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May 7, 2009

Final scientific lecture for spring semester scheduled at ULM Museum May 19

Kelby Ouchley will present his topic, "Angioplasty in the Swamp - America's Largest Bottomland Hardwoods Restoration Project." The lecture is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 19.

Ouchley, a biologist and manager of National Wildlife Refuges for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 30 years, will discuss the history of the loss and revival of the Mollicy Tract in northern Louisiana and why that tract is in the national conservation spotlight.

He has worked with such different creatures as alligators in Gulf Coast marshes and Canada Geese on Hudson Bay tundra. Much of his time since 1988 has been devoted to supervising the reforestation of thousands of acres in the Lower Mississippi Valley.

His most recent project was the establishment of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and its development as a premier environmental education site.

Ouchley holds a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from Northeastern Louisiana University and a graduate degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Texas A&M University.

Since 1995 he has written and narrated "Bayou Diversity" on KEDM-Public Radio, on the ULM campus. He and his wife Amy, also a biology graduate of NLU, live in the woods near Rocky Branch in a cypress house surrounded by white oaks and black hickories.

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