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Birding on Louisiana's CoastLocated on the majestic Mississippi Flyway, the Louisiana Coast is home to some of the most awe-inspiring birds in the country. Over 400 different species of birds visit Louisiana each year making it one of the nation’s top destinations for bird enthusiasts. With birding trails across the Louisiana coastline, there are plenty of opportunities to view the abundant wildlife throughout the Louisiana coastal region. Experience why the productive natural environment of the Great Gulf Coast offers ready access to some of the best birding in the country.

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7600 Hopedale Highway
70085 Hopedale , LA
United States
Phone: 504-281-0511 Ext. 30
Louisiana US
St. Bernard Parish

A 9.5 acre park in a natural setting next to lovely Lake Palourde (a French word meaning "shellfish"). The 106 ft. tall carillon tower contains 61 bronze bells which were cast in Holland. Bells play two selections every 15 minutes. The park is a designated bird sanctuary and a must for naturalists and photography buffs.

Although small, Brownell Park provides one of the most serene, idyllic, and refreshing experiences in coastal Louisiana. Situated on the western shore of Lake Palourde amidst a pristine baldcypress-tupelo gum swamp, the park offers a walking path, foot bridges, a modest visitors center, restrooms, and well-placed benches.

Expect regular encounters with Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, and Northern Cardinal on a year round basis. At certain times of the year, various species tend to gather at the lake in substantially large numbers. Examples include hundreds of American White Pelicans and thousands of Double-crested Cormorants throughout the winter months.

The Southern Bald Eagle is another common winter sight.In early spring, northbound Yellow-rumped Warblers use Brownell as a staging area of sorts. Dozens can be observed on any given day between late February and mid-April. From mid-April through early June, similar numbers of Prothonotary Warblers
can be seen at the swamp on a daily basis. By mid-June, most of these birds will settle down in the area as local breeders.

In August and early September, large numbers of fall-migrating Yellow Warblers use Brownell Park as a staging area, just as the
Yellow-rumpeds did six months earlier.

3359 Hwy. 70
70380 Morgan City , LA
United States
Phone: 985-384-2283
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish

Step inside the Cajun Coast Welcome and Interpretative Center to learn about the flora and fauna of South Louisiana and then step outside to experience it first-hand.

The interpretative center includes eight themed pods giving a glimpse of the diversity of St. Mary Parish and a diorama featuring a cypress tree complete with all the flora and fauna that a South Louisiana swamp is famous for.

Then, step into an unspoiled South Louisiana swamp by stepping outside our doors. As you stroll the covered walkway around the building, view tupleo and cypress trees, hear cicada, spy an American Bald Eagle or catch a glimpse of Cayenne — the 6-foot American Alligator who lives in the swamp behind the visitor center.

Watch Cayenne’s first clutch learn how to navigate swamp life as the young alligators swim just below the rail under mama’s watchful eye.
Exit U.S. 90 at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Morgan City. Your adventure awaits.

900 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd
70380 Morgan City , LA
United States
Phone: 985-380-8224
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish
8606 West St. Bernard Highway
70043 Chalmette , LA
United States
Phone: 504-281-0511 Ext. 28
Louisiana US
st-bernard-parish Parish

As you follow this road through bottomland hardwood forest, check the ground periodically for colonies of southern shield fern. In summer, the woodlands host Mississippi Kite, Red-shouldered and Broad-winged hawks, Barred Owl, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy, and Pileated woodpeckers, Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed and Red-eyed vireos, Blue Jay, Fish Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, and Prothonotary, Hooded, and Kentucky warblers.

During winter, expect additions such as Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-throated Sparrow, and Rusty Blackbird.

Spring and fall migrations bring additional species of vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, buntings and orioles. The cattails, rushes, and other emergent vegetation along the canal edges and large “bar-pit” can hold American and Least bitterns, Common Yellowthroat, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, and Orchard Oriole. Look also for Great and Snowy egrets and Little Blue, Green, and Tricolor herons.

During the winter months, these wet sites also attract Great Blue Heron, White Ibis, Pied-billed Grebe, Double-crested and Neotropic cormorants, Lesser Scaup, and Ring-necked Duck, along with raptors such as Red-tailed and Sharp-shinned hawks, Merlin, and American Kestrel.

Enjoy lunch at Atchafalaya Golf Course

Cotten Road
70392 Patterson , LA
United States
Phone: 985-395-4653
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish

In addition to excellent sailing and swimming facilities, the 185-acre park also holds a special attraction for nature enthusiasts. Located in the heart of a Louisiana marsh, the site contains an abundance of wildlife. The quiet observer may happen upon nutria, muskrat, alligator or a number of bird species native to the state. 

Address: 306 Beach Lane Franklin, LA 70538
Phone: 888-867-4510
 

Iberia Parish

Cabins and beach area. Listed as Site 6-1 on America's Wetland Birding Trail - St. Mary Loop.

Perched at the northeastern edge of Vermilion Bay, Cypremort Point State Park offers a convenient view of beach-associated bird life. Indeed, the vegetation here is represented by a small tract of brackish marsh and a colony of wax myrtle adjacent to the overnight cabins. Laughing Gulls and Boat-tailed Grackles are year round residents here, and have become so tame that they serve as the park’s mascots, if not escorts.

During spring and summer these two species are dressed in all of their nuptial finery, presenting an attractive sight to all who view them.

While at Cypremort Point State Park, look also for Clapper Rail, Common Yellowthroat, and Savannah Sparrow (fall, winter, spring) around the brackish marsh.

Additional seabirds to be on the lookout for include Ring-billed Gull (fall, winter, spring) and Forster’s, Caspian, and possibly Royal terns. During migrational periods, Least and Black terns are likely to make appearances, along with shorebirds such as Killdeer, Black-bellied Plover, Willet, and Ruddy Turnstone, among others. Be on the lookout also for the introduced semi-aquatic Nutria, as well as Muskrat, and American Alligator

306 Beach Lane
70538 Cypremort Point , LA
United States
Phone: 337-867-4510
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish

The Atchafalaya Basin, the largest overflow swamp in the country, is home to an abundance of wildlife, including rare and endangered species such as the American bald eagle.

The Eagle Expo - held annually in February - includes boat tours into various waterways to view eagle nests; a raptor show; presentations on the American bald eagle, wildlife, flora, fauna and the culture of the area by wildlife professionals and photographers; and much more.

Registration required.

Morgan City, Stephensville
70380 Morgan City , LA
United States
Phone: 985-380-8224
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish

Rest stop

15307 Hwy. 90 W./Frontage Road
70538 Franklin , LA
United States
Phone: 337-828-2555
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish
108 Admiral Craik Drive
Grand Isle , LA
United States
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish

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