Southwestern Louisiana is a fabulous birding location in the fall. It has extensive wetlands, agricultural areas, and the Gulf Coast, giving us plenty of habitats to explore. In addition, southwestern Louisiana is Cajun country, so you can look forward to some epic food.
Waterbirds will be a major focus on this trip, and we expect to see the newar-mythical Yellow Rail. Every October, when local rice farmers harvest thier fall crop, their combines flush the birds that feed in the fields, including Yellow and Virginia rails and Sora. We will have access to the rice fields, on foot and on combines, giving us a special perspective on these and other birds as the farmers reap their harvest. This is a real hoot!
Besides birding the rice fields, we will visit agricultural areas, three national wildlife refuges (Lacassine, Cameron Prairie, and Sabine), Kisatchie National Forest, and a variety of private locations.
In the past four trips, we have had a total of 189 species of birds, including five species of rails, Roseate Spoonbills, White and White-faced ibises, 18 species of waterfowl (but no Canada Geese!), and lots of passerines. In addition, both Loggerhead Shrike and American Kestrel were "common" on many days of these trips.
A single-room supplement is available for an additional $450. Please call 978-462-9998 for a detailed program brochure.
Final payment is due October 5. Leaders will send out trip materials after final payment is received, approximately two weeks prior to the trip's start date. Cancellations made within 30 days of departure cannot be refunded or credited unless we can fill your space.
Note: Please do not make your flight arrangements until you have checked with the trip leaders.