Kelby Ouchley will present a lecture titled "Flora and Fauna of the Civil War”
at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the McNeese State University SEED Center as part
of the Spring 2019 SAGE Series.
on his book by the same title, Ouchley’s presentation will explore the impact
the Civil War had on American soil - literally. As refugees and armies marched
across the landscape, fleeing modern artillery and foraging for food, shelter
and fuel, landscapes and habitats were devastated and animals displaced. At the
same time, natural terrain formed barriers for armies and facilitated the
spread of disease, while also providing medicine and raw materials necessary to
implement the war.
conflict with nature greatly influenced the day-to-day life of soldiers and
civilians. Letters, journals and other first-person accounts provide glimpses
of how individuals interacted with wild flora and fauna in a time of epic
historical events and the reciprocal influence of
plants and animals on the war effort.
a former biologist living in Rocky Branch, managed National Wildlife Refuges
for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for over 30 years. He received both his bachelor’s
degree in wildlife biology and master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science
from Texas A&M University. He was central in the establishment of Black
Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and its development as a premier
environmental education site, and for his conservation efforts, he recently received
the National Wildlife Federation Governor's Conservationist of the Year Award.
is the author of "Flora and Fauna of the Civil War: An Environmental Reference
Guide” (2010), "Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou
Country” (2011) and "American Alligator: Ancient Predator in the Modern World”
are open to the public and cost is $65 for the series. For more information or
to register, call 337-475-5616 or visit www.mcneese.edu/leisure.
needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act
should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-475-5960, fax;
337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired; or by email at email@example.com.