4th Annual St. Bernard Bird Festival

The Fourth Annual St. Bernard Bird Festival will be held Friday, April 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 28th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The festival will be held at the Los Islenos Museum Complex, located at 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard. LA.

Hundreds of people attended last year’s Bird Festival and witnessed many beautiful species of migratory birds. Many of these birds were captured and banded by specialists from Audubon Louisiana. You can witness the banding of these birds and get a very close view. Most of these colorful birds are returning to North America from their winter homes in South and Central America.

Experienced local master birder, Glenn Ousset, will be guiding visitors through trails in Eastern St. Bernard, as well as on the Festival grounds on both Friday and Saturday. The St. Bernard Art Guild and master woodcarvers will display their beautiful artwork, depicting many of these migratory birds. Indoor programs, featuring Dr. Erik Johnson of Audubon Louisiana, will be held in the Frank Fernandez, Jr. Islenos Center on the Festival grounds.

Purple Martin expert, Krista Adams, will deliver several presentations on this beautiful visitor from the Amazon Basin. She will describe the migratory route of this insect-eating visitor and also display houses that are preferred by the Purple Martins.

Linda Van Adam will host a native plant walking tour on the Islenos Complex grounds and present information on the local plants, as well as information on the 2000-year-old log housed in a permanent exhibit near the native plant trail.

James Stram from Common Ground Relief Wetlands, LLC, an expert on re-forestation will give a presentation on re-forestation and restoration of the Coast.

For more information on the Bird Festival, contact the St. Bernard Office of Tourism, 504-278-4242.


ST. BERNARD BIRD FESTIVAL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY APRIL 27, 2018

10:00 a.m.

  • Birding Festival Begins
  • Bird Capture and Banding (Audubon Louisiana)(Outdoor Pavilion)
  • Wood Carving Exhibit (Outdoor Pavilion) — Continues all day
  • St. Bernard Art Guild Exhibit (Outdoor Pavilion) -Continues all day

10:30 a.m.

  • Four fifteen-minute presentations entitled “Our Friend, the Purple Martin” (Krista Adams) (Outdoor Pavilion)

11:00 a.m.

  • Guided Birding Tours Begin*
  • Guided Native Plant Tour Begins (Outdoor Pavilion) Includes a discussion of a 2000-year-old log along the trail

Noon

  • “Re-forestation and Habitat” (James Stram, Common Ground Relief Wetlands, LLC)(Presentation)**
  • Bird Capture and Banding continues

1:00 p.m.

  • “Everything You Wanted to Know about Purple Martins-Our Insect-eating Migrant Birds from the Amazon Valley” (Krista Adams)(Presentation)**

2:00 p.m.

  • “All About Birding” (Dr. Erik Johnson, Audubon Louisiana)(Presentation)**
  • Bird Capture and Banding continues

4:30 p.m.

  • Bird Festival ends for today

* All birding tours will begin at the Islenos Museum Complex (Outdoor Pavilion) and last approximately one hour. One birding site will be on Islenos Museum property and two other birding sites are located approximately three miles away from the Islenos Museum. Visitors must provide their own transportation and food. Coffee and water available.

**All presentations are held in the Frank M. Fernandez, Jr. Isleno Center


SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018

9:00 am

  • Bird Capture and Banding (Audubon Louisiana)(Outdoor Pavilion)
  • Wood Carving Exhibit (Outdoor Pavilion) -Continues all day
  • St. Bernard Art Guild Exhibit (Outdoor Pavilion) Continues all day

10:00 am

  • Guided Birding Tour (Outdoor Pavilion)*

Noon

  • “Wetland Loss and Restoration” (James Stram, Common Ground Relief Wetlands, LLC)
  • Bird Capture and Banding continues

1:00 p.m.

  • Guided Native Plant Walking Tour (Outdoor Pavilion) Includes a discussion of a 2000-year-old log along the trail
  • Guided Birding Tour (Outdoor Pavilion)*

2:00 p.m.

  • “Everything You Wanted to Know about Purple Martins-Our Insect- Eating Migrant Birds from the Amazon Valley” (Krista Adams)(Presentation)**

3:00 p.m.

  • “Spring Migration of Birds in Louisiana: Connecting Habitats and Hemispheres” (Dr. Erik Johnson, Audubon Louisiana)(Presentation)**
  • Bird Capture and Banding continues

4:30 p.m.

  • Birding Festival Ends

*All birding tours will begin at the Islenos Museum Complex (Outdoor Pavilion) and last approximately one hour. One birding site will be on Islenos Museum property and two other birding sites are located approximately three miles away from the Islenos Museum. Visitors must provide their own transportation and food. Coffee and water available.

**All presentations are held in the Frank M. Fernandez, Jr. Islenos Center