Projects and Research

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge conserves bottomland hardwood forest habitat, which has been significantly diminished in the Mississippi River Delta over the last century. The refuge was specifically designated to conserve habitat for the Louisiana black bear.  


Refuge staff monitor and assess species health and distribution in collaboration with universities and government agencies.  We are cooperating on studies of neotropical birds and amphibians, as well investigating treatments to control invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species
on the refuge.

Stewardship and Education

We work with Coastal Roots Coastal Roots Seedling Nursery Program which establishes wetland seedling nurseries at schools within the coastal zone of Louisiana. Students from 4th grade through high school in south Louisiana manage the nurseries. Students grow native plant seedlings and grass plugs that they will plant in a habitat restoration project. They oversee the growth cycle of the plants, from seed germination to the planting of the seedlings in habitat restoration programs during the fall semester. These students help plant trees and restore former sugar cane fields to forested habitat and cane brakes for food and shelter for bears.