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The Environmental Studies Program has been taking the senior seminar students down the Mississippi River each year to learn in the field about how we are connected to the great river and to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana into which the river drains. Learn with us as we make our journey south through updates and individual student research projects.
Come along with us on our Spring Break Trip, along the great Mississippi River and South to New Orleans.
Friday March 13th – The City of New Orleans
Students were let loose in the city of New Orleans to take in the sights and sounds. Above is a street musician playing the saxophone in Jackson Square.
Leftover Mardi Gras beads are all over New Orleans. The Lady of the River shares the spirit of the holiday!
Thursday March 12th – Barataria Preserve and the Gulf of Mexico
The class participated in a trash cleanup at the Baratatia Preserve. In appropriate ES fashion, recyclables were separated.
After the cleanup, a hike on the Bayou Coquille Trail was found to be teeming with wildlife. Two barred owls finally showed themselves after many days of hiding. Jeff’s calls finally paid off!
Alligators were a common sight on the trail.
Wednesday March 11th – Oak Alley and Bonnet Carre Spillway
The Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, LA.
The Bonnet Carre Spillway introduced the class to the Glossy Ibis (not pictured above), beautiful fog, and some massive tankers.
Tuesday March 10th – Atchafalaya Wildlife Refuge
Brock Mone gets a closer look at black vultures and american white pelicans at the old river control structure in Louisiana.
The next stop was the Atchafalaya Wildlife Refuge in Lottie, LA where the group hiked through a downpour!
Monday March 9th – Delta Blues Museum and Natchez Trace
Full day number 3, on our journey down south to New Orleans. Took a pit stop at the famous Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS. We then took a group photo in front of Blues musician Robert Johnson’s mural. As we learned, Robert Johnson was rumored to have sold his soul to the devil in order to become a great musician.
Multiple armadillos were spotted on the Natchez Trace (the first live sightings in Lake Forest ES history!)
Sunday March 8th – To Memphis with the Mighty Quapaws
Day 2 was spent canoeing on the Mississippi River outside of Memphis!
The Quapaw Canoe Company provided the class with a sandbar smorgasbord for lunch.
Saturday March 7th – A Great Day for Birding (and Other Things)
(Top) A mighty Peregrine Falcon perches on a light beside the Melvin Price Locks and Dam
(Middle) American White Pelicans fly in beautiful formation.
Wendy pets Tutu, a friend we met at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Kaskaskia, IL.
Statue outside the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Kaskaskia, IL