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The Cerulean Warbler is a small warbler that features sky-blue upper parts and black-and-white streaked flanks. These birds are often found near bottomlands and rivers, making their appearance in Louisiana, and their breeding takes part in deciduous forests in eastern North America. The scientific name for this bird is Dendroica cerulea and it is part of the New World warbler family.

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The Royal Tern is an interesting bird, as it’s only found along the coastal beaches. This bird is a large tern, with pale grey upperparts, a white face, neck and underparts. The head has a spiky black crest and cap and features a bright orange bill. The wings have black tips on them and the tail is deeply forked.

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The Laughing Gull is a small gull that is found along the southern Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Its scientific name is Leucophaeus atricilla. It takes these birds three years to reach adult plumage and immature birds are always darker than their older counterparts.

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Formerly known as the Louisiana Heron, the Tricolored Heron is a slender heron that is medium in size. It's home is the southeastern portion of the United States, more specifically Louisiana.

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At its highest point, Louisiana's Avery Island is 152 feet above sea level. The island is actually a small hill located in the deltaic wetlands of the LA. Although small, Avery Island makes a strong presence in LA history and is known for being the home of Tabasco sauce.

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For nature lovers, the coastal region of Louisiana has a great deal to offer. One of the most popular trails for those who want to experience the unique ecosystems and creatures of this part of the world is the Creole Nature Trail located between Lake Charles and Sulfur. The trail is over 180 miles long and goes through thousands of acres of pristine wetlands near the Gulf of Mexico.

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Most of the time, lists of “Top 10 Beaches” are usually full of places you would expect where white sand and palm trees are the rule. But not always! In fact Yahoo Travel has included Grand Isle, Louisiana as one of its Top 10 Winter Beach Retreats for 2011!

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