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Kelby Ouchley to Speak at KEDM Annual Meeting

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Charlie Heck
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Conservation efforts in northeast Louisiana are the subject of the keynote address August 13.

Naturalist, author and radio host Kelby Ouchley will give the keynote address at the KEDM Annual Meeting and State of the Station luncheon on Thursday, August 13 at 12 noon at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Library Conference Center. Ouchley will speak on conservation issues in northeast Louisiana.

The event celebrates the past year's accomplishments of KEDM, provides an annual report on the station's activities, and looks forward to programming, technology, and new opportunities for the coming year.

Ouchley was a biologist and manager of National Wildlife Refuges for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more than 30 years. He has worked with alligators in gulf coast marshes and Canada geese on Hudson Bay tundra. His most recent project was working with his brother Keith of the Louisiana Nature Conservancy on the largest floodplain restoration project in the Mississippi River Basin at the Mollicy Unit of the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge, reconnecting twenty-five square miles of former floodplain forest back to the Ouachita River.

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K. Ouchley
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Kelby Ouchley has written and narrated Bayou-Diversity on KEDM for more than twenty years.

Kelby was instrumental in the the establishment of Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and its development as a premier environmental education site. Kelby has an undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology and a graduate degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University.

In 2011 he collected his essays that have aired on KEDM into the book Bayou-Diversity: Nature and People in the Louisiana Bayou Country. He is also the author of Flora and Fauna of the Civil War: an Environmental Reference Guide, Iron Branch: A Civil War Tale of a Woman In BetweenAmerican Alligator – Ancient Predator in the Modern World as well as many scientific and popular articles. Among other honors Kelby recently received the National Wildlife Federation Governor's Conservationist of the Year Award.

Tickets to the event are available by calling the station at 342-5556.

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.
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