The Orleans Audubon Society is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of wildlife and wild places of the southeastern U.S. and to fostering an understanding and appreciation of nature.
The Orleans Audubon Society is a Section 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1949 and incorporated in the State of Louisiana on November 17, 1970.
We are a Chapter of the National Audubon Society, 978 members strong, servicing the following parishes: Washington, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, St. John the Baptist, Orleans, Terrebonne, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, and Lafourche Parishes.
Whooping Cranes breeding once again in Louisiana!
On April 15, 2014 the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the first Whooping Crane eggs had been produced in the wild in Louisiana in 70 years.
Louisiana’s Whooping Crane reintroduction project involves a partnership involving the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the International Crane Foundation, the Louisiana Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Foundation.
Whooping Crane reintroductions began with the release of an initial cohort of juvenile cranes in 2011 at White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish. The single nest with eggs, on the northern end of the Cajun prairie, remains under observation by project biologists.
Including subsequent cohorts, 50 whooping cranes have been released in Louisiana. Thirty of those birds have survived. Some have been lost to predators, some to naturally occurring health problems, and five in total have been confirmed as killed or wounded in shooting incidents.
Photo by Michael Seymour: Whooping crane nest with eggs on the northern end of Louisiana’s Cajun prairie.
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