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To the birds: Louisiana looks for best birding spots

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Posted at 12:57 PM, Jul 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-17 13:57:40-04

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - It’s time to put your birding knowledge to work. The state of Louisiana is asking residents for the best places to go birdwatching.

The Office of Tourism says people have until Sept. 30 to submit nominations to be included in the redesigned Louisiana Birding Trails.

The nominations are part of an effort to update and possibly expand the trails and develop the state’s eco-tourism. Louisiana and its coastal wetlands are an important location for migrating birds.

The update is partly funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration.

The Louisiana Office of Tourism hosted meetings in Acadiana on Thursday to discuss the updating of local birding trails with community members. KATC stopped by one of those meetings held on July 15 at the tourism offices in Lafayette and Jennings.

There, officials provided an overview of the projects, discuss the nomination process and criteria, and answer any questions attendees may have.

"We have a birding trail that is 20 years old now and it's a flat print document so we are updating it to the modern era we are bringing in some electronic resources and updating the nominations of the sites," said Erik Johnson, Director of Conservation Science.

The update is part of a process to assess, evaluate, and redesign the existing trails. The project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

"The first step right now is identifying the different sites that should go into the system and this will be a product that birders locally and from around the country can use to find the best place to go bird watching," said Erik Johnson, Director of Conservation Science.

Nominations can be submitted online at for consideration.

Nominations must be submitted by September 30, 2021.

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