Well I'll start. This weekend (Sept 26-27) the Waddill Wildlife Center is open for Family use with many exhibits and activities going on to celebrate the National Hunting and Fishing weekend. I"m told it's well worth checking out. You can get directions online or if you are familiar with the Baton Rouge area it is in East Baton Rouge on Flannery Rd north of US 190.
Well I went Saturday and while it did rain a couple of times they were brief. It was interesting with some very good displays and exhibits by LSU and others. They also had a number of demonstrations provided by many people. There was a live hawking demo which I thought was different. You could take three shots at busting some clays on the skeet range. I busted one and the better half got 2 out of 3 so there is something to be said about luck! Archery events where you could shoot a crossbow or a compound or both. They even had one for the kids as well. And pellet rife ranges as well. The whole family could ride canoes or kayaks and fish with the poles being provided as well. They even had free food! Hot dogs and ice cream with all the water and sodas you could want. Generally well worth going. So give it some thought next time and check it out!
GRAND ISLE – Effective September 14, the Army Corp of Engineers will be pumping sand back onto the beach of Grand Isle, part of the coast rebuilding efforts to correct damage caused by hurricanes over the past few years. This project will involve the use of heavy equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for approximately 45 days.
For the duration of this project, there will be no beach access at Grand Isle State Park, potentially no fishing and heavy equipment noise may occur at night. The park’s campground, day-use area and fishing lagoon will remain open during this time; however, visitors should be advised of the possible impact on their visit. This project will help protect Louisiana's coastline against future hurricanes, it will allow the Office of State Parks to offer beach camping at Grand Isle State Park again.
Grand Isle State Park is located on the east end of Grand Isle, of LA 1 on Admiral Craik Drive. The only state-owned and operated beach on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the site offers excellent fishing, crabbing and camping opportunities. For more information about Grand Isle State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-877-226-7652.
Also for you History buffs La is holding an event Oct 10th at the Audubon Site in St. Francisville at the Oakley House. It is open to the public and celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Battle of Baton Rouge fought during the Revolutionary War. There will be exhibits, demonstrations and talks about various aspects of life during that period.
The LDWF is presently drawing down Lake Bistineau by at least 7 ft and may be more. No date has been set for the gate closure at this time. The draw down started Sept 16th and will continue until the LWDF is satisfied that their needs are met to allow for spraying. This is being done to try to eradicate an infestation of giant Salvinia. This invasive plant is not native to Louisiana and needs to be controlled as it presents a variety of problems for this popular lake in Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes. These efforts have already proven succesful on other lakes. See Saline Lake Below.
Re: Giant Salvinia control successful in Saline Lake
This is applicable to the post above.
Saline Lake, a water body nearly completely covered with giant salvinia last fall, has recently shown significant improvement due to an aquatic vegetation management plan initiated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) in the spring of 2009. Surveys have indicated excellent results as much of the salvinia has died and dropped from the water’s surface. A majority of remaining salvinia is showing signs of dying and is expected to drop from the water’s surface within the next few weeks. LDWF biologists predict excellent fishing on the lake during the upcoming fall and spring seasons, as well as convenient access for duck hunters.
Saline lake is a popular destination and can be found in Winn and Natchitoches parishes. Giant salvinia was discovered on the lake back in the fall of 2007. Since its discovery, LDWF has utilized multiple control methods. Spray crews working from boats immediately stepped up efforts, but success was limited due to the salvinia growing in inaccessible areas covered by cypress and tupelo trees. A drawdown of the lake was conducted in early June of this year. During the drawdown period, 245 gallons of a new EPA approved herbicide were dispersed throughout the area. Another application of 82.5 gallons followed to maintain herbicide levels and improve the kill. This herbicide is absorbed by the roots of the floating plants, unlike most herbicides which are sprayed directly onto the leaves.
Re: Giant Salvinia control successful in Saline Lake
This is a new one about import species. You may have heard that they caught an Asian Tiger shrimp off Grand Isle recently. It is now believed to be an escapee from an aquaculture experiment in South Carolina by the Waddell Center there. This is another example of non-native species invading our state and no one knows what the results will be. May not be a disaster but history shows that often that is the case. Only time will tell.....