See a natural wonder: Thousands of birds to fly through Grand Isle during spring migration

Photo courtesy: Grand Isle Nature Conservancy

Thousands of birds will make a stop in Grand Isle during the peak of spring migration. Wildlife lovers can see this experience during the Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration from Friday, April 20 to Sunday, April 22.

“Millions of Neotropical migratory birds will make the first landfall after a 15- to 18-hour flight across the Gulf of Mexico this spring. Because of Grand Isle’s prime location and maritime forest, thousands of these birds, including hundreds of species can be seen resting and foraging before they continue migrating north,” Jean Landry, a representative from Grand Isle Nature Conservancy, said.

See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and in marshes and raptors overhead. Grand Isle is an essential stop for songbirds during their spring and fall migrations across the Gulf of Mexico. The celebration is held annually to correspond with peak bird migration in April.

Highlights of this year’s event include daily, expert-led bird watching tours on the Grand Isle Birding Trail, Elmer’s Island and the Grand Isle State Park. Visitors can watch the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries catch migrating songbirds for weighing and measuring before release in Lafitte Woods Preserve and tour the new LDWF Fisheries Research Lab.

Kayak tours through the island’s mangroves and boat tours to pelican-rookery Queen Bess Island will also be offered, as well as walking tours of the island’s historical homes.

For a complete schedule of events, directions and more, visit www.townofgrandisle.com.

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