Audubon Louisiana


Integrating science, education and policy, Audubon Louisiana's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

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Address: P O Box 80720
Baton Rouge, LA 70898
Website: http://LA.Audubon.org
Email: mparmelee@audubon.org
Phone Number: 225-768-0820 ext. 209
Audubon Louisiana does work in three key areas:

Increasing Knowledge - A decline in a species of bird can be an early alert that there is a change in the environment which will impact the ecosystem, including human population. That's why Audubon's science teams embark on projects like that around Prothonotary Warblers. During a visit to Bluebonnet Swamp or other locations during nesting season you are likely to see Audubon staff checking bird boxes, weighing chicks, and banding birds. Some are even given locator devices that allows them to be tracked to the Yucatan or beyond and back to their boxes. A safe nest means more Prothonotary Warblers while we search for the cause of their rapidly declining population.

Improving Habitat - Restoring and protecting our coast gives the 100 million migrating birds who travel through Louisiana a safe place to rest, refuel, and in some cases nest after a long flight. Audubon Louisiana has two large efforts aimed at this important work. First is service as part of the Mississippi River Delta Coalition which brings science and funding to the efforts to reconnect the Mississippi River to its delta to protect people, wildlife, and jobs. Secondly, Louisiana has the Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary in Vermilion Parish, Audubon Society's oldest and largest sanctuary in the United States. The 26,000 acre sanctuary gives Audubon Louisiana a land owner's perspective and is used as a living laboratory to test out dredging, terracing, and other restoration techniques.

Involving the Community - Attracting and supporting birds in our community builds a healthy eco-system that provides us with beauty and song. Visitors to Plants for Birds can enter their zip code to find an extensive list of native plants along with which birds they attract. Bird gardens provide entertainment and great science lessons for children. In an effort to eventually be able to designate Baton Rouge as a bird friendly city join neighborhoods, health facilities, tourist stops, and schools who will all be adding bird gardens in the year to come.