Species of the Month

Wood Duck
Aix sponsa

Family Anatidae
Description ADULT MALE Has shiny green-blue crown and mane, adorned with white lines. Chin and throat are white, extending onto face as white lines. Breast is maroon, flanks are buff, and back is greenish; these three areas are separated by white lines. Note red eye and red at base of bill. ADULT FEMALE Mainly brownish, darkest on back and head. Breast and flanks are marked with fine pale streaklike spots. Note the white spectacle around the eye and white on throat and margin of gray bill. JUVENILE Resembles adult female, but plumage is duller and patterns less striking.
Habitat Associated with forested areas, typically flooded valleys, well-wooded swamps and the like; requires areas that are flooded during the breeding season. Overhunting and habitat destruction brought virtual extinction by end of 19th century (sadly, a familiar story). However, hunting restrictions and conservation measures have allowed population to recover to roughly 1,000,000 birds.
Range Southwest, Southeast, Eastern Canada, New England, California, Rocky Mountains, Texas, Northwest, Plains, Great Lakes, Western Canada, Florida, Mid-Atlantic
Discussion Attractive dabbling duck. Males are bizarrely colorful and instantly recognizable; even the duller females are well-marked. Flies on rapid wingbeats and is surprisingly maneuverable through forested terrain. Gregarious outside breeding season, but seldom seen in sizeable flocks. Nests in tree holes and responds well to introduction of artificial nest boxes; often perches on branches. Feeds on acorns, fruits, and invertebrates. Sexes are dissimilar.

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2015 Fall Symposium

2015 Fall Symposium Award Recipients

Student Oral Presentation Award

Eleven students presented their research and Kristen DeMarco (LSU) received first place in the oral presentation contest for her presentation “SAV and seed resource availability in coastal marshes across the northern Gulf of Mexico.”.


Christopher Fontenot (ULL), shown here with LAPB President-Elect Dr. Eddie Lyons, received second place in the oral presentation poster contest for his presentation “Wax Lake Delta - Plant Community Dynamics”.

Student Poster Presentation Award

Whitney Kroschel (LSU), shown here with LAPB President-Elect Dr. Eddie Lyons, won first place in the student poster presentation with her poster “An Analysis of Bottomland Hardwood Forest Stand Development in a Hydrologically Altered Floodplain.”.


Eva Windhoffer and Megan Nepshinsky (Nicholls State University), received second place for their poster ““Foraging Movement Patterns of Breeding Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) on the Isles Der-nieres Barrier Islands Refuge in Southern Louisiana”.”.


Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists Publication Awards

Best Paper Award - Popular: Mike Carloss, Donald M. Baltz, Bill Delany, Marty Floyd, Ted Joanen, Scott Nisbit, William G. Vermillion, and Paul Yakupsack.
An Open Letter to the Citizens of Louisiana, www.mississippiriverdelta.org

Best Paper Award - Basic Research: Ruth M. Elsy
K.L. Sweaza, J.P. McMurtry, R.M. Elsey, P. Redig, and E.J. Braun. 2014. Comparison of metabolic substrates in alligators and several birds of prey. Zoology 117: 253-260.

Best Paper Award - Fisheries: Megan K. La Peyre
M. La Peyre, J. Furlong, L.A. Brown, B.P. Piazza, and K. Brown. 2014. Oyster reef restoration in the northern Gulf of Mexico: Extent, methods, and outcomes. Ocean & Coastal Management 89:20-28.

Best Paper Award - Wildlife: Ruth M. Elsey
R.M. Elsey and J.W. Lang. 2014. Sex Ratios of Wild American Alligator Hatchlings in Southwest Louisiana. Southeastern Naturalist 13(2):191-199.



LAPB Fall 2015 Sympsoium Program with Abstracts

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