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Small Stuff #67: More Raptors and Reptiles March 28, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: more encounters with juvenile bald eagles. Seriously, these birds are soooo cool. I could watch them all day.

And a little up close and personal time with a juvenile gator. So cute! Wish I could get this close to the eagles.

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Small Stuff #66: Back to Reality March 26, 2010

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Geez…looks like I’ve been gone a while. All good stuff–Spring break volunteer season has kept me on the run and filled my heart with much joy, but it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Small stuff that I am grateful for today…one adult bald eagle…

…one juvenile bald eagle…

…two juvenile bald eagles…

…and two angry alligators.

I love the bayou!

Small Stuff #65: Joyful Beginnings March 18, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Delivering the first bunch of planters and elevated garden boxes made by some truly amazing young folks for some truly amazing seniors! Seriously, no words can express the joy of today. You really just had to be there.

Bonus: Being serenaded by Mister Jose! I’m still crying! I’ve had some AMAZING days thus far in 2010, but this might just be the most amazing. Thank you, thank you, thank you to our team for Iowa State University/Memorial Lutheran Church, Miss Effie, and our wonderful seniors in Smithridge. And to my NIU team–as David Hasselhoff would sing in the most bizarre fashion imaginable–“I’m hooked on a feeling…I’m high on believing.”

Small Stuff #64: Painless Purchases March 14, 2010

Posted by dianehuhn in Louisiana Wildlife, Relief Work.
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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: A fairly painless trip to Home Depot in preparation for a great team of volunteers from Iowa State/Memorial Lutheran Church (although this should probably be classified as big stuff since 99% of my trips to Home Depot are typically anythng but painless.)

Bonus: A beautiful Spring day enticed me to take the long way home and enjoy a few more encounters with Louisiana wildlife and landscapes.

For more Sunday in the Marsh images, click here.

Small Stuff #63: Creature Comforts March 13, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: After a week of hanging out with some pretty cool Illinois creatures, I enjoyed a day of hanging out with some pretty cool Louisiana creatures.

Bonus: Yesterday, I got hang out very briefly with this pretty cool creature.

For more Saturday in the Marsh photos, click here.

Small Stuff #62: Good Food, Good Friends, Good Times March 10, 2010

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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Kevin’s Jambalaya! YUM YUM YUM!!!

Bonus: Dinner with a few old friends and a few new friends.

Small Stuff #61: Planting a Harvest March 9, 2010

Posted by dianehuhn in Big Fun on the Bayou, Coastal Restoration, Friends.
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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Planting all 7,000 spartina plants!

Bonus: Playing at the beach after a hard days’ work!

For more pictures of our adventures, click here.

Small Stuff #60: Playing in the Mud March 8, 2010

Posted by dianehuhn in Coastal Restoration, Friends, Hurricanes.
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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Playing in the mud.

Bonus: The Refuge team from Northern Illinois University/Immanual Lutheran Church of DeKalb, along with students from Viterbo University and BTNEP, were able to harvest 7,000 marsh plants for a restoration planting tomorrow at the Maratime Ridge in Port Fourchon. YOU GUYS ROCK!!!

For more images of our adventures at the Natural Resources Conservation Service Plant Materials Center in Galliano, LA, click here.

Small Stuff #59: Young and Talented March 7, 2010

Posted by dianehuhn in Big Fun on the Bayou, Coastal Restoration.
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Small stuff that I am grateful for today: Getting the opportunity to hang out with some talented young artists at the Artists Reception for the first Bayou Grace World Wetlands Day Art and Poetry Contest.

Check out the festivities here.

Big Stuff #58: A Roadmap March 5, 2010

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Big stuff that I am grateful for today: The Louisiana-Mississippi Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group’s “Roadmap for Restoring Ecosystem Resiliency and Sustainability”.

We have so far to go with restoring and protecting the amazing place that I now call home, but I’ve got to say, for the first time in a good long while, I am really excited about the direction we’re heading in. It finally feels like the folks at the top in the Federal government are starting to get it. I was honored to have been invited, along with some other amazing folks in the restoration and protection advocacy community, to meet with the LA-MS Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Working Group back in December in a little church in the Lower Ninth Ward to voice my thoughts and concerns regarding the restoration and protection of this place that I love so much. And I must say that I’d never been in a room with so many powerful people in one place at one time in my life and probably will never be so again. I kept my comments brief, but they came from my heart and, for a change, I felt that I was really being listened to and not talked at. I left that conversation feeling positive, but at the same time, tried to keep my emotions in check and not to get my hopes up too much. Well, this week, my hopes are up. It’s not the be all and end all of plans, but a step in the right direction is better than walking in circles when it comes to progress. In this line of work, I know I need to stay grounded and maintain a “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude and just keep plodding forward, but you know, I’m kicking my heels up a little bit this week.

Please check out the Roadmap for yourself.