May 1, 2021 New Orleans, La.
The 2020 iris rescue and planting season and the 2021 Louisiana spring iris bloom is now history. The Louisiana Iris Conservation Initiative (LICI) had a big year in 2020 rescuing and planting over 8,000 wild native irises. That was followed in April of this year by more people than ever going out to the area refuge boardwalks where we planted irises to see them blooming. It was a huge win/win for everyone involved. It was all made possible our many volunteers that helped out in our projects and through the financial support we received from donations.
We are getting ready to start rescuing irises for planting during the fall of 2021. They'll need to spend a few months at our iris holding area in New Orleans strengthen up before they go back out into the swamps.
We've had requests come in from new locations asking us to plant our rescued irises there. We'd like to do that and continue to add more irises to our existing locations. But to do it, we'll need some help.
We are an all-volunteer run State of Louisiana registered non-profit that aims to have a big impact at a small cost. We have no paid staff and very little overhead expenses. We have no membership, no meetings and no social events, just a volunteer board of directors and the volunteers that participate in our projects. All of our budget goes towards supporting our iris holding area and volunteer events to dig or plant irises.
We welcome any size donation to help with the overhead expenses that we incur with maintaining our iris holding area and putting on volunteer events.
We have a new PayPal account that will allow you to make a donation to us even if you do not have a Paypal account. A credit card will work. Any amount that you can give will be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to help, you can make your donation by clicking here: https://www.paypal.co/donate?hosted_button_id=LZD9X5YHAN7GJ Or by clicking on the "Donate" button at the top/left corner of the banner across our website pages.
Photos (from top/left to right) LICI volunteers planting irises at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, Volunteers from the Green Team helping out at our iris holding area, Volunteers from various groups helping at our Fontainebleau State Park projects, Volunteers helping to plant irises at our iris holding area.
Photo: The LICI iris holding area with almost all of the containers filled with irises in early August, 2020. By the end of the month each containers was filled.
Photo: These are the locations that we planted irises in 2020 to early 2021.