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    Jean Lafitte

    National Historical Park and Preserve Louisiana

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Barataria Bird Count

Image of common yellowthroat, a bright yellow bird with a black mask on its face
Count me in! Join the Barataria Bird Count to tally preserve bird sightings from common yellowthroats (like the one above) to bald eagles to pileated woodpeckers.

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:

  • 6:00-8:00 a.m. - daytime participants check in at the preserve's Environmental Education Complex
  • 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. - daytime bird count
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m. - data exchange, socializing, and three cheers for a job well done at the Environmental Education Complex
  • 6:00-8:00 p.m. - owl survey

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.

A map of the Barataria Preserve is available here; a map of the New Orleans area and to the preserve is here. The current preserve bird checklist is here.

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Bald eagles can be spotted perched on a tree at the preserve or soaring high overhead.
US Fish & Wildlife Service

Did You Know?

Two big red, black, and yellow lubber grasshoppers sit on a leaf

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.