Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


Features

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Junior Ranger Activities

Check out some fun nature activities you can do while social distancing!

Junior Ranger Activities 2020

News

Wild Things 2020 Postponed

Acting out of an abundance of caution and following guidance from the Center of Disease Control, we are postponing Wild Things, which was scheduled for October of 2020. Our actions are consistent with actions undertaken by other community organizations. We understand that people across the community will miss this event; however, we are committed to doing our part to ensure public safety and to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and to provide relevant guidance. We will reschedule when it is prudent to do so. Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex will celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week October 11-17, 2020 by hosting the annual Youth Art Contest associated with Wild Things. K-12th grade students from across the state are encouraged to participate in this great opportunity. Contest awards will be presented via a virtual awards ceremony that will be held in October. For more information about upcoming virtual National Wildlife Refuge Week events and the Youth Art Contest, visit us on Facebook at @SoutheastLouisiana

More about the Youth Art Contest at this link

Alert: Covid-19 Information

In keeping with guidance from the White House and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and acting out of an abundance of caution, the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex is temporarily suspending operations of the Bayou Lacombe Visitor Center. Refuge staff is committed to doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the health and safety of our employees, volunteers, and visitors. Therefore, planned Refuge events and programs may not take place as scheduled. Refuge lands, including nature trails and outdoor recreational facilities, remain open and accessible to the public to provide opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

More Information at this link

Take a Virtual Tour of the Ridge Trail

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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

Nature is Closer Than You Think

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Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge, located within the city of New Orleans, offers urban dwellers an opportunity to connect with nature and experience wildlife and the habitats that support them close to home. The Urban Wildlife Refuge Program at Bayou Sauvage reaches beyond refuge boundaries and into communities to connect with Americans who have fewer opportunities to experience and enjoy these public lands and the wildlife that lives there.

Take a virtual visit to Bayou Sauvage
Birds of the Refuge

A Bed and Breakfast for the Birds

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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

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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