This blog originates on the banks of the Atchafalaya River, in Louisiana. It proposes to share the things that happen on and by the river as the seasons progress. As the river changes from quiet, warm, slow flow to rises of eighteen feet or more, there are changes in the lives of the birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles that use the river. And the mood of the river changes with the seasons. I propose to note and comment on these things.

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Location: Butte La Rose, Louisiana, United States

I transitioned a few years ago from a career as a water-pollution control biologist. I want to do this blog to stay in touch with a world outside my everyday surroundings, whatever they may be. I like open-minded company and the discussion of ideas. Photo by Brad Moon.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

OK, So It Works

James confirms that I'm on the air now, so just a couple of observations to get things started. I'm looking out of the window at the river on a sunny, mild afternoon. I see a great egret flying by, and a great blue heron, and a cormorant. At the window just four feet from me are cardinals, chickdees, titmice, chipping sparrows, rufous hummingbirds and buff-bellied hummingbirds. Have to get used to being inside on days like this, and it's not easy. Ray Bauer came by this afternoon to collect shrimp from the traps in the river. Not too many shrimp moving into the traps when the water is as cold as it is right now (9 degrees C). Baiting the traps with canned catfood seems to work about as well anything, at least for the time being. The river stage is about 3.0 on the BLR gauge, rising slowly to about 3.5 in the next few days, and then slowly falling for a while.



Blogger James said...

Canned cat food! That's a cool tidbit.
Who is Ray? How many traps does is take to get a pound of shrimp? The river's rising, but what does it mean? How many feet before the river's in your driveway? Or your living room?

More wildlife stuff! Where are the alligators right now?

Expiring minds want to know.

December 17, 2005 9:49 AM  

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