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Bird Watching in Jefferson Parish Louisiana

Every spring (April) enjoy migration 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 & crafts. Free videos and birding trail maps. Fun for families, new and experienced birders.  The festival will take place April 21-23, 2017.

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 Sanctuary Group sponsors the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration annually to correspond with peak bird migration in April. This event is hosted by Grand Isle Sanctuary Group and supported by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. 

Please click the provided link for details on the annual Grand Isle Birding Festival.

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival

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 - often before dawn. 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. For additional information, as well as access to how to get started on this journey visit

Roseate Spoonbills in Jefferson Parish

Photo Courtesy of David Ringer; Roseate Spoonbills

To find out what to do, where to stay, call:

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.

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