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Wood Duck Management Workshop Jan. 18

Kramer-WoodDuckBoxesThe beautiful wood duck is a common and enjoyable sight along Louisiana’s bayous, however, they weren’t always so common. Only a few decades ago, wood duck numbers were down due to a lack of nesting habitat. Artificial nesting boxes have enabled the wood duck to become commonplace and have ensured their viability for all to enjoy. The best part of this success story is that anyone can help continue the wood duck’s legacy. It’s really not that hard to raise wood ducks yourself. All you need is water, brood cover and a proper nesting box. If you’d like to learn about how you can raise wood ducks and help ensure that the wood duck population stays commonplace in Louisiana’s waterways, come join The TECHE Project at their annual Wood Duck Management Workshop.

This year’s workshop will take place at the Shadows-on-the-Teche Visitor Center (across the street from the plantation home) in New Iberia from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Saturday, January 18. The workshop is held just in time to get your wood duck nest boxes installed for the spring nesting season, and the New Iberia location is optimal as there is ample habitat in the area for wood duck nesting. The workshop will start with a general ecology discussion of wood ducks by Patti Holland, TECHE Project council member and retired biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Council Member Brent Miller and his daughter Adeline will discuss their firsthand experience and guidance from many years of rearing wood ducks on the banks of Bayou Teche. Also, TECHE Project Wood Duck Program participant Scott Albarado will share his technical knowledge on how to set up cameras that film wood duck nesting inside the box and the chicks fledging on jump day.

Wood duck boxes will be available for purchase at the workshop. Those who live on Bayou Teche can join our group of more than 50 participants from mile 1 to mile 132 that are doing their part to raise wood duck numbers on Bayou Teche. Last year alone, we reared more than 350 wood duck chicks on the bayou! Participants in our Bayou Teche Wood Duck Program also get a free Bayou Teche Paddle Trail Sign for their wood duck box displaying the mileage of their spot on the bayou. According to Holland, “This workshop is a great opportunity for those living near Bayou Teche to be part of the ecological improvement of the watershed, while at the same time enjoying the fruits of their labor as they watch young birds emerge from their boxes.”

Bayou Teche property owners are the target audience, but anyone who is interested in raising wood ducks will benefit from this workshop. Attendance is free for TECHE Project members and $5 for others. Those who would like to help support The TECHE Project and all of the great things happening on the bayou can also choose to apply the admission fee to the purchase of a TECHE Project membership and become part of the Bayou Teche Renaissance. Together, we are doing great things on the bayou!

Support Us for Giving Tuesday & Through the Holiday Season

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For many families and their traditions, the Bayou Teche is important this time of year. Please consider supporting our efforts and making a positive difference for the good of Louisiana’s most historic and culturally significant waterway by making a donation for GIVING TUESDAY ON DEC. 3. Your tax-deductible contribution can be in any amount you choose or you can become a member of The TECHE Project.

We work with your support to increase the use and stewardship of the Bayou Teche. As with our first 10 years in operation, The TECHE Project succeeds with the charitable support and memberships of individuals, families, businesses and organizations of the 135-mile waterway corridor and beyond. With your support, we are installing more floating docks and 16 new information kiosks; providing educational programs; collecting over 50 tons of trash to date; and engaging visitors and residents with our treasured natural, recreational, historic, scenic and cultural resource.

Your donations and memberships help us to continue these projects, which are vital to the use and health of the Bayou Teche. Just click the “Support” tab at the top of the page to see our different levels for giving and membership options.

In addition, the Bayou Teche Information Kiosks planned for Loreauville, Jeanerette, Charenton, Baldwin, Centerville and Berwick still offer opportunities for full sponsorships ($7,500) or co-sponsorships ($2,500). Please contact David Dahlquist at 515 326-1593 or ddahlquist@outlook.com for more information about this once-in-a-decade opportunity.

Happy Holidays to you and your family, and thanks for your continued support of The TECHE Project!

TECHE Project Gets an Administrator!

