Bird Banding at Grand Isle School

Story Highlights
  • Part of our community based conservation program with Grand Isle School.

A student from Grand Isle School holds a white-eyed vireo.

Long before European explorers discovered the barrier islands of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, migrating NeoTropical songbirds were taking refuge in the live oak, hackberry forest of Grand Isle. The maritime forest of Grand Isle is essential to the survival of over 300 species of birds migrating in the spring and fall.

 The 2014 spring migration has already started! To bring awareness of this phenomenal event, The Nature Conservancy partnered with National Audubon’s Director of Bird Conservation, Dr. Erik Johnson, and assistants from Louisiana Audubon, Wildlife and Fisheries, and Barataria National Estuary to conduct a 2 day bird banding event in the Grilletta Tract of The Nature Conservancy’s Lafitte Woods Preserve. 

 As part of our community based conservation program in Grand Isle, students in grades 2-12 were escorted to the banding site to learn about the use of mist nets to catch the birds and the different types of data collected. Students were encouraged to hold and then release the birds – a truly unforgettable experience.

 It was a great event and made real all that they have been learning about the birds’ journey across the Gulf of Mexico. We hope that by seeing and touching these courageous travelers, the students will appreciate the importance of the habitat that is Grand Isle!

Slideshow - Bird Banding.