The theme of the 2015 Tidal Graph Calendar produced by and available now from the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is estuary issues.
Each year BTNEP produces a Louisiana-flavored, full-color calendar that highlights the estuary's unique ecology and history and additionally depicts, graphically, the daily tides for coastal Louisiana.
This year's beautifully illustrated calendar showcases major issues and concerns facing the Barataria and Terrebonne estuarine systems. Each month features a new issue, such as the BTNEP volunteer program, a discussion of the issue, how to obtain more information, and a call to action concerning the issue.
Issues covered, by month, are:
January – BTNEP volunteer program. How can you help the coast?
February – Pipeline sediment delivery. How can we rebuild Louisiana’s disappearing coast in our lifetime?
March – Bayou Lafourche cleanup. What can you do to clean up the estuary?
April – Paddle Bayou Lafourche. What is BTNEP doing to promote Bayou Lafourche as a natural resource?
May – Feral hogs. What could be worse than nutria?
June – BTNEP native plant materials program. What is BTNEP doing to promote and protect native species and their habitats?
July -- From H-2-O teacher training workshop and bayouside classroom water quality program. What are BTNEP and LUMCON doing to educate teachers and students about water quality?
August – Wetshop. What is BTNEP doing to educate teachers about wetlands?
September – BTNEP coastal shoreline bird surveys. What is BTNEP doing to protect shorelines?
October – The BTNEP bird calendar series. What is BTNEP doing to promote Eco-Tourism?
November – Fourchon maritime ridge planting and research project. How is BTNEP restoring habitat?
December – Righteous Fur and Marsh Dog. What more can we do about nutria?
A different fish is featured each month and, of course, the tidal information for each day is shown in the form of a graph illustrating the high tide, low tide, and points in between. This is could be essential information if you’re going fishing or at least very useful if just visiting various points around the coast.
Copies of the calendar can be obtained by contacting BTNEP at 985-447-0868 or stopping by their office located at 320 Audubon Drive (105 N Babington Hall, Nicholls State University campus) in Thibodaux. It is also available for download from their calendars site at: www.btnep.org/BTNEP/resources/downloads/calendars.aspx.
For more information about the BTNEP visit their website at www.btnep.org/BTNEP or "Like" them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BTNEP. Also, if you are interested in learning how to support the BTNEP and provide assistance in the work it is doing to help save the Barataria and Terrebonne basins, just go to the BTNEP Foundation’s website: supportbtnep.org.
Alan Matherne is the Louisiana Sea Grant / LSU AgCenter Marine Extension Agent specializing in Coastal, Fisheries, & Wildlife Outreach for Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption parishes. He can be contacted at 985-873-6495 or firstname.lastname@example.org. His articles and blogs are posted at bayoulog.com. You can "Friend" him on Facebook at facebook.com/alan.matherne and follow his "Tweets" on Twitter at twitter.com/amatherne.
Posted on Tue, January 27, 2015
by Alan Matherne, Coastal, Fisheries, & Wildlife Outreach Specialist Louisiana Sea Grant / LSU AgCenter