For additional information, contact: 
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Kaylen Fletcher, public relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau 
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952
Bird Watchers Unite at LaQuinta Inn & Suites 
 LAKE CHARLES, La.(January 2, 2012)-The Gulf Coast Bird Club of Lake Charles will host the Louisiana Ornithological Society's winter meeting Friday-Saturday, Jan. 27-28 at LaQuinta Inn & Suites' Contraband Room. The evening programs will feature two endangered birds, the Red Cockaded Woodpecker and the Whooping Crane. 
Field trips for participants include a visit to the Cameron Parish coast, the Lacassine National Refuge and the rice fields of the Thornwell area. Saturday evening begins with dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program on the Whooping Crane repopulation in South Louisiana. 
The Gulf Coast Bird Club is dedicated to promoting the knowledge and conservation of birdlife, other wildlife, natural habitats and natural resources; and to fostering an appreciation of our natural environment and of the significance of its influence upon human life. Founded in 1983, the club seeks to provide educational opportunities to the general public and to other organizations regarding bird life. 
The final spring field trip will be held on Monday, May 14. It will give participants the opportunity to see the many birds that inhabit or migrate through Southwest Louisiana. 
These events are open to the general public. For more information, please contact Marilyn McDonald at or Pete Lund at 855-2023.