Announcements

Tunica Day Trip!

On October 9th, we will be leaving from the RNR building at 8:00 a.m. and be out all day!

Some people have reached out to me saying they have prior engagements so we will probably leave at the latest by 3 or 4.

Hiking, collecting plants, and general exploration!

One of our members also said that they may be open to teaching us how to catch insects!

ID night!

On Tuesday the 12th at 5:30 p.m. in RNR room 206 we will be taking the plants we collected the week before and learning to use microscopes to identify them. We will also make labels for submission to the herbarium!

Food and sick jams will be provided.

If you cannot go on the Tunica trip but want to participate, I can bring some unidentified plants from collections of mine and some of my coworkers for you to join in the fun with!

Lee Memorial Forest for a joint field trip with the Forestry club/botanizing field trip!

We will leave RNR on the 21st at 10:00 a.m. and getting lunch at Yo-yos that at noon in Bogalusa.
We will be staying in the bunkhouses for a couple of days and helping Joe around the property with some prescribed burning.
We will have a couple of botanist guests such as Brian Early of LDWF, Dylan DeRouen of BREC, and mayhaps Dr. Reid of RNR join us!
We will have a loose itinerary that will be decided on closer to the trip, but it looks as though we may be able to get some of the RNR Professors out to teach the prescribed burning class so that you can work towards your certification. We will also have time to do some vegetation plots so that people can get experience with general plant ID and data collection!
There is a very large lodge on the property, but you are equally as welcome to tent camp.
This trip will be full of time to explore the property, have bonfires, collect plants, looks for herps, birds, and get experience in our field!
We will have vans leaving campus on the 21st and returning on the 24th so you are free to ride with us or drive on your own. Feel free to choose what days you would like to be there if not the entire time!
Food on the campsite will be provided, but the more food the merrier!

 

 

Botany Club Meeting on the last Thursday of the month.  

September 30th, 2021. We will meet at 5:30 p.m. in RNR 141

We will discuss the upcoming events and decide on dates for our camping trip, botanizing day trip, and ID night. 

Update: Thank you to everyone who came out! We talked about our upcoming events for October! 

BREC Tree and Invasive Species Surveys

On Saturday, September 25th, we will be surveying trees by collecting data on the DBH, tree canopy heights, and approximate tree health. Inputting this information in i-tree will compute the "ecosystem values" of the stand such as carbon sequestration and effect on the urban heat index.

We will also be performing invasive species percent coverage surveys. These are to help the BREC park system monitor change in invasive/introduced flora abundance over time.

It will be held at Zachary Community Park
20055 Old Scenic Hwy
Zachary, LA 70791

Update: BREC SURVEYS CANCELLED, TO BE RESCHEULED 

LDWF Native Garden Clean-up

We have a cleanup day at the LDWF Native Community Garden this Saturday, September 18th, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The location is at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA.
We will get a short talk from the LDWF botanist, and then we will help to clean up the garden from storm damage as well as taking care of weeds. This is a great opportunity to see native plants that are in bloom as well as witness a great example of community education and outreach as it pertains to botany.

Update: 

Thank you to everyone who came out!

We volunteered almost 20 hours on Saturday! Our contribution has brought the garden another step closer to being under control! 

Hurricane Ida Tree Clean-Up

On Saturday, September 11th, 2021, we will be meeting at the Botany club's President's house at 8:00 a.m. to go to Gonzales to meet with an older couple in need of storm clean up. we will then go to the LSU AgCenter Hammond Research Station after lunch. 

Update:

We volunteered for a total of 81 hours on Saturday. With four hours in Gonzales, we were able to clear their entire yard and fell two dead trees that were safety hazards to the landowners. At the Research Station, we made huge strides in their cleanup effort!

Thank you to everyone who came out!

These events were made possible by the president of the Forestry Club, Chloe Crawford!

Hurricane Ida Tree Clean-Up

On Saturday, September 4th, 2021, we will be meeting at the Renewable Natural Resources building at 8:00 a.m. to go to Burden Museum & Gardens to help clean up downed trees, limbs, and other debris. After lunch, we will head to Baker to help in hurricane restoration. We will be riding in LSU vans. If you have axes, hand saws, chainsaws, loppers, pruners, or gloves, please bring them! Please dress appropriately in field clothes, bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water. 

These events were made possible by the president of the Forestry Club, Chloe Crawford!

