Hosted by the Cajun Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau, Eagle Expo returns with a weekend of presentations, social events, and birding boat tours, all set deep within the Atchafalaya Basin—home to numerous nesting pairs of Bald Eagles and other rare species of flora and fauna. Once you purchase your mandatory registration ticket, we'll email you the links to sign up for your choice of guided boat tours.
2020 BOAT TOURS. REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY. To participate in any boat tour, purchase your registration ticket here and you'll receive the links to sign up for the guided boat tours in the confirmation email.
• Boat Tour #1 - Atchafalaya Basin Tour with John Burke (aka "Captain Caviar)
Captain Caviar will lead the way into the Atchafalaya Basin to view the American Bald Eagle. The Atchafalaya Basin is the largest overflow swamp in the U.S., covering over 850,000 acres and encompassing 10 distinct aquatic & terrestrial habitats ranging from large rivers to backwater swamps. Most noted for its Cypress-Tupelo Gum swamp habitat and Cajun heritage, the basin is home to over 170 bird species and an important wintering ground for the birds of the Mississippi Flyway. Tour takes place in a covered flat bottom boat. Bathroom on board. Departs Russo's Landing, 3059 Hwy 70, Morgan City. Maximum 20 people.
Tour times: 1 pm Friday, 2 pm Saturday. Tour Price: $40
• Boat Tour #2 - Bayou Black Tour with Billy Gaston
Billy Gaston, swamp tour operator of Cajun Man's Tours, will journey into the backwater of Bayou Black, adding his special Cajun touch. This tour will meander along the old oil and gas canals, giving visitors chances to see multiple birds of prey including Bald Eagles, Ospreys and various species of hawks. Other birds likely to be encountered include various species of ducks, wading birds and some songbird species. Great for families or groups. Covered flat bottom boat. Bathroom on board. Departs Bayou Black Marina, 251 Marina Drive, Gibson. Maximum 40 people.
Tour Times: 2 pm Saturday. Tour Price: $40
• Boat Tour #3 - Turtle Bayou Tour with LUMCON
Journey into Turtle Bayou to view Bald Eagles and get a glimpse of an eagle nest. This tour will also travel through natural bayous, providing fantastic views and lots of local wildlife. Other species likely to be encountered include Anhingas, Double-Crested Cormorants, Red-Shouldered Hawks, White Ibis, Yellow-Rumped Warblers, Carolina Chickadees and various species of terns and gulls. Two boats. Maximum 6 people per boat. Departs Bayou Black Marina, 251 Marina Drive, Gibson
2 pm Saturday. Tour Price: $40 (FULL)
• Boat Tour #4 - Bayou Long Tour with Captain Ivy
The Bayou Long Tour visits various waterways including Lake Verret, Bayou Magazille, Four Mile Bayou, Grassy Lake, Bayou Cheramie, Bayou Milhomme, and Lake Palourde. Attendees can expect to view Bald Eagles and their nests, Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Belted Kingfishers, White Ibis and various other species. One boat. Maximum 7 people per boat. Departs from the home of Capt. Ivy St. Romain, 1093 Dawn Drive, Stephensville.
Tour Times: 9 am Friday, 1 pm Friday, 7:30 am Saturday, 11 am Saturday, 2:30 pm Saturday. Tour Price: $80
Boat Tour #5 – Bayou Black Tour with Captain Greenwood (NEW)
Greenwood Gator Farm and Swamp boat tours will take you deep in the back swamps the 30 foot boat is covered, guest will view a wide selection of local birds like the American bald eagle. The great blue heron , egrets ,double crested Commorants, Red Shouldered Hawks, White Ibis, and many more. You will experience the natural beauty and charm of the canals and bayous with its bald cypress trees and fabulous scenic views. One boat. Maximum 19 people. Departs Greenwood Gator Farm, 125 Gator Court, Gibson.
Tour Times: 1 pm Friday. Tour Price: $40