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    Wading Birds

    In late fall and winter, look for long-legged waders like roseate spoonbills and white ibis in shallow ponds.

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    Whistling Ducks at Nestbox

    You may hear whistlers before you see them. These ducks can also be seen at the ponds in Audubon Park in New Orleans.

    Learn more about the black-bellied whistling duck

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    Wood Stork

    Bayou Sauvage is a winter home for this relatively rare wading bird, the only stork native to North America.

    Learn more about the wood stork

Christmas Trees Get a Second Life in the Marsh

Annual Christmas Tree Drop at Bayou Sauvage NWR


Each year in New Orleans, Christmas trees collected after the holidays are airlifted into the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge as part of the annual Christmas Tree Drop. These dead trees will get a new life, helping protect the marsh from erosion.

Annual Christmas Tree Drop

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Since 1996, a 110-acre site in Lacombe, Louisiana, has served as the headquarters complex for eight national wildlife refuges in the southeast region, including Bayou Sauvage NWR.

Bayou Sauvage is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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An Urban Oasis

Page Photo Credits — All photos courtesy of USFWS unless otherwise noted., American Alligator - USFWS, Aerial View - ©LA ANG, Egret - ©Tom Carlisle, Urban Refuge - Wade Hardy
Last Updated: Feb 08, 2017
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