About & Contact Me

My name is Kelby Ouchley.  I worked as a biologist, federal game warden, and manager of National Wildlife Refuges for 30 years, mostly in Louisiana.  Since retiring I have continued my efforts to promote conservation ethics and education through my writings and speaking engagements.  I have written and narrated a weekly natural history radio program for the public radio station that serves the Ark-La-Miss area (KEDM 90.3 FM) since 1995.  You can listen to some of my audio stories here:   http://kedm.org/programs/bayou-diversity.  My four published books are listed on the home page of this website.  A while back I received the Governor’s Conservationist of the Year award from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.  I live with my wife Amy in north Louisiana on the edge of the D’Arbonne Swamp in a cypress house surrounded by white oaks and black hickories. KO-NatGeoGator

This site is a natural history collection of interests, issues, ideas, and concerns pertaining to the biological world. Some are displayed in the glass cases of my writings and photographs, while others are on loan from curators far and wide. The title Bayou-Diversity is a blend of the terms  bayou and biodiversity – bayou because I live in a place saturated with over  400 of these curious watercourses, biodiversity because the well-being of our species is closely linked to this dimension of all life forms. Adhering to the adage of “write what you know,” most artifacts here will have a lower Mississippi Valley bent.  However, a primary maxim of modern environmental education espouses the connectivity of all living things everywhere. For me this site will be a success if it stimulates visitors to consider the likes of how cell phone towers in Virginia, rain forest logging in Peru, natural gas wells in Wyoming, and the conservation of African elephants are connected to the environs of Louisiana bayous. Of course, selling a few books along would help maintain the exhibit hall. To inquire about my books, speaking engagements, or to just chat about the weather, feel free to drop me a line at:  rockybranch@centurytel.net  

2 thoughts on “About & Contact Me”

  1. Hi Lisa,
    Your project sounds very interesting and I would be happy to talk to you about it. When you figure out when you’ll be back in this area let me know and I’ll see if it meshes with my schedule. Feel free to email me at rockybranch@centurytel.net or call at 318-xxx-xxxx.
    Best Wishes,
    Kelby Ouchley

  2. Hello Mr. Ouchley,

    I learned about you from Ann Bloxom Smith and Ben Hickey as well as several other fans of your books and radio show.

    I am an artist living in Houston, temporarily based in Monroe to work on a project. The Louisiana Portrait Project. I am talking to at least one person in each Parish and recording stories, doing portraits as well as photographing architecture and landscapes to paint and draw from.

    I would love to meet you and record some of your stories if you are interested in participating in the project. I am fascinated with the newish wildlife refuge at Wham Brake for water fowl. Maybe you know of someone with a small boat that I could hire to take me out on the water to photograph there.

    You can see some of the places I have visited and people that I have met on my blog louisianaportraitproject.blogspot.com where I document my trips around Louisiana.

    I look forward to the possibility of meeting you in late February when I am back in Monroe.


    Lisa Qualls

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