Louisiana seeks the best birding spots
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) – It’s time to put your birding knowledge to good use. The State of Louisiana asks residents about the best places for bird watching.
The Tourist Board says people have until September 30 to submit nominations to be included in Louisiana’s redesigned birding trails.
The nominations are part of an effort to update and possibly expand the trails and develop ecotourism in the state. Louisiana and its coastal wetlands are an important place for migratory birds.
The update is partially funded by a grant from the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.
The Louisiana Tourist Board held meetings in Acadiana on Thursday to discuss updating local birding trails with community members. The KATC stopped by one of these meetings held on July 15 at the tourist offices of Lafayette and Jennings.
There, officials provided an overview of the projects, discussed the nomination process and criteria, and answered all questions from participants.
“We have a bird watching trail that is 20 years old now and it is a flat print, so we are updating it to the modern age, bringing electronic resources and updating site appointments. “said Erik Johnson, director of conservation science.
The update is part of a process to assess, evaluate and redesign existing trails. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Economic Development Administration of the United States Department of Commerce.
“The first step right now is to identify the different sites that should go into the system and this will be a product that bird watchers locally and across the country can use to find the best spot for birding,” Erik said. Johnson, Director of Conservation Sciences.
Applications can be submitted online at www.labirdingtrails.com for exam.
Applications must be submitted by September 30, 2021.
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