September 27, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (27 September 2020)  Writing of the carnage at Vicksburg during the Civil War, a teenage girl living near what is now West Monroe made an interesting natural history observation.  She stated: “…we hear from the best and most direct sources that the Yank...

September 20, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (20 September 2020)   During a period of four hours beginning at 10AM on Thursday, August 27, 2020, the D’Arbonne Swamp changed for many decades.  The change was aeolian in the form of Hurricane Laura.  She was obstinate, eschewing the normal shape-shif...

September 13, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (13 September 2020)  Connections are a common theme on this blog.  We’ve talked about broad connections such as those linking clean water to healthy fish, wildlife, and human populations.  Widespread education about more specific connections like the on...

September 6, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (6 September 2020)   For as long as humans have dwelled on our bayou-laced landscape, boats have drifted along the placid waters.  Local Native Americans built watercraft for 400 generations before European immigrants arrived to mimic their designs.  Fo...

August 23, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (23 August 2020)   Just after daybreak on this unseasonably cool, late August morning we walked to the Wreck, a hike that traversed two ecosystems, and witnessed a bit of magic.  From our house on the edge of the Pleistocene terrace where the historical...

August 16, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (16 August 2020) When it comes to the natural world, we don't know what we don't know.  Trouble jumps up about the time we think we've got it all figured out.  There are plenty of examples of well-intentioned human actions that have caused environmental...

June 28, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (28 June 2020)  In 1906 John Martin Goyne was awarded a contract with the state of Louisiana to cut a road from Crossroads to West Monroe.  It came to be known as White’s Ferry Road and runs more or less north-south across the southeast corner of the D’...

June 21, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (21 June 2020)   Deer, gray squirrel and gray fox, ‘possum, raccoon, armadillo all come to the drying pond now leaving their spoor in the encircling halo of mud.  What a difference between equinoxes.  Six feet deep in the spring, the pond reflects the h...

June 14, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (14 June 2020)  At the same time President Thomas Jefferson sent Lewis and Clark to explore the Missouri and Columbia Rivers he commissioned William Dunbar to conduct a similar expedition on the Ouachita River from its mouth to the legendary Hot Springs...

May 17, 2020

Bayou-Diversity (17 May 2020)  Spring is a busy time for most birds in northeast Louisiana.  Whether they are year round residents or just returning from wintering areas in Central and South America, most are involved in nest building of some sort.  Nests of course are...

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