Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Barataria Bird Count
Join park staff, scientists, and volunteers to inventory the birds of the Barataria Preserve. Teams will identify, count, and record their findings on Saturday, January 26. Beginning birders are welcome and will be teamed with more experienced birders (birders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult). Canoeists are also needed for waterway and swamp counts. Canoeists are asked to bring their own canoes if possible.
Participants may sign up for the daytime bird count, the evening owl survey, or both. The schedule for the day is:
Participants must register by Friday, January 25. To register, call the preserve visitor center at 504-689-3690 ext. 10.
Be ready to bird: plan to bring your binoculars, field guide, pencils/pens, water bottle, cell phone, sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, etc. Rubber boots may be useful too. Owl survey team participants should bring a flashlight. Everyone should dress for Louisiana's ever-changeable weather.
Did You Know?
Lubber grasshoppers are sometimes known as devil's horses in south Louisiana. They lay their eggs in the fall and prefer loose dirt, so they often lay their eggs in cemeteries. These enormous flightless grasshoppers hatch in spring and spend the summer munching their way through vegetation.