Sunday, April – 15, 2018 7 am to 12 noon $ 50
The Survival Species Center is operated by Audubon Nature Institute and sits on 1,200 acres
of U.S. Coast Guard and City of New Orleans land along the Mississippi River. It includes
undeveloped acreage around Wilderness Park, a protected archaeological dig site and it is
also home base for programs such as Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species,
where reproductive research produced dozens of world’s firsts in areas such as breeding of
wild felines and raising Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes for release in the wild.
We will take a leisurely walk along the Wilderness Park trail and then take a guided walk/carriage trip
throughout the enclosed gated premises where most of the breeding endangered species live.
The Batture area along the Mississippi River in New Orleans is the land between the river at a
low-water stage and the levee which provides an excellent birding opportunity in the
Resident and Breeding Birds: Whooping Cranes, Sandhill Cranes, milky storks, blue-billed
curassow, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Red-Shouldered Hawk,
Mourning Dove, Barred Owl, White-Eyed Vireo, Blue Jay, American Crow, Carolina Wren,
Prothonotary Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Cardinal,
Seen in the Spring: Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Laughing Gull,
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied
Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird,
Red-Eyed Vireo, Fish Crow, Barn Swallow, Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Brown Thrasher, Gray Catbird,
American Pipit, Palm Warbler, Yellow-Rumped Warbler, American Redstart, Red-Winged
Blackbird, Common Grackle and Boat-Tailed Grackle.
Easy walk and mobile transportation.
Bring your own lunch as there are picnic pavilions/bathroom facilities in the Wilderness Park.