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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : A Review Of The 2015 Louisiana Duck Season
    during teal season The marsh was full of lilies and we had a great teal season However we had a few very strong storms that pushed through early in October As a result we saw three high tidal surges from the North East that came in and killed much of the duck vegetation Ryan and the guides of Cajun Adventures in Buras had a successful first split but found diving ducks inundating the marsh on the east side of the river during the second split due to the high water However he was happy to see the state s early coastal zone season Without the early coastal zone opening the season may have been tougher as the second split became more difficult with the low to negative tides towards the end of the season After speaking with Ryan I was curious to see if the west side of the coastal zone area of the state saw some of the impacts from high water I met with Kirk Stansel of Hackberry Rod and Gun Club who hunts the brackish coastal marsh of the west Kirk was in favor of the early season and believed the milder weather didn t affect the season as much as the high water event south Louisiana experienced this year The Hackberry Rod and Gun guides were not seeing the numbers of green wing teal that they normally see The first split was our best Kirk said We bagged 75 percent of our ducks during the first split Gadwall was our number one bird and I d rank the first split at an 8 5 out of 10 However once the high water affected us we quickly saw a decline in the quality of birds Second split we mainly bagged Scaup as the high water killed much of the duck feed and widgeon grass I d rank the second split at a 4 5 out of 10 The tides came in and stayed high we never saw the green wing teal like we normally do I did however find one spot of the coastal zone that managed to pull off a really good season throughout both the first and second split the marsh of Delacroix Delacroix is not affected by the tidal surges and high water from the Mississippi River Mike Smith of Louisiana Marsh Guide Service said Delacroix is not affected by the open water so for us we had a lot of duck feed Our first split was better but throughout the season we bagged a variety of quality birds ranging from Mallards to Mottled Ducks to Pintails and Redheads Mike did notice the teal were scarce this year as opposed to seasons where the teal showed up throughout the entire season He also believed the early opening had no effect on his season as he killed the majority of his birds in 60 to 70 degree weather with a southern wind Mike Smith of Louisiana Marsh Guide Service 2015 wasn t the perfect duck

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Tell President Obama NO To Diverting GOMESA Funds
    drilling in the Gulf of Mexico The first GOMESA payments were to begin next year but the President is proposing that Congress repeal GOMESA Louisiana businesses and conservation organizations are currently gathering signatures on a letter to oppose this plan Under GOMESA the Gulf states would have received an estimated 3 7 billion over the next decade as an offset to habitat and infrastructure damages The State of Louisiana and coastal parish governments were expecting to receive 176 million next year to pay for projects in the Coastal Master Plan We are asking Louisiana businesses and organizations to join us on a letter to President Obama requesting that he cease his attempts to repeal GOMESA Please review the letter to President Obama and contact browne nwf org if you are interested in signing on the letter with the Vanishing Paradise program and the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and Environmental Defense Fund The deadline to sign on is March 2nd newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27 16 The Bonnet Carré Provides Plenty of Recreational Opportunities 04 14 16 Register

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Bonnet Carré May Temporarily Impact Louisiana Sportsmen, Conditions Likely To Rebound Quickly
    to new shallower areas as water rises State Waterfowl Study Team leader and Louisiana Department of wildlife and Fisheries biologist Larry Reynolds says there is no mistaking the decline in the amount of ducks between the first and second split of duck season December studies showed significantly more ducks in the area than the January studies This is a result of the high water that is continuing to trouble hunters across the state Louisiana deer hunters faced some closures in north Louisiana and in the Atchafalaya Basin in portions of Iberville Iberia St Martin and St Mary parishes in Deer Area 9 as waters were rising The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries closed deer hunting temporarily in the beginning of the month from the Arkansas state line east of U S 65 to Vidalia La and west of the Louisiana Mississippi border to relieve pressure from hunters for deer fleeing the high water Those areas re opened January 25th Now with the Bonnet Carré opened deer hunters can expect additional closures in more areas As deer naturally seek out higher ground greater concentrations in those areas can lead to targeting and overharvesting by hunters The temporary closures allow the deer to safely seek refuge on elevated areas For more information from Louisiana s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries click here Depending on how long the Bonnet Carré stays open anglers might notice some changes in salinities and movement of species to seek optimal conditions but they shouldn t be too concerned As fresh water flows into Lake Pontchartrain saltwater fish will likely move east to saltier areas like the Rigolets and Lake Borgne There may be a mix of salt and fresh water in the lake for a time which can actually mean good fishing as both types of fish

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Spillway Opening Highlights Need To Harness Sediment To Restore Coastal Habitat
    vanishing land is prime fish and waterfowl habitat and the loss is largely due to a lack of sediment from the river replenishing starving wetlands During high water events like this one the river carries more sediment than usual sediment that is an essential component to restoring Louisiana s disappearing coastline When opened the Bonnet Carré Spillway can send up to 250 000 cubic feet per second of sediment laden water from the Mississippi River into Lake Pontchartrain Without restoration projects like sediment diversions in place to capture sediment much of this essential component for restoring our coast is lost This sediment could go to rebuilding Louisiana s wetlands and this is not the only area where precious sediment is being wasted Over the last two years alone approximately 176 million tons of sediment has been transported down the river and much of that has escaped through the mouth of the Mississippi River and off the outer continental shelf beyond where it can be of any immediate use to restoration efforts That s the equivalent to one Ford F 150 truck per second falling off the continental shelf This sediment is literally the foundation on which our future relies We cannot and should not let it go to waste In the future when sediment diversions are in place we ll be able to utilize the increase in sediment carried by the river during high water events and capture it for coastal restoration as well as manage flood waters through many valves Thanks to the CPRA s recommendation to advance two key sediment diversions at Mid Barataria and Mid Breton to the engineering and design phase we will hopefully see progress continue to move forward The Louisiana Legislature and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority CPRA Board are set to vote to

