April 30, 2018

Bayou-Diversity (29 April 2018)  UPLAND OAKS In the last blog I discussed oaks that grow in the Louisiana lowlands.  As was the case with these bottomland hardwoods, oaks were also once a common component of upland forests in north Louisiana.  One native upland habitat...

April 22, 2018

Bayou-Diversity (22 April 2018) LOWLAND OAKS  Oaks were once a major component of Louisiana landscapes.  From the highest hills to just one step above cypress brakes, oaks were found in a variety of habitats.  Today we’ll consider those that grow in lowlands, such as a...

April 15, 2018

Bayou-Diversity (15 April 2018) It is quiet here now on the edge of this swamp, quieter than it has been in many years.  Perhaps the level of background noise approaches that when my father was a boy here 75 years ago.  I live in the woods off of a rural parish road an...

April 8, 2018

Bayou-Diversity (8 April 2018) The Civil War citadel of Vicksburg fell on July 4, 1863.  On that day Confederate regiments marched out one at a time and stacked their arms.  Of that occasion, General Grant’s telegraph operator, Samuel Beckwith, wrote, “The tramping of...

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