SW Louisiana: Cheniers, Cypress Swamps and more

SW LOUISIANA: Cheniers, Cypress Swamps and Cameron Parish

April 21 to 28, 2017      

Click here for tour report from 2015.

Coastal Louisiana offers marvelous spring birding without the crowds of the nearby Upper Texas Coast. Our trip will sample some of the many interesting habitats found here, including a visit to the Atchafalaya Swamp—one of the largest intact bottomland swamps in the nation, coastal prairies and rice fields that teem with ducks, herons, shorebirds, and terns; and coastal cheniers—oak woodlands along the Gulf of Mexico that can be loaded with colorful warblers and other Neotropic migrants. Birds we’ll do our best to see include Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Reddish Egret, Swallow-tailed & Mississippi Kites, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Snowy & Wilson’s Plovers, Long-billed Curlew, Hudsonian Godwit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, Swainson’s Warbler, Bachman’s Sparrow, and Painted Bunting. This tour has only two hotel changes.


PACE, WEATHER, AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS: Our days in the field usually begin about 7:00 a.m. and will end no later than 6:00 p.m. The trip involves easy walking on flat ground. Temperatures will be warm to hot, with high humidity. Expect a temperature range from lows in the mid-50's to highs in the mid-70's. Rain or thunderstorms are always possible, so bring a poncho or rain jacket. Biting insects such as mosquitoes and no-see-ums may be present. Travel during this tour will be in vans, with no more than 7 participants plus a leader in one "12 person" van. Tour size is limited to 12 participants.

Additional information about the tour, with specific meeting times, a list of participants, addresses of motels, lists of things to bring, a reading list, a list of probable/possible birds, further information about weather, dress, etc., will be mailed to all participants well in advance of the tour.

DATES: Friday April 21, 2017 (meet at our hotel in Lafayette at 7:00 p.m.) to Friday April 28, 2017 (flights home anytime that day)

PRICE: Cost for this tour is $2,095 based on double occupancy; single supplement (if you request single occupancy, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you) is $370. A deposit of $500 will hold your place until February 22, 2017 when full payment becomes due.

PRICE INCLUDES: Hotel accommodations for seven nights, tour leadership, ground transportation while in Louisiana, ferry fees, and entry fees. It does not include meals or airfare to/from Lafayette.

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NJ Audubon Eco-Travel
c/o Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Phone: (609) 400-3852
Please make checks payable to New Jersey Audubon


by email to travel@njaudubon.org


Scott Barnes began birding in the mid-1980s and has been an avid naturalist ever since. Encouragement and learning came from his parents and many birders, including members of the Delaware Valley and Urner Ornithological Clubs and staff of New Jersey Audubon. An interest in travel and natural history has led him from the Bering Sea to the desert southwest to the tropics of Central America in search of plants and animals.  Scott compiles the Sandy Hook Christmas Bird Count, served for thirteen years on the New Jersey Bird Records Committee, leads on See Life Paulagics boat trips, and is an eBird reviewer for NJ.  He is the assistant director for the NJ Audubon Eco-Travel program. Scott has led NJ Audubon tours to 23 US states, as well as Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. 

Linda Mack's interest in birding began more than twenty years ago on a Cape May Weekend and she has been hooked ever since. She is a member of New Jersey Audubon's Board of Directors for fourteen years, and an Associate Naturalist for All Things Birds. She is a past President, Program Chair, and Conservation Chair for Monmouth County Audubon Society, and currently serves as a voting member of the New Jersey Bird Records Committee. Linda has traveled extensively throughout North America studying birds and natural history, with multiple trips to California, Montana, Arizona, Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana and Florida, as well as Belise, Costa Rica and Panama in Central America. Her infectious enthusiasm and willingness to share knowledge is well known. She has co-led tours to 22 US states, and is a regular leader on long weekend trips to coastal Massachusetts, the Adirondack Mountains and Bombay Hook, as well as NJ Audubon's annual Cape May Fall Festival.

~~ Photos courtesy Linda Mack (Stilt Sandpiper) and Bob Devlin (Mississippi Kite)

For tour itineraries, to register, or for more information contact:

NJ Audubon Eco-Travel at: (609)-400-3852
c/o NJ Audubon Center for Research and Education
600 Route 47 North
Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
or email