Come to the Atchafalaya Basin's Sherburne Complex and experience one of the nation's greatest concentrations of nesting Neotropical Songbirds. Warblers, thrushes, flycatchers, cuckoos, buntings, vireos, and towhees fill the morning air with a song from early morning until mid-day along Louisiana Highway 975 for 17 miles between I-10 and US 190.Watch for Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites as you drive between the four way stations located along the road with facilitators who will point out the various songs that visitors will hear. Anhingas, herons, egrets, and ibises, perhaps even a Roseate Spoonbill or two, are sure to be seen flying to and from their nesting areas and feeding areas in the vast wooded wetland expanse.
Start Time: Arrive at Start between 6:45 and 7:15 AM.End Time: 10:00-10:45 AM
Two Stations:Station One - Participants will travel north on LA 975 approximately 5 miles to its intersection with Happy Town Road, turn right, travel about a mile and a half to the US Fish and Wildlife Service Big Alabama Bayou kiosk. Tentative facilitators - Donna Dittman, Steve Cardiff, Mike Musumeche, and Daniel Breaux (USFWS).
Station Two - Return to LA 975 and travel another 10 miles to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Primitive Camp Ground site on the "inside" of the Atchafalaya Basin Levee. Tentative facilitarors - Mike Carloss and Erik Baka of LDWF and at least one US Army Corps of Engineers ranger. A mist net demonstration will be featured at this site.
Purpose:The route is one of the leading Breeding Bird Survey routes in North America. Thousands of vireos, warblers, flycatchers, cuckoos, tanagers, buntings, grosbeaks, etc. nest along the route. Emphasis will be made on assisting participants in identifying birds by their songs.
A large Cliff Swallow colony is located under the US 190 bridge at Krotz Springs. Participants should look for these birds and their unique clay nests at this location. Participants are invited to stop at the LDWF Sherburne Headquarters to see the recreational facilities present there and experience "Step Outside Day". Step Outside Day is aimed at introducing consumptive and non-consumptive outdoor activities to persons with disabilities as well as children.Sponsors: U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Basin Ranger District [Bayou DesOurses Unit], U. S. Fish Army Corps of Engineers [Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge], and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries [Sherburne Wildlife Management Area] as well as the Louisiana Departmentof Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program.