Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at


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    Capture Wildlife For Science!

    With your camera that is! Join the Southeast Louisiana Refuges Bioblitz and help us catalog the plants and animals of the Refuges.

    About the Bioblitz Challenge 2018...

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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

Find Your Adventure

Breakfast with the Birds

the ridge trail entrance

Join refuge volunteers for a FREE guided nature adventure. Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Ridge Trail boardwalk. Loaner binoculars available!

More about the program here.

Take a Virtual Tour of the Ridge Trail


Explore the forest and marshes of Bayou Sauvage on this 1/2 mile long loop trail and interpretive boardwalk.

A virtual hike on the interpretive boardwalk at Ridge Trail

Attention Young Artists

Jr Duck Stamppromo

Could your work be on the next Junior Duck Stamp? Support conservation, education, and the arts with a Junior Duck Stamp!

More About the Junior Duck Stamp Contest

Hey 4th Graders - Get a FREE pass to the National Parks!


Calling all 4th graders. Get a free pass for you and your family to all federal parks, lands, and waters for the year! Vist Every Kid in a Park to claim your free pass - good until August 31, 2018.

Visit the Every Kid in a Park Website
Birds of the Refuge

A Bed and Breakfast for the Birds


Bayou Sauvage's marshes and waterways provide food and shelter for over 340 species of birds. From pelicans to phalaropes, buntings to buffleheads, there are always birds to see and hear on the Refuge.

Learn more about where to see birds on the Refuge

About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

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

Read more about the complex
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.

Learn more about the NWRS