While in Louisiana, we decided to check out the Louisiana Outback, the Creole Nature Trail. I thought it would be a good thing for my daughter
to be fed to see wild alligators. The Creole Nature Trail goes from I-10 in Calcasieu Parish*, through Cameron Parish, and down to the Gulf of Mexico. It is home to over 300 species of birds in a wetland area. This region is also home to home to a large portion of the shrimping industry.
This area was hit hard by 2005’s Hurricane Rita. One community, Holly Beach, was wiped out entirely–no structure was standing in the photos I saw at the time. I was very interested in seeing how it was rebuilt.
I should note that, in spite of being in a state where Audubon did much of his work, I’m not as familiar with all the different sorts of birds one sees in Southwest Louisiana. More of a cat guy, I guess. If you recognize any of these critters, please let me know. I really am fascinated by most animals, so knowing that is quite welcome.
A bird fact I wonder about is, if when they fly close to water, if the are in ground effect.
*”County” to states that don’t use the Napoleonic Code.