Discover Nature Programs | LSU Hilltop Arboretum

Discover Nature Programs

 Through a partnership with the Capital Area Native Plant Society (CANPS) and the Louisiana Master Naturalist of Greater Baton Rouge (LMNGBR) we are proud to offer an exciting series of “Discover Nature” programs featuring local experts that are in touch with nature and are eager to share their experiences. All programs will begin at 6:30pm in the Imo Brown Complex in the Beverly Brown Coates Auditorium. For members of Hilltop, CANPS and LMNGBR the fee is $5 per program, $10 for non-members, pay at the door.

There will be an additional charge and limited pre-registrations for the program on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Join us for Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Delectable Edibles, as you will be sampling an array of dishes made with edibles plants in the Greater Baton Rouge area. Registration is limited to 25 at $20 per person, program is sold out.

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 6:30pm

Featuring: Todd Baker 

brown pelicanYou won’t want to miss this inspiring talk about the Brown Pelican Restoration efforts that have been ongoing for 51 years by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.  Imagine Louisiana without its state bird, the brown pelican. That was reality in the middle 1960s. Pelicans had ceased nesting in the state in 1961, and by 1963, they had disappeared. The since-banned pesticide DDT was the primary culprit for the demise of the pelican.  The majestic pelican has now returned in a big way with sightings common along Louisiana’s coast. In 2009, the brown pelican was removed from the Federal Endangered Species list.  Todd will also discuss the impact of the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill, and future threats and restoration efforts on behalf of our state bird.  

Todd Baker has been a Coastal Resource Scientist Manager for 18 years with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.