October: Birds + 1

September 26, 2019. The Louisiana Ornithological Society meets in Cameron Parish the last weekend of October every year. I finally have that firmly planted in my brain, because I finally got to go in 2019! I joined my Master Naturalist friend Arthur Liles in Hackberry late Friday morning the 25th. We climbed into his pick-up and off we went for an afternoon of plying the Gulf Coast looking for birds. And birds we saw! Wow. Arthur knows his birds and he knows good locations to see them. All I had to do was sit and point the camera out the…

Day 6: Gimme Shelter

We stepped off the stern of the boat into crotch-deep water and waded to the black sand beach. There we were greeted by Sweetie, a lively spider monkey and ambassador-in-chief for the Osa Wildlife Sanctuary. Sweetie was 4 days old when a poacher shot her mother, intending to snatch Sweetie for the illegal pet trade. But Sweetie hit a branch as she fell, clinging to her dead mother, and began to scream. The poachers fled, leaving her to die. Today, Sweetie is part of a troop of black-handed spider monkeys that roam the Sanctuary. Every animal at the Sanctuary has…