Celebrate the eagle and other birds during Eagle Expo February 22-23, and find amazing birding and wildlife viewing on the Cajun Coast any time of year. There will be a dozen tour options to go out into the waterways to see eagles and other birds on Friday and Saturday of the Expo, as well as opportunities to socialize with other birding and nature enthusiasts, be enthralled by the fascinating birds of prey at the Wings to Soar presentation, and find out more about outdoor recreation and preservation at the Water & Nature Expo. As an add-on to the expo, famed photography, C. C. Lockwood offers a photography workshop with an excursion into Bayou Black. The expo and the class fill up fast, register today! A Photo Contest is also underway to capture the best shots, so enter today!
In addition to eagles, the Cajun Coast is home to some of the most awe-inspiring birdwatching opportunities in the country. And because it is located along the Mississippi Flyway, more than 300 species of birds can be particularly spotted during the spring and fall migrations. And, with several distinct aquatic & terrestrial habitats, more than 65 species of reptiles and 46 species of mammals inhabit the Cajun Coast.
As a part of the Atchafalaya Basin area, the largest overflow swamp in the United States, the marshlands located along the coast serve as the perfect havens for many of the states more unusual species of waterfowl, raptors and songbirds. This paradise is filled with some of nature’s most often sought after birds. The area also features a designated bird sanctuary and ample opportunities for additional eagle sightings with nearly 300 active nests in the area.
Many locations for birdwatching are also noted along the St. Mary Loop of the America’s Wetlands Birding Trail. Cajun Coast paddling trails also offer many options to observe birds and wildlife up-close.
Plan your birding and nature watching excursion in an area National Geographic calls “hauntingly beautiful land.