August 10, 2023 – Planning for Our Future: 2023 Coastal Master Plan for Louisiana

Charles Allen, Engagement Director, Audubon Delta

Coastal Louisiana has been experiencing a land-loss crisis for nearly a century. We’ve lost almost 2,000 square miles of coastal wetlands since 1932. There are many causes of this land loss, some are natural processes we would expect to see in inactive deltas, much of the loss is the result of, or at least exacerbated by, human activity. He will share how Louisiana is charting a path toward large-scale ecosystem restoration with a restoration plan and process that is updated and approved by our state government every 6 years at a cost well over $150 billion.

Charles Allen is the Engagement Director for Audubon Delta. He focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion by working to enhance Audubon’s reach to underrepresented communities in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. He is also a devoted member and minister of the St. Paul Church of God in Christ, which is located in the Lower 9th ward community of New Orleans. He is also a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., where until recently he served as President of Rho Phi Graduate Chapter of the fraternity in New Orleans. Finally, he is a native of New Orleans where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and his Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Policy from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

7PM via Zoom

July 13, 2023 – Audubon Delta’s Coastal Stewardship Program

Caitlin Lil, Senior Program Manager of Coastal Stewardship, Audubon Delta

The northern Gulf Coast is home to many vulnerable bird species, such as Least Terns, Wilson’s Plovers, and Black Skimmers. Audubon Delta’s Coastal Stewardship Program has been active since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, starting in Louisiana and expanding to Mississippi a few years later. This presentation will introduce the challenges faced by coastal bird species and the dedicated work stewardship staff is doing to protect them. Plus, an added bonus on how the coasts connect to Arkansas’s migratory pathway!

Caitlin Lill, originally from Chicago, IL, is a lifelong bird watcher and conservation professional. She has a B.A. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavioral Biology from Beloit College, a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Public Policy from Northwestern University. She has a strong background in projects, budget, and staff management, having most recently utilized those skills while at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where she was the Capital Development Coordinator for the Bureau of Parks and Recreation. Before that, she worked at the Urbana Park District in Illinois, administering restoration and infrastructure projects, park revitalization, and public education programming. Currently she is Audubon Delta’s Senior Program Manager of Coastal Stewardship, working across the northern Gulf Coast to protect vulnerable coastal species and the places they live.

7PM via Zoom