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


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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

Public Comment on Forest Management Practices Requested

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a draft Compatibility Determination addressing forest management practices on Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Forest management practices include commercial and non-commercial logging within the 4,500 acres of forested habitat on the Refuge. These practices will help to improve forest health and habitat conditions for native wildlife, including the Endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker.

View the Draft Document and Get More Information at this link

New Hunt/Fish Opportunities

We're proposing new hunting opportunities at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana. With increased access comes increased responsibility. Public lands are your lands, but it's imperative to follow state and local regulations and guidance from the CDC. See Video Link:

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge - Hunt/Fish Rule

Get Your Bird On!

Birding Big Branch Marsh NWR

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From Swallow-tailed Kites and Brown Pelicans to warblers — find out what birds might be sighted and where!

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About the Complex

Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Complex.

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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.

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