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It is with much enthusiasm I, on the behalf of The TECHE Project, introduce you to your new Administrator, Erin Z. Bass. You will have the pleasure of meeting Erin in person at our Annual Membership Banquet in Breaux Bridge on January 25th 2020. But until then, here’s a little about her.

Erin is a native of Crowley and has lived in Lafayette for close to 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Louisiana State University and has spent the past 18 years working as a writer and editor. Her career experience spans from newspapers and magazines to marketing and public relations. Her newspaper experience includes The Times of Acadiana, Independent Weekly and The Current. She also serves on the board of directors for Festival International de Louisiana.

Erin is no stranger to the Bayou Teche. She got married along the bayou in Arnaudville and has family living along the bayou in New Iberia. She has covered the Teche through her work with Discover Iberia magazine and the Louisiana Tour Guide.

As Administrator of The TECHE Project, Erin will utilize her communication, marketing and public relations skills to handle membership, the Annual Report and Annual Banquet, in addition to day to day administrative duties. As the paddle trail infrastructure (floating docks, kiosks) continues to hit the water in each Trail Town, making the whole trail easier to access, we anticipate Erin’s background and expertise becoming a critical asset to promoting the trail to attract more paddlers.

Thanks again for your continued support of our National Water Trail. See you at the banquet where we celebrate you and your contribution to the Bayou Teche and Lower Atchafalaya River.

See you on the water,

Conni Castille
Executive Director

Another Trail Feather Update

Looks like weather is going to be FABULOUS!!  Low 80’s, slight north wind and SUNNY!  Perfect for Paddling the Teche!  No bike ride, but everything else goes as planned.  So, plan to come out to Parc des Ponts for a fun-filled day on beautiful Bayou Teche!!

COME SHAKE YOUR TRAIL FEATHER

 

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Trail Feather Festival Update

The morning bike ride has been cancelled, so please do not come early for that aspect our our festival.  The Paddle to the Party and the Fstival Main Event activities are on!!  For the paddle, don’t forget that we have a shuttle leaving from the boat launch at 9 am for $5 cash.  Drop off your boats and extra paddlers at Poches, go park at the festival and ride the bus back.  It’s that easy!

The weather forecast is all over the place, but at this point, we are hopeful that everything will go as planned.  If we have to, we’ll adjust the time of the paddle parade to avoid rain.  Also, please know that we have a covered option for the festival under the courtyard and in the gymnasium at the St. Bernard School.  SOOO, the party will go on rain or shine.  Please know that your attendance and support in a rain event is all that more appreciated as this festival is our primary fundraiser, and our non-profit work to build the Bayou Teche National Paddle Trail depends on proceeds from this festival.  Besides, we have great music (Stop the Clock, Steve Riley and Mamou Playboys and Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express), fun kids activities, 2 kayaks to raffle, cool exhibits, talks and artwork, and delicious food that you won’t want to miss.  So, come Shake Your Trail Feathers with us no matter what the weather brings!!

Information for the Shake Your Trail Feather Paddle to the Party

Shake Trail Feather on October 19th is a festival where it is as much fun getting to the party as being there.  Come join us on our pre-festival “Paddle to the Party”!  The flotilla goes from Poche Bridge at 10 am and slowly travels 4.5 miles down the beautiful Bayou Teche to the festival grounds at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux, Breaux Bridge.  The float trip will be accompanied by barge with live music (Adeline Miller and Friends of the Teche).  You will arrive at the park around noon just as the main stage gets kicked off with music from Stop the Clock!   This year, we will have a pre-float shuttle available for the cost of $5.  To use the shuttle, you’ll need to drop off your boats and extra folks at Poches Country Club and drive to the festival to park on the road behind the cemetery.  The shuttle will be waiting by the boat launch and will depart at 9 am.  If you don’t use the shuttle, please make sure your party is at Poches by 9:30 for a safety briefing.  The float trip is free, but we require that you bring life vests for all people riding and that you sign a liability waiver.  Also, try to dress in feathers or a bird costume, so you can “Shake Your Trail Feathers” with us!  If you want to paddle and do not have a boat, contact Cory Werk at Bayou Teche Experience for rental opportunities.  For more information about the other festival happenings, please go to our Events tab above and look for Shake Your Trail Feather.