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Deadline Approaching For Louisiana Sign-On Letter To Gov.-elect Edwards
    in Louisiana Hunters depend on healthy marshes to host 10 million ducks that winter here from the Central and Mississippi River flyways Anglers depend on the robust coastal wetlands to provide nurseries for redfish and bass as well as the rich brackish habitat that supports world class opportunities for speckled trout Coastal wetland loss threatens fisheries and waterfowl populations that contribute to a billion dollar industry vital to the economy of the Gulf Region Fishing and hunting guides marinas hotels and lodges gas stations grocery stores tackle shops restaurants boat dealerships outdoor media and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries all benefit from a robust coast Successive governors and legislators have made steady progress toward building a bipartisan commitment to protecting and restoring coastal communities economy and wildlife As Gov elect Edwards begins his administration it is important that he continue this momentum and also take the lead in establishing predictable dedicated funding streams to fully finance coastal restoration Vanishing Paradise and the Louisiana Wildlife Federation have penned a letter to Gov elect Edwards to be sent shortly after his inauguration Leading Louisiana businesses have also signed onto this letter and we welcome others to join us Deadline to

    Original URL path: http://vanishingparadise.org/updates/deadline-approaching-for-louisiana-sign-on-letter/ (2016-04-30)
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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Upcoming Conservation On Tap Event In New Orleans
    tour and door prizes included WHEN December 10 2015 6 00 8 00 PM WHERE NOLA Brewing Co 3001 Tchoupitoulas New Orleans LA RSVP by Dec 7 to browne nwf org or online at vanishingparadise org OnTap Space is limited for this free event but you are welcome to bring a friend or family member who also hunts or fishes newer older Search Join VP on Recent Blogs 04 27

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Thankful For Duck Season In Louisiana And Great Family Memories
    with family The marsh in Venice was very lush and rich full of delta duck potato Walter s millet and submerged aquatic vegetation The memories created from sharing a pirogue with my brother to the laughs at the camp after the hunt paired with a delicious meal of duck bombs and fresh Yellowfin Tuna left me longing for the opening of duck season This time of year is a time to reflect and give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives including family I can t think of a better way to spend time with family than sharing the outdoors with one another Tom Tommy and Erin Brown November 15 2015 Taking advantage of the recent cool front that swept through South Louisiana this past weekend was spent with my brother father Labrador retriever and two cousins cutting up in a duck blind We walked into the marsh and got settled in as the sun rose As we patiently awaited the return of the flight of birds that first flew over we watched the sky change from hues of blacks and blues to casting rays of sunshine in each direction From our perch it was enjoyable watching our Labrador retriever intensely stare down flights of birds as he anxiously awaited his first retrieve of the season Through the marsh grass we watched as ibis heron and egret glided in to pay us visits And then finally a flight of ducks came into our spread and we bagged two Although we only bagged two mottled ducks Sunday morning we walked away with memories for a lifetime From listening to my dad and cousin talk about stories of their younger days spent hunting and crabbing together to spending that morning with the other young huntress of the family are all

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  • Vanishing Paradise : News & Updates : Sportsmen Celebrate BP Settlement With Wide Open Marsh Fishing
    Since the projects to be funded for the BP settlement have not been identified we don t have a clear answer yet to which projects will be funded However the state has declared its intention to seek funding from the various pots of money for most of the 19 projects identified by a larger coalition of which Vanishing Paradise is a member Our Coalition has identified 19 projects from Louisiana s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast that have the greatest potential to restore our coast Seventeen of the 19 priorities are located in the Mississippi River Delta because of the ecological and economic importance of the delta s resources to the entire region and the nation An early start on a major Mississippi River sediment diversion and accelerating barrier island renewal in the Delta are crucial cornerstones for any effective Gulf wide response The four highest priorities of the 19 would help rebuild restore and nourish wetlands that have been lost or degraded in the decades since extensive engineering cut the Mississippi River off from its Delta These diversion projects would allow the periodic flow of water and sediment from the Mississippi to be channeled into specific locations south of New Orleans for marsh building including Mid Barataria Mid Breton Lower Breton Lower Barataria Matt Vincent hefts a bull redfish from the bird claw in the Louisiana wetlands The other top priorities in order are 5 Increasing Atchafalaya River flow to East Terrebonne Basin through a diversion of Atchafalaya River water via the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to sustain and re invigorate marshes and swamps that are disappearing rapidly because they are cut off from natural river flows 6 West Maurepas Diversion east of Lake Pontchartrain to provide fresh water nutrients and sediment to one of the nation s largest bald cypress swamps which has declined steadily in the absence of flow from the Mississippi River 7 Barrier island restoration from Barataria Pass to Sandy Point in Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes to maintain separation of the brackish lower estuary from the salty Gulf of Mexico and to protect bayside marshes 8 Barrier island restoration from Belle Pass to Caminada Pass in Lafourche and Jefferson parishes to protect the barrier headland and restore beach dune and marsh critical for migratory birds including the endangered Piping Plover 9 Central Wetlands diversion from the Mississippi River in Orleans and St Bernard parishes to restore and nourish marshes and swamps and improve resiliency against sea level rise 10 Construction of the lock on the Houma Navigation Canal to reduce saltwater intrusion through the main conduit into Terrebonne Parish marshes This is critical to the success of Intracoastal Waterway Atchafalaya project ranked No 5 above 11 Isles Dernieres barrier island restoration in Terrebonne Parish on the outer edge of the Louisiana coast to help protect against storm surge and high energy waves by enhancing dunes beaches and marshes 12 Timbalier Islands barrier island restoration in Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes to protect receding coastline just

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