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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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Town of Jean Lafitte Tourist Information Center
  • 799 Jean Lafitte Boulevard
  • Lafitte, LA 70067
  • Phone: 504-689-2299
  • Region: Lafitte

Lafitte-Barataria Museum and Wetland Trace nature boardwalk, Swamp Tours, and independent fishing charter companies and lodging.  Information on the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National MORE >>

Westwego Tourist Information Center
  • 10 Westbank Expressway
  • Westwego, LA 70094
  • Phone: 504-436-0812
  • Region: Westwego

Information on the historic district and the city of Westwego. 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.