An eight hour trip on the R/V Acadiana to lower Terrebonne Bay and the Gulf of Mexico off Timbalier Island to collect nekton, plankton, and benthos that occur in higher salinities. Hydrographic profiles can also be done at sampling depths of 7 to 15 meters. The latter can be used to demonstrate hypoxia during warm months.
Good chance of success in inclement weather
Sampling by 25' flat trawl, 50 cm plankton net, petite ponar, box corer
Hydrographic analysis to obtain vertical profiles
Opportunity to demonstrate hypoxia (depending on season)
A small boat trip to the barrier islands south of Cocodrie to study barrier island biology and geology. Beach, salt marsh, tidal inlet, and bay (Timbalier and Terrebonne Bays, Bay Cocodrie, Bay Sainte Elaine, and Lake Pelto) habitats are available. Hydrographic, benthic grab, and 16 foot trawl sampling are also possible from small boats.
Subject to inclement weather, especially in early spring or late fall
Greatest range of habitats available
Destinations may include Timbalier or Last Island, or local bays and bayous
Limited hydrographic analysis
Botanical sampling on barrier islands
Zoological sampling using dip nets, seines, 30 cm plankton net, 16' trawl, ponar or Ekman grabs.
A canoe/kayak trip into the saltmarsh surrounding the Marine Center to learn about saltmarsh ecology and processes, wetland loss and restoration practices.
Subject to inclement weather and high winds (pontoon boat can be substituted if there are no more than 15 participants)
Up close look of saltmarsh and its inhabitants
Limited to area surrounding LUMCON
Shortest field excursion available (2-3 hrs)
A one-hour in-depth tour of the DeFelice Marine Center.
Not subject to inclement weather
Learn about LUMCON's history, administration, architecture, services and on-going research and educational programs
Visit the collections room, tower, research labs, library, etc.
A combination trip with a half-day on the in upper Terrebonne
Bay, and half day on small boats to Last Island. With this option
students can be exposed to the greatest diversity of habitats and
species, and the widest array of sampling gear and techniques.
Widest range of habitats and sampling gear
Includes four hour Acadiana trip and four hour small boat trip as described
A customized field trip to meet your goals using any of the available facilities.
Following field activities, laboratories with dissecting and compound microscopes, balances, and other equipment are available for examination or analysis of specimens and samples collected in the field. Of particular interest to many classes is observation of live plankton samples. Visiting faculty are also encouraged to preserve specimens for use at their home institutions.
Upon your request, a marine educator can accompany your group for $90/day. Marine educators are not required for field trips.
Boat operators are also available for the field trips. Note: If you plan to operate small boats yourself, you are required to have passed a public boating course such as those offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary, U. S. Power Squadrons, or LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries. And you also need to get authorization from the Vessel Operations Office.
University groups are allowed to bring university or private boats for field trips.
Please contact the education department at (985) 851-2800, for reservations or additional information.
8124 Highway 56
Chauvin, LA 70344
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