Eagle Expo

Eagle Expo

Location: 
Morgan City Louisiana

900 Dr Martin Luther King Blvd Morgan City, LA 70380

The 17th Annual Eagle Expo will be held February 18th-20th, 2022 in Morgan City, Louisiana. (The 16th was cancelled due to the pandemic.) Eagle Expo is produced by the Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau in partnership with the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP). Other partners have included the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Office of the LT. Governor, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Morgan City Rotary Club, Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, and several private companies.

A photography workshop by Cc Lockwood is included. This event requires a separate registration. The seminar has reached its maximum capacity of 15 each year and has a waiting list. The workshop includes a class and a field trip into the swamp.

Other activities on Friday include four boat tours to view the American Bald Eagle.  Tours include: Bayou Black with Cajun Billy Gaston, the Atchafalaya Basin with Captain John Burke, Turtle Bayou with LUMCON and lake boat tours. Their role is to highlight birds during the tour and answer questions. Boat tours are repeated Saturday afternoon from 7:30am to 2:20pm.

In 2020, there were over 60 eagle sightings along with other birds including Anhinga, Peregrine Falcon, various species of hawks and ducks, wading birds, some songbird species, Blue Heron, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, White Ibis, Belted Kingfisher, Red-tailed hawks, Double-crested Cormorant, the American White Pelicans, Red-shouldered Hawks, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Carolina Chickadees, various species of terns and gulls and Louisiana Brown Pelicans. In 2017, one group witnessed two eagles in a spiral.

Friday evening’s event will be held at the Cajun Coast Welcome Center in Morgan City. Mary Beth Lima was 2020’s speaker. John Flores was 2019’s speaker. 2018 was given by John Snell. Other presentations include Bryan Piazza, Bill Thompson, Editor of Birdwatchers Digest, Allen Batt, a birdwatching humorist, Kathy and Gary Clark, wildlife photographers, Tim Mueller, Ann McCutchun, Kerry St. Pe, CC Lockwood, and Kurt Mutchler, deputy director of photography with National Geographic Magazine.

In partnership with the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) an educational component was added to Eagle Expo in 2009. This year’s sponsor was the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. We visited students in 7th grade throughout St. Mary Parish. Over 700 students experienced a presentation by the Wings to Soar. We also added a Wednesday morning component for private schools and home-schooled students to attend. Over 150 students attended this event. The Total number of people attending was almost 1,000.

In 2018, we added the Water and Nature Expo that is open to the general public. We invite vendors that have a connection to the water and/or environment. In 2020, we had over 11 vendors with over 200 people attending.

 

Friday February 18, 2022 to Sunday February 20, 2022
Phone: 
800-256-2931