Every spring (April) enjoy the Migratory Bird Celebration on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island, Grand Isle. See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and marshes, birdwatching tours, local seafood, displays and crafts. There will be free videos and birding trail maps. Fun for families as well as new and experienced birders.
This annual event was created in 1998 to support the purchase and management of the Grand Isle Sanctuary to protect some of the last remaining, undeveloped Chenier habitats (live oak ridges). Only 10% of these forest habitats that once existed on much of Grand Isle still exist today.
Holiday Birding! Grand Isle is a participant in the Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. From mid-December through the first week of January tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission. For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature during the Holiday season. Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action.
To find out more, contact:
Grand Isle Tourist Commission
The Chamber of Lafourche and the Bayou Region
Lafourche Parish Tourist Commission
During your visit, be sure to inquire about discounts for birdwatchers.