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Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration going on 18th year

Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration going on 18th year

The Grand Isle Community Development Team, along with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP), The Nature Conservancy and other partners, will be hosting their 18th Annual Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration on April 15-17.

The Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration welcomes the return of migratory songbirds in the spring each year with a three-day birding event that occurs in mid-April.

Each year, millions of songbirds fly over the Gulf of Mexico and through Louisiana to return to their breeding grounds throughout North America. Grand Isle is a great place to witness the magic of bird migration because of its location and the type of habitat it provides to the birds.

Beginning in 1998, the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration was created in part to support the purchase and management of the Nature Conservancy’s Lafitte Woods Preserve, some of the last remaining undeveloped chenier habitats on the island. Many of the migratory birds endure a 20 or more hour non-stop flight across the Gulf and the chenieres are the crucial first stop for the weary travels to rest and refuel.

The celebration offers a variety of birding opportunities such as observing marsh birds on a kayaking tour, taking a boat ride to Queen Bess to see a well-known Brown Pelican rookery, and walking tours throughout the Grand Isle birding trails to witness the beauty and variety of songbirds.

This year’s agenda also includes bird banding demonstrations, native plant identification tours, an island history tour, and a new Grand Isle area “big day” tour.

A luncheon is available on Saturday followed by a presentation about the Ecology of Red Knots by Phillip Hoose, award winning author of Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95.

There will be a small group of vendors selling birding/festival related items near the registration booths. To see the 2016 agenda visit the following websites: townofgrandisle.com and btnep.org.

The event will kick off Friday, April 15 in the morning with the bird banding station opening at sunrise and the registration table for tours opening at 1:00 p.m.

The registration table will open again on Saturday morning at 6:45 a.m. Registration for tours is available online at www.townofgrandisle.com and during the festival at the Grand Isle Multiplex Center, 3101 Hwy. 1, Grand Isle.

Visit www.btnep.org to see event agenda.