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W Clifton Abita Springs Anytime English
J O'Neale Lafayette Anytime English
I am the Treasurer/Membership of Louisiana Ornithological Society, Newsletter/Membership local LABA group and ABA convention Lafayette 2000.
M Radford Mandeville Anytime English
Z Pepper Minden Weekend English
Jackson-Bienville WMA is nearby and contains several Red-cockaded Woodpecker colonies.
J Carpenter Monroe Anytime English
I am interested in going on all kinds of naturalist expeditions, from birds to fish to plants and everything else. Local speciality bird: Red-cockaded Woodpecker.


  S Venable New Orleans Anytime English, Russian
  I’ve lived in New Orleans and birded the local area for about a decade, after spending most of my life in northern Ohio and New York City.

The largely wetland local habitats (fresh- and salt-water marsh, cypress swamp, bayous, lakes, and seacoast) is home to an abundance of gulls, terns, pelicans; ducks and other waterfowl (especially in winter); wading birds, and shorebirds.

There is also some nearby bottomland forest and pine forest, which are home to warblers, vireos, flycatchers, orioles, and other songbirds. Eagle and osprey nests can be found in the area, along with other raptors.

Summers are almost continuously hot and humid, with an abundance of mosquitos.

Winters are generally mild; most years we don’t get a hard freeze at all.
Big Branch Marsh NWR, Bayou Sauvage NWR, Audubon Park, City Park, Audubon Nature Center, Barataria Preserve

Area Birds:
Year-round: Herons, egrets, ibises, other wading birds; anhingas, bald eagle, osprey, red-cockaded woodpecker, brown-headed nuthatch, brown pelican, mockingbird, red-bellied woodpecker, black-bellied whistling duck, Forster’s tern, boat-tailed grackle

Winter: white pelican, harrier, coot, blue-winged teal, shoveler, mergansers, double-crested cormorant, avocet, cedar waxwing, pine warbler, palm warbler, kinglets

Summer: painted bunting, prothonatary warbler, MS kite, least tern

If we’re lucky: swallow-tailed kite, king rail, purple gallinule, least bittern, spoonbill, skimmer, barred owl (often heard), great horned owl

Nature: birdwatching, photography, hiking, butterflies, swimming,
Travel: train, bus, car, biking, long walk
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club, vineyard, outdoors, nature spot, beach, lake, ocean, architecture, shop
Attend: concert, horse race, ballet, dance show, theatre, live music, sports event
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, classical, swing, wine, liquor, social games

J Ingold Shreveport/Bossier City Anytime English
C Lyon Shreveport Weekend English
J Keogh Sulphur Anytime English
Near some of the top birding spots in the world and one of the top 10 in the US, High Island, Texas known for Spring migrations. Also near Sabine NWR, Cameron Prairie NWR, Rockefeller NWR, and Big Thicket NWR. I live 23 miles from the Texas Border and 38 miles from the Gulf coast. More a bird photographer than a birder, but know where they are. I travel a lot so if I am in a dead area it may take a couple of days to respond.

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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Louisiana
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Louisiana Ornithological Society Club
Baton Rouge Audubon Society Club
Orleans Audubon Society Club
Northshore Bird Club Club
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Banding
Grand Isle Migratory Festival
Louisiana Ornithological Society Pelagic Trips
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