Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration
There are tons of birding opportunities all over #OnlyLouisiana, but one of the best is at the Annual Migratory Birding Festival in Grand Isle.
Did you know Louisiana is a veritable hotspot for birds and therefore birders and bird enthusiasts? Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish is an essential stop for songbirds during their spring and fall migrations across the Gulf of Mexico. This year, Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island hosts the Annual Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival in November. Whether you’re an expert ornithophile and or a novice needing to break in your binoculars, this is the perfect opportunity to spot songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and in the marshes and raptors overhead.
Highlights of this event include daily, expert-led bird watching tours on the Grand Isle Birding Trail, Elmer’s Island and the Grand Isle State Park. Visitors can watch the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries catch migrating songbirds for weighing and measuring before release in Lafitte Woods Preserve and later tour the new LDWF Fisheries Research Lab. Kayak tours through the island’s mangroves and boat tours to pelican-rookery Queen Bess Island will also be offered as well as walking tours of the island’s historical homes.
Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for a chance spot some of our feathered friends!
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