Update:

We worked at Burden Museum & Gardens for 4 hours clearing fallen trees and limbs from trails. We then went to Baker and was able to completely clear a fallen water oak off of a house! 

 

2021 School Year Introductory Meeting

On Thursday, August 26th at 5:30 p.m., we will have our introductory meeting for this school year!

We will talk about who we are, what we have done, and what we will do!

We will also have free pizza and drinks! 

Afterwards, we will do arts & crafts to create designs for our collage club t-shirt.

Come by to RNR room 142!

 

Update:

The meeting went very well! the paintings turned out lovely and will make a wonderful t shirt! the powerpoint is posted below. 

 

Botany Club Introductory Meeting
PowerPoint – 3.7 MB 6 downloads

Botanizing Field trip to Lee Memorial Forest

Wednesday, May the 5th - Thursday the 6th.
We will meet at the RNR building at 9:00 and head out after we pack up.
Dr. Reid has a kind of running list of existing flora on the property and we’d be doing a check list trying to see what is still there (like rare plants that haven’t been observed for forty years!
There will be a crawfish boil on the evening of the 5th after we finish our plant surveying for the day.

Update:
The trip went wonderfully! Full of plants, crawfish, mulberries, and campfires!

 

BREC's BioBlitz 2021

On Saturday April 17th, we will be leading a Plant ID hike from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and a Plant ID workshop from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

While CJ and CeCe will be leading both of these, we will all be present to provide help where needed.

Throughout the whole event we will be using iNaturalist to document as many species on the property as we can.
This includes amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, insects, and of course **Plants!!**

Update:

We have a great turn out for the plant hikes and were able to make a considerable contribution to species identification!

Tree and Invasive Plant Surveys with BREC

On Friday April 16th , the Tree survey will begin at 12:30 p.m. and last until 2:30 p.m.
The Invasive Plant survey will begin at 3:00 p.m. and last until 5:00 p.m.

On Friday, we will be getting training on how to use i-tree and ESRI's 123 data collection app. We will then be surveying trees by collecting data on the DBH, tree canopy heights, and approximate tree health. Inputting this information in i-tree will compute the "ecosystem values" of the stand such as carbon sequestration and effect on the urban heat index.
We will also be performing invasive species percent coverage surveys. These are to help the BREC park system monitor change in invasive/introduced flora abundance over time.

It will be held at Zachary Community Park
20055 Old Scenic Hwy
Zachary, LA 70791

Idlewild Orchard Clean-up Day

On Monday, March 29th, the Botany Club, the Wildlife Society, the Forestry Club, and the Horticulture Club will all be meeting at Idlewild Research Station from 1:30-3:30 to begin the preliminary steps of our joint project.This project will end with a plant sale of native species that we have collected and propagated ourselves to promote native plants in private and community landscapes for wildlife forage and habitat.
At Idlewild, we will be cleaning out some orchard rows as well as collecting some tree cuttings to be propagated at Burden where we have greenhouse space.

This project will hopefully continue over a few years and all proceeds earned will be donated to charities of our choosing (Land Trust for Louisiana, Audubon, Wildlife Conservation Society, etc.)

We will be leaving from RNR for 11:30 and heading to Idlewild to clean orchard rows and take an inventory on what plants are present that we can propagate.
We will be there for a couple hours and then head back. We will be back by 3:30/4:00 p.m.

I will have a van checked out for us for whoever needs a ride.
You may bring gloves and hand pruners but we will have tools available on site.

 

Update:

We collected clippings of Mayhaw, Crabapple, Parsley Hawthorne, and Blueberry to propagate at Burden!

We have potted up all of the clippings we took and cleared a space for them at Burden!

Bayou Kisatchie Camping Trip

Our botanizing field trip to Kisatchie is this weekend! 
We are going to be leaving RNR at 8:00 a.m. this Saturday the 27th!

You can either ride in the RNR van or drive yourself!
We will be going to Kisatchie Bayou Campground and hiking the Backbone trail to camp along the bayou.
The trip up will take about 3 hours, so we will have all Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning to explore.
While we are going for botany, the bayou is great for kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and fishing.
I will also be bringing some art supplies so that we can finish creating our t-shirt designs! I will be bringing food for dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
We will depart from Kisatchie around 11 a.m. on Sunday to make it back for 2.
Let me know if you have any questions!

 

Update:

The trip went amazing! We were able to botanize, hike, and bird in wonderful weather!

Flower Bed Clean Out at LDWF!

