Nature & Science
South Louisiana is known for alligators, Spanish moss, and live oak trees, but it is also home to armadillos, otters, and hundreds of species of birds. The Barataria Preserve south of New Orleans is the park's wildest site with 23,000 acres of swamp, marsh, trails, and waterways, a living laboratory of Louisiana's endangered wetlands.
The natural world is never far away at any site, however. Chalmette Battlefield provides a resting place for birds traveling along the Mississippi River flyway, bayous meander behind the Acadian Cultural Center and the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, open farmland surrounds the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, and butterflies migrate over the French Quarter Visitor Center.
The virtual museums of the National Park Service offer online visits to parks and information about nature, science, history, and more.
Natural Resource Reports - summaries and full text articles for many of the park's natural resource reports are available on the National Park Service Gulf Coast Inventory and Monitoring Network website. For more information on a particular report, e-mail the park.
What we know about the Barataria Preserve was vastly increased by BioBlitz 2013, a partnership between the National Park Service and National Geographic that teamed up scientists with hundreds of students on school field trips, families, and people interested in science and nature. What will the park do with what we learned? Find out here.
Did You Know?
Alligators have two eyelids! The second inner eyelid is clear and used like goggles while the alligator is under water. These amazing reptiles have been around since before the dinosaurs, and they are designed for life in the water.