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Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Spring Symposium & Meeting

May 14 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Spring Symposium & Meeting – Saturday May 14th, 2022
9:00 AM: Visit to the Ascension Episcopal School-Youngsville Campus Cajun Prairie Garden. Planted by Eric Vanbergen and the CPHPS in spring 2019 for Eric’s senior project. Directions: From I-10, take Exit 100 onto Ambassador Caffrey Pkwy, heading south. Continue south, passing Kaliste Saloom Road and Verot School Road. After 9.6 miles, take a right turn onto Chemin Metarie Road. Continue on Chemin Metarie to the round-about and take the 2nd exit to continue straight on Chemin Metarie. After the round-about, continue about ½ mile and you will see Ascension Episcopal School on your right.
From Hwy 90, take Southpark Rd, after 2.8 miles turn right onto Ambassador Caffrey Pkwy. Go 1.5 miles on Ambassador Caffrey Pkwy, then turn left onto Chemin Metarie. Follow directions from Chemin Metarie above.
Ascension Episcopal School address: 1800 Chemin Metarie Pkwy, Youngsville, LA 70592
10:00 AM: Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society Meeting
10:30 AM: Cajun Prairie Awards and a Presentation by Dr. Malcolm Vidrine, titled, ‘A naturalist/conservationist trapped in Louisiana, while all around, the seas are rising and the ground is sinking faster and faster – my life growing up on the Cajun Prairie during a journey to oblivion. An honorary address in salute to a 50-year career of discovery in field biology in southwestern Louisiana. Why not a prairie?’
11:45 AM: Lunch; and Presentation by John Michael Kelley, titled, ’Familiar faces: Learning in the Cajun Prairie primes an appreciation for diverse plant groups’. John Michael is a research intern employed by Southeastern Grasslands Initiative and Caddo Parish Parks. Long interested in nature and outdoor skills, he began studying botany in 2019 and has since conducted research on rare species and habitats of Louisiana and surrounding states. Much of his work as an independent researcher is delivered to state agencies and private interest groups to further the study of our region’s biodiversity. Other discoveries are reported in scientific journals, with special regard for range extensions, unique population occurrences, and rapidly spreading invasive species. John Michael’s work has been self-funded until his recent cooperation with the Southeastern Grasslands Initiative in 2021.
For more details about the meeting and or tours contact, Steve Nevitt nevittii@gmail.com or find us on Facebook.


May 14
9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society
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