Geaux Paddle!!   Have Fun, Be Safe, and we’ll see you at the Fest!!

 

More Informational Kiosks Installed on Bayou Teche and the Lower Atchafalaya River!

Unveiling ceremonies for the Franklin and Patterson Kiosks took place on April 10th and April 12th! David Dahlquist with the TECHE Project has been working hard to install these beautiful informational kiosks along the bayou.  To date, there are 4 kiosks installed in Port Barre, Breaux Bridge, Franklin and Patterson.  Work on kiosks in Parks, St. Martinville, and Charenton is underway.  Special thanks go out to all of the sponsors who have helped make this project a reality!

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TECHE Project Provides Guide Service for the Books Along the Teche Literary Festival in New Iberia

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The TECHE Project was honored to have hosted boat tours for more than 60 ticketholders of the annual Books Along the Teche Literary Festival in New Iberia on Sunday, April 7, 2019. Tour participants came from Germany, many states around the country, and our local area.

As he has provided in previous years, Dane Thibodeaux, a TECHE Project Council member of Breaux Bridge narrated three 1 ½ hour tours with his knowledge and creativity about some of the local authentic sites which American author James Lee Burke highlights in his 22 novels featuring detective Dave Robicheaux.

The numbers of passengers for this year’s Festival boat tours tripled over that of previous years. The tours would not have been possible without the generous donation of time, boats and fuel provided by Captain Jude Desormeaux, Mike Parich Jr., and Craig Brodie. And high appreciation goes to the Festival volunteers who helped with all aspects of the Bayou Teche boat tour event.

Chris Wiley Wins the Bayou Teche Category in the Plein Air Art Competition!

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March 15, 2019, New Iberia, LA – The TECHE Project awarded the first-place prize of $1,000 to a beckoning painting of the Bayou Teche created by Chis Willey in this week’s Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition. Her painting features the Teche with natural and beautiful lighting and color affects. The award was presented at the standing-room-only Friday evening Awards Ceremony and Fine Art Sale held at the Shadows Visitor Center.

The fifth annual Shadows-on-the-Teche Plein Air Competition included nearly 30 artists selected among a record number of 73 applicants from 19 states. During the Plein Art week, artists paint on-site landscape and townscape scenes from around Iberia and surrounding parishes.

Jerome Weber, lead organizer for the week-long event, is clearly pleased, “Painting sales and awards for the artists during this event have totaled nearly $30,000. More importantly, the quality of the art and the enthusiasm of the artist for the richness of our region is growing each year. The artists genuinely want to return next year.”

The winning artist for the scene from the Bayou Teche, Chris (Christina) Willey, has an MFA in Illustration from Syracuse University and a BFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is a full-time painter and Professor Emeritus of Art from the University of Central Missouri, where she taught for 22 years. Willey has had numerous solo shows and conducted workshops in United States, France, and the Netherlands.

She has acquired signature status in the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, MidAmerica Pastel Society, and the International Society of Acrylic Painters. She has won over 60 awards in many international, national and regional juried shows, including several Best of Show and Gold. She has been juried into Plein Air events around the country including Telluride, CO; Rockport, TX; and Mountain, Maryland. Her art is held in several private and corporate collections in the U.S., Netherlands, and France.

Visit her website at www.chriswilley.com.

The first-time $1,000 prize for the best painting of the Bayou Teche is presented by The TECHE Project with generous contributions by Margaret and Jeff Simon along with Mary Ubiñas-Dahlquist and David Dahlquist. The jurors for this painting category—Conni Castille, Paul Schexnayder, and David Dahlquist–reviewed over 20 paintings of the Teche in selecting the original work created by Chris Willey for first place.