Harriett Pooler


Harriett graduated with a degree in business administration with a biology minor from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She is a professional fundraiser and has worked for the Louisiana Audubon/National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, and LSU Foundation. She currently works for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. Harriett is an avid bird watcher, past BR Audubon President, and member of the LA Ornithological Society. Email Harriett with any questions or comments at

Your guide to feathered friends more

Knowing Nature


Lucie Monk Carter

What’s the danger with farming sturgeon in Louisiana? more



Rick Kimpel via Flickr

Louisiana’s most venomous spiders, the brown recluse (Loxosceles reclusa) and the black widow (Latrodectus mactans), need not occupy too much of your time with terror, but some caution is recommended. more

Knowing Nature

Red Eared Slider_Jim, the Photographer via Flickr.jpg

Flickr user Jim, the Photographer

Reptiles may carry dangerous, drug-immune bacteria more

Knowing Nature

What's good for the goose is good for the gander ... but not the neighborhoods more

Knowing Nature


Photo by Brad M. Glorioso

He's loud and looking for the ladies more

Knowing Nature

How to attract winter birds to your feeder more

Knowing Nature


John Hartgerink

Birds of a feather may flock together, but they don’t always look the same more

Knowing Nature


Photo by Erik Johnson

Invisibility is a life-saving adaptation … until it isn’t more

Knowing Nature

Hibernation in its many states is not exclusive to bears, or to cold weather. more

Knowing Nature

Hog heaven needs some thinning more

Knowing Nature


Photo by Terry Priest (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Their delightful light displays are enjoyed far less often these days. more

Knowing Nature


Photo by J.W. Beck

The histrionic Eastern Hognose puts on a good show more

Knowing Nature


Photo by Bob Loudon

An underappreciated sanitation specialist, or how Carencro got its name more

Knowing Nature


Bob Loudon

These birds form ‘tornadoes’ when roosting in cane fields at dusk more

Knowing Nature

Like most owls, Eastern Screech-Owls are often heard and not seen more

Knowing Nature


Donna L. Dittmann

Many birders consider the Yellow Rail the holy grail of birds. Its elusiveness is part of its appeal. more

Outdoor Adventures

Nicknamed the flying checkerboard because of its boldly marked white, black, and red colors, this woodpecker is found in Louisiana all year long more

Knowing Nature

Formerly named the Common Moorhen, baby gallinules have a comical appearance that only a mother could love more

Knowing Nature


Photo by Bob Loudon

The only all-red bird in North America and its favorite food is stinging insects more

Knowing Nature