Eagle Expo Weekend Offers Top-Notch Birding

Boat tours, photography workshops and expert speakers provide opportunities to learn about – and explore – Louisiana’s Cajun Coast.

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What better setting for a weekend of birding boat tours, wildlife presentations and outdoor photography seminars than the Atchafalaya Basin, home to nesting bald eagles, rare flora and diverse fauna. The Annual Eagle Expo, traditionally held each February, offers a chance to explore them all during special events in Morgan City.

Get a close-up view of birds of prey like raptors, owls, hawks, falcons, bald eagles – and one very funny vulture – at a lively Wings to Soar presentation, then learn how to photograph them first-hand during a workshop “field trip” to Bayou Black. Explore interactive exhibits highlighting the outdoors at the Water & Nature Expo, then soak up fascinating stories by expert speakers like biological engineer, avid birder and author Marybeth Lima, who has seen more than 300 different bird species in Louisiana.

But the best way to enjoy nature is being out “in” it, so don’t miss one of five popular boat tours that give you a real birds-eye view of the area during Eagle Expo weekend.

Join “Captain Caviar” John Burke for a tour of the Atchafalaya Basin, home to 170 bird species, or take the Turtle Bayou Tour through natural habitats offering fantastic views of local wildlife. Let Billy Gaston guide you on a Cajun-spiced trip through Bayou Black, where you’ll meander along old oil and gas canals past bald eagles, ospreys, hawks and various waterfowl, or enjoy Captain Ivy’s Bayou Long Tour through multiple waterways to spot bald eagles, blue herons, great egrets, belted kingfishers, white ibis and others.

New this year, the Greenwood Gator Farm and Swamp Tour ventures deep into Bayou Black for a glimpse of bald eagles, herons, egrets, hawks and more surrounded by cypress trees.

Advance registration for Eagle Expo is required. Your $40 ticket includes admission to the Wings to Soar presentation, a Friday night social, Water & Nature Expo, breakfast seminars and a T-shirt. Boat tours and the photography workshop require additional fees.

For more information or tickets, call 985-380-8224, email [email protected] or visit Louisiana's Cajun Coast website.