wikipedia article with pages again about this annual solar event.

Thu – Sun 23rd to 26th             Paddle Bayou LaFourche sponsored by Barataria – Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP)   One can paddle for one day, the  weekend or all four days on this historic waterway.    Fee includes some meals and camping space for the three evenings.  Canoes are available to rent from BTNEP.   The principal appeal of the event is the entire package of meeting other paddlers while enjoying the culture of the people who live along the bayou.   (The link has 2016 dates but will eventually have the 2017 dates. 

April 2017   

Sun 16th           Easter

Sat 22nd           Earth Day   Since 1970, the annual day to demonstrate support for environmental protection of the earth’s natural resources.            

Later in 2017          

Sun to Sun September 10th to 17th.    Base camp in Zion National Park in southwestern Utah with tent camping at a group site and then daily forays to explore Zion National Park by hiking and touring.    This will be our seventh annual week long campout in or near a national park.  Each day, groups of base campers set forth to hike on trails which in Zion may be vertical or horizontal.  Others may choose for a day or so to drive to and explore other nearby national public lands.  Others will participate in ranger led activities or talks.   In the evenings, everyone gathers for a hearty meal and much socializing around the campfire.   If you are interested, just send a note to info@canoeandtrail.com with the heading “Zion campout”.   We hope you can join us as we explore and experience another one of America’s outdoor jewels.