About the Refuge

Northern Pintails at water's edge photo copyright Danny Bales

Delta National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 to provide sanctuary and habitat for wintering waterfowl. Located in the active delta at the mouth of the Mississippi River, the Refuge comprises close to 48,800 acres of marsh and open water in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. These lush wetlands and marshes provide habitat for migratory birds, a multitude of fish and wildlife species, and serve as a nursery for the rich aquatic resources of the region.

Where the Great Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico

Accessible only by boat, Delta National Wildlife Refuge is a place where the wealth of the great river and the warmth of the Gulf of Mexico meet to create lush marshes that are habitat for diverse wildlife species. Large numbers of wading birds nest on the refuge, and thousands of shorebirds can be found on tidal mudflats and deltaic splays. Tens of thousands of waterfowl winter at the Refuge, and spring and fall migration bring many other bird species.

The Refuge was set aside in the early 1930's under the authority of the Migratory Bird Conservation Act in order to serve as a refuge and breeding grounds for migratory birds and other wildlife and provide a refuge for migratory waterfowl.