We will be holding two clean out days. One on Sunday February 7th from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and the other on Sunday February 21st from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

LDWF is located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808

Update:

We donated almost 50 hours of labor to the LDWF gardens! We were able to remove invasive species, cutback dead vegetative matter, and lay out new pine straw in areas of the native garden.

 

Valentine's Day Art Sale!

We will selling framed plant specimens, cards, jewelry, dried flower bouquets, and paintings for Valentine's day as a fundraiser

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday in the lobby of the Renewable Natural Resources building on campus!

Update:

It was a huge success! We almost completely sold out! Thank you to all of the donated help, time, materials, and energy from our lovely members to raise money for our club!

Arts & Crafts Night

We will be meeting to create framed plant specimens, cards, jewelry, dried flower bouquets, and paintings to sell for Valentine's day as a fundraiser.

If you’d like to bring materials to work with, we could use extra frames, card stock, glue (paste or hot glue), dried plant specimens, paints, canvases, markers, colored pencils, pens.
Anything you’d like to use to create items for our Valentine’s Day sale!

February 3rd at 5:30 in room 206 of RNR, Thursday February 4th at 5:30 at one of our members houses! (email cmatus1@lsu.edu for more information!)

Update:

We had such a wonderful turn-out and created lots of art!

Thank you to all of our members for their donation of time, effort, and creativity! See you at the sale!

Arbor Day at Burden Museum & Gardens

On January 23rd, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. we will be assisting Burden Museum & Gardens with Arbor Day!

We will be helping families with their trees which includes helping identify (they will be tagged), move plants/dirt, and plant trees.
We will also help families identify locations where the trees should go (there are stakes put out where each species should go - matching ribbon colors)
There will be a scavenger hunt for the kids and they are selling confessions and native trees which they may need help with

There will also be a timbersports display that is put on by the LSU RNR Forestry Club

For more information, go to:

https://www.lsu.edu/botanic-gardens/events/arbor.php?fbclid=IwAR1Y8ykboWhmsDEmSpQwOdWliUdO_50weA7ZHIphbfIBwT-nXkHHeLXJZZg

Update:

Arbor Day was amazing! Over 300 native trees were planted and we had over 500 people come to the event.

We completed 48 hours of service as a club!

Thank you to all of our members for coming out to help reforest Burden! 

Plant pressing/collecting day at Burden Museum & Gardens 

On Saturday, January 16th, 2021 at 12:00 p.m., We will meet at the Ione Burden Conference Center parking lot to collect plant for our fundraiser. The address for Burden Museum & Gardens is 4560 Essen Lane.

We will be pressing plant specimens such as roses, azaleas, and camellias to make framed art.

We will also collect specimens to make dried flower bouquets

Update:

We met from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and collected all kinds of specimens! 

Thank you to all those who came out and especially our three new members from Dr. Lagomarsino's lab! 

LOUISIANA COASTAL PRAIRIE CLEAN-UP: GRAY RANCH

On Saturday November 7th 2020 at 6:30 a.m., we will depart from the RNR building to drive to Gray Ranch in the Lake Charles area. It is classified by the LDWF as a coastal prairie remnant. We will be spraying highly invasive Chinese Tallow trees with herbicide and removing other encroaching woody species manually. 

Update:

We volunteered 6 hours on Saturday amounting to almost 50 hours of service! Spraying Chinese Tallow trees to allow for recovery of native vegetation

FIRST MEETING

On Tuesday October 20th 2020 at 6:00 p.m., we will be having our first ever meeting of the Botany Club at LSU! 

We will meet in room 141 of the Renewable Natural Resources building at the corner of Tower Drive and Highland Road.

We will be discussing the club's mission statement, affiliations, membership, and upcoming events! Additionally, attendee's will have a chance to ask questions, suggest dates for upcoming events, and propose events.

 

 

Update: The first meeting went great! Below I have attached the powerpoint that we reviewed. I have attached a few details about what was said in the presentation notes below each slide. 

Be sure to join our groupme 

https://groupme.com/join_group/63446765/VmrnuOWi

and the email Cecilia or Csanyi to add you to the Tigerlink

https://lsu.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/botany

 

Questions? Contact Cecilia Berryman at cberr35@lsu.edu or Csanyi Matusicky at cmatus1@lsu.edu

 

The Botany Club At LSU Introductory Meeting
PowerPoint – 17.2 MB 6 downloads

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