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Louisiana's Brown Pelican

Few have the beauty and grace of the Brown Pelican. The endangered species thrives in Louisiana's coastal waters. Queen Bess Island, located in Barataria Bay just east of Grand Isle, is a nesting colony for the Louisiana Brown Pelican.
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Jefferson is among the best bird watching regions in the nation. Bird enthusiasts will delight in the great number of species that grace the landscape. In fact, Queen Bess Island off the coast of Grand Isle is the nesting site for the once almost extinct brown pelican, Louisiana's state bird.

Another interesting bird sanctuary is that of the purple martin. Year after year, they flock to the beautiful shores of Lake Pontchartrain for their annual nesting ritual. The Expressway Commission has dedicated a location along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain for observation.

As you explore the walking trails of the Barataria Preserve at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve you will see the Swamp Sparrow, Brown-headed Cow Bird, Boat-tailed Grackle, and Red-winged Black Bird to name a few. For information on birds sighted or to report birds sighted in the Preserve visit


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Airboat Adventures LLC
  • 5145 Fleming Park Road
  • Lafitte, LA 70067
  • Phone: (504) 689-2005
  • Region: Lafitte

Come join our outgoing captains on a high speed Airboat Ride! You'll be touring 20,000 acres of tidewater cypress swamp. It's a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil MORE >>

Audubon Nature Institute - Aquarium, IMAX, Butterfly Garden &Insectarium & Zoo
  • 6500 Magazine Street
  • New Orleans, LA 70118
  • Phone: 504-581-4629
  • Region: New Orleans

Walk beneath the vivid Caribbean Reef, marvel at the lush beauty of the Amazon Rainforest and journey the Mississippi River at the Aquarium of the Americas.  Penguins, sting rays, sharks and other MORE >>

Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
  • 6588 Barataria Boulevard
  • Marrero, LA 70072
  • Phone: (504) 689-3690
  • Region: Marrero

The Barataria Preserve is one of six sites comprising Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The Barataria Preserve interprets the culture of people, past and present, who settled the MORE >>

Bayou Segnette State Park
  • 7777 Westbank Expressway
  • Westwego, LA 70094
  • Phone: 504-736-7140
  • Region: Westwego

Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities awaits visitors of all MORE >>

Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
  • 110 Frenier Road
  • Laplace, LA 70068
  • Phone: (504) 467-0758
  • Region: Laplace

Eco Swamp Tours in the historic Manchac Swamps! Fun and educational tours. Professional guides and friendly staff. Open Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm -- we can take from 2 people up to 150 people! MORE >>

Grand Isle State Park
  • Admiral Craik Drive
  • Grand Isle, LA 70358
  • Phone: 985-787-2559
  • Region: Grand Isle

Grand Isle State Park is 2 miles of beaches with great local fishing; including the last wild beach on Grand Isle. Our pier is the only pier in Louisiana that extends into the Gulf...a 900-foot long MORE >>

Grand Isle Tourist Commission
  • 2757 LA Hwy 1
  • Grand Isle, LA 70358
  • Phone: 985-787-2997
  • Region: Grand Isle

Visit Grand Isle...Louisiana's only beachfront!  The unofficial Fishing Rodeo Capital of the U.S.  Home to the Grand Isle International Tarpon Rodeo.  Come visit our beach, butterfly dome, camp in the MORE >>

Lafitte Barataria Museum & Wetland Trace
  • 4917 City Park Drive
  • Lafitte, LA 70067
  • Phone: (504) 689-2208
  • Region: Lafitte

Louisiana is Sportsmans Paradise.  See historical and informational displays.  Louisiana's heritage is on display at this fun and informative attraction.  View pirogues (flat boats), replicas of the MORE >>

Lafreniere Park
  • 3000 Downs Boulevard
  • Metairie, LA 70003
  • Phone: 504-838-4389
  • Region: Metairie

NOTICE: Park Hours May 19 and May 20, 2014 will be 6:30 a.m. through 7:30 p.m. due to electrical maintenance.Lafreniere Park is a 155-acre park with several amenities including a 2-mile jogging trail; MORE >>

Louisiana Tourism Coastal Coalition (LTCC)
  • P.O. Box 1579
  • Metairie, LA 70004
  • Phone: (504) 982-6278
  • Region: Jefferson

Visit Louisiana Coast is a regional destination marketing coalition that advocates the sustainable development of coastal communities and the protection of fragile wetlands, and promotes the unique MORE >>

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Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program

Important Migratory Pathways of Louisiana

BTNEP offers detailed information and studies on Louisiana migratory pathways, birding, information on coast line recession and Louisiana estuaries.
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Purple Martin

Purple Majesty

Purple Martins flock annually April-July to a most unusual place...the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge! These migratory birds flock each year to this location to roost each evening after a day of training their young
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In Our Marshes

Yellow Warbler

Migratory songbirds that spend part of their journey in marsh habitats include northern waterthrush, yellow warblers, common yellow-throats, and indigo buntings.

Photo courtesy of Wylie Barrow
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Upcoming Events

Gretna Heritage Festival

3 day festival with performances by national and Louisiana favorites. 
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Bridge City Gumbo Festival

Bridge City's "world famous" Gumbo is cooked daily at the festival gro
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Uncle Sam Jam Lafreniere Park Music & Fireworks

Bring your blankets and chairs.  Food & beverage vendors available (NO
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Video/Photo Tour

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Click here to launch our Video/Photo Tour and view all that Jefferson Parish has to offer.