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?
The opossum is North America's only native marsupial! The female will carry young in her pouch for 2-3 months and then on her back another 1-2 months. A female will usually have 7-8 babies, and each one latches onto one of 13 teats in her pouch.