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Posted this morning on the Orleans Audubon Society website:

EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS:                                                                    CANCELLED: We will invite Linda back at a later date.  Linda Auld's presentation focuses on an amazing Louisiana pioneer woman, Caroline Dormon.  Discover who she was, what she accomplished, her wonderful books, and her beloved home, Briarwood in Saline, Louisiana. The first woman hired by the U.S. Forestry Service (1921), Dormon was instrumental in establishing the Kitsachie National Forest (1930).  Linda also hopes to promote awareness about the tornado that hit Briarwood last spring.  The Briarwood Nature Preserve needs volunteers and donations to help with restoration efforts.  Learn about Caroline Dormon's fascination with Louisiana's forests and native plants and how you can help            restore a part of her legacy.                                                                                                       Story of Caroline Dormon, "Louisiana Pioneer Woman" Speaker, Linda Auld                Date: Tuesday, March 17  Time: 6:30 pm social, 7:00 pm program                                  Location: Community Church Unitarian Universalist  6690 Fleur de Lis

MARCH 17, 2020

Story of Caroline Dormon, “Louisiana Pioneer Woman”
Public · Hosted by Orleans Audubon Society
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6:30 PM
Orleans Audubon Society meeting

Community Church Unitarian Universalist - New Orleans

6690 Fleur de Lis Dr, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124

Longue Vue Gardens is hosting a great workshop you won't want to miss.

of Oko Vue Produce: “Growing Pesticide- Free Vegetables and Herbs at Home”
Fourth generation agriculturist, sustainable urban farmer and community health activist.

Prepare for spring with this half-day garden workshop,
featuring natural edible gardening tools and tips!

• Table demonstrations and interactive planting advice
• Art performances and installations
• Flower crown station
• Plant sale
• Crafts & activities for children
• Light refreshments
ADMISSION: $30 | $20 for members
CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER: $10 | $5 for members
Tickets include all-day admission to the gardens and a docent-led house tour.
Light refreshments provided.

For more info, see Welcome Spring! flyer.

On January 25, 2020 the Baton Rouge Master Gardeners from Hilltop Arboretum hosted a fantastic Gardening Symposium event packed with very informative nature presentations plus book and plant sales to help further education!                Doug Tallamy, nationally known speaker and author of Nature's Best Hope, was promoting the use of native plants to support wildlife whereas Bill Fontenot, author of Native Gardening in the South was more focused on planting for birds.   I felt very honored to be sharing the stage with these two very knowledgeable friends of mine as I was presenting, "Plant It and They Will Come!" --how to attract butterflies to your garden using specific native plants. Thank you, Hilltop folks for selling forty copies of my new book, "BugLady's Butterfly Summer"!  What a wonderful day!

Nature's Best Hope 

A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 8:15am – 2:00pm
EBRP Main Branch Library Conference Room
7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge 70806


Want to attract more wildlife, butterflies and birds to your yard? The Jan. 25 symposium hosted by the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum can help.

The session will feature speakers Douglas W. Tallamy, Linda Barber Auld and Bill Fontenot, all of whom will offer ways for you to help protect and attract birds and bees (and a few other creatures) to your home garden and landscape. 

Auld, affectionately known as the New Orleans "BugLady," owns and runs Barber Laboratories. For over 40 years, she has studied and promoted understanding beneficial insects. Auld has raised 125 species of butterflies and moths, studying and photographing their life cycles.

Auld will talk about how to attract butterflies and pollinators throughout the year using native plants. Her new book, "BugLady’s Butterfly Summer," is an uplifting read and will be available for sale.

Deadline for early registration is Jan. 14. The cost is $75 ($85 after the deadline); $25 for students ($35 late) and $65 for members of Friends of Hilltop Arboretum, ($75 late). Registration and more information available at, email or call (225) 767-6916.

May 4, 2019

Great afternoon at Double M on Jefferson Highway
making new friends!
Starting my day off educating folks at Jefferson Feed on Central Ave.