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Grand Isle, Louisiana

Grand Isle, Louisiana is a small island in SE Louisiana. It is primarily a fishing destination. It is also a place where locals own or rent vacation homes. It is one of the few accessible beaches in Louisiana. It is also an excellent birding destination. Grand Isle combines open ocean, sandy beaches, marsh, and coastal woodlots. This mix of habitats attracts a large number of birds to Grand Isle, particularly during spring and fall migration. Below are a few photographs made of the beach and woods on the island.

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Rain Puddle (during a rainstorm) Sureway Woods, Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Live Oaks and Rain Puddle, Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Live Oak (detail), Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Gulf of Mexico from Grand Isle, LA 2015

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Peveto Woods Sanctuary

Peveto Woods is a small bird sanctuary located in SW Louisiana in Cameron Parish. It is a chenier (slightly elevated oak woods on the gulf coast) forest. When conditions are favorable (north winds, rain etc.) migrant songbirds crossing the Gulf of Mexico will land in the first trees they see. This small group of trees can be teeming with migrants during an event birders call a fallout, or (like on the day we visited) they can be essentially vacant of birds. Either way, these coastal woodlots are an important habitat and there are few accessible chenier woods left that birders can enjoy. Many have been developed, are in the hands of private landowners, or are inaccessible due to their location (surrounded by impenetrable marsh). Places like Peveto Woods, High Island (Texas), and Dauphin Island (Alabama) are critical to the survival of migratory songbirds and are national treasures.

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Sunrise at Little Florida Beach, Cameron Parish, LA 2015

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Mostly Dead Live Oaks, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Backlit Oaks at Sunrise, Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Live Oak (vertical), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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Live Oak (horizontal), Peveto Woods, LA 2015

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