Get Involved

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From its start in 1903, the National Wildlife Refuge System has owed its very existence to concerned individuals eager to protect America's natural resources. You too can make a difference for conservation.

  • Volunteer

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    Making a difference for wildlife and wildlands is easy and fun at Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. There are opportunities to fit many interests, including helping with community events, assisting with environmental education programs, or helping to maintain nature trails and restore habitat.

    To learn how you can share your time and talent with your Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges, please call our Assistant Refuge Manager, Brian Pember at 337-828-0061. Or via email at Brian_Pember@fws.gov

  • Become a Refuge Friend

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    We are assisted in our conservation mission by the Friends of Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. The Friends are a non-profit corporation that helps with our mission to preserve and manage habitat to support wildlife values and provide recreation opportunities. The Friends lead guided hiking and paddle trips on the Refuge and help with community outreach and education.

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  • Become a Citizen Scientist

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    Want to turn your love of wildlife and the outdoors into data that helps us all better understand our natural world and supports conservation? Do you like technology?  There are several Citizen Science programs where you can make a difference. Check out these projects and put your smarts and smartphone to use!

    Nature's Notebook. This nationwide project is an national online project where amateur and professional naturalists record observations of plants and animals to generate long-term data sets used for scientific discovery and decision making.

    iNaturalist Learn more about nature and contribute to a database of global biodiversity by becoming part of the iNaturalist community. You can even crowdsource a plant or animal identification! 

    The Great BackYard Bird Count (GBC) is an event that engages people all over the nation in creating a real time snapshot of bird populations. Anyone can help with this, from your backyard, or a wildlife refuge. 

    eBird, This is a program at Cornell Lab for Ornithology that collects rich data on bird abundance and distribution across the world. You can submit your own observations via your computer or smart phone.

    Report sightings of invasive species using a free app on your smartphone. More details and links to download on this USGS website.