Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration 2020
Every April since 1998—at the height of spring migration—the Grand Isle Sanctuary Group has hosted The Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration. The event was created in part to support the purchase and management of the Grand Isle Sanctuary, which was established to protect the last remaining undeveloped chenier habitats (live oak ridges) on Louisiana's only inhabited barrier island.
This weekend, these protected pockets around Grand Isle become an educational playground for bird lovers who come, binoculars in hand, to explore the cheniers via kayak and boat tours, attend educational workshops on bird banding and native plant identification, attend talks by avian experts, and enjoy all nature has to offer. This year's program is also offering a special photography tour led by award-winning photographer Georgie Ritchie. Activities include:
• Kayak tours to bird nesting sites
• Boat tours visiting pelican rookery Queen Bess Island
• Expert-led daily tours of Grand Isle birding trails
• Chances to watch Wildlife and Fisheries biologists catch migrating songbirds for weighing and measuring before release in Lafitte Woods Preserve
• A history tour of Grand Isle,
• State Park tour
• Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries Research Lab tour
• And much more.
Event hosts include the Grand Isle Sanctuary Group, Grand Isle Community Development Team, the Town of Grand Isle, The Louisiana Nature Conservancy and the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.
Agendas, vicinity maps, birding trail maps, accommodations, and directions are all available on the website: townofgrandisle.com/grand-isle-migratory-bird-festival/.