Birdwatching in Jefferson Parish
Hundreds of different species of birds visit Jefferson Parish each year making it one of the nation’s top destinations for bird enthusiasts. With birding trails across the area, there are plenty of opportunities to view the abundant wildlife throughout the region. Experience why our productive natural environment offers ready access to some of the best birding in the country.
Every spring 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 in marshes. Join birdwatching tours and enjoy local seafood, displays and crafts. There are 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.
The Bucktown Marsh Boardwalk on Lake Pontchartrain features bird blinds as well as informational signs about plants, wildlife, fisheries and the coast. Head deep into our wetlands and hike the nature trails of the Barataria Preserve and the Wetland Trace Boardwalk. Both feature numerous opportunites for birders to spot many of our local birds, like Great Egrets, Brown Pelicans and Bald Eagles.
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. Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation. Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this long-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations and to help guide conservation action.